Reeds and mouthpieces are essential equipment for playing clarinet, and they must be replaced periodically—especially reeds. How do you know when to swap out your reeds and your mouthpiece?
The most essential and most fragile part of the clarinet is the reed. Reeds are made of cane, a plant similar to bamboo. (There are synthetic reeds available for purchase; the rest of this post addresses cane reeds.) Many different companies make and sell reeds, and it is even possible to make them at home. […]