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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000047.txt from 2008/10

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Eb Mouthpiece (and reeds)
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2008 14:07:05 -0400

Hi Gary,=0D
I use Glotins (yellow box), but they are hard to find because the company w=
ent out =0D
of business. I also use Bb reeds that I cut down. If you are play above t=
he C =0D
above the staff, you will need a stiffer reed (about the strength of a Vand=
oren #4-=0D
4.5). If you are playing below that, you can get away with a #3-3.5. I ha=
ve found =0D
that for me, the softer reeds are more comfortable to play and less tiring,=
especially when you are just starting on eefer. The harder reeds offer bet=
ter =0D
pitch stability, but take some time to build the stamina to play for long p=
eriods. =0D
I also find that when I am playing eefer in a dry climate, it helps to keep=
reeds =0D
in water and when I am able to change them, do so. Less chance of squeakin=
g. This =0D
is what works for me, so keep that in mind.=0D
Nancy Buckman=0D
Orchestra AACC=0D
Opera AACC=0D
Baltimore Flute Choir=0D
Early Music Society of Northern MD=0D


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