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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000573.txt from 1998/03

From: Shouryu Nohe <>
Subj: Basset Clarinet Query
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 14:03:18 -0500

Anyone out there play a basset clarinet? Or has done so?

On my bass (rather, the one NMSU provides me), I occasionally substitute a
low Eb + register key to play the throat Bb, and lip it up to take care of
the 5 cent discrepancy. I generally do it on exposed parts when I can't
use the trill fingering (the trill and the overblown Eb both have a better
tone than good ol' A + RK).

Seeing as how the basset has an extension to C, is it plausible to do the
same thing? You could eliminate the throat altogether (the extension
would allow you to play to open G), and instead, play all those nots with
a clarion voice instead of a throaty chalameau. You wouldn't have to wory
about finger shadings to eliminate the throatiness. But then again, I'd
imagine that you'd have to do some lipping to adjust the tuning, but at
least the tone would be solid (I imagine).

So, having never touched a basset clarinet, I can only theorize. If
you've got basset experience, gimme your 3 yen. If you don't, give it to
me anyways. I'm just very curious.

Shouryu Nohe
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