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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000198.txt from 2003/10

From: "Buckman, Nancy" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 09:55:12 -0400

I have had students whose parents are rolling in money come in with some =
of the worst junk. They are usually the ones who

Nancy E. Buckman, CPO, AFO, Technical Assistant
School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD 21012-1895 USA
Phone 410-777-2316 Fax 410-777-2233

-----Original Message-----
From: Karl Krelove []
Subject: RE: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?

Of course, it probably goes without saying (but I'll put it in for the
record) that all of the recommendations you've gotten make assumptions =
the mouthpieces the students are playing that need to be evaluated case =
case. I doubt if even a complete beginner could get much that is =
with a #2 of any brand if he happens to wander in with a Gigliotti P =
someone gave him. Put a significantly more open or shorter facing on =
clarinet and even a #3 may be too stiff. Since you're talking about =
school and home school pupils whose families probably have more money to
spend on their equipment, almost any mouthpiece could show up in these
students' cases.

Karl Krelove

> -----Original Message-----
> From: K. Brannon []
> Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 1:00 PM
> To: Clarinet List (Moderated)
> Subject: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?
> Hi List,
> I'm teaching several beginners (mostly private school and
> home schooled kids)
> and am having trouble figuring out which reeds to start them on.
> The public
> school band directors in my area insist students use Vandoren 3's
> but they
> seem too hard at first. I have a reed knife, clipper, and
> sandpaper kit, but it
> seems to be too much trouble constantly fixing their reeds. (I
> have enough
> trouble with my own!) Isn't there a "store brand" that is pretty
> consistent for
> a beginner? Any suggestions?
> Karen Brannon

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