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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000579.txt from 2003/06

From: Erik Tkal <bbtkal@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Survey - What brand of reeds do you use?
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 19:10:35 -0400

Walter, you may also want to note what mouthpiece as well.

I am playing a Buffet R-13, Vandoren B45 mouthpiece. I've use Mitchell Lurie 2 1/2 fine, Rico Royal 2 1/2 are similar, seem a little stiffer. Vandoren 2 1/2s were way too inconsistent for me and tended to be too stiff as well. Someone suggested I try V12s and I am currently using those at 2 1/2 strength, seem much more consistent, though a bit stiffer than the Mitchell Lurie and Rico Royals.

I have only been playing clarinet for 4 months now, so take my preferences so far with a grain of salt... :-P

Erik Tkal

At 03:20 PM 6/19/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>I know we have been through this before, but I thought it would be interesting and instructive to see what people are playing on these days.
>
>Several new brands of reeds are on the market. Some established brands seem to have taken a dip in quality, some have seemed to improve. So - what reeds are YOU using these days?
>
>Also what reeds do you recommend for young (middle school) students.
>
>Thanks,
>Walter
>www.clarinetXpress.com
>superb mouthpieces and repairs.
>
>BTW - here's my selection. For the past few months I have been using Zondas and Gonzales reeds. Before that I was using Vandoren V 12's. I did have some "regular" Vandorens that worked well for me when I couldn't get the V 12's to play satisfactorily.
>
>I almost always wind up with a 3 1/2 strength no matter what the brand except for Mitchell Lurie, where I vacillated between 5's (too soft) and 5 1/2's (too stiff).

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