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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000222.txt from 2001/02

Subj: Re: [kl] Kanter Mouthpiece
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 13:21:43 -0500

At 09:39 AM 2/7/01 -0800, you wrote:
>I have been playing a Kanter "AA" mouthpiece for the past 15 years and
>have been very happy with it. Have often received comments about what a
>nice dark sound I get with my setup. Jim Kanter made it for me himself
>and I was impressed with his workmanship and the time he took with
>me. Anyway, my concern is that I understand they are no longer being made
>and that I would like to have something available as a spare. I also have
>a Kanter "A" mouthpiece but prefer the "AA" for my playing.

Lucky you to have a Kanter! The one I bought never worked for me - or for
David Shifrin - but then Lynn Seward, now in the Air Force Band I think,
absolutely LOVED it - and bought it from me. If I had kept it, I could
have sold it last year for over $300.

> From what I understand, the "AA" is on a Chediville blank and the "A" is
> on a Riffualt (sp?) blank ?. It seems that the "AA" is a fairly long
> facing with a closer tip opening. The "A" appears to have a slightly
> more open tip than the "AA". Both mouthpieces are fairly "reed friendly"
> and don't seem to require much more than balancing a good standard cut
> Vandoren reed (3's for the "AA", 3.5 for the "A").

You mean a new Chediville?

>My question is: what else is out there being produced that I can purchase
>for a spare? The Vandoren M13 sounds like it may be a possibility but I
>thought I would get this lists opinion on several options.

You have to start with the same blank to at least get a chance to make it
similar. Then the bore taper should be the same - and then the facing,
curve, tip, etc. should be the same......and then you play it and adjust
until it feels/sounds the same.

So to answer your question - the M13 probably won't do it - but you can try?

Good luck Jon!

Roger Garrett

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

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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