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All about Clarinets / Re: Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: June 03, 2022, 10:17:28 AM »
I believe that embouchure and angle variations must all be tuned to the individual, as each of us has distinctly different anatomy and muscle behavior. It's helpful to be aware of all these variations as a map of the territory to explore. Then, let your ear (and endurance) be your guide.

With an adjustable tuning device, and no wood to crack, there would be no reason for a "barrel".

I admire your methodical process. It looks like a good foundation for what you'll be able to do intuitively with any song. Keep it up!

Good to know. Thanks for sharing that info!

All about Clarinets / Re: Clarinet Angle and Vandoren 88 MPCs
« on: April 30, 2022, 08:57:38 AM »
The VD Profile 88 mp has a slightly lower profile on the beak. It only means your mouth opens slightly less. It won't answer your essential problem. A CURVED (ANGLED) BARREL is the direct solution. Use your favorite MP and position it as you wish, but the clarinet faces more downward.

Jared DeLeone makes curved barrels using 3D printing of a lightweight plant resin-wood fiber material. Another way is to angle-cut, rotate the parts, and glue them. This is the centuries-old way to produce curves in wooden tubes.

I have produced angled barrels for G clarinets. It solves a positioning challenge due to the instruments length. I start with a standard hard rubber barrel at least 2mm longer than I want, to compensate for some loss when it is angle-cut, flattened precisely, and glued back together. I do some smoothing of the bore transition before it is glued. Afterward, a bit of filling where the angle leaves some space. I use CA glue to join, and JB Weld epoxy to fill on the inside, and on the outside if desired. The photos show an example. (3rd photo shows one with less angle.)

Much depends on the quality of the photos in the listing, and the buyer's ability to read the clues.

It's case-by-case. I have gotten time capsules from Granny's estate, with her high-school red lipstick still on the reed. Sometimes it will play after some attention, but will certainly need full overhaul at least due to degradation of corks and pads.

Other oldies are maintained ... you never know 'til you see one.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Is this legit or a fake(copy)?
« on: April 26, 2022, 04:01:11 PM »
It looks to me like hard rubber, not plastic. And, the look of the pad cups indicates it may be a Pruefer Silver Throat under a different name. In that case, very much worth fixing!

The liner tube began with Pruefer production from 1940 to about 68. It's brass, plated to look like German silver. Presumably, it makes it play louder, and also makes it impossible to break the center tenon. It was marketed mostly as a student step-up, but is also well-regarded by jazz players. There are some other message threads on Silver Throat.

Is it hard rubber? Dip a cotton tip in acetone and rub a hidden spot of the body like the end of a tenon. If no black comes off, it's rubber, not plastic. The bell looks like plastic, but not original.

All about Clarinets / Re: NO Image Size Restrictions now!
« on: April 26, 2022, 03:51:43 PM »
They are overly huge on my laptop screen. They could be half the size or less, and still have equally good visual resolution.

How were the pads constructed, and how were they cemented in?

All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« on: March 03, 2022, 09:31:19 AM »
I wouldn't be so adventurous without the support of this group, nor would I have the knowledge to take on this project.

All about Clarinets / Re: Tarogato Discussion
« on: March 02, 2022, 07:00:42 AM »
Who needs all those keys?


All about Clarinets / Re: Improving an old Edgware
« on: February 23, 2022, 07:06:37 PM »
Ah yes, the Fobes article!  About once a year for the past 7 years I've read it ... first it was way over my head but every year I get more and more out of it. It's a mini-bible for the clarinet tech.

All about Clarinets / Re: Tarogato Discussion
« on: February 23, 2022, 07:04:03 PM »
I just happened upon another rare gem of Tárogató jazz:

All about Clarinets / Re: jean paul clarinet
« on: January 24, 2022, 10:37:58 AM »
Good chance the clarinet is OK. The stock Chinese mouthpieces are typically of good classic design and if you're lucky, the reed facing is aligned right. Otherwise, it's a door stop. You don't know until you compare.

The 2.5 reed is too hard for beginning. Natural reeds are so inconsistent, I suggest instead to get a Fibracell 1.5 synthetic, also from Amazon (or Weiner). It will last you for many months, with no soaking or warping.

So first step - the reed. If that isn't wonderful enough, then try a different MP. Yamaha 4C is a cheap favorite, or take JD's advice. Or, get a Sumner Acousticut 3 (vintage) often found on auction for $50 or more, and consistent!

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