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I finally started to play clarinet again!
« on: January 17, 2020, 08:26:49 PM »
Guys, I haven't played clarinet recreationally in 2 years at this point.

I decided to pull my old contra alto clarinet out of storage, dust it off, and give it a go.

I have to say, it's very nice to be back in the saddle. I can't tell you how much I truly missed the sweet, low, and resonant sound of the contra clarinet.
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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2020, 10:43:29 AM »
Wow! Glad to hear you're playing again!
Avoid burnout. Take up the Irish flute.  :)

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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2020, 06:40:48 PM »
Good for you Dave!

I've been stuck on alto sax (happily).  :)

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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 12:14:08 PM »
I have been playing contra alto (along with bass) in a group since the fall, and it has been lots of fun.  Nothing quite like playing those low "Pedal" notes and shaking the place (and my head) with that amazing rumble. 

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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2020, 03:34:13 PM »
I quit my rock band today. Going back to my clarinets. Every single one of 'em!

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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2020, 03:04:41 PM »
That's great, I started playing more again since I'm teaching my son, who is 8.  It's easy for me to forget how great playing is for some reason, but it's really a joy.  I don't care if I'm any good or anything, really, I just like it!
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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2020, 10:29:11 AM »
Wow! Glad to hear you're playing again!
Avoid burnout. Take up the Irish flute.  :)
I could try that but I don't really like Traditional irish music
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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2020, 02:02:33 PM »
Good for you. We have a contra alto player in our prof. band. Adds a lot. Why did you stop playing for 2 years?
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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2020, 08:17:08 PM »
Good for you. We have a contra alto player in our prof. band. Adds a lot. Why did you stop playing for 2 years?

After I was unable to continue in the orchestral groups I was in, I pretty much lost all motivation to play for my own enjoyment. And thus, the dust started to gather on the instrument and the muscle memory started to degrade. Sad story, but a reasonably happy ending (thus far...)
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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2020, 10:32:20 AM »
I also recently started playing a woodwind after 61 years!  Played clarinet from 5th grade through High School, then stopped in 1958.  Always wanted to play saxophone, so I bought a Jean Paul alto and started teaching myself last summer.  Then, a few months later decided to get out my old clarinet.  It's a Boosey & Hawkes Edgware made in 1949.  In terrible shape - missing a pivot screw, thumb rest and had bad pads.  Decided to renovate it myself.  Bought a set of pads, rods and springs on Ebay (Chinese) and went to work, having no idea what I was doing.  Found a few repair shops online and bought J.L. Smith's book.  Well, after several failed attempts and better pads, it now plays ok and I've also started buying and renovating vintage clarinets.  Learning as I go.  Just hope to eventually sell a few and recoup my costs.  Another of my many hobbies.
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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2020, 04:17:23 PM »
Our stories are parallel, kewald!
My name is Windy and I have a clarinet problem.
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Re: I finally started to play clarinet again!
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2020, 10:48:18 AM »
I also recently started playing a woodwind after 61 years!  Played clarinet from 5th grade through High School, then stopped in 1958.  Always wanted to play saxophone, so I bought a Jean Paul alto and started teaching myself last summer.  Then, a few months later decided to get out my old clarinet.  It's a Boosey & Hawkes Edgware made in 1949.  In terrible shape - missing a pivot screw, thumb rest and had bad pads.  Decided to renovate it myself.  Bought a set of pads, rods and springs on Ebay (Chinese) and went to work, having no idea what I was doing.  Found a few repair shops online and bought J.L. Smith's book.  Well, after several failed attempts and better pads, it now plays ok and I've also started buying and renovating vintage clarinets.  Learning as I go.  Just hope to eventually sell a few and recoup my costs.  Another of my many hobbies.
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