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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000207.txt from 1998/04

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: False Teeth
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 00:24:59 -0400

><<Second, and since I'm only getting back into this, there is another issue.
>I'm not a kid anymore. I've got (yuck) partials: rear partials for the
>uppers, but an almost complete set of teeth for the lower. I have not
>noticed anything odd as long as I remember to glue the damn things into my
>mouth to keep them from rattling around. But I wonder if there CAN any
>effect on playing--embouchure, etc.--caused by dentures.>>

on 4/4/98 6:55 PM, Hat NYC 62 wrote:
>Robert Marcellus played the last several years of his career with no teeth of
>his own. This is why he had to play sitting down.
When I studied with Joe Allard in the late '60's/early '70's, he had
played with false teeth for a long time. He had two thumb rests
connected by a piece of rubber tubing, so that he could use the right
thumb to "pull" the clarinet against his lower lip. Of course, he also
played sitting down.


David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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