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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000560.txt from 2002/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: [kl] Tongue depressor reed
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 10:59:46 -0400

Just in case anyone besides me was wondering if you really need to use
cane for reeds.....

I finished (finally, after putting the project aside for a few weeks)
making a reed from a tongue depressor. I wetted it for 30 seconds and
then played a long tone. It worked, nice clear note! But then I
tried to play a second long tone, and I could feel the reed turning into
'cardboard' and collapsing as I played. I was not able to complete the
tone or start a new one.



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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