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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001242.txt from 2000/04

From: Christopherhill@-----.net (Christopher Hill)
Subj: [kl] time of year
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 22:27:37 -0400

Make sure that the bottom of your reed is absolutely flat, as a slight
leak will cause it to dry out as you play. Also, I usually put aside the
reeds that dry out more quickly, and save them for a rainy day. (Pun
intended, but this is literally true.) I've found that some brands of
reeds seem to retain their moisture better than others, and for the
first few years in South Dakota, I used to switch brands in Jan. and
Feb. Steuer reeds seemed to never dry out, but they didn't have a soggy
sound, either. At this point, I'm pretty used to the dry climate, so I
don't let it affect my reed brand choice anymore. I do find that I have
to replace reeds more quickly, since fully broken in reeds don't absorb
as much water.
For me, the top three reeds for moisture retention are: Steuer, Grand
Concert, and Zonda.

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