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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000026.txt from 2000/04

From: GrabnerWG@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] Mouthpiece facings and dental structures
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 01:04:25 -0500

In a message dated 4/1/00 12:46:25 AM Central Standard Time,
schaffne@-----.ch writes:

<< How about the human factor, i.e. fleshy vs. thin lips, position of teeth,
control of lip pressure? Are there general rules as well? I prefer softer
reeds and longer, more open facings. They give me better control of my
sound. I suspect my preference is based essentially on embouchure which in
turn depends on individual anatomic features.
>>
Here's a whole area of research based on facing/reed strength and lip
size/and jaw position.

What kind of facing is best for a person with and extreme underbite? An
overbite?

I have no empirical data, but I imagine that these factoes would have a great
deal of influence on which facing will be favored by which person.

In my researches, I have seen no information regarding this. As a maker and
finisher of mouthpieces, this could be of significant value in fitting a
mouthpiece to a particular individual. Otherwise, am I only making
mouthpieces for people with the same dental structure as my own?

Walter Grabner
www.clarinetxpress.com

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