At 09:46 PM 5/3/02 -0500, Dr. Lewis Blevins wrote:
>Fifty bucks is, in my opinion,
>an underpayment for the reeds he would ordinarily provide.
Benedict can certainly do better work for a wider variety of pipes
than almost anyone else. Still, the common observed modern
combination of economics and performance cannot stand, long term.
>$65 per reed and still think I got a great deal given the longevity
You may have.
But despite their reputation I posess one of their reeds that was
quite sensitive to weather while it lasted. I've played Benedict's
instrument myself, I've sat playing near him, and his personal
reed was more reactive than mine. My reed of theirs warped beyond
utility on my island with a very stable climate. This is not to
criticize them specifically, I think they're great by preesent
expectations. I've always seen the same variable outcomes from
from every maker I've encountered.
Long term, the market will go one way or the other. We must either
take command of the stucture to make the object worthy of the
present level of financial investment, or else bring down the cost
enough that players can easily afford to find what they want,
buying a handful of reeds that have the presently observed
Where we're heading is $30 or less for hand crafted cane reeds,
and $15 or less for bulk cane.
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