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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000657.txt from 1999/04

From: Mark Gustavson <mgustav@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: More on Reed Knives
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 14:09:24 -0400

I've gotten a "big" sound from ponderosa pine. ;-)

MG

Clarguy3@-----.com wrote:

> In a message dated 4/13/99 1:35:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> gtruesdail@-----.us writes:
>
> >
> > One summer while playing musicals in Sacramento my co-worker, also a
> > woodwind doubler, spotted a chunk of 2x4 douglas fir the theater
> > carpenters has left in the orchestra pit. My friend had just purchased
> > the latest and greatest Swiss army knife and decided to try to split the
> > lumber. It worked, so he said lets try to make reeds out of this
> > stuff. Making a reed out of a piece of 2X4 became a challenge and. The
> > rules were you could not start on the reed before the overture and the
> > reed must be used to play the exit music or you had to buy a round for
> > the woodwind section after the show. After a few shows we both usually
> > had a working and usable reed. We were both using Hammerschmidts at the
> > time. You might be surprised at what can be done with douglas fir.
> >
> > Has anyone tried other woods?
> >
> Yes, and while one can get many things to vibrate (though none as well as
> Arundo Donax), the major drawback for me is the taste. Pine is particularly
> bitter, for example.
> Chuck
>
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