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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000132.txt from 1995/03

From: William Turnidge <LestonT@-----.COM>
Subj: Alto Clarinet
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 21:49:52 -0500

I,ve enjoyed the talk about the "e fer" and the love/hate relationship it
invokes. The alto clarinet really creates a love/hate relationship. I play
B flat clarinet in the Tacoma Concert Band (Tacoma. WA) and when there seems
to be an important alto clarinet part (oxymoron?) I am pressed into service -
much to the relief of everybody else in the section. The only instruments
available are rarely used Bundys from smirking high school band directors who
do not seem anxious for their return. The last time I played I received
great attention and compliments about my tone quality and good intonation.
Was it because I was using a portnoy mouthpiece ( which does make a
difference) or because the other clarinet players were praying that I remain
the designated alto clarinet(t)ist (rhetorical question!)? If there is
anyone out there who can relate to me, I do have some real questions.
1. Is there a noticeable difference in sound between less expensive reeds
and i.e. Vandoren alto clar. reeds?
2. Do players actually purchase top line alto clarinets and do they make a

William Turnidge (happy to have the attention)

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