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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000528.txt from 2001/02

From: Mark Charette <>
Subj: Re: [kl] beginning student
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 17:46:39 -0500

On Wed, 14 Feb 2001, Sharon S. Fuller wrote:
> Next school year, I am thinking of
> asking all the parents to buy the same basic mouthpiece. Does anyone have
> any experience with "requiring" a mouthpiece?

As a parent I know something about it, since way back when my eldest started playing clarinet (and I didn't play at all) the school required everyone to buy a 5RV mouthpiece. I questioned the band director about this $70 additional expense I hadn't counted on and got a satisfactory answer (basically not enough time to check every kid's setup, so they concentrated on one mouthpiece and 3 brands of clarinet - Buffet, Vito, and Yamaha). The teacher was flexible enough so that if a student was taking lessons she'd let the teacher decide what was "good enough".

I don't think they knew about the inexpensive but good student line mouthpieces produced by some of our Klarinet members & Sneezy sponsors.

Mark C.

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