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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000004.txt from 1999/06

From: "Loh Tzu Liang" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] resonance keys
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 04:39:49 -0400


This is what I extracted from the Buffet site... Prestige R13 bclt...
1. Middle F# resonance (factory option)
2. D/G resonance key (factory option)
3. D/A resonance (factory option)
4. B/F# resonance (factory option)

all I know is its not obvious on the blown up illustration either other than
#2 which was #4 mentioned by Gary (sorry for the confusion)

My questions are:

1. Why are there only resonance keys on the bigger clarinets?
2. What are their purpose?
3.How come they are optional (as in how other clarinets of the same model
not do with these keys)?


>in terms of what note is played when the key is open rather than what is
>played when the key is closed (which makes sense).

I tend to agree with you. In a moderately aged Yamaha bass, the is a minute
cork pad just above the clarion F pad. The F pad was relatively bigger than
the rest too!

Is this the #4 stated abv?

>If you look at this picture of the Buffet 1503 alto clarinet
> , you can see the first and fourth
>key I described.

I can see the forth case you mentioned.....its quite popular with the
harmony clarinets as someone has mentioned earlier.

However, for the 1st case, I can't quite see it on the

as for the 3rd case you mentioned...

I realised tt when my senior told me tt the instrument was missing a pad
(when I first started playing e bass) tho the instrument was playing fine.

But is there really a tone hole underneath the touchplate? I think its just
a depression to make way for the touch plate itself...

While I'm on this I really like the way Selmer P. moved both the D and E
pads to the right side, allowing for a more compact right hand keys... not
sure what it does acoustically tho...??

*** [ below for reference ;-) ] ***

> wrote:
>> I am probably not the best person to discuss this, but I believe that
>> resonance keys are one way to resolve problems relating to the size and
>> placement of toneholes. In other words, to prevent having to make
>> toneholes too large or to avoid place them in awkward places.
>> My alto clarinet has for resonance keys. Working from the top down:
>> 1. A key that works with the clarion g, the g# key actually runs between
>> the touchplate and the resonance key. The resonance key is somewhat
>> smaller than the main key.
>> 2. A very small resonance key that works with the clarion f key.
>> 3. On many alto and bass clarinets there isn't a tonehole beneath the
>> clarion d touchplate, the tonehole is on the right side of the
>> near the pinky keys. This instrument has this key plus a tonehole under
>> touchplate.
>> 4. The lower clarion c pinky keys open two tone holes about 40 mm apart
>> instead of one.
>> Hope this helps answer your question.
>> Gary

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