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All about Clarinets / Re: Kenny seems to be making mouthieces
« on: April 10, 2021, 07:55:14 PM »
Kenny, you should promote your products! Get out there.

All about Clarinets / Re: Please help me check the clarinetpages.xxx site
« on: February 23, 2021, 06:26:08 PM »
Both are working for me on Chrome.

All about Clarinets / Re: Hello
« on: February 22, 2021, 05:45:12 PM »
Hi! Welcome to the forum.  :D

All about Clarinets / Re: Comparing my Yamaha 4C with a Noblet 2V
« on: February 22, 2021, 05:43:31 PM »
That would be fun and enlightening, Dave! I was on a flute maker's forum for a few years. Every time I traveled to a distant place, I put out a message saying where I was going. I got invited to visit 7 makers overall - near Washington DC, rural Wisconsin, an island near Seattle, and at a hot spring in Oregon where a man dipped his plastic recorder into the water as he played (try it in your bathtub!).

If we sign our messages with location, it helps us set up visits and could lead to some gatherings.
-- Windy • Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

Yes it would. Great idea Dave. It would be so much fun to jam together.
-- Airflyte ~ Port Washington, WI. USA

All about Clarinets / Re: Scale shifted from CDE toABC
« on: January 22, 2021, 08:02:46 PM »
I'm with modernicus on this.

Your Prelude will play "one step" lower than concert pitch. C to Bb is one full step.

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing in the second octave
« on: January 20, 2021, 03:19:34 PM »
I guess you could get something for $20. Last time I looked the upline mouthpieces were like $80-$100. But like ligatures, they all play. As long as you get one that allows you to get all the "normal" notes (ie. not double high C....), stick with that. Then get quite good and go through the phase of trying everything under the sun. Then find one you like and stick with it forever (life is too short). I've used 2 mouthpieces since 1975 and they play almost identically.

Good advice. Paying more than $75 for a good playing mouth piece may be nothing more than diminished returns.

That could be Dave. Written on the brass before the shaping process.

If that's true, just another observation of the maker leaving a "note" on an early instrument.

I know it's an old thread, but I have a 19th c Buffet Crampon on the way to me from Europe that has a bell marked exactly like this (later replacement), so at least a component of another similar one has been found.  Wonder if the OP still has it or found any new info.

I sent Tinker a PM. Hopefully he will give you a reply!

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing in the second octave
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:15:41 PM »
Larry, the  Legere 2.5  may not be a good match for your mouth pieces. I have a story to tell about matching the reed to the mp but I'm short on time at the moment.

I will be back to tell you my experience. Keep at it!

. . . and was degunkehfying the neck and noticed this . . .

Are these initials?

I've learned much about clarinet mechanics from William Ridenour.

I think his videos are excellent and always on point. https://www.youtube.com/user/billyboy647/videos

There are many clarinet repair videos on youtube. I'm surprised that you're unable to find a video to help.

Additionally, Stephen Howard's Haynes Clarinet Manual is an invaluable source of info.


All about Clarinets / Avatars are back and photos can be attached.
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:54:24 PM »
Much thanks to Phil Pedler for upgrading the functionality of this forum!

He spent considerable time on the fixes.

All about Clarinets / Re: Well, I'm on a clarinet spree again...
« on: January 08, 2021, 01:38:24 PM »
You're absolutely right, Modernicus. Let's all do our part to spread false information.

Ok, let’s start by claiming that early clarinets are most likely “blown out” and not to bother with them.

They are best left for museum collections.

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing in the second octave
« on: January 07, 2021, 06:47:00 PM »
I would try loosening your embouchure - I know, you were recently told to firm it up on the lower notes but it's a fine line to keep that reed vibrating.

I like to warm up by playing the throat tones chromatically and getting the first upper register C to ring out nice and easy.

Let's talk about supporting that air stream as well. Get that diaphragm involved and visualize a nice clean column of air built on that very foundation.

I hope this helps Larry. Everyone seems to have certain specific "hacks" to help their tone.

PS, long tones do help to get everything working together.

All about Clarinets / Re: Tenon Cork Recommendations ?
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:14:42 PM »
Does anyone have advice on cleaning all the old cork from the tenons?

 I have pics from my first project horn but we are still working getting the forum photo attachment feature to work.

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