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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000080.txt from 2001/05

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reed Balance
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 22:30:46 -0400

At 09:30 PM 5/2/2001 -0500, Roger Garrett wrote:
>At 10:21 AM 5/2/01 -0400, you wrote:
>>I cannot agree more. Who cares what the danged reed looks like as long
>>as it plays well and sounds good? It is best to get a teacher or
>>colleague to listen to you if you have doubts. OR record yourself on a
>>decent system and listen critically.
>To clarify, I don't balance reeds for the way they look. I balance them
>so they play better.
>Recording and having other ears listen is a good thing - but it doesn't
>give you any feedback about how the reed: responds, feels, articulates, etc.

The original poster said that, shifted slightly to one side, the reed
played "really sweet." I take that to mean it did not require further
attention in regard to tone, response, feel, articulation, etc. It played
PERFECTLY when slightly offset, needing no further balancing. To insist
that it must adjusted so it can be symmetrically placed on the mouthpiece
as well is to engage in unnecessary fastidiousness, bordering on the

Bill Hausmann
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Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

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