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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000491.txt from 2000/07

From: rgarrett@-----.edu
Subj: Re: [kl] Reeds (Legere)
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 19:52:29 -0400

At 08:21 PM 07/13/2000 -0300, you wrote:
>Don't tell The Pynes that their "M" is asymetrical. It's not suposed to be!
>Mine sure isn't.
>
>Ed Maurey

I'm sorry Ed, but Jim Pyne manufactures his mouthpieces - at least a
certain number of the pro models - with the complete intent of doing so
with asymetrical facings. Your's might not be if it is student grade or
one of the versions he makes that are not. But Jim Pyne will have to
comment more thoroughly. All of mine are VERY asymetrical:

8-10
14-16
26-29
40-38

With a 1.20 tip. And both of the ones I use, my main and my spare, are a
matched set.

Sincerely,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, IWU Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-3268

A Clarinetist's Revenge is sometimes personified by the following excerpt
from the London Daily News, circa 1926:

"The saxophone is a long metal instrument bent at both ends. It is alleged
to be musical. As regards markings, the creature has a series of tiny taps
stuck upon it, apparently at random. These taps are very sensitive: when
touched they cause the instrument to utter miserable sounds suggesting
untold agony. Sometimes it bursts into tears. At either end there is a
hole. People, sometimes for no reason at all, blow down the small end of
the saxophone which then shrieks and moans."

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