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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000567.txt from 1999/06

From: Dan Sutherland <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Cold weather outdoor concerts
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 01:59:11 -0400

Was it the cold?
Several years ago there were New Years Eve running races held annually
here in Edmonton. At the stroke of midnight runners would embark on a 10
kilometer running race. Being the only musician with a set of tails that
evening not already booked and a runner to boot I endeavoured to play Auld
Lang Sang at the fateful hour. The temperature was minus 26 degrees
centigrade [At minus 30 the F and C scales meet] and the wind was fierce. I
had my trusty metal G.M. Bundy Paris serial #500 in hand with a Vandoren
V360 sporting a Mitchel Lurie strength 3 reed.[No off topic in this message]
The hour arrived and I played the piece and ran after the herd
[suffering some minor frostbite to my fingertips]. I held the clarinet with
my left hand and was gaining steadily on the main pack of runners when....
I heard something on the road beside me. It was the lower joint of my
clarinet bouncing along the ashphalt.
I guess the cold had shrunk the tenon joints so the thing would not hold
The race was won by Deric Gomez, a cellist with the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra.[A premiere runner]
I won a sweat shirt as a door prize.

There is cold
and there is cold

Dan Sutherland

At 17:15 18/06/99 +1200, you wrote:
>When playing my recorders in a COLD church, I find that the plastic one is
>impossible to warm up, whereas the heavy wooden one warmed up and stayed
>that way. I just couldn't play the plastic one up to pitch!
>You might find the same with a plastic clarinet in snowy Queenstown. Happy
>Graeme Cox
>Christchurch, New Zealand.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dodgshun family []
>Sent: Thursday, June 17, 1999 11:15 AM
>Subject: [kl] Cold weather outdoor concerts
>I'm about to go on tour with my orchestra, and I've discovered we're
>supposed to be doing an outdoor concert in an alpine town in the middle of
>winter. Am I justified in not being very happy about playing my R-13
>outside in freezing temperatures? Is it likely to cause problems? I'm
>considering taking a plastic clarinet down for that one concert, but I'm
>wondering if that's a little bit extreme. Any advice much appreciated.
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