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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001140.txt from 1999/04

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeds?
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 21:04:11 -0400

At 10:28 AM 4/28/99 -0400, you wrote:
>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, which
>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.

When I worked with John Yeh on Eb clarinet, his setup was a Vandoren B44
mouthpiece, Grand Concert Bb 3.75 reeds, and he told me he used the good,
but slightly softer reeds for Eb playing.

Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director, Concert Band/Symphonic Winds/Titan Band
Advisor, Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University
Office: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3411

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