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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000117.txt from 2002/02

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Olympics' Opening Ceremonies
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 01:26:32 -0500

At 09:08 PM 2/9/2002 -0800, Gary Truesdail wrote:
>It must have been a nightmare for the players. I listened with intense
>fear that at any moment Yo Yo Ma's fingerboard would go CRACK and fly
>off the instrument due to the frozen glue that held it together. I could
>not see any electronic earpieces in use so the soloists must have been
>performing on blind faith that they were playing WITH the orchestra.
>Did anyone notice the white mouthpieces on the brass instruments?
>Plastic, maybe? Maybe with internal heaters and wired to pocket
>batteries? :)

There ARE special brass mouthpieces made with nylon cups, ideal for
marching band and other outdoor performances. It would certainly not be
nice for a trumpet player to get his lips stuck to the mouthpiece like the
tongue of the kid to the pole in "A Christmas Story."

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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