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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000728.txt from 1999/04

From: "Paulette W. Gulakowski" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: More on Reed Knives
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 18:58:45 -0400

Enough of those and you'd have a "bonanza"!

On Wed, 14 Apr 1999 10:41:59 -0500 Mark Gustavson <>
>I've gotten a "big" sound from ponderosa pine. ;-)
> wrote:
>> In a message dated 4/13/99 1:35:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>> 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
>> > 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
>> > 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
>> > 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
>> >
>> > 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
>> bitter, for example.
>> Chuck
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