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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001144.txt from 1998/04

Subj: Re: Re: Mouthpiece Facings & Reed Strength
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 09:44:24 -0400

In a message dated 4/17/98 5:45:38 PM, you wrote:

<<At 09:47 PM 4/16/98 -0500, Roger Garrett wrote:
>The M13 mouthpiece has the following schedule and tip opening:
>104 tip opening (1.04)
>What this means frankly, is that the tip is very close, and the curve
>schedule is quite short. If you are playing on 2 or 2.5 reeds, you either
>have no strength in the embouchure, or you never play above a high C.

Doesn't the short curve schedule (given a constant tip opening) require a
softer reed than a longer, more gradual curve like a B45?

The shorter curve does indeed mitigate the closeness of the tip, causing the
reed to feel stiffer than it would feel if the tip were the same and the curve
was longer.
The B45, however, does not have what I would call a more graduated curve.
It's schedule is not much longer, especially near the tip, and then the tip
itself flares quickly open to a whopping 1.18, and some I have measured have
gone up to 1.20!
Only a sax player should ever play the B45. It is not fit for anyone who wants
to play the clarinet seriously in a classical setting.

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