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Many thanks to everyone who has already commented on my blog. I want to respond to Eric's question about replacing 22 gauge wire with 20 guage. First, just replacing the old 22 guage wire with new 22 guage wire can help an older reed as the wire sometimes loses its tension over time. I often have replaced 22 guage wire with 21 guage wire if I felt I needed more tension on the first wire. This will often solve the problem of E2 (third space E in the bass clef staff) sagging. I don't see how using 20 guage wire would hurt the reed's performance over the long run as long as you don't overtighten.