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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000145.txt from 2001/05

From: "Tarmo Pajusaar" <tarmo@-----.ee>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reed Life
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 05:30:24 -0400

This is partially what I'm concerned with in my doctoral thesis. The most
hard part is to find more or less measurable physical criteria to follow.
And it goes back to the question like what kind of reed is considered "good"
by players or, in other words, what properties make reed a good one. Then
changes in those properties could be followed. While there probably are as
many opinions as there are clarinetists, some similarities in changes of
those properties could still be present.
I haven't tried to measure how long my reeds last, but 20-30 hours sounds
reasonable for me.

Tarmo Pajusaar
Tallinn, Estonia

----- 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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