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All about Clarinets / Re: Confession Thread.
« on: March 29, 2019, 03:18:45 PM »
I’m a hacker. Around age 10 I taped cardboard tubes to the end of my clarinet to see how low it could go.

Windy, have you heard of Moon Hooch?


Speaking of the alto, I recently watched this video by Bret Newton: "Who's Afraid of the Alto Clarinet"

This is a live recording from the 2019 Clarinet Colloquium at Texas A&M University at Commerce where Matthew Banks and I try to dispel some of the myths and rumors about the Alto Clarinet.


30 minutes.

All about Clarinets / Re: Selling My Clarinet
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:30:48 AM »
I had to send the rosewood Selmer contra alto I've been playing on for the past few years back to San Francisco with his daddy at the start of the summer.  It is a very nice clarinet that was rich in tone and nearly as agile as a Selmer Series 9 soprano.  I'm going to miss the big guy.

All about Clarinets / Re: Trying out some different reeds today
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:28:10 AM »
Unlike myself, most professionals use a harder reed.

As near as I can tell, it's a (gender-free) machismo thing — or rather, that's half the reason people do it.  The other half is that you do tend to get more consistent vibration out of it, once it starts vibrating.

On my bass, I've found:
  • Fibercell definitely gives me a more sax-like sound - raw and edgy
  • Bari reeds don't work for me (on any instrument)
  • Legere blue-label (regular) play nicely, but are missing a wooden reed tone
  • Legere black-label (Signature) are closer to the real thing

That said, I normally play Van Dorens, prefer V21, but will slide down to V.12, or blue box, depending on what's available for the clarinet I'm playing.  (eefer, beefer, alto, bass, contra alto) 

However, for outdoors use, it's Legere all the way.  A Legere 2.5 for our community band's performance of the anthem at the Royals (vs. Twins) game on the 13th. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Alto clarinet open vs closed, plus ?'s
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:53:50 AM »
I've all but given up on the traditional metal screw ligature because of the slippage problem.  I really do like the Rovner ligatures, across the line - eefer to contra alto.  I also have a Selmer Magni-Tone ligature that works well. 

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:44:54 AM »
A bit spendy, but with "wriggle room", and with a forked Eb and articulated C#/G#.  Interesting.
What do you suppose is going on with that wood?  Extremely dry?  Water damage?


Quite a bit of wiggle room, as time has shown.  The white stuff was indeed stinky mold.  It's received its first treatment with white thyme oil.  The thyme oil nearly brought out the serial at the bottom of the bottom joint, and it brought out "HP" over "B♭" on its barrel. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Good luck, eBay seller
« on: September 06, 2018, 02:51:48 PM »
How does a clarinet stored in the desert end up with mold all over it?  Ewwwww


All about Clarinets / Re: It's about thyme
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:24:54 PM »
So, a friend who works at the Kansas City Museum asked about getting the fungus off of an old clarinet.  She's in contact with the Musical Instrument Museum, but in the meantime, here's some science-supported evidence for oil of Thyme that she dug up:


Another vote for Vandoren.  They make thicker bite thingies as above, and they also make thinner ones.  I still don't know which kind I prefer.  My alto mouthpieces (Hite) came with thinner ones.  I use a thicker one on my alto sax (Fobes).  I think I've put thicker ones on my soprano clarinet mouthpieces. 

All about Clarinets / Re: How to remove "scale" from bore
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:13:35 AM »
Ok, a plastic Bundy.  Nothing precious.   :D

Tape over the tone holes as well as one end of the joint and put your de-scaling solution inside. 

The vinegar is done when it has finished bubbling.  It may bubble very slowly, though.  I wouldn't bother diluting household vinegar, assuming that the electrical tape remains water-tight.  (Heck, packing tape should do and would give you ways to throw light in there and look.)

From there, I'd be tempted to run a brush through to dislodge any leftover crud and repeat the process.

Having watched for a while, I'd have to say "seasonal fluctuations".  They go up, they go down.  Not a month or two ago, a badly water-damaged Noblet alto went for north of $350, an absolutely crazy price. 

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:55:30 PM »
I held one once.  Man, it was tiny! 

All about Clarinets / Re: How to remove "scale" from bore
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:49:18 PM »
If it's hard rubber or plastic, then you can safely soak it, once you've taken off the pads and keywork, of course.

The other solution is 3-minute denture cleaner for a short period, or the overnight kind ... overnight.  Works well to get crud off of mouthpieces. 

All about Clarinets / Re: How to remove "scale" from bore
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:43:07 PM »

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:17:59 AM »
Wow 6.60, that IS cheap.

For now.  It will go up and up and up from there.

An English name on a German clarinet?

Even the French have made German clarinets.

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