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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000633.txt from 1999/04

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Caracas Clarinet Quartet in Washington D.C.
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 02:00:07 -0400

Teri Herel wrote:

>And how about Paquito's clarinet?? I had to strongly resist the temptation
>to ask him if I could fondle it after the performance. Maturity won and I
>settled for his email address.

When I heard Paquito with the National Symphony last June, he had just
gotten the Rossi clarinet. It's a beauty, visually and sonically. I very
nearly wrote that the clarinet sounds gorgeous (which it does), but upon
some reflection, I decided that it's the player that makes the sound, not
the instrument. I can say this with some assurance, having heard Paquito
on CD with his previous instrument, which I think was a Selmer Centered
Tone which he played with a crystal mouthpiece (Pomarico, maybe - I can't
remember). Last June he was still using the crystal on the Rossi - last
Thursday he had a hard rubber mouthpiece (I didn't ask - I think it's an
unhealthy fixation!). But the sound is always the same. Like I said, I
believe it's the player, not the equipment.

Nevertheless, Teri - I'm with you - I covet that instrument (a sign of
how pervasive the above mentioned sickness is!). I'm saving my money!

on 4/13/99 10:40 AM, wrote:

>The _Post_ reporter mentioned the use of clarinets as percussion
>instruments, something that hadn't occurred to me before.

And I have to say that I haven't the foggiest what the "Post" was talking
about! (not the first time, either!) *I* didn't hear any "clarinet


David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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