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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000824.txt from 1999/06

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeddual ?
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 19:41:48 -0400

On Mon, 28 Jun 1999, James Schoepflin wrote:

> the ReedDual is a sophisticated machine designed to replicate reeds is
> a fashion not unlike the way a key is duplicated at a hardware store.
> Your "perfect" reed is placed upon a table where its shape, etc., will
> be followed by a guide which ensures (supposedly) that the reed blank
> gets cut exactly as the original.

A good explanation. However, the problem is that if we had 1,000 blanks,
all cut to exactly the same dimensions, we would have 1,000 different
reeds, because no two pieces of cane are the same. The primary difference
in hard reeds and soft ones is not their dimensions, but the
characteristics of the cane itself.

Ed Lacy

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