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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000466.txt from 1999/06

From: David Blumberg <>
Subj: [kl] re: Cordier Clipper
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 11:48:12 -0400

Roger Garrett <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Cordier Reed Clippers
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.10.9906150842300.12450-100000=titan>
On Tue, 15 Jun 1999, David B. Niethamer wrote:
> Cordier (and the others like it) get dull very fast, and crush the reed
> fibers as they clip them, affecting the sound of the reed.
I have been using the same Cordier for the last 18 years and have never
had a problem - and that includes 5 years of making reeds from blanks!
Still, I am interested in your view of the Vandoren clipper - is the shape
different than the Cordier? Have you ever had to change the blade?
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University


Not the David you spoke of, but I'll add that the Cordier clippers do not
get dull ever! Gigliotti still uses his Dad's Cordier clipper. I don't like
the Vandoren clipper, as I did not like the way it cut. Even the Cordier
clippers do not cut well (evenly). Hard to find a good one. Wish someone
would invent a good clipper that has a symmetrical clip.

David Blumberg
Accompaniments for Woodwind Players on Compact Disc

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