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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000468.txt from 1999/06

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Cordier Clipper
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 11:56:03 -0400

At 11:48 AM 6/15/99 -0400, you wrote:
>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

This has been my experience too.

My only reed clipper story:

I was studying with David Shifrin and I took my third lesson from him. He
always played on my horn - never got his out unless it was already out. He
told me my reed was too soft and asked to borrow my reed clipper - I
explained that I didn't own one anymore. He told me, "you're not serious
about playing until you get one and keep it with you when you play."
Hmmmmmm......anyway, the other part of the story is that he advised me to
go downtown Ann Arbor and take a few old reeds with me - and try out all
the Cordiers they had in stock - the one that clipped the most evenly was
the one I should buy. That's the same one I still have!

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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