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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 22, 2022, 12:30:47 PM »
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.

Both of my hands hurt constantly in every joint - definitely osteoarthritis.  I've had more steroid shots in many joints than I can count.  Just today, I started using Voltaren on my hands, and the first application helped a little.  I've tried many supplements without much success, even the ones that my hand Dr. Recommended didn't make much difference.  Another clarinetist on The Clarinet Transformation Community mentioned Voltaren so I'm trying it.  So far, so good, but they claim it takes a week to see Substantial improvement.

If I hadn't already bought the Ton Kooiman rests, I'd try a strap.  But, I love gadgets and cool tools, so I reckon I'll win the race to see which guy dies with the most tools!  😁😁😆

All about Clarinets / Re: I'm leaving for a while
« on: January 21, 2022, 12:28:37 PM »
Bueno Suerte, Dave!  Try to stay dry!!!

I bet a ship would be a neat place to practice!

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 18, 2022, 01:47:56 PM »
Two related topics:

I use a Jazzlab Harness for playing my Saxophone.  Takes the load off my neck.  Would likely work with a Clarinet, but is probably overkill.


I have arthritis in my hands, and using a standard clarinet thumbrest is quite painful.  A neck strap might help, though I doubt it because there would still be quite a bit of pressure on the base joint of my thumb since the rest would still be resting between the tip and 1st joint.  So, I use a Ton Kooiman thumb rest, which has truly eliminated the pain.


I've forgetten whare I bought the Etude thumb rest, but it is available in the USA.

All about Clarinets / Re: Edelweiss
« on: January 18, 2022, 01:25:57 PM »
Well played Larry!

It may help for you to keep your fingers closer to the keys.  Not a problem with this piece, but when fingering faster it pays dividends.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:33:21 AM »
That's a gorgeous barrel!
Thanks.  Have some Cocobolo that I bought years ago when I was doing lots of wood turning of Pens and Bowls that I sold on Etsy and at craft shows.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 06, 2022, 08:55:38 AM »
I've solved the intonation problem by making a new barrel.  It's about 1.5 mm shorter than the original.

Now all of the tones play reasonably in tune, though the low E is still Al little flat.  Another smidgen shorte might help, but that's more trouble than it's worth.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 02, 2022, 04:12:02 PM »
If the low E is flat, I suppose you could pull the bell out a little, or even better figure out where the best tone is, and put a small spacer on the tenon so you don't have to guess every time you pull out.
I've seen somewhere recently that a hole in the side of the bell will change pitch.  Can't recall where, or whether it raises or lowers pitch.  Any thoughts on that?

Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Ecole
« on: January 01, 2022, 05:57:10 PM »

All about Clarinets / Re: For windy
« on: January 01, 2022, 03:40:02 PM »
To be brutally honest with you I just can't be bothered doing endless boring exercises. I just like to mess around and play by ear. And I wish I'd got a sax instead...

That's how I was until I took an online intonation course from Michelle Anderson of Clarinet Mastery.  After a few minutes each day for 30 days, my playing has improved considerably.  Now my wife only closes the door when I'm working on a horn that isn't yet right and squeaks!   My playing has also gotten much easier and more enjoyable.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 01, 2022, 03:31:09 PM »
I've started working on the tuning of this PM Artist. With the barrel that came with it, it played very sharp and alternating between G4 and G5 would not play either in tune.  So, used my adjustable barrel and got those tones to play ok about 3 - 4 mm longer than the original barrel.  Went out to my shop to make a new barrel, only to discover that the original barrel from my 1888 Buffet is the right length.  Bore a mm or so small, but test played the PM Artist with it, and obtained much better tuning.  Then I bored that barrel out to 15.2mm to match the mouthpiece and upper joint. VoilĂ , this horn now plays about as good as it gets.  Only remaining issue is that E3 plays flat.  I suspect that's because the Bell that came with this horn is a mis-match.  It's a Chedeville low-pitch.  The Artist is also marked LP.

Looking at the Bell/lower joint junction from inside, they two bores seem to match although one of them is apparently slightly out of round.

Any suggestions about what to do?


Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Ecole
« on: January 01, 2022, 11:21:23 AM »
Just catching this:
Fascinating find, and thank you so much for your mechanical discoveries and interest in these very unusual machines.
I too have a McIntyre, and have always marveled at the genius design.  Mine does not play well, and I shan't be tackling it any time soon, but it is 100% original, down to all corks and pads.  It would do well to have a light full restoration, and I intend it to, someday.

I did a light overhaul of mine and got things adjusted well.  Lots of fun to play.  I remember  thinking about writing instructions for the adjustments, but forgot to do that and now don't remember how to do it.  Long time sufferer of short term memory - though I don't remember forgetting much!

All about Clarinets / Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« on: December 27, 2021, 05:34:06 PM »
What is the Mazzeo mechanism supposed to help with?

All about Clarinets / Re: Which ligature should I get for bass clarinet?
« on: December 27, 2021, 05:30:15 PM »
For my 4 clarinets I have 2 Rovner dark, and two mark 3.  I can't tell the difference.

All about Clarinets / Re: For windy
« on: December 27, 2021, 05:01:12 PM »
Here's a good book of embouchure exercises.
"Embouchure Drills", by Dr. Kornel Wolak.  Kornelwolak.com/ is his website.

All about Clarinets / Re: How many clarinets do you own?
« on: December 27, 2021, 04:42:57 PM »
Have 16 Bb's and one A.  But, 13 0f them will be for sale after I go back over my earlier refurbishing work and improve the key action, etc.  I might even try my hand at improving their tonality.  Gotta have something to do at 80 YO. 

I'm keeping my childhood BOOSEY & HAWKES EDGWARE (1949), also a Buffet A from 1888, a PENZEL-MUELLER Artist ca. 1920 and a McIntyre Ecole just because I like the key work.

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