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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000183.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: Concerto clars. (Tom Ridenour)
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 12:40:37 -0500

There is advice on this problem in general in the archives, I think. I
have the problem sometimes on my Buffet RC A, but hardly ever on the
(ancient) B flat.
It's *much* worse with some reeds than with others.
Roger Shilcock

On Thu, 4 Dec 1997, Luanne S. Jacobs wrote:

> Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 18:10:32 -0600
> From: "Luanne S. Jacobs" <>
> To:
> Subject: Concerto clars. (Tom Ridenour)
> Hi! I have been playing clarinet for over 20 years now and have always
> played a Buffet R-13 but I tried a bunch of different Leblancs and fell
> in love with a Concerto. Here is the problem. I really don't have
> voicing problems on my Buffet but I have found with the Concerto that in
> the clarion G-C, I am having an extremely difficult time playing pp and
> maintaining the pitch without falling to the lower hum. I have tried
> harmonic exercises and can go up ok but can't get the middle one going
> down. I have no problems at all on my Buffet. There is student here
> who also is having these same problems but she has had her Concerto for
> awhile. So, what do we do differently on the Leblanc that we don't do
> on the Buffet? I have managed to figure something out but it is not
> very comfortable. If I constrict the throat, raise the back of the
> tongue very high and push it forward, it works but the sound is not
> controllable. Our instructor is also wondering what the deal is. BTW,
> he's a Buffet man! LOL Ayy suggestions to why this might be happening?
> Luanne

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