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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001424.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] selmer centered tone and Series 9
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 21:21:35 -0500

Ed Maurey wrote:
I can't agree with Tom Ridenour that it
>has lower chalumeau
>sharpness. Perhaps he hasn't tested them with an electronic tuner. The
>needle practically stands still! It is the easiest, stabilest, smoothest
>clarinet I' ve ever played.
If you have a series 9 or a centered tone that has a low "A" and "Bb" that
are not twenty or more cents sharper......on an electronic tuner....than
the clarion "E" and "F" from those same tone holes you have an anomaly
The bore of the standard series 9 is .585 as I recall.
Low register sharpness it probably the greatest single reason players in
the 50's switched in droves to the small bore clarinet, which Robert Carree
has made acceptable in tone with his polycylindrical upper joint cone.
I, personally, have never played a clarinet over 14.7mm (.5785) that did
not have some degree of sharpness problems on the low "A" and other tones.
I can certainly play the low register of these clarinets in tune, but only
with gross shape distortion and loss of center in the sound to lower the
Now in jazz, that doesn't matter so much as when you play classical music
with a key board or other chamber musicians, which is about all I ever did
or cared to do.

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