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 Re: Asymmetrical curve vs. Symmetrical curve
Author: brycon 
Date:   2017-11-22 19:12

Quote:

Assymetry in a mouthpiece facing makes no sense whatsoever.


Have you tried playing them?

I watched Tom Ridenour's video on asymmetrical facings a while back after it was cited here. At the time, I'd been playing an asymmetrical piece made by Dan Johnston for a few years; very little of what Tom said jibed with my own playing experience.

Properly-balanced reeds felt balanced on the asymmetrical facing; reeds also wore out as slowly or quickly as on any other mouthpiece I'd ever played. In general, there was no significant difference in how I had to deal with reeds. Though in comparison to vintage pieces I'd played (including a beautiful Chicago Kaspar, which was my main mouthpiece for a few years), the Johnston was far more reed friendly.

When Ramon Wodkowski was touching it up after four years of heavy playing, I asked him about asymmetrical facings. He said that it was primarily a matter of feeling--that an asymmetrical facing wouldn't play much differently than a symmetrical one. To me, it provides a different sort of resistance, as though there's more of a cushion. At softer dynamics especially, it feels as if you have something to blow against but not in the way a harder reed, more open facing, etc. would provide.



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