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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000698.txt from 2000/04

From: Neil Leupold <leupold_1@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] Reed trimmers: fact or opinion
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 02:03:23 -0400

--- Patricia Smith <pattiesmith@-----.net> wrote:

> I do not use a clipper for this reason. The clipper also causes inner
> fibers of the reed to break, and thus hinders vibration of the reed and,
> in my experience makes my sound pinched and thin.

Ah, the folklore. Everybody's experiences are different, and perish the
thought that somebody should read a testimonial like the above paragraph
and summarily decide that reed trimmers are destructive devices, manufac-
tured expressly to dupe unsuspecting clarinetists out of their hard-earned
cash. I've been using my Cordier trimmer for many years to good effect and
with much benefit as a performer.

Since we've seen a number of younger players come out of the woodwork
on the list in recent weeks, this is probably a good time to warn against
taking any post on this list as a reflection of proven and/or incontrover-
tible fact. Even some of the actual facts stated on the list are appreci-
ably colored by individuals' perceptions and idosyncracies. No matter how
ironclad the verbiage or rhetoric may become, always hold out on a final
decision until you have had the opportunity to personally test the know-
ledge for yourself.

-- Neil

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