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All about Clarinets / Cheap synthetic reed v a Lègére
« on: Today at 01:32:21 PM »
A while ago I got a cheap synthetic reed from Wish. It's not great. But was practically free.
Recently I bought a Lègére synthetic reed, strength 2 ½, definitely not cheap. But there's a huge difference!

All about Clarinets / Re: Requesting info about a Thibouville clarinet
« on: January 05, 2020, 11:58:28 PM »
So-called "full boehm" clarinets are an extension of the conventional boehm system:

They're not very popular these days but Selmer Paris made quite a few in the past. Here is an example:
Ah, I just noticed the C hole has a ring!

All about Clarinets / Re: Dodgy Maintenance video?
« on: January 05, 2020, 11:57:01 PM »
Cork adhesive is impervious to water. I've never had a problem leaving it wet for hours. Think of cork in a bottle. If I'm unable or too lazy to wipe my (non-wood) horn until hours after, the least I do is remove the MP to allow air flow.
Even with detergent as in the video? And anyway I thought we were told to disassemble the instrument after use to allow the corks to dry out, rather than leaving it assembled?(which I sometimes do if I have a quick play. Leave it on the stand assembled. And sometimes it gets forgotten about)

All about Clarinets / Re: Requesting info about a Thibouville clarinet
« on: January 05, 2020, 08:57:26 AM »
That is absolutely wonderful. Full Boehms are already hard to come by just as a general rule!
Do you mean early boehm clarinets? Aren't all modern clarinets full boehm?

All about Clarinets / Re: Dodgy Maintenance video?
« on: January 03, 2020, 05:27:48 PM »
The most effective technique is just to let it air dry, the old fashioned way.
That's what I generally do. Swab through from both ends, then the mouthpiece, and I run the run the reed under the tap, dab dry with tissue then disassemble the clarinet and leave the whole thing out to dry.
The area of concern with the mpc I was thinking about in the video is the cork getting wet, swelling and coming off.

All about Clarinets / Re: Dodgy Maintenance video?
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:08:39 AM »
Ehhh Idk about that.

Considering the fact that you can literally find a Vito clarinet from someone's attic after 35 years and it'll play just fine out of the box...
Should one really be washing one's mouthpiece in water like that? And what running a cloth under a closed pad? Surely that's a no no...

Very nice clarinet! And good luck with the clarineo.

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All about Clarinets / Dodgy Maintenance video?
« on: December 31, 2019, 06:19:24 AM »
Came across this. Looks a bit dodgy to me, even for a plastic instrument.

Help and info about other instruments / Re: Official Blockflöte Thread!
« on: December 30, 2019, 07:17:27 AM »
I have 5 now, a soprano , alto and tenor in plastic, and I recently acquired two old revoiced wooden recorders, an Adler soprano and a Gunter Wunderlich alto. The wooden alto sounds so mellow.

Help and info about other instruments / Re: Revisiting the Tin Whistle
« on: December 30, 2019, 07:14:15 AM »
Have fun. I have the, a brass Feadóg in D and a steel Generation in C which is much easier to play.

All about Clarinets / Re: 2019 new release from Kenny woodwind
« on: December 18, 2019, 08:51:34 AM »
Write to Kenny at

I LOVE his thumb rests! They are far superior to Ridenour or anything else. Your thumb will thank you, and the horn will be more stable in your hands.  There are a number of us on this list who use them.

Tell Kenny your address and he will send you a quote, then a PayPal invoice. Tell him you were referred by The Clarinet Pages.
Email sent

All about Clarinets / Re: Method books
« on: December 09, 2019, 12:20:05 AM »
I haven't seen a spiral method book yet. I may suggest getting a stand that has the two metal "sticks" (I guess) that can be moved around to hold any book in place. Most cheap wire stands have them.
I won't suggest my book as you appear to be intermediate. You may want to give it a look in the future (it is coincidently published in London, UK).
I have since realised it doesn't have to be spiral bound, as long as it opens flat. My current book doesn't, you need two hands to use it. Plus its aimed at kids.
I'm still a beginner as regards reading sheet music and playing what's on the sheet.

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