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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000454.txt from 1999/04

From: "Justin Wood" <>
Subj: [kl] Mouthpieces & Research paper (2 different questions)
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 01:45:22 -0400

I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. (Or ask two questions in one
email for those of you who are a bad shot or against killing birds...)

#1 I recently tried Larry Combs LC1 and LC3 mouthpieces. I really liked
both of them and I wondered about comparable mouthpieces. I use a Rovner
MkIII and Vandoren V-12 2.5 reeds or sometimes 2.5 Olivieri. I know this
question is a difficult one because there are so many variables.
Unfortunately I live in a rural area and there is no music store within an
1.5 hour 2 hour drive where I could try out a variety of mouthpieces and
unfortunately shipping mouthpieces and paying the fees to try them out from
Woodwind and Brasswind or some similar place can get expensive quickly.

#2 For a research paper I wanted to follow the history of an instrument.
Being a clarinetist and a tubaist I narrowed it down to clarinet, tuba, or
oboe for the instrument to research. Can anybody recommend some good books
on the history and evolution of any of these instruments? Basically I want
to follow the instrument's evolution and some key people in its
making/evolution. The paper does not need to go into extreme detail. The
teacher prefers we don't use a lot of electronic sources, sticking with
books, magazine articles, etc.

Thanks in Advance,

Justin Wood

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