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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000542.txt from 1999/06

From: "J. Thole" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Larry combs
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 22:58:56 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: Dan Leeson:>
> Finally you say that not all clarinets sound alike and that you think you
> can get a better horn. Clarinets have no sound. You have a sound, and
> you are not going to sound very different on a new horn or an old one.
> The sound you make comes mostly from your body, your physical makup,
> and this is impacted to some degree by your mouthpiece. The idea that
> a new clarinet will make you sound different says to me that you are
> not on top of what is responsible for making whatever sound you do make.

My experience is that one is easily deceived by the "sound" of a clarinet.
If it feels good and looks fine you might have the impression that it sounds
better too. The best thing that works for me is taping myself and listening
to it afterwards. Dan is right that most of the sound comes from your body
and your mouthpiece. There are slight differences between clarinets, but you
can sound basically the same on every good instrument. Of course, this is
only my non-professional opinion.

Johan Thole

P.S. I know that I am contradicting myself a bit, because in an earlier post
I said that I heard quite a difference between a Buffet RC and a Yamaha CS.
However, in this case it also comes down to details. I mostly sound like
Johan Thole.

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