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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000368.txt from 1999/04

From: Note Staff Unlimited <notestaff@-----.ch>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeds, should I put them in water?
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 21:04:38 -0400

Roger Garrett schrieb:

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I used to soak only in my mouth or get the reed gooey with saliva (several

> of them), and allow them to soak on top of my reed case (resting on the
> bark side) before playing and adjusting/practicing. I have long since
> stopped that practice and put them in a shot glass filled with water. I
> like soaking the entire reed. Reasons? Hmmmm.......I don't know if it is
> accurate or not, but somewhere I aquired a belief that the minerals in the
> saliva break the pores/fibers of the reed down more quickly than water.
> Water also seems to do a better job of soaking the entire reed - although
> the older the reed, the longer they have to soak. For me, they just seem
> to play better when they are broken in and then soaked in water.
>
> But what a great question - I'm curious what others do?
> Roger Garrett
> Professor of Clarinet
> Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
> Advisor - Recording Studio
> Illinois Wesleyan University
>

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At some time, I started licking the butt end of the reed too. Couldn't work out why
until I stopped doing it and found the reed slip around more on the mouthpiece as I
was tying it on with string. (Since then, better ligatures have appeared on the
market - I prefer BG super revelation to string now)

David
David Glenn
notestaff@-----.ch

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