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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000546.txt from 1997/09

From: (Jeremy Alexander Yager)
Subj: Re: Tone and mouthpieces
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 1997 17:10:46 -0400

On Sep 10, 1:58pm, Roger Garrett wrote:
> Subject: Re: Tone and mouthpieces
> Suprisingly, many custom mouthpieces, Genusa nothwithstanding, lower
> pitch. Actually, the problem is that so many stock mouthpieces and
> "specialized" mouthpieces RAISE the pitch! There are many theories as to
> why such mouthpieces are pitched high....the most reasonable being that
> public school children are begun on reeds that are too soft 1, 1.5, and
> (yes) 2's. Students end up playing flat (let's not even begin to think
> about embouchure and tongue position in some of these instances!), and the
> mouthpieces are a step toward the solution. While well-meaning, they miss
> the mark. So.......many mouthpieces are high in pitch, and clarinetists
> are forever pulling out everywhere. Along come a few good mouthpiece
> makers and *poof* the pitch is lower! I have found that the lower
> pitched mouthpieces, Pyne, Genusa, Smith, Bay tend to play right on

Thats wierd...I play a gennusa GE* and I still have to pull out everywhere

>-- End of excerpt from Roger Garrett


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