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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000714.txt from 1997/09

From: "Brian Wilcher" <>
Subj: Re: Question
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 1997 07:52:45 -0400

Well, the way my pappy told me is this: The Hautbois (ill wind) is very
touchy about reed placement, if, for example, you pull a reed out too much
the bottom notes will be wildly out of tune with the upper notes. The
player will try to find a reed which, when the instrument is best in tune
with itself (u & l octaves balanced) will be closest to concert pitch. In
other words, it's better to tune it to itself than try to force it to
concert pitch.

-----Original Message-----
From: R Tennenbaum <>
Date: Saturday, September 13, 1997 9:25 PM
Subject: Question

>Probably almost everyone who plays in an orchestra knows this, but I
>Why do we tune to that um, instrument -- you know, the one that looks
>like a skinny clarinet but with a fancy straw at the end?

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