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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000044.txt from 2001/02

Subj: Re: [kl] Reed shoulder
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 09:38:01 -0500

In a message dated 2/1/01 12:51:22 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

<< I have no complaint since I like
the reeds, but I'm curious whether 'straight shoulder cut' vs. 'no
straight shoulder cut' is considered to be a significant distinction, or
is it more of a shrug-of-the-shoulders detail with no particular
significance? >>

Bill, as a person who has made reeds for years, as well as using commercial
reeds, I prefer a reed where the "bark" is cut straight across, rather than
sanded in a "curve". I have found, again in my own experiences, that you can
usually get a clearer tone on the long tube notes, primarily B, and C, when
the reed is made this way.

However, this might just be a "nit". It's possible that the difference might
never be noticed by the listener.

Walter Grabner

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