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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000762.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Tuning the Orchestra
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 14:15:55 -0500

The long B can be low on many horns......mine do not tend to be that way
after having them worked on by Brannen (no....I am not trying to start
that thread up again). If you find your's is....add the A key (first
finger of the left hand) while you play and see if it equalizes the pitch.
If so, tune with the A key depressed. You can always check the octave and
the 5th while tuning to an A.......those are secure notes and tell you
everything you need to know. I have not found tuning on an A to be
problematic. Besides, when you tune your A clarinet, you have the correct

Roger Garrett

On Mon, 15 Dec 1997, J. Shouryu Nohe wrote:

> I still think that it sucks that the note just _has_ to be an
> A...especially in the case of the low clarinets, I find that to be a
> really unreliable tuning note for me. (I usually have to lip up my E/B
> and F/C by about five cents on any clarinet...)
> I figure most professional clarinetists agree (but I'm not sure). Is it
> possible that right before the orchestra tunes, the clarinets don't run
> over to the oboist and say "Quick, gimme a B flat before we start tuning!"
> or some thing similar? ^_^
> Shouryu

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