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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001199.txt from 1999/04

From: "Dodgshun family" <dodgshun@-----.nz>
Subj: Re: [kl] Ear plugs
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 20:42:28 -0400

>As my summer season starts, I'm thinking about getting some good ear plugs.
>(Some band jobs get loud.) A colleague recently got the kind where you can
>adjust the decibels you block out. It's also not supposed to distort the
>sound like the cheapo foam plugs do. They're fitted to your ear.
>
>Anybody got these? I'm thinking that seventy bucks is a small price to pay
>for saving a little of my hearing. (Gave myself a headache with Daphnis on
>Eb last night and I'm thinking this can't be good over time. My former
>teacher practiced Eb four hours a day for about four years (no
exaggeration)
>and has lost a LOT of hearing.)

Most musicians here in NZ tend to use the specialist musician's plugs. They
don't distort or cut out particular frequencies - they just reduce the
overall sound level. All our percussionists use them, as well as some of us
who sit in front of particular members of the brass section (alright for me
because I sit in front of the horns!). I don't know the specifics of them,
just that they work very well.

By the way, has anyone else noticed that sitting in front of a trombone
section playing at full volume is much less painful than sitting in front of
a trumpet section playing full volume? Give me the trombones any time!

Anna

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