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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000846.txt from 1998/03

From: (Simon Aldrich)
Subj: Zinner double concavity. Attn.Tom
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 11:44:34 -0500

Tom - Do you mind expounding on this double concavity of the baffle to which
you have
referred in two postings?

I am playing a Hawkins as of a few weeks ago. The deepness of the baffle
scared me
on first inspection. Yes, the overall pitch is on the low side but the more
voicing of the mouthpiece does not sag like many deep-baffled mouthpieces.

Could it be that the entrance to the bore (where the end of the baffle exits
the top chamber
and meets the bore) is not as deep as, say, many of my Kaspars and
Chedevilles which have
deep baffles that continue their deepness into the bore.
Otherwise said - it seems that the deep baffle of the Hawkins returns
somewhat for a
shallower entrance into the bore.

In my experience you can shorten a flat mouthpiece which has a good voicing
but there
is nothing you can do to combat the low voicing of a deep-baffled/deep

Thanks for your input.


Simon Aldrich

Principal Clarinet - l'Orchestre de l'Opera de Montreal
Principal Clarinet - l'Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Quintet Pentaedre
Les Vents de Montreal

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