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 Re: Richard Killmer's Secret to fast reeds?
Author: dreygirl 
Date:   2006-11-06 20:38

Well, a lot of his fast reed making ability stems from his having to make (I think) 100 reeds within a short period of time, I want to say something like a week for weeks on end. I can't remember who this was for (there are so many stories about so many people I've heard from him!), but I do remember that someone (whether a teacher or a reed-employer) made him make an ungodly amount of reeds in a very short period of time. I do remember him saying something about once you make 1000 reeds you really learn how to do things fast.

I did my undergrad with him...I don't know that it's so much a secret, and honestly I think all his students at some point had the experience of him sitting down and making a reed in 5 minutes and it sounding better than ours. I think if you watch him, he just moves fast...sorry to sound like a simplistic answer, but RK himself doesn't like to "overthink" things. He's a very organic, intuitive player and teacher so he's not going to have a thesis on the measurements every 1/2 mm on the cane. I think at this point he does mostly what feels right.

If you want some kind of order, I'd say that RK would gouge a piece of cane (probably took 30 seconds on the Ross), then the shaping and tieing would take about 2 min, if that. Then he'd scrape quite a bit of cane out before even clipping it open (1.5 min). Then he'd clip the reed open and try it on the oboe before even putting a plaque in it, then he'd finish it accordingly. He called it the "5 min reed." Man, I miss seeing him all the time!!!!

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