Klarinet Archive - Posting 000095.txt from 1994/05
From: "Calton L. Cooper Jr" <ccooper@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Reeds
Date: Wed, 4 May 1994 23:53:49 -0400
I usually stick to v-12's on my Bb and A. I tried some of the
Vintage reeds from Australia, and I concur that they are
remarkably well cut, very good cane, they are all equally cut.
My only complaint with them is that they were VERY stiff. I
got a box of 3 1/2 and they were like tree trunks. I only
ended up with 2 or 3 that played well because the rest were too
stiff. The ones that played well lasted a long time and played
Someone also asked about the Buffet A. From what I have been
lead to believe, the register tube (you know the thing that
your swab always tears on) has a definite effect on the
resistance. I usually compensate by playing a softer reed on
my A. I also use an open mouthpiece (Vandoren b-45 lyre) It
has a slightly longer face and a good tip opening.
As to the conversations about the compositions of the
instruments: if composition doesn't matter why does an alto
sax and and alto clarinet sound so vastly different. I don't
think the cylindrical vs conical bore is the only thing. Brass
players I know are always talking about the hardness of the
material used to make thier instruemts.
I have tried the DEG accubore barrels, not extensively enough
to comment on the intonation, but definitely on the sound.
They do give a different sound to the instrument. It's a
harsher sound than with a good wood barrel.
And Last, but not least the Joke section:
What's the range of a Tuba?
20-30 yards if you've got a good arm.
How do you know a Bass player is bad?
The rest of the section notices
What's the difference between a viola player and a seamstress?
The seamstress tucks up frills!
Lee Cooper ccooper@-----.edu
"It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind
that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception."
Albert Einstein [in speaking about his theory of relativity]