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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000320.txt from 2005/08

Subj: RE: [kl] reeds warping
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 10:06:44 -0400

The ReedVitalizer is one of the most useful new products to come
along in a long time. I have been using it for about 1 1/2 years and
my reeds have never played so consistently from day to day. My
students and many of my colleagues also use it and are just as
enthusiastic about it as I am. I use the 84% humidipak for reeds I
am regularly playing and the 73% humidipak for reeds in the breaking
in process. It's inexpensive and it really works.


>Try using the Rico Reed Vitalizer and get the %73 humidipak with it,and it
>will go a long way toward solving your problem. It gives off moisture and
>takes up moisture when required ,and the bag is pretty much impermeable.
>I've been using it for about 6 months and am very happy with it for reed
>Floyd Williams
>Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
>Brisbane, Australia
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Peter Stoll []
>Sent: Saturday, 13 August 2005 2:23 AM
>Subject: [kl] reeds warping
>Hi everyone,
>We have had an exceptionally weird summer up here with
>wildly fluctuating levels of climate and humidity. I
>(and other locals I have talked to) have found most of
>my reeds (Vandoren reg's strength 4) warp, some
>continuously, on the bottom of the table. Sanding the
>backs removes most of the Vand.insignia. I have been
>for years taking Howard Klug's advice and letting the
>reed dry back up before putting them away so they dry
>evenly. No dice. I wet 'em in a plastic film can
>half-filled with water for a minute or so.
>I've tried switching to the Vandoren plastic cases
>with grooves underneath, then back to flat glass
>bottomed-cases and even licking the bottoms and
>sticking 'em wet right on to see if that made any
>difference. Still no progress. FWIW I work my reeds in
>slowly over 5 days or so at the start. I've been
>trying not polishing/sealing the vamp side to see if
>that will do anything for the last few months.
>I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who has
>had and conquered this problem or tried these or other
>solutions. We need these darn things so any
>help/insights are much appreciated (I've been using a
>Vand.Optimum ligature).
>Peter Stoll
>Peter Stoll
>University of Toronto
>RCM College of Examiners
>Toronto Philharmonia
>ERGO ensemble
>Talisker Players
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