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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001042.txt from 2001/02

From: Gavin Rebetzke <GRebetzke@-----.au>
Subj: RE: [kl] Warped reeds
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 22:26:29 -0500

Do you see the stars flash by when your reeds warp?

Seriously, how warped have your reeds become? Ie, is it just a "wobble" on
the tip, or what? Also, you say it is the unused ones that have become
warped as well as the used ones, is that correct? Did you wet the unused
ones in any way? Can you play on them? Do they "unwarp" when you wet them?
Have you tried placing them on a flat surface?

I keep the reeds I'm currently using on a piece of flat glass secured by
rubber bands. This works for me. Some say that leaving the reed on a flat
surface prevents warping. Others say that this causes uneven drying of the
reed, thus causing warping. This is a debate about how to best store a reed
you have been using, however, and I don't know about your unused reeds
warping. Have you had particularly humid weather lately? Perhaps your
unused reeds will unwarp themselves.

-----Original Message-----
From: Donna Higgins [mailto:Donna@-----.com]
Subject: [kl] Warped reeds

Hi,

I've been having a problem lately with warping reeds. I bought a box of
Mitchell Lurie 4.5 reeds, which all looked fine when I got them, but
within a week or two about half of them (unused) had warped. I kept the
whole box in my clarinet case. Several reeds that I had been using
(same brand and strength, different batch) also became warped.

Is there any way to fix a warped reed? And what's the best way to store
reeds? I used to use one of those reed cases that Vandoren makes, the
kind that holds four at once, but my reeds got moldy very quickly, so
now I keep them in the little plastic things they're sold in.

Thanks!

--
Donna M. Higgins

"The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey
their children." - The Duke of Windsor (1894-1972)

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