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I thought I might treat you ( ::) ) on me playing an etude with cd accompaniment. As you can hear there is someone trying to sing along  ;) I've still a long way to go, but I'm getting there. I'm really pleased with how my sound is getting better and better and some notes here are just wonderful!

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: July 10, 2024, 03:52:31 PM »
I'll have to try the French cut. I loved the Legere Signature series until I found that they were making me too flat. But that was before there was a French cut series.
I'm really glad they developed the French cut. It was the only one I thought would suit my needs better than the Fibracell I was using, based on the description of the characteristics on their website. I found that description to be quite accurate

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: July 10, 2024, 03:47:45 PM »
I prefer crinkle-cut fries.

     couldn't resist  - I'll delete this later  :-)

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: July 10, 2024, 02:08:22 AM »
Welcome to the discussion! I like Fibracell too but for me, it did not always last as long as Fiberreed. Kindly let us know how well yours holds up.
I actually broke one in a stupid action. Although they played nicely, I wasn't really happy with the sound. Also our director likes a darker sound. So after some contemplating and research I decided to take the plunge and buy myself a Legere French cut. First thing I noticed: it is transparent. Really unusual look. Second thing to notice: a really plastic feel in the mouth, but within a few notes I didn't notice it anymore. It's really easy to get used to, and the smooth surface is really friendly to my sensitive skin, so that's a bonus. And I loved the sound and the way it plays.
After a few days we had our rehearsal night and one of the first clarinets turned around: it sounded really nice tonight! So I told her I changed to this reed. She asked me to play a few notes and then asked me if I could clean it before the next rehearsal and if she could try it herself. No problem! It's just a piece of plastic, so easily cleaned. Yesterday night she tried it and decided to buy one herself. One of the others heard about it and decided to do the same.
For jazz I would stay with Fibracell, but for a darker, more classical sound definitely go for Legere French cut. It is worth the price difference. Oh, and I never could play altissimo g. With this reed it came with ease AND in tune first time I tried!

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: February 09, 2024, 03:05:16 AM »
Did my normal practice this morning. I noticed after some getting used to the new fingering feel I can make some changes between notes more easily. It feels a bit more natural to me. It will help me to play more quickly and fluently in the long run, I think. The added resistance feels like a difference of 0.5 in heavier reed (and I was already contemplating going up in strength again), so I do feel my mouth muscles now, but it's not making the horn hard to play. Just need a little bit more effort. I'm loving the sound of it! Of course I've get to used to the new intonation. My Jeffrey tended to be flat in the throat tones, this one is leaning towards sharp. With the middle B and C it's just the other way around  ;D I've to adjust them by about the same amount, but on different notes. I'll get it right in the next few weeks, I reckon. It was already better at the end of this first session. Did I already mention how I love the sound? Nicely dark and round and clear

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: February 08, 2024, 12:31:25 PM »
Today we finally went to try the Selmers (they had 3) and I also could try a crampon buffet E-13. To begin with that last one: although it played easyb with a nice sound, it was way out of tune. So that was a big no no. Then the 3 Selmers, two from 1974, that were nice, but not impressive, and both quite flat. Both standard 17/6. And then there was the 1977 with articulated C#/G#. Nicely in tune, lovely sound, just (as expected) a bit more resistance to play than I've got used to with the Jeffrey. More like the Kohlert I started with 9 months ago. Not a problem for me, I just need to put in some work to get used to it and work with it. So I bought it 😁 Of course I'll need some time to get used to the new feel. The holes are a bit wider, so I need to be more precise with my fingering, but that's okay: I realized I've got a bit lazy in my fingering. But in all nothing I can't get used to in relatively short period. I know about the limitations (and the bonuses) of having that articulated C#/G#, and luckily I never used the 'long' altissimo F, so no problem with suddenly not be able to use that fingering anymore.
@Dave, I'm afraid my husband will resist if I'm planning to keep so many parts. We just moved houses last year and got rid of most things that were just laying around. In this house we don't have that much space to collect stuff... Even keeping the Jeffrey he was like  ??? Really? Okay, but what are you going to do with the Kohlert? So the Kohlert will go to someone to have fun with it

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: February 02, 2024, 10:38:44 PM »
Thanks for those suggestions!

