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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000840.txt from 1999/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Reeddual ?
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 23:20:55 -0400

In a message dated 6/28/99 5:55:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

> wrote:
> >
> >
> >Good question!
> >
> >
> >Kaylen Walters
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> >To Kaylen and others -
> Presuming the question is genuine . . . 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. It
> takes some time and effort to learn how to run the machine. My impression
> is that many players have neither the time, patience, nor inclination to
> achieve that level of expertise on the machine. Several years ago, there
> was a presentation about this machine at one of the summer ClarinetFest's,
> showing many of the fine points of achieving success with it.
> James Schoepflin
> Professor of Music
> Washington State University
> Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Jim's right, and I may have been the one that gave the demonstration--at
least at Columbus last year. I made some comments in the Clarinet magazine a
few issues ago--these may be of some interest to you as you seek an answer to
your question. It's a very nifty machine, but it can't be assumed to
"duplicate" a reed--it merely gives us a shape which we then adapt to our
particular mouthpiece.
Chuck West

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