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.
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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