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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000872.txt from 2000/09

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Those little things....
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 09:47:24 -0400

I *must* try this now --- perhaps it does matter.

"Empty desk, empty mind" is one of my favourite sayings. I keep my own at
work -
on which I'm typing this -
*exceptionally* full.
Roger S.

On Wed, 27 Sep 2000 wrote:

> Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 08:55:45 EDT
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> Subject: [kl] Those little things....
> Tony Pay wrote,
> >The Buffet Crampon tester used to twiddle the bell around until he found
> >the optimum position before the insignia was embossed. I saw it done in
> >a TV programme about Buffet Crampon.
> >
> >Whether they still do that, I don't know. But they used to.
> >
> >It has a very small effect, as does twiddling the barrel.
> Interesting. I don't own a modern Buffet, but lining up all the insignias
> does make a difference on one of my clarinets (of the ones in playable
> condition): the 1937 Buffet B-flat. It's got the full insignia on all four
> sections (unlike most of my other clarinets that typically have the whole
> logo in only one or two places). When the joints are fit together so that
> the bridge functions properly, the logos automatically line up on the upper
> and lower key stacks, so it seems natural to line the other ones up, too.
> This old Buffet with its same-vintage rubber mouthpiece is very resistant.
> With the logos lined up, it's conspicuously *less* resistant and the tone
> quality seems more resonant to me. It seems to have more overtones and more
> "ping" (carrying power). The difference in resistance is significant, but
> the difference in tone quality is so small I could be imagining it because I
> *expect* to hear something or because I'm subtly changing how I play to meet
> the expectation. I can't detect any difference at all in the intonation with
> the logos lined up or not.
> On my other clarinets, I can't hear that it matters, but I line everything up
> anyway, with the barrel logo (if any) centered over the A key, because -- oh,
> because. Who knows. My office clutter has just about reached the Avalanche
> Warning stage, but I'm standing there fussily straightening up the clarinet
> logos in a neat little line. Sheesh. I've spent too much time around
> cats....
> :o)
> Lelia
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
> If a cluttered desk is characteristic of a cluttered mind, what does an empty
> desk mean?
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
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