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Messages - KenJarczyk

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All about Clarinets / New Ridenour Aurea Clarinets
« on: November 01, 2021, 08:34:58 PM »
On the Clarinet side of my world.

Ridenour Clarinet Products and Wm Thomas Ridenour picked out a matched set (A & Bb) of his Brand New Lyrique Aurea Clarinets.  Not only do they look beautiful, Silver Plated Keys with Gold Posts, they play like a dream!  Warm, Dark and Euro-Sounding, Without a doubt the best designed, playing clarinets on the market.  Sent in a beautiful custom logo ProTec double case, but seen here in my Marcus Bona Triple Case, sharing room with my Eb.

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All about Clarinets / Re: What is the most OVERHYPED clarinet?
« on: June 04, 2019, 11:05:12 AM »
It does seem to ring true, that as a brand, Buffet is overrated.  But even saying that, there are some quite marvelous examples of them being performed on every day.  But this is a self-perpetuated anomaly as well, Schools of Music, Department heads, Clarinet faculty seem to be a major force in the dominance of the Buffet brand.

I still adore my 1969 R13, but there are certain issues that have caused me to make some changes.  I changed to Selmer, mostly for the key positions on the right hand little finger.  First with Selmer 10 series, now with a Selmer Signature.  I fell in love with my Selmer 10G A clarinet.  There’s where I am.

For strange location gigs, I do use the Ridenour Libertas Bb and the Ridenour A. 

Value is another topic for hype.  All Backun instruments are hype to me.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Off topic my new soprano sax!
« on: December 20, 2017, 07:08:18 AM »
Congratulations on your acquisition of the wee beastie!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Cork grease question
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:04:52 PM »
I still have remnants of Eric Brand (1960's) real sheep-fat lanolin grease.  But, I've used mostly Vandoren cork grease over the years.  A year ago I switched to Doctors Products grease.  I like the stuff.  I'm one of those guys who grease the corks every time, because I clean the corks after playing, every time!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking for an A clarinet--advice needed
« on: March 07, 2017, 06:03:09 PM »
Dr. Bob

I take it that you are good at sight transposition.  Going from an Eb Alto Clarinet, now wanting an A Clarinet, seemingly for one note.  Full-Boehm Bb Clarinets will give you that note, as well.

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Not a newbie, actually.  Been here for quite a bit!

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Well, he sure has my respect and admiration!  Swingin' his you-know-what off!!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Kohlert logo
« on: June 24, 2016, 05:27:38 AM »
Well, you're slowly getting me used to, and appreciating, 2 tone gilding.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Amelotte
« on: June 24, 2016, 05:22:39 AM »
It is a pretty horn!  Is this overhauled by your shop?

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All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« on: June 24, 2016, 05:18:43 AM »
A good start!

When completed, I'm expecting a good "road test" review!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Cheap custom barrels
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:44:11 AM »
For Eb - the Backun is well worth it, if you're a player.  They are also notched so you can use unaltered Bb reeds.  I have a tulipwood and a grenadilla Backun, depending on the gig, 2 different sounds.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Cheap custom barrels
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:29:09 AM »
Dave, did you get my earlier reply?  If not - current Buffet R13 Eb upper joint tenon (to barrel) is 11mm.

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Check out a cat named Ismail  Luminovski.  He runs the New York Gypsy All Stars.  He did Julluard, but tours the globe blowing some real wild clarinet.  In his arsenal is a gorgeous Turkish G clarinet.

One of my favorites:

https://youtu.be/XwWuPlYQyyQ

And on the G clarinet

https://youtu.be/Ym0KKb0KPDA


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All about Clarinets / Re: Ridenour - the Real Deal!
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:20:15 PM »
I do play and enjoy a Buffet R13 Eb, because Tom doesn't market one. I spoke with Ted, and he joked about locking Tom up until he figures out an Eefer.  And I still play my Yamaha Bass, because I'm not ready to buy the Low-C Bass from Tom until February 2017.

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All about Clarinets / Ridenour - the Real Deal!
« on: April 13, 2016, 07:27:48 PM »

Often I get calls for Theater Pit Gigs. Often the pits are exactly that - Pits! Environmentally horrid spaces of unguessable heat or cold, and humidity of Sahara-Desert to Rain-Forest quality. I was feeling very sorry for my clarinets. My main Bb horn was a "Brannenized" 1969 Buffet R13, also in circulation was a Leblanc Dynamic H, and 3 Selmers - a Centered Tone and 2 wonderful "Brannenized" Series 10 clarinets.

My initial introduction to Ridenour Clarinets was their C clarinet, and I found it delightful in every respect. Wonderful tone, accurate intonation to the extreme, and comfortable under the hands. I used in in several shows, covering oboe and flute parts, and the Music Directors all were enchanted by the sound of this clarinet.

So, I took the next step, and purchased their Bb - the Libertas Clarinet. I found this instrument resplendent in every way. In fact, in a wee bit over a year this has become my main "go-to" clarinet for every gig, including Wind Ensemble and Symphonic work. Spot-on intonation, and a gorgeous sound. So, all my other clarinets are in retirement!

Now - my A clarinet. I played an early Selmer 10G clarinet, with serial number and documented proof of being one of the few selected by the Selmer Factory to be sent to Moennig and Ralph Morgan for fine-tuning and regulation. It is a most fabulous instrument. The sound is to die for!

But, I've already found love for Ridenour Clarinets with the Libertas and their C clarinets. Trusting the fact that Tom Ridenour is one of the absolute best Clarinet Acousticians in the market today, I ordered the new Lyrique A Clarinet.

Side Story here - A very good Orchestra friend of mine recently purchased a pair of Buffet Prestige R13 clarinets, and immediately took them to Brannen Woodwinds in Evanston, to have them do their magic. He asked me to test drive his pair, so I did. Got to tell you - these are very beautiful looking horns, and they indeed played quite well, but - the Libertas Bb played circles around the Prestige R13 Bb. So, he has 2 clarinets and he's in around $6,500 each!

The day came (yesterday, in fact) that My Ridenour A arrived. This Clarinet makes that Prestige R13 sound like a toy! Anything from an earth-shaking FFF to a whisper ppp, totally even scale, great pop and ring. What a great clarinet, this one is! So fluid to play, very comfortable under the hands, absolute first-rate quality of manufacture. I lost the time of day playing it! It is THAT good. So - the Selmer 10G A is now in official retirement from me, and probably soon on the market.

Good timing, I'm scheduled to play Smetana's "Moldau" in a couple weeks, written for C, A and Bb, so it will be an all-Ridenour gig for me.

The Ridenour Clarinets are the "Real-Deal" truly Professional Clarinets. Regardless of price. Sorry, you couldn't give me a Prestige now. I am a very happy fellow!

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