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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000610.txt from 1999/04

Subj: Re: [kl] re: Reed knife gouges cane
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 09:27:06 -0400

In a message dated 4/13/99 8:04:13 AM Central Daylight Time,

"Sandpaper was used for all fine work."

OK. What kind or grade? <ie very fine as opposed to a coarser grade?> Does
any hardware store sell it? Do you just cut sand paper in small pieces
making folds or have you found a tool or small block to adhere the sand paper
to ... making a sanding tool. I have been meaning to begin study in this
I use two grades of sandpaper for fine adjustments on cane reeds. 3M wet or
dry. 320 for regular adjustments 600 for very fine work and polishing. Can be
found in any hardware store.

I have a sheet of the 600 for polishing the backs of reeds (and leveling if
they are warped). I also cut both sizes into approx. one square inch squares
and use to sand the reed. Again, I place the reed on a thick, narrow glass
plaque for sanding. I had three of these cut from plate glass about 30 years
ago. I still have one unbroken!

William Stubbins otherwise rather incomprehensible book, The Art of
Clarinetistry, (Ann Arbor Publishers) has a fine chapter on reed-making.

Also Kalman Opperman's book , Handbook for Making and Adjusting Single Reeds,
(Chapel & Co. N.Y.) was invaluable to me.

However, I believe both of these are now very hard to get.

Walter Grabner
who is showing his age

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