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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000757.txt from 2000/04

Subj: [kl] Help...I pinched my fibers and I can't get up!!!!!!
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 17:56:23 -0400

Whether or not this is detrimental, I don't know.
Is the "rounded corner" a European style, Walter? >>

Don't know

<< Also, some Vandoren reeds favor the rounded corner even though their mouthpieces tend to be well-cornered
lending a certain incongruence between the mouthpiece curve and the reed curve.>>

No comment, I cause enough trouble.

<< I know you make your own reeds and this is probably not a problem you run across.>>

Correction. I DID make my own reeds. I don't now for two reasons: 1.) I dont have enought time to make both reeds AND mouthpieces; 2.) The people I make mouthpieces for use commercial reeds (so hopefully I can fit them better).

I usually use Vandoren V12 3 1/2 or 4, and Legere's 3 3/4 (love those 3 3/4, they fit me so good)

<< Please comment, if so inclined,I'd
like your thoughts on this tip curve business,>>

Without running any studies or experiments, I'd say that fitting the curve of the reed tip to the mouthpiece
tip would be optimal, but it is much less important than the width and general condition of the mouthpiece tip rail.

Major improvements can be made to a mouthpiece by altering the tip rail *** just so *** about 1 mm thick, flat and even, and well smoothed off.


When I round the tip of a mouthpiece with the BIG OLD flat file. I try to round it to the general shape of a Vandoren.

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