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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000704.txt from 1999/06

From: "Dodgshun family" <dodgshun@-----.nz>
Subj: Re: [kl] comparison
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 18:02:38 -0400

> what is your opinion of a crystal mouthpiece? I'm playing on a hard
rubber
> mouthpiece now. How do they differ? What are the
advantages/disadvantages
> of a crystal mouthpiece?

I play a crystal bass clarinet mouthpiece (it's a Pomarico 2) and I like it.
It makes it easier for me to project through the orchestra without
sacrificing my tone. As Fred Jacobowitz said, though, they are as
individual as hard rubber mouthpieces. I do find that mine collects gunk
(or maybe it's just that the gunk is more visible.....) but it's easy to get
off with a little bit of weak vinegar (which is fine so long as you rinse
the mouthpiece well!). And if you drop it, it's all over (probably not so
much with a b-cl mouthpiece, because it's got thicker walls, but I'm still
extra careful). I've never played a crystal Bb mouthpiece and don't plan
to, but it just comes down to individual choice. Try them, but don't treat
them as anything different from a hard rubber mouthpiece.

Anna

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