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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000141.txt from 2001/05

From: stewart kiritz <kiritz@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reed Life
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 23:17:30 -0400

This is not related to the number of hours a reed is playable but to reed
longevity in a different sense. About two years ago I resumed playing after
a hiatus of over 25 years. In my buffet case was a reed case with four
reeds in it. I moistened a reed, put in on the horn and ....it sounded
terrible. But as I got my embouchure back I revisited these old reeds and
oddly enough they sounded just fine. I was quite surprised.

Stewart Kiritz

----- Original Message -----
From: "Musicstudents.com" <jonathan@-----.com>
Subject: Re: [kl] Reed Life

>
>
>
> 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>
> To: <klarinet@-----.org>
> Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 6:30 PM
> 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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