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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000139.txt from 2001/05

From: "Musicstudents.com" <jonathan@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reed Life
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 23:01:33 -0400

I remember someone who played with us had a reed over 10 years old when we
started the band. He then played with us for about 3 years with the same
reed. Conservatively he blew through that reed 1 hour per week for 3 years
that I witnessed. He only owned that one reed, and he sounded pretty darn
good. Although we couldn't play certain songs because one of his springs was
broken and he insisted on taping that key shut rather than getting it fixed.
Takes all kinds I guess.

Jonathan

----- Original Message -----
From: fpg <fpg@-----.us>
Subject: [kl] Reed Life

> I've been curious about how long a reed actually lasts, i.e.. actual
> playing time. For the past seven months, I kept a "reed journal,"
> recording actual playing time from those 5, 10, and 15 minute periods
> when breaking in until the reed was IMO no longer playable. I used as
> ending criteria rasping/buzzing sound in chalameau, uneven or failed
> response above E4, and having the reed "stop sounding" particularly in
> clarion. (I realize that these criteria are rather subjective). My
> average playing time is about 1 1/2 hours a day using Black Master #3.
> In this framework, I am averaging slightly over 29 hours playing time
> per reed. I'd be interested in hearing other players ideas or comments
> on reed longevity. Frank
>
> Frank P. Galiani
> Bloomington, Indiana
>
>
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