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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001138.txt from 1999/04

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeds?
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 21:04:09 -0400

If you have a sharp knife, it's quite easy to cut a very thin slice off
each side of your B flat reed so that it conforms better to the width of
the E flat mouthpiece window. You then also have a usefully thicker reed
than an E flat reed of the same nominal strength. The curve of the reed
at the top seems to match well enough - this is perhaps the most
Roger Shilcock

On Wed, 28 Apr 1999, Phil Shapiro wrote:

> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 10:28:29 -0400
> From: Phil Shapiro <>
> Reply-To:
> To:
> Subject: Re: [kl] Reeds?
> A couple of suggestions, if I may...
> I have found that Bb reeds generally don't work well because they don't
> seal properly on the mouthpiece.=A0 If you're going to use Bb reeds, whic=
> I don't recommend, try a German cut reed.=A0 It will be narrower and may
> seal better.
> As to size, I think that you should look for a harder size than you
> would use on Bb.=A0 The higher the pitch, the faster the reed has to
> vibrate.=A0 There is also the higher air pressure of the smaller
> instrument to deal with.=A0 If you play 4's on the Bb I'd try 5's on the
> Eb.=A0 You can always take a little wood off of a harder reed, but an Eb
> with too soft a setup can sound pretty awful.
> -Phil Shapiro

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