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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000726.txt from 2000/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Silent clarinet (was Laying Off)
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 01:43:30 -0400

At 09:49 PM 4/17/2000 -0400, Bryan Cholfin wrote:
>>From: Kenneth Wolman <>
>> Now, a Silent Clarinet...hmmm, yes, it might just work
>> if you can find a place to plug in the headphones. Maybe where the
>> mouthpiece is supposed to fit the barrel?:-)
>Brass players can get special silent mutes that do the same thing. One
>wonders if such a thing could be adapted to the clarinet. It would be great
>for those of us having to practice in apartments with thin walls!
Unfortunately, acoustically, the system does not work so well for
woodwinds. Too many holes for the sound to escape from. I have seen a
muting device for saxophone that is, in effect, a gig bag with holes in it
into which you can insert your hands and a hole for the neck to stick out
the top. They advertise a 70% reduction in sound.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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