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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001243.txt from 2000/04

Subj: Re: [kl] time of year
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 22:27:38 -0400

In a message dated 4/27/00 11:20:09 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< The weather is drying up and the sun is coming out in the beautiful Bay
Area and the reeds, well they are drying up again. Every five minutes I
have been soaking up my reeds, and I mean I have to soak my reeds for a
long time, (in water). I do soak my reeds for about 20 or so minutes
before I play but that does little. >>

Have some Legere reeds available and ready to play.

I have a similar problem in the late fall in Chicago, after humid summer and
fall weather, the cold descends, and the heating systems come on. The average
humidity for the reeds and the clarinets probably drops 20/30 %.

It is NOT uncommon for me to have an entire batch of reeds become

In transitional weather seasons, it really helps me to have some Legeres in
my clarinet case. It has saved MY butt a couple of times.

ALSO.......don't think it's just us "little" guys who have reed problems.

I was present at a rehearsal a week or two ago, where a "big name" was
rehearsing a concerto with a local orchestra. This individual, whose name all
here would recognize (and don't get me wrong, this person is a superb
clarinetist and musician), was playing beautifully, but it was obvious he/she
was having reed problems. Some small squeaks, high notes not speaking
securely, etc.

It happens........

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