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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000706.txt from 2000/04

From: avrahm galper <agalper@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] Cutting Reeds
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 04:42:31 -0400

Cutting reeds

Dave Weber told me that his teacher in Paris, Gaston Hamelin, told him
that whenever he clipped a reed, he should roughen the edge again with
some sandpaper.
My late friend, James Morton, a prominent clarinetist here in Toronto
once told me that a bassoonist friend of his told him that after cutting
the reed, (bassoon reed), he would run a piece of sandpaper over the
edge of the reed. The reason, the cutting clamps the edge and the
strands become "tight". Sanding the tip loosens up the strands.
The question is: how do they cut the reeds at the factory?
They have a sharp cutting machine that does a minimum of clamping.
Vandoren does sell a new type of reed cutting gadget, that has a very
sharp cutting edge.
It comes with an extra cutting knife.

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Avrahm Galper
CLARINET TONE TECHNIQUE AND STACCATO
CLARINET UPBEAT SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS
EINE KLEINE KLEZMER MUSIK
http://www.avrahm-galper.sneezy.org

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