Yeah, that's over-revving big time. Powerband is at 8200 rpm, +/- 200, and with my new reeds it's running exactly 8200 all the way across the board without messing with clutching. Mine must have been low on power before when it could only squeeze a constant 8000 rpm. This summer i found a chipped reed pedal, and also a leaky guilotine rubber boot on my VES. WOW, what a difference that fix made! Can you say.....snappy!