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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000641.txt from 2003/10

From: "James Hobby" <>
Subj: [kl] Anybody using Mozart reeds?
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 00:59:14 -0400

We tried both Mozart and Gonzales, essentially since they were being
produced by the same company. In blind tests, we (my students and I) felt
that the Gonzales was much more consistent. We got more out-of-the box
usable with Gonzales. In fact, the first two boxes had 1-2 in each box that
required a little adjustment. The rest were usable, as is -- although we,
like most clarinet players, can't resist in doing a little adjusting, just
to see if we can improve on the original, even though it works well. The
Mozarts tended to be a bit stuffy, and inconsistent in strength.

In all honesty, the last box of Gonzales that one of my students ordered was
peculiar in that most of the reeds (all marked 3) were closer to 4. I hope
this was a bit of human oversight, and not a problem with the brand.

Jim Hobby

>Last night I pulled out bunches of different brands of reeds. I just made a
mouthpiece change (first one in four and a >half years) and I wanted to see
what reeds worked best with my new mouthpiece. Out of Vandorens, Garand
Concert >Evolution, Zonda, Mozart, and Gonzales, it was the Gonzales that
impressed me the most, BTW.
>I was impressed by a few of the Mozarts (even though I do not ike the way
they are cut). I haven't heard much about >them lately. Is anybody out there
playing on them?

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