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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000621.txt from 2003/06

From: "fred.sheim" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Survey - What brand of reeds do you use?
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 12:54:07 -0400

I have used Olivieri #4 since 1963. Presently I use a Woodwind Sidney
Forrest mouthpiece that was customized for me. I use a shoestring ligature
as described in David Pino's book.

The Olivieri reeds are not as good as they were before 'tempering', but I
still find them (the 'good' ones better than anything else I have
tried. They went through a terrible slump in the '90's, but do seem to be
coming back in quality. I never had success with Vandorens, and although I
recently had a stint with Rico 'Grand Concerts', I keep going back to my

I personally do not feel that ligatures make as much of a difference as is
touted on the list. Some difference maybe, but major differences, no. I
feel that it is a marketing ploy to further extract our $$$.

About the mouthpiece, I don't know what he did, but he kept scraping
something inside and even on the lay and it got better and better for
me. To me, the reed and mouthpiece is the major factor in tone production,
not the lig.

And long ago I have accepted the fact that I am Fred, and I get Fred's
sound. There are other TYPES of sound, not better, not worse, but
DIFFERENT, and so what. Did Rampal worry that his sound was not as sweet
as Galway's? Noop. Practice, play, and enjoy. Don't get crazy over
equipment. You will never be the 'best'; you will not be the
worst. Enjoy what you are.

I must be getting old- is 56 old? (77% with my clarinet)


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