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#1 BeamishBoy

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 19:34

Hi,

I understand that all reeds should be soaked in a dish of water but how long should they be soaked? I normally leave them overnight but would that make the reeds too thin?

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 19:45

Umm.. I never soak my clarinet reeds!! Unless they are really hard. Usually all I do is lick them just before I play. *shrugs* Oboe reeds are a lot more delicate though - I soak them for a few minutes before I play smile.gif
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 19:54

QUOTE(BeamishBoy @ Sep 5 2007, 08:34 PM) View Post

Hi,

I understand that all reeds should be soaked in a dish of water but how long should they be soaked? I normally leave them overnight but would that make the reeds too thin?

Thanks


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I've never heard of anybody doing that!

As far as I know, you just need to wet the reed in your mouth before using it (I've never timed myself but maybe about 15 seconds I'm guessing.... unsure.gif ), and then wipe it after you've used it and let it dry out flat.

The only time you would soak a reed in water is when you get a new one, but just soak it for around 30 seconds in very tepid water. As far as I know unsure.gif

What makes you think they should be soaked overnight? wink.gif

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:00

i just sit there sucking them looking like an idiot in the middle of a concert...
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:04

QUOTE(skylark @ Sep 6 2007, 03:54 AM) View Post

QUOTE(BeamishBoy @ Sep 5 2007, 08:34 PM) View Post

Hi,

I understand that all reeds should be soaked in a dish of water but how long should they be soaked? I normally leave them overnight but would that make the reeds too thin?

Thanks


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I've never heard of anybody doing that!

As far as I know, you just need to wet the reed in your mouth before using it (I've never timed myself but maybe about 15 seconds I'm guessing.... unsure.gif ), and then wipe it after you've used it and let it dry out flat.

The only time you would soak a reed in water is when you get a new one, but just soak it for around 30 seconds in very tepid water. As far as I know unsure.gif

What makes you think they should be soaked overnight? wink.gif


Yes, I'm referring to new reeds. Just bought from the shop. I thought soaking them would make them easier to play.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:06

QUOTE(BeamishBoy @ Sep 5 2007, 09:04 PM) View Post

Yes, I'm referring to new reeds. Just bought from the shop. I thought soaking them would make them easier to play.

Thank goodness that's what you meant biggrin.gif I thought you meant you were soaking your reeds after every time you used them!

I was just told to soak new reeds for around 30 seconds though wink.gif
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:13

QUOTE(BeamishBoy @ Sep 5 2007, 09:04 PM) View Post
QUOTE(skylark @ Sep 6 2007, 03:54 AM) View Post

QUOTE(BeamishBoy @ Sep 5 2007, 08:34 PM) View Post

Hi,

I understand that all reeds should be soaked in a dish of water but how long should they be soaked? I normally leave them overnight but would that make the reeds too thin?

Thanks


ohmy.gif
I've never heard of anybody doing that!

As far as I know, you just need to wet the reed in your mouth before using it (I've never timed myself but maybe about 15 seconds I'm guessing.... unsure.gif ), and then wipe it after you've used it and let it dry out flat.

The only time you would soak a reed in water is when you get a new one, but just soak it for around 30 seconds in very tepid water. As far as I know unsure.gif

What makes you think they should be soaked overnight? wink.gif


Yes, I'm referring to new reeds. Just bought from the shop. I thought soaking them would make them easier to play.






Too much water can damage the fibers of the reed




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#8 BeamishBoy

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:30

QUOTE(lizbun @ Sep 6 2007, 04:13 AM) View Post

Too much water can damage the fibers of the reed


Now I know why my playing hasn't been all that good. Too much soaking of new reeds. Hehe.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:36

QUOTE(BeamishBoy @ Sep 5 2007, 09:30 PM) View Post

QUOTE(lizbun @ Sep 6 2007, 04:13 AM) View Post

Too much water can damage the fibers of the reed


Now I know why my playing hasn't been all that good. Too much soaking of new reeds. Hehe.

Yes that would explain a lot! biggrin.gif
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:48

I've never soaked any of my reeds... not even new ones.
This is the first time I've ever heard of it.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 20:49

QUOTE(sbhoa @ Sep 5 2007, 09:48 PM) View Post

I've never soaked any of my reeds... not even new ones.
This is the first time I've ever heard of it.


Neither have I!
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 08:23

Never soaked new reeds. As Skylark says just suck on them for a few seconds and wipe the excess moisture off.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 17:31

I believe the perfect soaking regime is to stick it in your mouth when putting the rest of the instrument then sticking it on the instrument. Only time I soak in water is when I've got lots of instrument changes as the air con in the hall is drying the reeds too fast
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 21:49

i play oboe not clarinet, but cane is cane ohmy.gif) my oboe teacher said not to bother soaking reeds unless they're very hard (which from the gist of this thread is the general consensus for clarinet ones too), she said spit is the best thing because it's warm? so just to suck the reed for a bit, just holding in your mouth. i figure it's probs the same with clarinet reeds too *shrugs*
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 03:10

QUOTE(x_lenia_x @ Sep 7 2007, 05:49 AM) View Post

i play oboe not clarinet, but cane is cane ohmy.gif) my oboe teacher said not to bother soaking reeds unless they're very hard (which from the gist of this thread is the general consensus for clarinet ones too), she said spit is the best thing because it's warm? so just to suck the reed for a bit, just holding in your mouth. i figure it's probs the same with clarinet reeds too *shrugs*


Last night, I used a new reed (not soaked at all). Of course, I put it in my mouth as I set up my equipment. It turned out to be better than when I soaked the reed overnight. Soaking is now a thing of the past for me.

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