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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000462.txt from 1997/12

From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <>
Subj: Re: Eb mouthpieces
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 11:44:25 -0500

i don't have any suggestions as for a mouthpiece..but i can
tell you that lately i'm going through the same things,and i
feel bad for you..just remember..your not alone :)

jennifer mckenna
unversity of north texas
clarinet concentration/music ed major

On Mon, 08 Dec 1997 05:01:29 -0800 nancy buckman <>
> Dear fellow Klarinetters,
> I am one of those who suffer from severe TMJ. I have been the route of
> doctors and dentists and have been treated with everything from
> appliances and orthodontics to radical surgeries that have even involved
> breaking my jaw. My problem is this: I have some loose scar tissue
> that has caused my mouth to become stuck closed (I have a 12 mm opening)
> for the past 6 weeks. My mouth opens just far enough to permit the
> placement of my mouthpiece, but at the moment I find that I need softer
> reeds. I am currently using Vandoren 4.5 standard Eb reeds. If I use a
> softer reed, my pitch drops noticeably flat in the upper notes. Any
> suggestions about a mouthpiece that will play sharp on an E-fer in the
> high range? I really need to reduce the embouchure force until this
> problem resolves itself. I currently own Selmer HS*, Vandoren Crystal,
> Charles Bay and David Hite mouthpieces. The Hite is the one I
> frequent. All suggestions would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
> Nancy

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