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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001212.txt from 2000/04

From: Andrea Bergamin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] mouthpiece
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 07:33:52 -0400

For the clarinet section of many orchestras try at

> Da: Gary Truesdail <>
> Risposta:
> Data: Thu, 27 Apr 2000 12:35:19 -0700
> A:
> Oggetto: [kl] mouthpiece
> Has anyone been creating a chart or list of top players, the
> orchestras they play in and what mouthpiece-reed-ligature
> combo they use, or even more, the measurements of their
> mouthpieces. I've been watching all the info on this
> subject for many months now but not needing a mtpc I never
> wrote anything down. Now I have a friend (a good player by
> the way) who is convinced it is time to get a better
> mouthpiece and is willing to pay the price of a good one.
> If anyone has all this info in one place and could e-mail it
> to me I would appreciate it.
> Also: I've been reworking my own mtpc over the years and
> have finally done something wrong that I don't understand.
> I will no longer allow me to get above high G. High A is
> difficult but no matter the reed, it will not play anything
> higher. I use a Hammerschmidt med-open (don't know how
> they designate this), and have changed the degree of
> curvature and its length, and have scraped a little of the
> inside walls of the rails near the tip. It gets a smooth
> free and open sound without using hard reeds. Last year I
> switched to V12 reeds 3 1/2 and I find them to be close to
> what I used to make when I was playing full time.
> Any suggestions about what I did to mess up the high notes
> or what to do to fix it?

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