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All about Clarinets / Re: Martin Freres 7-ring #617
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:07:04 PM »
La vieille fille est tout à fait une beauté, non?

Many thanks again for the excellent pictures, SS.

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Thanks for these!  Outstanding pictures, and an interesting clarinet...

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All about Clarinets / Re: M. L. Croix
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:34:43 PM »
Just confirming from another source that Dave is spot on with that answer.  That's a sax octave mechanism adapted to a bass clarinet. 

Good luck getting it going - that's going to be nice when you get it working right.

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Agreed, that's a late-60's, early 70's Bundy.  Looks like it's in decent condition.

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Dave's music video of the week / Re: Video of the Week
« on: March 01, 2016, 05:59:11 PM »
Merci beaucoup!

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Thanks, Phil!  (adds step to checklist)

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All about Clarinets / Re: proposed changes to this forum!
« on: February 26, 2016, 11:48:28 AM »
That'll work for me, Phil.

As always, thanks!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Need help picking reeds/need a new barrel?
« on: February 21, 2016, 01:53:52 PM »
I just got some new Vandoren V12 #3 reeds yesterday. I tried one and I was in tune to ten or fifteen cents flat. But man it was harder to play on. :/ I'm not sure my embouchure could make it a whole gig on that. Bending the notes was a little more difficult as well, but not as bad as I thought. I also have some of the Rico wood reeds covered in plastic (I can't think of the name right now) on their way so I'll try those as well.

A little research tells me that your Otto Link is out on the edge of the open/closed scale, and I'm going to guess that the 6* is their most open facing.  If that is the case, you might want to try a lighter reed than a 3, which would be 'yike!' for classical playing, but just the trick for bending notes and making with the vibrato, which seems to be your goal.

It's physics, the wider the gap between the reed tip and the mouthpiece tip, the lighter the reeds you will need to still be responsive.  On the other hand the 6* could be the most closed facing, in which case the #3 reed should work easily.  Check what I said on the other thread about mouthpieces and barrels.

Good luck!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet RC sounding very flat.....
« on: February 21, 2016, 01:46:30 PM »
Barrels can often vary from 63 to 68 mm, it's very illuminating when you begin to notice.  It sounds like you may have had a mismatch with your mouthpiece/barrel combination.

Other than the problem of flatness, which of the mouthpieces that you have do you prefer?  Did you select the Vandoren because you preferred it to some others you were also playing, a recommendation, or some other factor?  Is the problem through the entire range, or confined to a specific area?

My recommendations, for what they are worth.  First, find a mouthpiece that you find responsive and produces the closest approximation to the sound that you want to achieve.  Clarinetists have sunk untold amounts of time and money on this quest, so be realistic.  If you are studying with a private teacher, work through this process with your teacher.

Warm up the clarinet thoroughly first.  Check your tuning on thumb F and adjust the barrel until it is in tune.  If it is still flat, you will need a shorter barrel with that mouthpiece - continue this quest until you find one that gets this note in tune with perhaps a bit of room to spare.  Whenever you change mouthpieces, you will need to go through this drill and see if your tuning has been affected by the change.  Your mouthpiece and barrel must work together.

Check the C below the staff.  If it is sharp while the F is in tune, adjust the middle joint until this is in tune.  Now check the same notes with the register key down (up a twelfth).  Note how these notes tune, and make further adjustments until you get the closest you can by adjusting the joints to tune the twelfths. 

Any specific notes that are flat or sharp that speak through a tonehole with a pad can be affected by the pad height over the relevant tonehole.  Toneholes that are covered by a finger are therefore your most reliable guide.  It is good to know your tendencies so you can better listen and adjust.  Often you are forced to play in tune with people who are out of tune themselves.  Never forget that you are the musical instrument, and the clarinet, mouthpiece, and reeds are only tools.

The bore size of your B&H barrel is likely not optimized for the RC, my guess is that it is probably much bigger than what Buffet would recommend.  Have you brought any of this up with any of your former teachers?

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All about Clarinets / Re: Straight bell bass
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:18:37 PM »
How something so familiar can appear so utterly foreign.  That's quite a specimen.

Can't imagine what that sounds like.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Getting the R13 Eb Battle Ready!
« on: February 06, 2016, 08:27:48 AM »
Chock full of information, this.

Thanks, Ken!

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To your question, I have no fact-based answer.  My instinct would be to guess that the answer is 'no', but that would just be a guess.  I believe the mouthpiece dates back to the sixties or earlier (which would make sense with that clarinet), and I've not seen anything before like the C Day marking shown here, Ron.

Whoever had the clarinet was probably a pretty serious player, with one of those.  That's not a mouthpiece you just pick up for school band use.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking for information on clarinet
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:19:01 PM »
The brand name "Arcadia" is not one we have encountered, but there are many of those I'm sure.  In itself, that won't help us much.  Many brand names are so-called "stencils", batches made up on contract for music stores or other individuals from larger clarinet makers.  This is likely one of those.

Pictures perhaps?

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All about Clarinets / Re: "Most Hated" clarinet
« on: February 01, 2016, 11:22:07 AM »
Looks like the clarinet version of the dreaded "girlfriend special".

That's body shop talk for the $100,000 car with a shredded leather interior...

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All about Clarinets / Re: W. R. Yorke, Inc clarinet
« on: February 01, 2016, 09:17:41 AM »
Rezzie, having attended Purdue while living in Indiana from birth (1937) until 1983*, the rivalry is infused in my blood.  My best golfing buddy and a former tour pro was an IU grad, so no bad blood however.  Incidentally, I also attended Texas A&M*, and that rivalry with UT sometimes got rough.  The guys did kidnap Bevo before the game while I was here...

Unless a basketball game happens to be going on at the time, the UT/A&M rivalry tends to overshadow that of the Hoosier state in fame and intensity.

But in winter months, things are a little different...  You can't explain what it is about Indiana and basketball to someone who's never been there.  One year when I was at IU, Brown County got far enough along to get to Hinkle for the tournament.  People from Bloomington and the next towns around went over to Nashville to man all the local public services so everybody could get to Indianapolis for the game.  Never seen anything like it.

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