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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000324.txt from 1999/04

From: Robb Russon <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Selecting an instrument (was Religion vs. Science)
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 21:50:40 -0400

>I am curious about the matching of the mouthpiece to the clarinet, as it
>affects one's trials of instruments. One would think that to make the
>trials fair, one should use the same mouthpiece on all instruments. Yet one
>would also think that the match between mouthpiece and instrument would be
>different for instruments of different design. (Same goes for the barrel, I
>So my question for those who have played many different instruments against
>one another - do you use the same MP, or do you try to "match" the MP to the
>instrument, and if you do, how do you decide when the results are due to the
>MP or the instrument?

I have always matched the mouthpiece to the instrument. Different MP for
the Efer, diff. for the bass and diff for the sopranos. Never found a
problem with any, other than slight embouchure changes.

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