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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000435.txt from 2005/05

From: "Patricia A. Smith" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Question on Gonzales FOF reeds
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 13:18:26 -0400

Ormondtoby Montoya wrote:

>..... Also, while some people don't want to transfer skin oil to the reed or to 'compact' the reed's fibers, other people feel that rubbing the reed with thumb or forefinger while the reed rests on a glass plate (after rinsing the reed) compacts the fibers and reduces waterlogging.
This procedure works well for me, too Ormondtoby. I think so many
things depend greatly on the person, and on the climate. I do think
some folks lack patience with reeds. I have found that, as I've grown
older, I am much more patient with my reeds than I was when I was a
young university student. Back then, if I ran out of reeds, I'd just
fork over a few dollars, buy a new box, and think nothing of that!
Nowadays, hey, three new boxes is money out of the food, or phone bill,
or car insurance budget! 8-O

I really was a spoiled brat when I was young. I've found these days
that I can make a box of reeds go a pretty long way - necessity being
the mother of...etc.

Patricia Smith

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