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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000425.txt from 2002/06

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: "Buzzy" sound ...
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 17:31:20 -0400

<><> JEDISUSHI wrote:
First we must accept the fact that 90% of the reeds we can get
commercially are bad, sub-standard, and should never be used even in the
practice room.

Well, Jedi, I'd like to make Sushi of that comment. It's true that
Gigliotti was once quoted as saying: "I went through maybe 1,500 reeds
and found 200 with possibilities, not necessarily playable." But this
quote was from years ago, and I'm sure that equipment and methods and
materials have improved much since then.

I doubt that even 5% of the Klarinet audience discard 90% of the reeds
they buy. This returns us to the issue that many (most?) clarinetists
want to get different sounds out of their equipment in different
situations. If you can do so, then you can find value in more than 10%
of the reeds you buy.

If adjusting reeds has no other value, it teaches you how to hear and
cope with differences between individual reeds.



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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