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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000883.txt from 2000/07

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] pain in upper teeth
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 17:54:09 -0400

Neil is correct here as far as the shape and purpose for this mouthpiece.
Because of my skeletal problems, on occasion I am unable to open my mouth
more than 10 mm. The normal opening for an adult is 35 - 40 mm. During
these times I use a Profile 88 to get me over the hump until I am able to
open a little more. Just in case anyone is interested, my normal opening is
23 - 25 mm on a good day, the rest of the time usually between 15 - 20 mm.
There are all sorts of new and interesting toys out there to help people
with all sorts of problems. If one really wants to play, it can be done.


At 04:40 AM 07/25/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>--- avrahm galper <> wrote:
>> Vandoren has a clarinet mouthpiece, model 88.
>Actually, isn't it more an alternate 'style' of mouthpiece, ranging across
>models in their catalogue? The term they use is "Profile 88," where the
beak is less=20
>dramatically sloped than the traditional design -- not to the degree of a
Morgan duck-
>bill, but certainly enough to make a difference in how wide one must open
their mouth=20
>to play. I'm not really sure that this property would alleviate the amount
of pressure=20
>being placed on the front teeth.
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Nancy Buckman
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