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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000801.txt from 1999/04

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] speaking of diaphragms
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 18:17:36 -0400

On Sat, 17 Apr 1999 wrote:

> This reminds me of a friend who plays bassoon. When it was time for
> her to visit the optometrist for new glasses, she brought her bassoon
> along so that the proper focal distance could be measured.

This is an excellent idea, and I have been recommending it for many years.
When you are going to be fitted for new glasses, take your instrument and
your folding music stand with you, in order to show the optometrist
exactly what you need. Or, perhaps you will be fortunate, as I have been,
to find an optometrist who is also an amateur musician and understands
something about what you are talking about and why it is important to you.

My wife and I both have special music reading glasses (She is an
organist), and we both need bifocals. Our glasses have the line between
the two different parts of the lens placed directly in front of the
pupils, so that if you look straight ahead, things are blurred. However,
if you look down at the music, that part of the lens is set for about 30
inches distance, in my case, and the upper part is set for distance
vision. It works great. These glasses are also ideal for us for working
at the computer.

The only way it might be improved would be if the upper part of the lens
were completely opaque, in order to reduce irritation from looking at the
conductor! ;-)

Ed Lacy

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