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I found an old Vito French hard rubber alto mouthpiece and it sounds excellent on my (Vito) alto.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« Last post by kewald on January 18, 2022, 01:47:56 PM »
Two related topics:


I use a Jazzlab Harness for playing my Saxophone.  Takes the load off my neck.  Would likely work with a Clarinet, but is probably overkill.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012EAMM9U/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I have arthritis in my hands, and using a standard clarinet thumbrest is quite painful.  A neck strap might help, though I doubt it because there would still be quite a bit of pressure on the base joint of my thumb since the rest would still be resting between the tip and 1st joint.  So, I use a Ton Kooiman thumb rest, which has truly eliminated the pain.


https://www.tonkooiman.com/index.php/products/etude3


I've forgetten whare I bought the Etude thumb rest, but it is available in the USA.



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All about Clarinets / Re: Edelweiss
« Last post by kewald on January 18, 2022, 01:25:57 PM »
Well played Larry!


It may help for you to keep your fingers closer to the keys.  Not a problem with this piece, but when fingering faster it pays dividends.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« Last post by philpedler on January 18, 2022, 12:25:12 PM »
What amazing things you do, Windy!
Cool information in this thread.
I even listened! Good sounds, and especially when you have the jaw issues that make it necessary to make modifications.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« Last post by windydankoff on January 16, 2022, 02:39:33 PM »
Adding a keyring loop makes it awkward. A cheap sax strap with a thin, open metal hook should fit the ring just fine. The molded metal or plastic hooks are too thick. And for sure, you don't want a snap hook.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« Last post by LarryS 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
« Last post by LarryS 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 / Re: The benefit of open holes
« Last post by jdbassplayer on January 15, 2022, 06:00:12 PM »
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.
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All about Clarinets / The benefit of open holes
« Last post by LarryS 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: Horst Moennig Low Eb bass
« Last post by windydankoff on January 15, 2022, 03:07:02 PM »
Friends – You are invited to a DEBUT performance on my resurrected bass! My Jewish congregation is on YouTube, so I can share it with you. Our (unorthodox) cantor, recalling the exodus, pulled out a GOSPEL tune made famous by Nina Simone.  Use your best earphones or speakers to hear the special sound of this horn, and go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKQCELty45M&t=3229s
Jump to MINUTE 48:50

Horst Moennig low-Eb bass described above, made around the 1930s
Mouthpiece: Fobes Nova on  I even get to hit BOTTOM on this song!
Reed: Hartmann Fiberreed Carbon Classic C Tenor sax

Another song at 20:00 has me on my G clarinet. Other songs, I'm playing C clarinet, flute, or alto flute, some with my wife Alma. Pardon me for tooting my own horn.
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