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 Re: My reeds best when warped... Mouthpiece frustration =(
Author: Ryan25 
Date:   2007-09-03 15:09

"I'm just very stressed about my setup in general, its like WWIII trying to get the sound I want... but I still can.

I think that statement is the key to your playing and frustration. Sometimes our equipment can make life difficult as clarinetist's and the good ones transcend these problems and find a way to make it work. The fact that you can still get the sound you want means that you are on the right path. Just keep working and making music like you have been. Our instruments are wood and so is the mechanisim for producing our sound (reeds) so in some ways we need to be as flexible as our equipment is. Was it Stubbins that said "play the reed, don't let it play you"?

Now as far as warped reeds go, I have no idea what that is about. I play a M13 lyre as well and somedays it's easier than others. One thing I like about it is the ease with which one can get a reed to work on it. Maybe the reeds of yours that are warped happen to also be the beter sounding cane and the warpeage doesn't really matter. I can't tell you how many reeds I have had that were perfectly balenced and visually perfect (by that I mean every dimension of the reed is symetric and perfect) only to get a sound that attracts crows. As long as nothing is wrong with your mouthpiece, then you just got to keep working at finding and maintainig your sound. I don't think it ever gets easy.

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