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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000229.txt from 2002/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: RE: [kl] Crystal Mouthpieces
Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 01:44:53 -0400

<><> Gene Nibbelin wrote:
For the more mature embouchure, don't forget the Vandoren V-12 reed. A
much better reed than the Vandoren regular, for the more advanced

Gene, I began searching for the "best reed" after I had been playing for
less than a year. Definitely I was not (and still am not) an advanced
player. Definitely my embouchure was not (and still is not) mature.

So when I saw Vandoren's catalog description that V-12 is for advanced
players, I almost didn't give them a try. But just out of curiosity, I
bought one.

V-12 didn't (and still doesn't) seem any more difficult to me to play
than any other reed that is labelled with the same stiffness. It
happens that I enjoyed (still enjoy) their sound more than any other
reed that I've sampled. Imo, the "for the advanced player" claim is
advertising hype, not factual. Beginners shouldn't allow the hype to
scare them away from trying V-12.



If I had Stadler's mouthpiece, would I play better? Or do I need his
ligature also? Or perhaps he and I are different persons? If I had
Mozart's pen, would I compose better?


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