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All about Clarinets / Re: Starting a mouthpiece safari
« on: January 15, 2024, 12:59:31 PM »
Sounds like a safari may be a bit premature. Anybody still playing on 1.5-2 hasn't developed enough control or embouchure for any particular mouthpiece to make a difference. Stick with what you've got, and then go on a safari once your skills are further along a year or two from now.

Help and info about other instruments / Re: Tongue drum
« on: January 06, 2024, 11:26:52 AM »
Anyone tried these? They're a modern invention, only been around for a few years and are great fun. Small ones like this 8" are normally played with mallets like a glockenspiel, but you get the best sound if you use your hands, hitting hard and releasing instantly so the tongues can ring.

Yes! I messed around with one at my local music store. It%u2019s pretty fun. Would love to get one someday.
I can't load the video here, but is this a steel drum of caribbean fame?
Similar but not the same. Steel drum is one solid piece, but each note on this is cut most of the way around so it can vibrate freely. They also sound different.

Video loaded ok for me.

Trading Post / Re: The Most Advanced Clarinet Book
« on: January 05, 2024, 12:50:59 PM »
Added to my wishlist, will probably get it soon. Ok for beginners around level.1?
True to its name, it is indeed most advanced. Not at all suited for beginners. Stick with Rubank, Rose and Klose for a few more years.

All about Clarinets / Re: Wonky reed stops play
« on: November 13, 2023, 08:53:02 AM »
That old flick trick won't work with Legere unfortunately. Must have been stored bent. Heat might work. Submerse in boiling water for 15 seconds or so, then pop into a reed guard to cool flat. This will temporarily make the reed softer, but it will go back to normal strength in a few days. Alternatively, if the reed is less than 6 months old and you have your receipt, you can do a free exchange through the Legere website.

Personally, I've never cared much for Legere on clarinet or sax, except on low voices like bari and bass. Even then, the high register is buzzy and unstable. Cane is still king for me.

All about Clarinets / Re: Bought a YCL-CSVR to upgrade a YCL-255
« on: October 27, 2023, 08:57:04 PM »
@kurth83, check your messages.

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: August 25, 2023, 07:38:27 AM »
... ducks of the oposite sex!"
Thought that was a little more lighthearted than sounds like a kazoo. I also read the glowing recommendations then instantly regretted wasting my money. Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to try it yourself. Best of luck to you.

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: August 24, 2023, 11:07:50 AM »
Not sure how strength compares, but I can confirm all will make you irresistible to ducks of the opposite sex.

All about Clarinets / Re: Pedler Hoosier Metal Clarinet
« on: July 31, 2023, 02:34:21 PM »
Yep, if the barrel is missing, the value just dropped significantly.

The Clarinet Cafe / Re: Lights for music stand
« on: July 31, 2023, 02:30:42 PM »
After trying many lights over the years, I just got a 42 LED folding Vekkia from Amazon for $25. It's perfect. Plenty bright for 3 pages in complete darkness. Highly recommended.

All about Clarinets / Re: How many clarinets do you own?
« on: May 16, 2023, 06:04:57 PM »
I've only ever owned one clarinet, a 1989 Vito 7214 which was given to me by a friend in 1989. I do have quite a few saxophones though. I've had far more opportunities on sax over the years than clarinet. If I played more, I suppose I'd have a reason to upgrade. Vito still plays well enough. Can't complain.

All about Clarinets / Re: Bb Clarinet Case for R13
« on: April 24, 2023, 03:26:34 PM »
I love small, light, zippered cases too. But the OP wants latches. We shouldn't impose our personal preferences. A more appropriate suggestion would be something like this:


All about Clarinets / Re: Bb Clarinet Case for R13
« on: April 23, 2023, 09:54:42 PM »
I don't see any latches on the Protec.

All about Clarinets / Re: Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: November 01, 2022, 08:06:56 AM »
If you like 20's / 30's music (more jazz orientated), check out the link!

Great stuff. Thanks!

All about Clarinets / Re: Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: October 31, 2022, 02:53:46 PM »
Hi lydian. Welcome to the forum.  :)

You hit the ground running with your first post!

Dave may have been traumatized by his middle school band director, but he's not "100%" wrong. Single lip vs. Double lip embouchure is simply a choice.  It is not for me to say which one is better than the other. I prefer double lip as it feels more relaxed and open.
Thanks. I guess it was bad form to come out swinging on my first post. But the reality is "almost never" rather than "almost always".

As a new clarinet player after 50 years on sax, I was perusing this forum, and the jazz sax double lip claim got me a little worked up. Other than that, loving the forum so far and slowly adapting to clarinet, which I have to play a lot in the 20s/30s dance band I joined recently. I'm getting by, but still have a lot to learn.

Looking forward to more discussion. I'll try to dial it back some in the future.

All about Clarinets / Re: Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: October 22, 2022, 05:47:29 PM »
From looking at videos of traditional jazz saxophonists, they almost always have the double lip. Clarinet seems to be half and half.

When I was a young tyke in middle school, the band director considered double lipping a crime, so I've always had that mentality.
This is 100% wrong. Double lip is extremely rare in jazz saxophone. Of the hundreds of famous players I'm familiar with, I can count on one hand the ones who played double lip at some point, usually due to physical problems that left them no other choice. Regardless of what you think you're seeing, most have their teeth firmly planted on top of the mouthpiece because that's what works best.

I would expect the proportion of double lip in the jazz clarinet to be higher than in sax simply because it's a little more mainstream, but still fairly rare.

I would recommend double lip only to the few players who may experience serious discomfort in spite of using patches.

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