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All about Clarinets / Re: Fly Me to the Moon
« on: January 17, 2024, 05:58:49 AM »
I notice you are using a Rovner ligature.  How do you like it?
I am a bit of a traditionalist, but I recently succumbed to a Rovner Dark, and I will admit that I rather like it.  It is much easier to fit a reed against, and the single large thumbscrew is handy.

I especially like how they are more gentle to a MP.
Its actually a BG lig. Don't really know much about them. Its just a ligature

Help and info about other instruments / Re: Tongue drum
« on: January 07, 2024, 12:44:32 PM »
I can't load the video here, but is this a steel drum of caribbean fame?
No its a new type of instrument, only been around since about 2000
 Originally they were big hand pans tuned to a minor, ethnic scale and were often used during meditation, yoga etc.
Can see my two tongue drums here:


Trading Post / Re: The Most Advanced Clarinet Book
« on: January 07, 2024, 12:41:15 PM »

Help and info about other instruments / Tongue drum
« on: January 04, 2024, 12:10:40 PM »
Anyone tried these? They're a modern invention, only been around for a few years and are great fun. Small ones like this 8" are normally played with mallets like a glockenspiel, but you get the best sound if you use your hands, hitting hard and releasing instantly so the tongues can ring.


Trading Post / Re: The Most Advanced Clarinet Book
« on: January 04, 2024, 12:06:18 PM »
Added to my wishlist, will probably get it soon. Ok for beginners around level.1?

Trading Post / Re: Interesting auctions
« on: January 04, 2024, 11:50:53 AM »
That's nice!

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: January 04, 2024, 03:41:31 AM »
I had a fibracell that Windy sent me but it was. 1.5, way too soft. Would try a stronger one though

All about Clarinets / Re: The very first CSO?
« on: January 04, 2024, 03:08:32 AM »
Larry, glad you remember my analysis on a fictional cartoon character's mystery instrument!
Oh yes, I'm always correcting people on Facebook about it  :P

All about Clarinets / Re: Odd LJ vent
« on: January 04, 2024, 03:07:00 AM »
I love the look of salt spoon keys. Bring em back I say  :P

All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: January 04, 2024, 03:04:15 AM »
I just noticed the trill keys. The upper one is very different!

All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B16 Clarinet ?
« on: January 04, 2024, 02:55:39 AM »
I'd glad you guys can see the difference because I wouldn't have a clue. I didn't know there even was such a thing as a B16!

All about Clarinets / Fly Me to the Moon
« on: January 04, 2024, 02:34:19 AM »
Picking up the clarinet after a while away from it, with an old favourite.
Despite not having played fir ages it  seemed so...easy. Its like it's trying to tell me that THIS is the instrument I should be focusing on. But it's the break that puts me off. I just can't see how to do that smoothly, so I stick with the chalumeau range...and then feel a bit annoyed because I'm only playing half of the instrument.
Best wishes for 2024 everyone!


All about Clarinets / Re: Recommended mouthpiece upgrade?
« on: November 19, 2023, 03:11:43 AM »
Clarinet is so frustrating! Sometimes its just nice to pick up the recorder and play. No mp to worry about, no dodgy or badly placed reed.

All about Clarinets / Re: Recommended mouthpiece upgrade?
« on: November 17, 2023, 02:07:43 PM »
Someone on Facebook recommended Behn Overture. Apparently cheaper and better than Vandoren B45

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