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All about Clarinets / Re: Mixed Joints
« on: June 25, 2021, 04:54:07 PM »
I agree with Dibbs. Besides possible bore issues; it is likely some of joint lengths will be designed to be different.

All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B18
« on: June 25, 2021, 04:50:41 PM »
Greetings, Bbrandha!

All about Clarinets / Re: NEWBIE REPAIR QUERY
« on: March 14, 2021, 06:04:42 PM »
What a helpful thread, you guys! Fantastic replies.

I didn't see my advice for someone on a tight budget:
Get any kind of waxed dental tape or dental floss. Wrap the tenon joint as neatly as you can. A thicker kind of thread will also work and cotton thread was used on 18th century clarinets. I like dental tape better. THEN when you have wound enough on to be an easy fit, finish off by wrapping that layer of winding with Teflon plumbers tape (available at any hardware store). Any time the joint becomes loose, just add a little more Teflon tape. This is cheap and can last forever.

All about Clarinets / Re: Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« on: March 14, 2021, 05:48:47 PM »
I have a Student (silver clarinet) made by Pedler that is looking for a home. Would you like it for free?
If not, anyone else that sees this and wants it, can have it.
This was actually sent to me from a chap in England.

All about Clarinets / Re: Please help me check the clarinetpages.xxx site
« on: February 09, 2021, 06:20:52 AM »
Thanks, Windy and Mechanic.
I hope to get a couple more responses, and I will check back with you Windy.

I think all this has relevance to the new site not being well indexed by Google.

All about Clarinets / Please help me check the clarinetpages.xxx site
« on: February 08, 2021, 05:53:33 PM »
There have been problems in forwarding the three domain names I set up for clarinetpages. Please, if you have a little time, try these two addresses to make sure they work for you:

You should be able to put www. in front of those, if you want. But just the naked address should work.

If one or both of the addresses don't work, please Reply to this thread tell me which browser you are using and what error you got. It would be great if you can attach a screenshot of the error message.

If the addresses work, please respond. If I get 5 responses that are saying they work, I will consider the problem solved.

Thanks so much!

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing in the second octave
« on: January 08, 2021, 10:51:55 AM »
Hi Larry!

I listened to the YouTube. If someone came up and gently wiggled the clarinet at the barrel left and right while you were playing, would it wiggle freely? If so, your embouchure might be tightened a bit more, and you could use a stronger reed. (But then bear in mind that I play much stronger reeds. You'll get lots of differences of opinion on the strength of the reed and how tightly to hold the mouthpiece.)

Another thing to try: It sounds like your tongue might be too low in your mouth. Try raising the body of your tongue a bit toward the roof of your mouth.

Another thing to try: Try pulling the corners of your mouth back. Try not to grin but pull back as straightly as you can. The goal of this is to flatten your embouchure where the reed lays on it and to eliminate puffing of the cheeks. (I could not tell from the video what was happening around your cheeks.)

Keep playing. Things will come right.

All about Clarinets / Re: Similarities
« on: November 04, 2020, 12:51:07 PM »
You would want to compare all sorts of things: Shapes of keys, style of decorative rings, fonts of  the logos or serial numbers. On metal clarinets, the style of the barrel piece and decorative markings. Makers changed some things from time to time, but often were consistent for a lot of things. Check how many posts the A and G# throat tone keys have. etc.

All about Clarinets / Re: Repairing holes in the clarinet bodies
« on: September 01, 2020, 02:00:52 PM »
Great information! Thanks, Ken.
Where can I get CA glue?
Is it available at Lowe's or auto supply stores?

All about Clarinets / Klezmer anyone?!
« on: August 02, 2020, 05:09:00 PM »
Recently Allen L contacted me about a clarinet question at the clarinetpages.net, and he mentioned that he plays Klezmer. I don't often come in contact with Klezmer players, so I asked him these questions:
  • How would one go about learning to play in the Klezmer style?
  • Do you play a C clarinet for that?
  • Do you prefer an Albert system clarinet for that?
  • What are the standard pieces that all Klezmer players should know?
  • Please include Youtubes of you and your group.
Allen did a fantastic job answering me. And maybe if you respond to this he might even add more.

