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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000146.txt from 2001/05

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] You say that you want a stiff reed?
Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 07:01:26 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gavin Rebetzke []
> Sent: Friday, May 04, 2001 2:59 AM
> I have a number of packets of Mitchell Lurie Reeds that are marked as
> 5-1/2. They were all bought at one retailer, over the past 10 years,
> culminating with me buying most of their remaining stock when I discovered
> them in a discount bin. Presumably there was not much demand for them. I
> don't know when they were originally ordered by the store, but presume it
> was some time ago. Obviously Mitchell Lurie Reeds did come in 5-1/2s at
> some stage if they no longer do.---Gavin

I have a BW&WW catalog that still lists them. I used Lurie 5-1/2's for
several years, but it was a long time ago. The original demand came from
players who found Lurie's #5 strength too light on very close-faced
mouthpieces. I think the #5-1/2 was meant to give some room for adjustment -
hence a little stiffer out of the box than many players would want. Everyone
I knew (admittedly a fairly small local circle here in the Philadelphia
area) who was using them switched to V12s when Vandoren began producing

Karl Krelove

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