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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000361.txt from 1994/05

From: "Roger J. Shilcock" <mlfl@-----.UK>
Subj: Mouthpiece materials (raised by Kirby Fong)
Date: Sat, 21 May 1994 04:23:34 -0400

Those people I've met who use glass mouthpieces habitually say that they are
buzz-free (subjectively, at least). I used to get a buzz feeding all the way
through my cheapo bass from the metal bell to the mouthpiece, until I damped
the bell with chunks of BluTak - the mouthpiece is a standard Van Doren thing.
Certainly, the mouthpieces that used to go on Boosey & Hawkes student
instruments could really shake your teeth. These were apparently made of a thin
thermoplastic. Some retailers replaced these with Van Doren mouthpieces before
sale.
Roger Shilcock [MLFL, Oxford - a bit bitty because I'm supposed to be working]

   
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