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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001025.txt from 1999/01

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Fast reed-dampening techniques?
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:01:02 -0500

Two things I've tried:
1) Use a cap that has any openings (especially the vent that's usually open
at the end near the reed tip) sealed up. Either use tape or seal a plastic
bag around the upper end of the cap by stretching a rubber band around it.
2) use a plastic reed. The sound will no doubt be less than you're used to,
but dry reeds don't sound wonderful either, and at least it won't squeak or
respond unpredictably.

FWIW, I have always used a sealed-up plastic cap and a real reed on my
clarinet when I play pit work, and it seems to work well. I've used plastic
sax reeds in the pit and found it satisfactory and much better than trying
to play softly on a dry and unresponsive cane reed.

Karl Krelove

----- Original Message -----
From: FPM Services Ltd <>
Subject: [kl] Fast reed-dampening techniques?

>At gigs where sax is my main instrument, and clarinet the infrequent
>I don't have time to take the clarinet reed off and soak it,
>.... and have had some squeaky starts.
>Saliva licked onto the reed while still on the mouthpiece isn't enough.
>I've thought about wrapping a damp cloth around the mouthpiece (
>instead of a reedcap, but never tried it yet.
>Any suggestions on how to overcome the problem?
>Dave Florence
>Jazz Unlimited
>Powell River BC
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