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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000857.txt from 1999/06

From: James Schoepflin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeddual ?
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 11:31:04 -0400

At 05:27 PM 6/28/99 -0500, you wrote:
>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
>You make an excellent point - in fact this is one of several reasons why
my own experiments (now many years ago) were not very successful!
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James Schoepflin
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Washington State University
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