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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000006.txt from 2000/09

From: "Patricia Smith" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Storage Solution
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 08:24:27 -0400

Gary Truesdail wrote:
"The continuous pressure from the ligature would compress the bottom fibers
the reed leaving an imprint of the mtpc opening. this causes the reed to be
closer to everything below it on the mtpc and causing awful things to happen
the tone, response and resistance.. How can you guys get away with this and
have any negative effects."

I think some of it has to do with how tightly the ligature is screwed on.
Students usually tighten the screws to the point of nearly stripping them.
The idea of the ligature is to hold the reed to the surface of the mpc, not
clamp it on for dear life. My own practice is that, with my Rovner, I
tighten the one screw just enough to keep a seal when I play the horn. if I
have had the mpc cap on, when I take it off or if I remove the mpc to go
from A to Bb, the reed will move a little.
I also check my students' ligs. Rule of thumb for two screw ligs: top screw
barely tight, bottom, just enough to keep reed on mpc to form seal. It may
not be convenient for the kid - because the reed will come off if the kid
takes the mpc off the clarinet before removing the reed, but this way, there
is no indentation, at least not in my personal experience.
Patty Smith

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