Klarinet Archive - Posting 000993.txt from 1997/09
From: Gary Hopkins <ghopkins@-----.net>
Subj: Re: Tight seal (not all players like that)
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 00:09:02 -0400
I agree with Roger about a good seal being needed for a liquid or fluid
movement between notes. I especially notice this when slurring from throat
Bb up to C. An instrument that leaks is stuffy and does not respond well.
The lightest of touch should be enough to make any clarinet (in good playing
order) respond well thru the entire range of the instrument. If medium to
heavy finger pressure is needed to play anywhere on the clarinet then it is
not in proper adjustment. There should me none of this bullsh*t about having
to squeeze a little until the pads seat themselves. That will never happen,
and if you are told to do so by a repairman then you have just been screwed
out of your money. Plain and simple.
At 08:11 PM 9/21/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I'm sorry, but a "little give in the seal" must be interpreted incorrectly
>by Michel Zukovsky. Liquid connections only happen with tight
>seals....not with leaks. This is a fact.....can't be argued.
>On Sun, 21 Sep 1997, David C. Blumberg wrote:
>> There are even some players who don't like a real tight seal. I'm friends
>> with Michele Zukovsky, and she doesn't like a tight seal. She feels that it
>> makes for more liquid connections if there is a little give in the seal.
>> I myself like a really tight seal.
>> David C. Blumberg
>> Roger wrote:
>> Not only is this a constant, it is the constant Bill Brannen uses in his
>> new instrument service, based on the principal that a horn that seals
>> correctly (and I use the word "correctly" in a broad application here)
>> will play better than one that does not.
>> I told the listserv that I will not argue the point of materials, etc.
>> again. My posting is to help clear up any confusion that Susan may feel
>> regarding the discussion she has alluded to.
>> Roger Garrett