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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000394.txt from 1998/04

From: "Kevin Fay" <kevinfay@-----.com>
Subj: RE: Crystal mouthpieces
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 19:20:34 -0400

Way back in college (when mastodons roamed the Earth) I went to a
mouthpiece seminar that Dan Johnston was giving. Towards the end, he
asked volunteers to come up and have their mouthpieces refaced. I leapt
up with my Vandoren crystal in hand.

He scowled at me. His displeasure wasn;t that the glass mouthpiece
wasn't any good--he thought the material irrelevant--but that they were
much harder to work on.

I used that mouthpiece for about 12 years. I liked it better than the
rubber ones (which I still use). It met the same end as all glass
mouthpieces do, unfortunately--tip damage.

If he would reface another one, I'd buy it.

kjf

----Original Message Follows----
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 19:15:47 -0400
From: "ROGER W. FERRELL" <102623.2572@-----.com>
Subject: RE: Crystal mouthpieces

My first crystal mouthpiece was a VanDoren A1. I agree with what Mr.
Moo=
re
said about his experiences; however, I did switch to a Pomarico 1+. To
m=
e,
it is a MUCH superior mouthpiece (as compared to the VanDoren) in just
about all aspects. My only two complaints are that 1) dynamic range
doesn't seem to be as great as a good hard rubber mouthpiece, and 2)
reed=
s
seem to be more finicky, but when I get a really good reed, it's
wonderfu=
l!

Roger Ferrell

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