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All about Clarinets / Re: New member saying Hi
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:27:08 PM »
Firstly, the code is mandatory. (Annoying, but mandatory.)
Yes; surprisingly, the Rico line is fantastic (did I just say that?).  They are mass-produced with no human interferance, but they are the best of the basic line of available new offerings.

Thanks Windsong. I'm glad to know it's not just me!

All about Clarinets / Re: Nifty, comfortable thumb saddle
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:25:09 PM »
My clarinet has a rubber cover over the metal thumb rest and so far my thumb is ok, but I only started playing today for about half hour. Would a neck strap ease things?

All about Clarinets / Re: Ligature designs
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:12:49 PM »
You certainly do, Larry.
A malformed ligature is worthless, and not worth repair or retention unless it is rare and/or antique.
Purchase a few off EBay.  They can be had on the cheap, and a well-held reed is paramount to good sound.  That said, I don't know that one good lig is better than another, but it must be proper in order to affect good sound.
And for what it's worth, a good mouthpiece is also critical to the enjoyment of the clarinet.
Cheers. Im looking into getting a better mpc and lig ASAP. I got notes out of the clarinet for the first time today (I've been ill) and I was buzzing!

All about Clarinets / Re: New member saying Hi
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:10:17 PM »
Hi Larry! Low-priced instruments can play wonderfully, or terribly, and the difference may be as little as a single leak through which you can barely slip a piece of (thin) dental floss. The least you must do is have a good player try it out, as a reality check. If you take lessons, of course your teacher can do that. He/she can test it with a known good mouthpiece, and then with yours.

Because ... the mouthpiece is half the instrument. It is often said you'd be much better with a cheap horn and a good mouthpiece, than a fine orchestral instrument with a bad MP. MPs that come with cheap horns are almost always bad. Some happen to come out good, but only by chance. The two most famously good beginner-budget MPs are probably Hite Premier and Fobes Debut. You can find them on Amazon and elsewhere.

You can avoid reed struggles if you use synthetic. That opens a huge 'nuther topic, but here's my experience: I am thrilled with Fibracell reeds. I buy 3 at at time, only about every 6 months, and most of them are still good after that time. They don't need soaking, don't dry out during breaks, don't warp, very consistent.

I have a jaw weakness (old TMJ injury) so I have to keep pressure low, much the way a beginner does. So I need soft reeds, as you probably do. Generally, that's grade #1.5, which works for me. If that works for you, the Fibracell equivalent is #1 (because they make lots of grades). Suppliers don't generally carry the #1, so I get them directly from the maker at http://www.fibracelldirect.com

Others may not agree. That's the nature of this illusive beast. Everyone's experience is different. However, I've seen lots of rave reviews of the MPs and the reeds that I'm recommending. If you can visit a really good music store, of course that's recommended.
Thanks Windy. I heard about this as I've been reading up about clarinets way before I got one. The mpc is the heart of the instrument , like the strings on a guitar (I play guitar too, badly), and I'm looking to get a better one on a tight budget. One I'm looking at is a Rico A3. Also a good ligature is on my list.
By the way, will I have to enter that Captcha code every time I post?

All about Clarinets / Re: New member saying Hi
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:05:28 PM »
I like the tin whistle as well, though of late, I've not had the best luck procuring one in the key of C that brings joy to my ear.  What brand do you recommend?

Well I'm only a beginner player and I have one whistle, a Feadóg in D. I find it really easy to play, can even do glisses on it now and I've only been playing a few months.

All about Clarinets / Re: New member saying Hi
« on: July 24, 2017, 02:00:51 PM »
Thanks Windsong. It's quite possibly my favourite wind instrument. Mind you the only other wind instrument I've played are recorder and tin whistle.

All about Clarinets / Re: Carl Fischer Metal Clarinet
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:51:46 PM »
This was being thrown out? :O
Nice save!

All about Clarinets / Re: Enamelling a case badge
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:48:11 PM »
Nicely done!

All about Clarinets / Re: Ligature designs
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:45:45 PM »
I have the conventional metal cage-like lig on my Bb  like this one but it's damaged and only the top screw moves. Need a better one.

All about Clarinets / New member saying Hi
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:29:40 PM »
Hi everyone, my name is Larry and I got my first clarinet the other day, a Bb Windsor. I've not heard of Windsor and it's a budget level instrument. When it came I was full of cold with sinus pain and so I was unable to play it. However things are better today and after a bit of jiggery pokery with the dodgy ligature I got it to sound, and even got to play a scale!
I've wanted a clarinet for ages , having played recorder for over a year. I just love the sound of the instrument. It does need a better mouthpiece though I think, but it's a good starter!

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