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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000551.txt from 2001/02

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] beginning student
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 06:40:02 -0500

At 10:02 PM 2/14/2001 -0800, Gary Truesdail wrote:
>When it is time for your teenage offspring to learn to drive a car you do not
>buy him/her a TransAm or Camaro or Indy race car, but you do want him to
>have a
>car that works properly and is reliable. Same for mouthpieces. I used to
>require (1965-1980) (Goldentone 3 with a 2 1/2 Rico reed) for my beginners
>7th -
>12 grade. At mid year they all went up to a #3 Rico. The stock beginner
>mouthpieces have degraded so much that to require them is a guarrante for
>failure. Get them a good one. A great looking car is worthless with a bad

My earliest playing was on a Goldentone 3 (1968-73). I still have it and
find it a perfectly playable mouthpiece. Yet it is one of the cheapest
plastic mouthpieces you can buy! I think the ease of its response was
critical to my early success.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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