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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000973.txt from 1998/03

From: Fred Jacobowitz <>
Subj: Re: clar-flute, was: Another peculiar acoustical phenomenon
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 21:42:54 -0500

I also "play" the so-called 'clar-flute'. Actually, the real instrument is
a Middle-Eastern end-blown flute called a Ney (rhymes with sigh). In the
Balkans they have a very similar instrument (via the Turkish occupation)
called the Kaval. In Japan, a flute using the same principal is called
Shakohachi (sp?). By taking the mouthpiece off a clarinet, one has a
cylinder and can make it an end-blown flute.
My clarinet (and my Kavals and Neys) all over-blow at the octave.
They also have the effective range of about a 12th.

Fred Jacobowitz
Clarinet/Sax Instructor, Peabody Preparatory

On Tue, 17 Mar 1998, Anne Bell wrote:

> I will have to try the oboe reed on my clarinet- if only to verify the
> sound picture I have of that combination. There is another tidbit to add
> to this discussion. William O. Smith plays, among other things, the
> "clar-flute." Remove the mouthpiece and pretend your clarinet is a coke
> bottle. I haven't had much success (or too much spare time) but he reports
> that it overblows a m9th! The article is in the July-Aug 97 issue of The
> Clarinet but it doesn't go into deep detail. I also recall someone
> mentioning a CD that included Bill Smith playing the Clar-flute. If anyone
> has seen this in person what did you think? (mellow, dark, bright,:)
> Anne Bell

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