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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001275.txt from 1999/01

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Pinky keys on Bass Clarinet was Pinky Keys
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 13:01:50 -0500

On Mon, 25 Jan 1999 12:08:50 EST, said:

> To alleviate this problem for myself, I built a bass clarinet stand
> last summer. I basically bought a bunch of "stuff" at the hardware
> store and sawed, drilled, assembled until I had an adjustable stand
> for the instrument.
> I made it so that the instrument is held on the stand while playing,
> with all the weight supported directly. The right thumb is only used
> to keep the embouchure pressure from pushing the instrument away from
> the body. With all weight and support requirements taken of the thumb,
> I found a wonderful new fluency to my bass clarinet technique. Also I
> can play a lot longer with out fatigue, including less fatigue for the
> neck and shoulders as well as my right thumb/hand/arm.
> I was very careful to allow adjustment for the angle of the
> instrument, and as much as is possible with such a long instrument,
> the height.
> Anyway, this was my solution, and so far it is working well. Any
> comment?

Sounds brilliant. Congratulations!

This problem came up for bassethorns and basset clarinets too. I
personally find that sitting down and playing the instruments like a
normal and small-sized classical cello, holding the bell in legs crossed
at (respectively) calf and ankle (I have a straight bassethorn by Uebel)
works very well.

You might have thought it would muffle the basset notes, but it doesn't.
And it's good for me, because I don't like slings.

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