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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000800.txt from 1999/06

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinet Bore changing with use - hence BLOW OUT
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 10:23:47 -0400

On Sat, 26 Jun 1999, Dee D. Hays wrote:
> But remember also, we are not talking about swabbing the clarinet for
> millions of years, but just a few decades.
> Dee Hays
> Canton, SD

I remember watching this same conversation unfold about 8 months ago or

I don't know if swabbing affects the bore of a clarinet - if it does, I
haven't discovered that for myself (although I have never owned a clarinet
and played on it for longer than 12 years). However, I wore out a
mouthpiece with daily, sometimes double daily swabbing in college - wore
the tip to a tin razor edge with a standard Buffet swab. I wondered why
it kept getting more and more "chirpy" and one day noticed the dip toward
the tip rail - had to get it refaced. Eventually, I just moved off that
mouthpiece. John Mohler told me not to swab my mouthpiece daily but to
use some kleenex to soak off the moisture - Shifrin told me not to swab it
at all - maybe just once a week. I tend to follow that advice because it
is easier than the kleenex route.

So........for me, swabbing the mouthpiece regularly and often is a
problem. But for everyone else?
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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