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Very good! May lead to new types of synthetic reeds.
 

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Very good! May lead to new types of synthetic reeds.
I sure hope so!


A very interesting project. I hope we can see more like this in the future.
 

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Not a word concerning the effect of saliva deposits that build-up in the fibers? This apparently was a completely mechanical study - still good though.
 

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The 2.5 month's of playing mentioned for the 25-50% loss in reed stiffness is interesting, though unclear how many hours that would be.
 

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Yeah. It would be like two weeks for me.
 

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Connor Kemp seems to be an ambitious man with an interesting biography and healthy historical instincts. Is he driven primarily by a desire to help the woodwind players to save cost and get more satisfaction from their reeds? Or by career opportunities an advanced degree can create? Hard to tell. Whichever the case, a PhD in reed fatigue is unlikely to have any practical applications. I imagine that Vandoren already know more than a few such PhDs combined.
 

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Impressive research. I'd like to see a microbiologist quantify the rate at which amoebas, bacteria, & yeast molds munch away at cane fibers, thus altering the perceived strength of the reed. I bet the microphotographs would be exciting! Ever see a Ramazzottius varieornatus up close?

May I also suggest that somebody research how to improve reed manufacturers' sorting & grading protocols.
 
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