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All about Clarinets / Re: Nifty, comfortable thumb saddle
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:25:10 AM »
Still love the thumb rest, softer and more comfortable than the the Ridenour. But had to lop off a corner to use with my Lyrique 576 as it interfered with the B/F# pad opening and closing. once I did that, works beautifully.

When I played my Conn 424N, before I sold it, I used a Vandoren 5JB with good results.  Even though it is considered the ultimate "jazz mouthpiece", I don't particularly for it on my Centered Tone.

Side note - the 5JB was supposedly developed by Vandoren with input from Kenny Davern, who used it on his plastic Conn 16. Unfortunately, I don't get the same result with the same setup, so it ain't all the mouthpiece!

Here's my 5 cents worth (tuning pun intended) on mouthpieces for vintage clarinets.

I had been using a Selmer C85 105 on my Selmer Centered Tone until Vytas Krass modified a Woodwind K13 especially for it, which was a vast improvement. Then I came across a vintage Selmer Table HS (same model as came with the CTs in 1952) which Vytas refaced, and yet more improvement!

On my vintage Leblancs (176 and L7) and King Marigaux, I thought my Portnoy BP02 was great until I used a Rico (now D'Addario) Reserve X0 or X5; great improvement.

The Ricos also work great on my Lyrique 576.

I guess the moral of this dissertation is to keep trying, and the right mouthpiece does make a difference. One popular mouthpiece I do not like is the Vandoren B45.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: The true "Artiste" models
« on: April 22, 2017, 08:02:44 AM »
Whoever Jean Barre was, my Jean Barre clarinet is one of my best players, right up there with the Leblanc L7.

All about Clarinets / Re: Phil's first impressions of the Vandoren BD5
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:49:41 PM »
Phil - Have you ever tried the Rico (D'Addario) Reserve mouthpieces?  I have both an X0 and an X5 and love them.  Super on both old Leblancs, the King Marigaux, and the Ridenour 576.  Work with reeds from 3.0 to 4.0.

All about Clarinets / Re: Penzel-Mueller - Appears to be plastic?
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:02:53 PM »
My DynaTone is marked as such on the upper joint and the bell.  Plastic.

All about Clarinets / Re: Leblanc Clarinet model?
« on: December 20, 2016, 02:59:32 PM »
Sorry Windsong, guess you posted as I was finding a Symphonie 3 emblem.

I have a 1949 Leblanc 176 and a 1971 L7, and love them.  Leblanc made some great clarinets in those years.

All about Clarinets / Re: Leblanc Clarinet model?
« on: December 20, 2016, 02:57:21 PM »
Windsong and keebee - I hate to burst the bubble, but the clarinet is a Leblanc LL.  I have attached the Symphonie 3 emblem.

But do not despair, the LL is a great clarinet, supposedly designed by Leon Leblanc himself.

All about Clarinets / Re: Centered Tone OMEGA??!
« on: September 30, 2016, 07:00:29 AM »
Here is a mint one on Vytas' web site:

But don't salivate over the King Marigaux 350 - I have it now...

All about Clarinets / Re: Nifty, comfortable thumb saddle
« on: September 17, 2016, 07:40:41 AM »
Kenny Woodwind - great job!  Now how do we buy one and how much do they cost?  I want at lest 2 more.

All about Clarinets / Nifty, comfortable thumb saddle
« on: September 13, 2016, 11:11:55 AM »
Hi all - Phil sent me this thumb rest the other day.

I really like it, it has found a home on my main horn, the L7.  Perfect fit on both the thumb and round clarinet, best thumb rest I have ever used.  Phil told me these are only available on special order from the maker.

So what do y'all think of the one you received?  Let us know, please.  See attached photos, a little blurry, but my photography skills about equal to my clarinet skill.

All about Clarinets / Re: Best free/cheap scoring arranging software?
« on: July 11, 2016, 07:40:25 AM »
I use Notation - similar to Finale, a little short in some respects, better in others, a bunch cheaper than the  paid versions.  Easy to have different keys of instruments, raise or lower pitch, cut and paste, change voices, add staffs, etc., etc.

All about Clarinets / Re: Conn serial numbers and model question
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:48:30 AM »
I may be mistaken, but I think the 446 models came after the 424 and 444 supposedly used by Artie Shaw.  In those days, the model number was the first part of the serial number.

Dave's music video of the week / Re: Kenny Davern jazz YouTube 'Smiles'
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:46:29 AM »
Says same thing on my CDs of Kenny.  I have the same setup but don't sound like him.  No way can I play altissimo that smoothly and easily, let along hit double high D.

All about Clarinets / Re: W. R. Yorke, Inc clarinet
« on: February 01, 2016, 02:07:54 PM »
Rezzie, you shoulda been there in 1954 when tiny Milan won the IHSAA state basketball tournament!  I think it was Bobby Plump who hit a last second (or so) shot to win the final game (was it against Muncie Central?).  This inspired the movie "Hoosiers".  Milan had beaten Terre Haute Gerstmeyer in the semi-final.  Future IU stars Arley and Harold Andrews (uncle and nephew) were on that team.

Oh yeah, I was in High School in Indiana then.

Kinda got off the Yerke subject, huh?  Too many memories brought back.

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