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: January 29, 2024, 12:11:07 AM »
Thank you for your responses.
It needs a new barrel, which is close to €200, and it needs a major revision, so that's why it's close to €400.
I've decided to go and try the Selmer later this week and make a choice after that. When I bought the Jeffrey I didn't anticipate to be in a harmony anytime soon. But I did join one lately and I love it. Now I hope the Selmer has a sound that'll blend better with the rest of the clarinets. The Jeffrey isn't too bad, but it could be better, especially in the clarion register. The chalumeau register is excellent. I've found a clip on YouTube with the 9* and it seems it can provide the sound I'm looking for, not only in the chalumeau but also in the clarion register. So I'm really looking forward to get it myself! The Jeffrey will remain my backup horn of I decide to buy that Selmer. The Kohlert can go 😉

All about Clarinets / Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: January 24, 2024, 06:49:16 AM »
I could use your input. First of all: I really like my Jeffrey. But to keep it that way it seems I need to pay about €400. The other option is to buy a fully revised 1974 Selmer Paris 9* for about €700. Is it worth the drive to try that Selmer (with the intention to buy if I like the way it plays and sounds)? Or am I better off keeping my Jeffrey? What are your thoughts?

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Jeffrey and Kohlert
« on: October 20, 2023, 01:57:37 AM »
Thanks for the reactions all!
I thought the Jeffrey line was newer (i.e. 1960s) but they're so uncommon I rarely hear of them. Does it have the original case? If so, the style of case may help narrow it down.
The Jeffrey came in this Leblanc case

All about Clarinets / Re: Just bought a BD4 to try out.
« on: October 08, 2023, 10:14:08 AM »
I bought one yesterday. I did try the BD5 and the B45 too and I'm coming from the Rico A5. The BD5 had definitely more resistance to it, like the A5, so that was not an improvement for me. I did like the B45. Easy to play, nice sound. But the BD4 felt more natural to me and I thought the sound a bit nicer, a bit rounder, so I chose that one

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: October 08, 2023, 10:01:37 AM »
I bought a new mouthpiece yesterday (Vandoren BD4) and a fibracell 3 to go with it. I decided to go for fibracell after reading several reviews for different brands of synthetic reeds. I am surprised how natural it feels to me to play it. Other than the fact that you know you get a good quality reed and you don't need to break it in like natural reeds I haven't noticed much of a difference with my best reeds (not that I have that much experience: I've still some unused reeds in my first box of 10). So I think I wouldn't be using any other reeds anytime soon. Maybe a stronger reed in a few months, because I'm still quite new again to playing clarinet. I think my embouchure is still developing

Help and info about other instruments / Re: Official Blockflöte Thread!
« on: September 03, 2023, 02:36:33 AM »
The recorder was my first instrument to play. We almost all did at home. My parents had their own wooden soprano recorders (Aura) and we had 2 plastic recorders. We also had a plastic alto recorder and a tenor. When growing up and a bit more serious about playing them (and arguing about who got to play the alto) we got our own wooden recorders for our birthdays. I was the first to get another brand than Aura. My soprano, which I got when I was nine, was a Zamir. Softer and warmer in sound than the Aura recorders. And I loved that sound. The alto I got 1 or 2 years later was again an Aura. I dropped it several years later and probably cracked the block. It wouldn't sound good anymore. So I saved some money and bought myself a Zamir alto, because I still loved the sound of my soprano. While I did play saxophone as a teenager and started clarinet when I was 19, I never stopped playing the recorder. And it was a good alternative when I had to stop playing clarinet. About 4 years ago my sister-in-law died of cancer and she left me her set of recorders: alto and soprano Moeck. They are warm and soft like my Zamirs, but with a richer tone. I'll keep playing those too, even now I'm back to playing clarinet. I love to play the clarinet more, but I'm still in love with the recorder! (To be honest: I still pay attention everytime I hear a recorder because I love the sound, but I couldn't care less if I hear a clarinet. Just for playing myself I favor the clarinet...)

The thing I love about having played soprano and alto recorder first is that I already was familiar with the fingering in the chalumeau register on the clarinet. Because the fingering in the chalumeau register is mostly like playing alto recorder and in the clarion it is mostly like playing soprano

Make and Model lists and research / Jeffrey and Kohlert
« on: September 01, 2023, 05:38:16 AM »
Hi all,
Almost 20 years ago I took clarinet lessons for about 1,5 years, but I had to quit and give the clarinet back. Then many years went by but it never was the right time or right place to start playing again. Until 3 months ago. For only 50 euros I bought a secondhand clarinet, a Kohlert from Winnenden, serial number 101187. It rekindled my love for playing clarinet, so it was money well spend. But I found out it's extremely hard to intonate correctly and over all not the easiest instrument to play. And I felt it needed some maintenance. So I bought another secondhand clarinet. This time one that had been recently serviced, a Jeffrey, for 150 euros, so about the price I would be paying for the service on the other one. I read about the brand that it is in fact a Leblanc and usually is in tune. It's much easier to play than the Kohlert and it's indeed much better in tune, so I'm happy I bought it. The serial number on the Jeffrey is 8383.
Can anyone shed some light on the age of both instruments. From what I found the Kohlert is probably from '55-'60, the Jeffrey about '49-'50. Could that be correct? Or can you date them more exactly? Any other nice to know info would be appreciated too

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