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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000315.txt from 2001/07

Subj: RE: [kl] Re: Mouthpieces misconceptions!!!!!
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 23:59:58 -0400

At 11:47 AM 7/12/01 -0400, Walter wrote:
>I had been intrigued by comments about the Leblanc Larry Combs
>mouthpieces. I had sat next to a lady in a rehearsal who play one, and she
>sounded very fine. The next time I was at IMS, buying reeds and mouthpiece
>blanks, I saw a LC3 for sale and just bought it, unplayed.
>Well, the dang thing wwouldn't even play, and I can play on just about
>ANYTHING, to a degree.
>When I pulled out the measuring tools, I found the facing was terribly
>skewed. THe lowest gauge went ALL the way to the end of the windway (50 +)
>on one side, while on the other side it stopped at about 32.

Several of those I tried out and measured at IMS had been refaced by
someone - you could tell they had been on sandpaper. Someone didn't even
bother to use 2000 grit and try to hide the fact. So - I had to search
until I found those that had not been refaced and then returned (I'm
assuming this is how it was refaced).

This deviation from specs you describe was more prevalent with the Combs,
Marcellus, and Blayman models than with Vandoren.

Best wishes,
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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