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All about Clarinets / Re: jean paul clarinet
« on: Today at 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!

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 22, 2022, 11:57:07 AM »
My strap helps me completely with my condition, which seems to be tendonitis around the Metacarpophalangeal (MP) Joint (where thumb joins the palm). It helps enough that the condition is slowly healing. Since it was caused by excessive downward force, the strap relieves the cause.

Like I said above, I prefer my homemade strap with a section of elastic, and an open hook. The elastic make it feel more natural, taking about half the weight. It also helps keep the simple open hook from falling out.

All about Clarinets / Re: I'm leaving for a while
« on: January 21, 2022, 08:16:36 AM »
We will greatly miss you, Dave! Your contributions have helped to build these Pages. I have learned a lot from you. Hoping your career change is fruitful and rewarding. Congratulations! -- Windy

Make and Model lists and research / Re: French Engineer?
« on: January 19, 2022, 05:56:56 PM »
I think you have it figured out, Dave. Earlier Chinese clarinets could be real trash. More recent ones can be fairly good, with some loving quality control.

I have a beautiful orange-red Vito Dazzler if anyone is interested. I agree, it's well made and plays very well.

I found an old Vito French hard rubber alto mouthpiece and it sounds excellent on my (Vito) alto.

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 16, 2022, 02:39:33 PM »
Adding a keyring loop makes it awkward. A cheap sax strap with a thin, open metal hook should fit the ring just fine. The molded metal or plastic hooks are too thick. And for sure, you don't want a snap hook.

All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low Eb bass
« on: January 15, 2022, 03:07:02 PM »
Friends – You are invited to a DEBUT performance on my resurrected bass! My Jewish congregation is on YouTube, so I can share it with you. Our (unorthodox) cantor, recalling the exodus, pulled out a GOSPEL tune made famous by Nina Simone.  Plug in your best headphones or speakers and go to:

Jump to MINUTE 48:50

Horst Moennig low-Eb bass described above, made around the 1930s
Mouthpiece: Fobes Nova, current version
Reed: Hartmann Fiberreed Carbon Classic tenor sax (must be the G version, which resembles a clarinet reed with more "heart"). I use medium-soft.

Another song at 20:00 has me on my G clarinet. Other songs, I'm playing C clarinet, flute, or alto flute, some with my wife Alma. Pardon me for tooting my own horn.

All about Clarinets / Re: Should I put resonators on my contrabass
« on: January 15, 2022, 02:41:06 PM »
Here's what I think ... I test ideas that cannot be easily tested, by doing something in the opposite direction. Pad "resonators" are hard discs that decrease the soft sound-absorbing area of a pad. They are only practical to place on larger, lower pads. I would propose an experiment of opposite effect. I would insert something soft into the lower bore of the horn where the large pads are. A narrow strip of cloth or leather, for example, with an overall area of less than the lower pads. It will dull the sound in the lower section, a bit. Resonators will presumably do the opposite, making the lower-section notes (of each register) stronger and brighter (opposite of what the cloth does). See if it makes those low-section notes duller.

But all this begs the question:
"Why bother?" – With resonators, you may honk out the bottom few notes a bit louder, but will also (presumably) brighten the lower clarion. Your transition over the break will be effected. If it's smooth now, I would not suggest altering it.

I think this is all an interesting thought experiment, but it may not produce a desirable result. If it did, it would be a commercial option, like on sax pads where resonators have been normal for many decades. Do they have a history of use on contrabass clarinets?

All about Clarinets / Re: Edelweiss
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:10:14 AM »
Good progress, Larry. Your playing is becoming much more natural and musical.

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 15, 2022, 10:49:50 AM »
The cheapest string-type strap is more than sufficient., like https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rico-Strap-Alto-Soprano-Saxophone/dp/B0019ZHDD2/ref=sr_1_24?crid=1I2R0KL6P345F&keywords=saxophone+neck+strap&qid=1642272371&s=musical-instruments&sprefix=saxophone+nec%2Cmi%2C229&sr=1-24

2 reasons I like this:
the string can be easily cut and shortened (make a knot then glue it)
the hook is thin material, and open (no snap)

Option: This is I have now: I make my own out of 3/4" wide sewing-shop elastic. Then make my own hook out of wire, like coat-hanger wire. I like the elastic effect just to take most, but not all the weight.

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 13, 2022, 08:26:02 AM »
I strained my R thumb, struggling with bass clarinet positioning. If not for thumb pain, I would not need (or want) a strap. Why do you wish for one, Larry?

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 12, 2022, 03:48:07 PM »
You mean a neck strap? A strap or sling sold for clarinets may have a leather tab to attach to a typical thumb rest, because a typical T rest does NOT have a ring. Yours HAS a ring for a strap hook (common on Chinese clarinets). It probably gets in the way of the tab. So, you want to buy a SAX strap - one with a simple hook, that will go through your ring. A cheap one with string is good, because you may have to shorten the string, and it's easy to do.

You can also make one easily - just copy a typical cheap sax strap. I use a strap now because I strained my R thumb.

It is the so-called "full Boehm" system - A true Boehm system with a variety of additional improvements. Relatively popular among professionals in Europe, less used in US.

All about Clarinets / Re: For windy
« on: January 06, 2022, 06:30:49 AM »
I practice in my car.

All about Clarinets / Re: So I walked into the band room....
« on: December 29, 2021, 08:47:00 AM »
We haven't heard from our dear Lisa in a few years. We miss you Lisa!

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