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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001036.txt from 1999/01

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Fast reed-dampening techniques?
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:01:13 -0500

At 02:33 PM 1/19/99 -0800, Dave Florence 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 (
>instead of a reedcap, but never tried it yet.
>Any suggestions on how to overcome the problem?
Synthetic reeds are perfect for this situation. I'd avoid the Bari, but
Fibracells aren't bad. They don't need to be wet at all. I keep
mouthpieces with Fibracells on them handy for demonstrations and testing
after quicky repairs to instruments. They are available in multiple
strengths, too.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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