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Messages - LarryS

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All about Clarinets / Re: Tarogato Discussion
« on: March 17, 2022, 02:38:16 AM »
I quite fancy playing one of these. Do they use clarinet mpc/reeds?

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Very nice, some elegant keywork!

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I love those old salt spoons, I wonder why they stopped using them.

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All about Clarinets / Increased condensation with synthetic reeds?
« on: March 17, 2022, 02:29:31 AM »
Concerning condensation and buzzing, do you warm the mouthpiece up before playing? As a recorder player I know this is an important thing to do to avoid condensation building up and causing a muffled sound. On a clarinet it could be causing the buzzing sound I get after playing for a while. The way I see it, moisture builds up between the mpc and reed (both plastic) and with nowhere to go it sits there and affects the sound. It may be more of an issue if, like me, you use a synthetic reed. Might warming the mpc/ reed  up before playing help?

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All about Clarinets / Re: Playing by Ear
« on: January 27, 2022, 10:35:14 AM »

   I’ve picked up my horn again, after a long layoff.  I have the ambition to try to play it as if I were singing.  I’m wondering whether it is possible to play with little or no consciousness of what note I’m playing, or what key I’m playing in. 
That's pretty much how I play all my instruments...

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All about Clarinets / Re: I'm leaving for a while
« on: January 21, 2022, 11:16:57 AM »
Good luck and bon voyage!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 16, 2022, 10:13:37 AM »
Some shots of my thumb rest and ring. The ring is quite small so I would need to attach a key ring loop.

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All about Clarinets / Re: The benefit of open holes
« on: January 16, 2022, 03:55:59 AM »
Saxophones have huge tone holes. Even on Sopranino sax the lowest tone holes would be too large to cover. Also on most sizes of sax the fingers are not always directly above a tone hole meaning the instrument would need a complete redesign.

The closest instrument to an open hole sax would be a Boehm system tarogato.
Oh I'd love to try a tarogato

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All about Clarinets / The benefit of open holes
« on: January 15, 2022, 04:05:54 PM »
Clarinet players can glide seamlessly between adjacent notes, whereas sax players have to play all the notes in a run in very quick sequence. Is it not possible for saxophones to have open holes, with rings?  Also if I was a flute player I would rather have one with open holes. (I've tried flute countless times. Though its my favourite sounding woodwind instrument I cannot get to grips with the embouchure)

https://youtu.be/W0-inuOu1Io

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All about Clarinets / Re: Edelweiss
« on: January 15, 2022, 02:10:31 PM »
Good progress, Larry. Your playing is becoming much more natural and musical.
Cheers Windy

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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 15, 2022, 01:15:27 PM »
The cheapest string-type strap is more than sufficient., like https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rico-Strap-Alto-Soprano-Saxophone/dp/B0019ZHDD2/ref=sr_1_24?crid=1I2R0KL6P345F&keywords=saxophone+neck+strap&qid=1642272371&s=musical-instruments&sprefix=saxophone+nec%2Cmi%2C229&sr=1-24

2 reasons I like this:
the string can be easily cut and shortened (make a knot then glue it)
the hook is thin material, and open (no snap)

Option: This is I have now: I make my own out of 3/4" wide sewing-shop elastic. Then make my own hook out of wire, like coat-hanger wire. I like the elastic effect just to take most, but not all the weight.
I'll have to check the size of the loop on my thumb rest, although I could attach a key ring loop to it.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 15, 2022, 06:21:40 AM »
You mean a neck strap? A strap or sling sold for clarinets may have a leather tab to attach to a typical thumb rest, because a typical T rest does NOT have a ring. Yours HAS a ring for a strap hook (common on Chinese clarinets). It probably gets in the way of the tab. So, you want to buy a SAX strap - one with a simple hook, that will go through your ring. A cheap one with string is good, because you may have to shorten the string, and it's easy to do.


Something like this @Windydankoff ?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soft-Padded-Saxophone-Neck-Strap/dp/B005FQH0DY/ref=asc_df_B005FQH0DY/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310829044542&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=113836261917036857&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006669&hvtargid=pla-756658546752&psc=1&th=1&psc=1

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All about Clarinets / Re: Edelweiss
« on: January 15, 2022, 06:16:44 AM »
Thanks

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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 13, 2022, 10:12:17 AM »
I strained my R thumb, struggling with bass clarinet positioning. If not for thumb pain, I would not need (or want) a strap. Why do you wish for one, Larry?
After a while my thumb hurts. I don't think its pressure pain, I think it's positional.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 12, 2022, 03:53:01 PM »
You mean a neck strap? A strap or sling sold for clarinets may have a leather tab to attach to a typical thumb rest, because a typical T rest does NOT have a ring. Yours HAS a ring for a strap hook (common on Chinese clarinets). It probably gets in the way of the tab. So, you want to buy a SAX strap - one with a simple hook, that will go through your ring. A cheap one with string is good, because you may have to shorten the string, and it's easy to do.

You can also make one easily - just copy a typical cheap sax strap. I use a strap now because I strained my R thumb.
Cheers Windy

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