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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001047.txt from 2001/02

From: "Franklin Kercher" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Plateau-keyed clarinets and Finger size
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 00:20:43 -0500

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From: redcedar <>
Date: Monday, February 26, 2001 5:41 AM
Subject: [kl] Plateau-keyed clarinets and Finger size

I have large, thick fingers and I have had some of the keys tweeked as
far as posible and I still have problems. When I put my finger in the low C
tone port, my finger is touching both the C# and D# sharp keys. Gotta hit it
dead on and lightly. This one reason I enjoy the bass and contra more.
However one of our sax players has it even worse. He bought a Signet so as
to learn clarinet for doubling. His index finger is as thick as my thumb, so
he gave up and sold it. I thought I was a Neanderthal, but compared to him,
I'm Don Knotts.

>My thanks to those list members who responded to my recent enquiry on
>plateau-keyed clarinets.
>When I earlier searched the archives, I found many references to plateau
>keyed instruments as a solution for children with small hands and fingers.
>I wondered about the other end of the spectrum - people with larger fingers
>which don't readily fit between the hardware without (say) glancing the
>chromatic keys.
>What do the teachers/instructors on the list typically recommend to
>circumvent the finger-placement difficulties of those with apparently
>over-large hands/fingers?
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