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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001295.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: The Perfect Mouthpiece
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 22:44:38 -0400

At 04:00 PM 9/29/97 -0400, you wrote:
>I have been playing very (too) much saxophone lately, and I am looking for a
>dark sounding orchestral mouthpiece/reed setup that will take enough air
>so that the back pressure isn't so hard --more like the feel of a sax.
>Currently I have a Mitchell Lurie Premium mouthpiece and I use Vandoren #4
>reeds for classical gigs, but I feel like I'm going to explode when I blow.
>I had a B45 mouthpiece but people say it's too bright sounding. I think that
>means too many of the upper overtones and not enough bottom.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> John Van Voris
> Albany, NY
I thought the B-45 was not bright at all. Try a B-46. It has (for me, at
least) the best chalumeau of anything I've tried. Maybe that will
translate into less overtones? The bottom is plenty strong.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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