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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000179.txt from 2010/12

From: fred jacobowitz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Splotchy Reeds
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2010 12:13:09 -0500

If you soak the reeds in alcohol or peroxide, it'll kill the mold,
tho the discoloration will remain. The discoloration harm the reeds,

Fred Jacobowitz

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On Dec 24, 2010, at 10:26 PM, Steve Hartman wrote:

It sounds like mold. Are you using water to wet the reeds? If so, try
using saliva exclusively on the two unused reeds and see whether the
effect occurs.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kenneth Metz" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2010 10:04 PM
Subject: [kl] Splotchy Reeds

> I've never experienced this before and I'm curious to know if
> anyone else
> has. A couple of months ago I opened a new box of reeds and began
> using
> first four, and later another four, all of which gradually became
> discolored
> over period of a few weeks.
> It began with small dark spots or lines that eventually grew to
> cover from
> 10% to as much as 80% of the flat side and perhaps 50% of the other
> side,
> although it varied considerably from reed to reed. The discoloration
> appears, in color and pattern, as if someone had held a pencil
> sideways
> and
> randomly jiggled it over the reed surface to cover it with graphite,
> similar
> to what one does when attempting to see impressions in a writing
> pad of
> previously written note by covering over the portion of the paper
> that has
> not been impressed by the writing implement (imagine Cary Grant
> doing this
> in North By Northwest). However, neither wiping nor scraping the
> surface
> removes the discoloration. And soaking the reeds seemed to
> accelerate the
> process.
> All the reeds played fairly well (with the usual variations)
> although I
> stopped using them as the discoloration progressed. (I had hoped
> to use
> them in a December concert but thought better of it.) There are
> still two
> unused reeds that appear to be perfectly normal. (I'm saving them
> for a
> future experiment.) No other reeds showed this effect during the
> same time
> period, even though they were all treated the same and stored in
> the same
> place when not being used.
> Any ideas about what is happening here?
> Ken Metz
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