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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001052.txt from 1999/01

From: "Brent Eresman" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: dry reeds
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 09:15:15 -0500

> 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?
> Dave Florence
> Jazz Unlimited
> Powell River BC

Mark C. has already mentioned the Legere reed and i will second that
suggestion. I have three of them and have been playing on them a lot
for the last month and a half. During the really cold (and as a
result dry) weather, my regular reeds have been acting like, well,
like reeds. I've had a hard time getting reeds that i know are good
to play well at all. The Legere reeds have been tremendously
consistent, and really do play well. They are not as good as the
best cane reeds (yet) but i can put one on and practice without
having to worry about stuffiness, poor response, or warping. For an
infrequent double, i think they would be just the thing.

The preceding was an unsolicited and unpaid non-political

Brent Eresman

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