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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001026.txt from 1999/01

From: David Renaud <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Fast reed-dampening techniques?
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:01:03 -0500

Keeping a mouthpiece cap on when the double is
down does help keep the reed damp.

My caps are on and off allot in the pit, and my doubles
can sit quite a while between uses. I use plastic caps
so if dropped it does so quietly. Also, with the speed
required switching sometimes, I don't want to damage
a mouthpiece with a metal cap in the dim light of the pit.

Some people I've worked with keep a small hand pump
spray bottle with them to spray the reed from time to time
during long breaks. I'd never found this necessary, until
one particular series of outdoor patio gigs in summer heat
and sun. A found a bottle & that little spray,
as well as keeping things covered helped.

David Renaud

FPM Services Ltd wrote:

> At gigs where sax is my main instrument, and clarinet the infrequent double,
> 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 (
> turban-style)
> instead of a reedcap, but never tried it yet.
> Any suggestions on how to overcome the problem?

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