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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000466.txt from 2002/06

From: "Daniluk, Bill" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re: "Buzzy" sound ...
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 15:41:06 -0400

If you REALLY want to minimize the time you spend fiddling around with
reeds, find yourself a Legere (the best synthetic) that comes close to what
you want, and play it until you figure out how to get the sound you desire.
While I would not argue that a Legere is as good as the best commercial or
hand made reeds, it has a virtue that no cane reed has: Every time you go
back to it, it plays the same (within a reasonable tolerance) as the last
time you played it, irrespective of the temperature, humidity, having been
stored on a sheet of optically flat glass, or having been played 4 hours the
day before. This stability allows YOU to adapt to IT,and once you have
found a combination that is to your liking, it will last for MONTHS not
HOURS. Plus, you will not be trying to bring it back to life during the
intermission of the concert with Schubert 8th yet to play. I also would not
argue that someone willing to spend hours and hours on their whittling merit
badge would not be likely to come up with a more beautiful sound (though I
suspect that there are other factors just as important or more so than the
reed), but I prefer to allocate my clarinet time playing music.

One person's perspective.
Bill Daniluk


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