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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000200.txt from 2002/05

From: "Joseph Wakeling" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Crystal Mouthpieces
Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 07:32:13 -0400

> With an acoustic guitar for instance, although some
> people might prefer a particular brand of string,
> generally speaking some brands are definitely
> better than others and you can safely recommend
> them due to their superior quality.

I would say the same is certainly true of reeds - e.g. I would recommend
Vandoren Traditional to anyone who asked (and my memory of Rico Royal is not
good, although I've enjoyed playing on their Grand Concert Select). And by
the same token I would say if you have a Rovner ligature you're not going to
suffer by it (unless you buy the Eddie Daniels one, in which case your
wallet will certainly suffer).

Even in the case of mouthpieces, which are much more a personal choice,
there are some "obvious" first picks - Vandoren again are good and I've
heard that people rave about Bay or Pillinger mouthpieces.

So it's not a case of being unable to make recommendations, rather, it's
just that you have to bear in mind that your personal setup may mean that
something different is required.

-- Joe


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