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Old 04-23-2019, 10:27 AM   #7
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Default Re: To carve or not to carve?

Where in California are you? There are many areas where the ambient humidity is quite low, which affects these reeds. I use a humidifier in the room I practice in while practicing. It becomes quite apparent whenever I forget to turn it on. It takes fifteen or twenty minutes for the reed to come back to life.
The older I get, the more certain I am, that everything should be made from blackwood, beeswax, reeds, shellac and bits of string...
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