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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001082.txt from 1999/04

Subj: Re: [kl] Leblanc Concerto-Opus
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 23:46:09 -0400

>On Sat, 24 Apr 1999, Ed Maurey wrote:
>> I recently tried a Concerto right out of the showcase. I checked it with
>> an electronic tuner. The needle simply didn't budge. At first I thought
>> the tuner wasn't working! However, if I tried to make a note sharp or flat
>> the needle would move. There was a little of the usual flatness on low F
>> and E, but they were the only out of tune notes all the way up to high G.
>> It was like playing a freshly tuned piano. Playing such a clarinet would be
>> a very liberating experience. One could concentrate on all the other
>> aspects of making music without even subconcious effort at intonation.
>Congratulations Ed,
>You are the only person I know who can play every note in tune on the
>clarinet. That's a claim even the best players I have met have never
>Roger Garrett
Actually, Roger, I have had similar experiences with certain Concerto
clarinets; very little deviation from low G up to high C and even beyond,
with none of the left hand ratio spread so common in other brands of small
bore clarinets. I've played some that tuned extraordinarily well; I have
seen some Signature clarinets that showed LESS than 3 cents deviation
(three below and three above) in either direction from low E up to high D.
Maybe if I were a better player I would have a more "out of tune"
experience. Mediocrity, not biting and double lip playing do have their
advantages ;-)

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