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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000454.txt from 2000/07

Subj: Re: [kl] Reeds (Legere)
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 10:43:36 -0400

At 09:43 AM 07/12/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>Are the plastic reeds "adjustable" with reed knife or reed rush? For
>example, if one buys a 4 and discovers it's too stiff, does it work to
>scrape off just a little to make it a 3.5?
>Thanks, Jim

Guy recommends that you do not adjust the reed with a knife, sandpaper, or
reed rush. I clipped one once with good results, but I was keenly aware
that the reed is not structured in the same way that a cane reed is and
knew that it could have ruined it.

Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, IWU Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-3268

A Clarinetist's Revenge is sometimes personified by the following excerpt
from the London Daily News, circa 1926:

"The saxophone is a long metal instrument bent at both ends. It is alleged
to be musical. As regards markings, the creature has a series of tiny taps
stuck upon it, apparently at random. These taps are very sensitive: when
touched they cause the instrument to utter miserable sounds suggesting
untold agony. Sometimes it bursts into tears. At either end there is a
hole. People, sometimes for no reason at all, blow down the small end of
the saxophone which then shrieks and moans."

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