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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
very well.

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

"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]

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