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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000142.txt from 1995/03

From: Andrea K Hakari <hakari@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Alto Clarinet
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 1995 01:35:42 -0500

On Sat, 4 Mar 1995, J Alan (SkaMan) wrote:

> I find that alto sax reeds work better on alto clarinet than alto clar
> reeds. I had to play the stuffy thing for a few semesters in clarinet
> choir. Needless to say, I'm retired from that horn, and working on the
> lower ones.

I've picked up the basset horn (basset hound =) for quartet, and am using
alto sax reeds on it (Rico Royal #3). I've got a few problems, but those
are mostly related to my inexperience on the basset horn (this is the first
time I've ever played either it or the alto), and the usual bad throat tones.

> I have not decided if tenor sax reeds work better than bass clar reeds,
> though. They both act the same. Is there even a difference in production?
>

I use tenor sax reeds on my setup (Selmer low C bass, Selmer C*
mouthpiece, stock ligature) and love 'em to death. The first time I put
on a tenor sax reed, I got the HUGEST sound I'd ever had on a bass! Now
if I could only find some good contra reeds...oh heck, if I could only
find a good contra =)

--Andrea, bass clarinetist extraordinaire!!!
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Andrea Hakari Principal bass clarinet, St. Olaf Band
St. Olaf College Bass clarinet, St. Olaf Orchestra
Northfield, MN 55057 Director, St. Olaf Clarinet Choir
hakari@-----.edu
(507) 646-6595 http://www.stolaf.edu/people/hakari/

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