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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000276.txt from 2000/07

From: Mark Thiel <>
Subj: [kl] Mouthpiece cushions
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 16:40:21 -0400

Doug Sears wrote:

>side-effect) of mouthpiece cushions. They modify the way you hear your
>sound. At one extreme is a double-lip embouchure, with, I presume,
>practically no bone conduction of sound to the ears. At the other
>lies teeth directly on the mouthpiece.

Or possibly the other extreme is upper teeth on the mouthpiece,
lower teeth on the reed! :

> Somewhere in between, depending on
>their thickness and softness, are the mouthpiece cushions. It really
makes a
>difference to how your tone sounds to you. When trying out a lot of
>mouthpieces I use bits of electrical tape to keep my teeth from marring
>mpcs, and because the tape is thinner than my usual Bay Vibra-Ease
cushion, I
>hear a brighter, louder tone.

And electrical tape is a perfectly good long term solution if you like
just a bit of padding or non-skidding. I taped my mouthpieces
while trying them out and never got around to taking it off and I'm
used to it now.

Mark Thiel

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