First off, I'd like to provide some clarification regarding what exactly
"klezmer music" encompasses - but it's regrettably not straightforward.
Klezmer originally arose in medieval eastern European Jewish communities
to perform at "simkhas" (holidays and celebratory events, especially
weddings). When brought to the United States by Jewish immigrants in the
20th century, it was further influenced by early theater music and early
jazz. To some performers, this is the repertoire that is considered to
be "klezmer music" proper. However, klezmorim (the plural of klezmer;
the term "klezmer" originally referred to a musician - but the genre
didn't have a common name until its revival in the 1970's, when "klezmer
music", or music made by klezmorim, was shortened) have always borrowed
from the cultures around them - for example, incorporating the folk
tunes of Roma, Ukranians, Romanians, and others into their repertoire
early on - and beginning in the mid-20th century, the repertoire has
been augmented by Yiddish melodies, Israeli folk music, tunes from early
20th-century American Yiddish theater productions, and modern
compositions in the traditional style. Some performers would also
consider these latter borrowings to constitute "klezmer music", while
others make a distinction between these and the older, more
"traditional" repertoire.

As far as how to learn: As with all ethnic music, ornamentation and feel
are of utmost importance, and cannot be learned from sheet music alone.
It is critical to listen to a lot of music (especially older recordings,
but also contemporary artists who carry on the tradition faithfully).
Tons of vintage klezmer recordings are available on the YouTube channel
Classic Klezmer (www.youtube.com/user/classicklezmer). In addition,
Robin Seletsky has a very helpful YouTube page dedicated to klezmer
clarinet tutorials

This is not to say that sheet music doesn't have its place. There are a
number of fine collections to serve as an aid to learning the basic
melodies. I recommend the Mel Bay "Klezmer Collection" book (available
in C and Bb) as a great starter - it has a lot of tunes commonly played
by klezmer bands, as well as good notes on the source recordings from
which the transcriptions were made. One must be aware, however, that
these melodies are only a starting point. A significant portion of the
older klezmer repertoire consists of dance tunes, and like most ethnic
dance traditions, improvisation is essential so as not to bore the
dancers (nor musicians) to tears as the tune is played repeatedly. There
are traditional styles of improvisation (as opposed to "anything goes"),
and again I have to stress the importance of listening to the experts
perform in order to learn the established traditions. Bear in mind,
however, that established performers have stretched the bounds of the
genre quite far, including fusion efforts that stray far from the tradition.

Regarding the instruments: Thanks to a number of historic trends
(predominantly in the early to mid 20th century), the clarinet is now
often considered to be "the prince of klezmer". Historically, both C and
Bb clarinets have been played by klezmorim. I utilize both instruments
in my playing, not for specific historic or authenticity reasons, but
rather because of the ease that a C clarinet lends to playing in certain
keys, and reading concert scores without having to transpose on the fly.
I play Boehm instruments because I don't have the bandwidth to learn yet
another instrument (I also perform frequently on guitar and Irish
whistles - or at least i did, until the pandemic hit). My music page,
which includes a few choice videos (with links to more on YouTube), is

And as far as "standard pieces that all klezmer players should know":
Hmmm. I'm reluctant to name any particular pieces, because some of them
seem to be played to death these days. I think it's best to start
listening, and decide which pieces strike your fancy. I maintain a
comprehensive guide at www.klezmerguide.com that may prove helpful for
finding online recordings and sheet music sources for a tune that you
come across.

Thanks, Dave.
I will make a backup also in Sitegrournd. I am grateful that their support staff got right on the issue!

Dave and I thought that this was an interesting clarinet when Janie contacted us. So if any of you are interested, here's the link:


Can anyone help Eloise with this question? She is in the UK. That would probably affect the answer to the value question.

Hi Phil, I have a Boosey & Hawkes Regent clarinet, serial number 477723, made in England. I'd like to know the value of this and the age if you can! Thanks a lot!


All about Clarinets / Re: reed care during session pauses
« on: April 04, 2020, 04:47:36 AM »
Good reply, Tom!

All about Clarinets / Mystery clarinet logo. Who can identify it?
« on: March 01, 2020, 03:04:17 PM »
Let's help Frank in Denmark. What maker used this Lyre-like logo with a capital A middle part without its crossbar?

This is a hard rubber clarinet. I kind of think it would be Czechoslovakian. Boosey & Hawkes didn't have a logo like that, I think. Note that the only logo stamp is on the side of the right hand joint, at the bottom.

Thanks for your help!

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