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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000485.txt from 1999/06

From: GrabnerWG@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Cordier Clipper
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 23:06:35 -0400

In a message dated 6/15/99 10:48:46 AM Central Daylight Time,
reedman@-----.com writes:

<< Subj: [kl] re: Cordier Clipper
Date: 6/15/99 10:48:46 AM Central Daylight Time
From: reedman@-----.com (David Blumberg)
Reply-to: klarinet@-----.org
To: klarinet@-----.org

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

For what its worth, I never clip a reed any more. If I need to make it more
resistant, I use a long strip of 320 sandpaper and draw it from the sides to
the center, turning the reed over to do both sides. (Never draw the sandpaper
across the center to the sides as this will tend to tear the fibers).

This also allows me to get a better shape to the tip of a reed than that
which is formed by a reed clipper.

I usually find that if a reed is no resistant enough, however, no matter what
I do to it I will never really be happy with it.

To me it's always better to have the reed offer too much resistance, than too
little. Of course, every couple of years that "perfect reed" comes along.
Usually about three weeks after that important recital...................

Walter Grabner

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