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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000765.txt from 1997/12

From: "David S. Naden" <>
Subj: Re: Tuning the Orchestra
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 15:28:15 -0500


I second your reply and agree fully. In my response to this question, I forgot
about the A clarinet being in the correct pitch when being used.

David S. Naden

Roger Garrett wrote:

> 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
> note!
> 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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