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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000465.txt from 2004/10

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Air flow
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 10:01:47 -0400

At 08:50 AM 10/16/2004 -0400, Adam Michlin wrote:

>So, I will stand by my statement that the reed must strike the mouthpiece.
>Please commence fire.

And be prepared. This topic has come up before, and there are those who
refuse to believe that the reed closes the mouthpiece completely, in spite
of photographic evidence.

>>Softer reeds are required on open mouthpieces not so they will strike the
>>mouthpiece, but so they will completely close the "valve." It is, of
>>course, easier to produce a subtone on an open mouthpiece, too, by using
>>a harder reed.
>Ah, strike does imply a different phenomenon than the closing of a valve.
>Perhaps I should say the reed must touch the mouthpiece?

That would be more accurate. The use of the work "strike" brings with it
an image of a percussive sound resulting. "Close" would probably be most

Bill Hausmann

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