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All about Clarinets / Tarogato Discussion
« on: October 14, 2021, 11:02:54 AM »
Hello Everyone:

I have become a bit intrigued in my recent discovery of the Tarogato instrument.  It appears to be similar in some ways to a wooden saxaphone or perhaps more of a conical Albert system Clarinet.  From my limited initial investigation it seems a part of some traditional Turkish music.  I was hoping to start a topic where we may be able to discuss this instrument here.  I find it beautiful but am just beginning to learn about it.  I would greatly like to hear/read others ideas and opinions on this instrument. 

I have not posted too often before (only a few times) but I am primarily a bass clarinet player, but do play some across the clarinet spectrum. 

Looking forward to a potentially lively discussion where I can learn and grow. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Saxonette?
« on: July 08, 2021, 04:03:04 PM »
So.... here is an interesting image from a New Orleans museum of Mr. Piacou’s instrument and they call it an alto clarinet?!? 

It sure looks like a soprano Albert system clarinet to me.  Things seem a bit mysterious.... it would be surprising a museum would err so on a display.  So..... what to think? 


All about Clarinets / Re: Saxonette?
« on: July 08, 2021, 02:54:05 PM »

I am not trying to be provocative.... this is a true question:

If the upturned bell is “ok” and the metal neck is “ok” for an alto clarinet.... which is short ENOUGH for it to be workable straight instead of curved (I believe there are examples of this)..... would it really be useless to have a curved soprano just for convenience if someone liked it?  Or, is there something about the curves and metal that make the sound WORSE? 

I am not knowledgeable enough to answer..... just thinking that the video’s instrument looks like an alto or bass clarinet just in a smaller (soprano) form.  To me, with there being both straight and curved saprano saxophones that both are well liked..... why not for a

All about Clarinets / Re: Saxonette?
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:35:26 AM »
Very interesting!!!!  I am kind of assuming the little bell was used to try to have improved outward direction of the sound.  It makes me wonder if it was just an alternative bell and there was a straight one as well with the instrument?

I also enjoy the old footage itself! 


All about Clarinets / Re: Thickness of Replacement Corks?
« on: May 31, 2021, 07:44:25 AM »
I bought an assortment of cork sheets from Ferree's Tools.

When installing new cork, I use calipers to measure the id of the socket and the od of the bare tenon.  Subtract the two and add 1/64th of an inch.  Works very well with minimal sanding.

I've attached an EXCEL file with a table and the formulas I use.

Thank you!!!!

All are welcome to use it.

All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 29, 2021, 05:47:04 PM »
Oops.... I posted the emblem twice.  Here is a shot of the whole case as well. 

All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 29, 2021, 05:45:18 PM »
I finally have gotten a few pictures of my contra alto clarinet case and thank you for the guidance on uploading photos.... I was not noticing the rather obvious (except to me) “attachments” button under the text box.... I was trying to image button above the text box and that is where I was getting html codes. 

So, I have three different perspectives of my case.  The idea was that the case style might help to identify the age of my beast.  I have to say it is quite different than the Selmer case styles I was used to from 1960s and 1970s Selmer clarinets. 

So, any thoughts, ideas etc are appreciated!

Even though the beast needs some small adjustments and REALLY needs a heavy duty cleaning and polishing of the metal surfaces..... it is wonderfully fun to play, and I still have enough wind to produce a pretty nice sound!  I am very happy with it thus far! 


All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 24, 2021, 12:08:26 PM »

The contra alto is pretty much the last clarinet you can reasonably play sitting down; the straight contrabass need a 7 foot tall player or they need to stand up.

(My first attempt to use the “quote” feature.... so I apologize if I did not do that well.....)

When I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to play the BRAND NEW Contrabass Clarinet my high school had somehow acquired back when I was in high school many, many decades ago..... I jumped at the chance and loved playing it.  Our teacher/conductor also had purchased an adjustable height chair just so I could play it.  It was a very heavy pairing to cart around (both the instrument and the chair) to all the places we played.  :)  But..... it was a helluva lot of fun too!  I was so glad he selected me to play it.... probably though I had enough “hot air” to make a go of it.   ;)

All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 24, 2021, 11:59:25 AM »
The order from highest pitch to lowest would be:

Soprano Clarinet
Alto Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Contra Alto Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet

Of course there are other clarinets too, but at least in my opinion, those are the “big five”.  :)

All about Clarinets / Thickness of Replacement Corks?
« on: May 23, 2021, 12:37:00 PM »

Ihave replaced corks on various joints on clarinets in the past..... but used cork given to me.  I am now in need of BUYING some new sheet cork..... but foolishly I did not think to measure the thickness of the cork I had previously. 

In your opinion, which thickness is typically most useful for cork repairs.... 1mm, 2mm, or 3mm?  I am currently wanting to recork a bass clarinet mouthpiece (Bundy, standard).... but also have a few soprano clarinets I will eventually be refurbishing too. 

Advice, guidance, opinions.... all appreciated.  I have been looking at rolled cork on Amazon..... but if that is not a good choice..... I would appreciate guidance in that regard as well. 


All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 19, 2021, 01:38:01 PM »
Hmm.  It has been a long, long time since I have used html codes to insert a picture.  It appears the buttons for photos on this site insert the beginning and end html code..... but then I am lost on how to proceed.  Sadly, I have photos of my case I wanted to upload..... but I cannot for the life of me now figure out how to do so on this site. 

I apologize.... can anyone give me a refresher or crash course in how to show pictures here? 


All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 15, 2021, 05:24:14 PM »
I will take a few images of my case and post them!  Thank you!!!

Hello Everyone:

I was wondering if anyone has had experience and/or advice on cutting the tail end of cane reeds in a way that is smooth and attractive looking? I have found it easier to procure baritone saxophone reeds for my contra alto clarinet and they fit well on the mouthpiece for playing.... but they extend farther back on the mouthpiece so there is a good 3/8 in or perhaps even a bit more that runs into the neck joint and puts a bit of torsional pressure on that joint when the ligature is tightened.

I was thinking of using a simple coping saw, but with the delicate nature of cane and the tongue end of the reed itself, I was seeking advice. I think I would typically like to cut off the tail end about 1/2 inch.... and would like it to not look like a ragged, crooked mess.


All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 14, 2021, 05:35:50 PM »
Thank you both for your posts!  I wonder, it seems Conn-Selmer has not released serial number and year designations for it seems bass clarinets nor contra alto clarinets, so we have only broad time frames?  Is that accurate?  I guess it may be silly to wonder.... but it just would be enjoyable to know the manufacturing dates.  Oh well. 

I wrote to Conn-Selmer, but have not receive any reply. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Another Blues...
« on: May 05, 2021, 01:31:59 PM »

That was VERY nice!  I like the tone from all three instruments (clarinet, guitar, and voice).  Really nicely done. 

If I am correct from what I read in your post, I am kind of assuming you are “newer” to the aspects of recording yourself and merging sound tracks and “splicing” video (not sure what the current term for splicing would be)?  If I am correct, I would very much enjoy (if you do not mind) a description of the equipment and software you used to create your video.  I would like to do a video like this myself. 


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