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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000053.txt from 2004/12

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Reeds
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 14:40:59 -0500

Stiffer reeds tend to have closer fibres - so, even when thinned down, they
last longer, are more reliable and don't get soaked.
Roger S.

In message <> writes:
Things cut ....

> Finally, many players prefer to start with a reed that's a little too heavy
and adjust it to the right resistance.
> That's why they make #5s.
> Karl Krelove
> -------------- Original message --------------
> > Can someone here tell me why they make a 5 strength clarinet reed?
> > Does anyone actually play such a thing?
> >
> > I bought a Mitchell Lurie (or was it a Vandoren?) 5 once just as a
> > novelty, and it was like trying to blow through tree bark.
> >
> > Really, what is the point?
> >
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