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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001140.txt from 1999/04

From: Roger Garrett <rgarrett@-----.edu>
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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