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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000191.txt from 2001/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Vandoren magazine
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 23:36:22 -0400

<><> somebody wrote:
Robert Vandoren used to say "wet but don't play it." When you start a
new reed do not play high-pitched notes or staccato because it tires the

<><> Androyd wrote:
Well, how is one to decide whether or not the reed is considered "good"?
To me, a major factor in determining a reed's value comes in its tone
and ability to respond on high pitched and staccato notes........

<><> Stewart=A0Kiritz wrote:
I think what is meant is that you check the reed out for high pitched
and staccato notes but don't play such for extended periods until the
reed is broken in.

The "start gently" advice (don't play a reed hard until it has gone
through a few cycles of wetting and rubbing down and drying) is given in
many books. This seems like a 'given' to me.

The point (according to all the books and articles that I've read)
is to close the pores first and to allow the reed to 'settle down' after
any initial adjustments to its overall response (stiffness) before you
put the reed to major test or use or final adjustment.

In other words, invest in a few sessions of preliminary reed
preparation before you begin to pass judgement on it. It's not just the
cost of a reed. You may be throwing away the perfect reed or saving an
awful reed if you pass judgement too early in the process.


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