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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001034.txt from 2000/04

From: Ryan Burrage <ryangb@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] German/Albert System Clarinets
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 22:00:50 -0400

Well, yes the sound and edge in the bore of the Alberts is phenomenal. It is
the characteristic sound of the great Albert players like Sidney Bechet, Jimmy
Noone, Barney Bigard, Johnny Dodds, and George Lewis and others.

When you listen to someone like Pete Fountain there is a drastic difference in
sound.

I believe my best compromise would be a Wurlitzer(Reformed Boehm) System
clarinet. It is my understanding that it is the French key system on a German
bore clarinet

"Dee D. Hays" wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ryan Burrage" <ryangb@-----.net>
> To: <klarinet@-----.org>
> Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2000 4:10 PM
> Subject: Re: [kl] German/Albert System Clarinets
>
> >
> > The horn as a whole is uncomfortable like most Alberts. I have felt the
> Oehlers
> > and find them 100% more comfortable. I play both Boehm and Albert Systems
> and
> > Soprano Sax in some dixieland bands locally. I find Albert or even Oehler
> > system necessary in this genre
> >
>
> Interesting and enlightening. Since I don't play in Dixieland bands myself
> perhaps you could explain why the Albert or Oehler types work better for
> you. Isn't it possible to find some large bore Boehms that would give you
> the results you desire? Key system is independent of bore design. There
> have been large bore Boehms and small bore Alberts, although the latter were
> relatively rare as they were made for countries that wanted the "French"
> sound of the small bore. These were the same countries where the Boehm key
> system was already rapidly pushing out the Albert key system. This is based
> on information in Rendall's "The Clarinet."
>
> Dee Hays
> Canton, SD
>
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