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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000852.txt from 1998/03

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: Re: Another note on Chedeville Revamps...
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 11:44:40 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Shouryu Nohe <>
Date: Friday, March 13, 1998 10:31 AM
Subject: Another note on Chedeville Revamps...

>One more note to all you people who are experimenting witht he M13 and
>other long-faced mpieces:
>If you've been playing on a medium facing mpiece, when you try out the
>longer faced ones, it is best to try them playing with the normal reed
>strength you use, and then one little softer (no more than half a
>strength). Longer faced mouthpieces generally seem to get a better tone
>with softer reeds.

I'm not a mouthpiece expert by any means, but my understanding (supported
only in part by my own experience) is that one of the reasons for longer
facings (i.e. distance from the tip to the point at which the facing begins
to separate from the reed) is that they permit the use of heavier reeds. The
German facings are noted for their length and the very stiff reeds they
permit - reeds that wouldn't make a sound on a French style facing. If
you're basing this advice solely on experience with M13s , I would suggest
that the mouthpiece itself is, I find, a little more resistant than others
with similar facings. It is certainly more resistant than a Gigliotti P34 I
own, which has nearly the same length and tip opening as the M13. My
Gigliotti P, which is a little over a millimeter longer than the M13, is
much more accommodating to stiffer reeds - in fact, anything that works on
the M13 is too thin on the AG P and, conversely, the reeds that feel good on
the Gigliotti are nearly unplayable on the M13.

For What It's Worth

Karl Krelove

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