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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000248.txt from 2002/02

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass clarinet problems
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 15:47:42 -0500

At 08:13 AM 2/15/2002 -0500, George Kidder wrote:
>1) When I finger throat G or C above the staff, (only the thumb on the
>horn) how do I keep the instrument from moving away from me? I use a peg
>and a neck strap, but the latter is very restrictive, and it seems that
>there should be a better way. Multiple-strap system? (There is only one
>strap hook on the instrument.

I always thought using a strap along with the peg WAS the cure for that
problem. If you keep the strap fairly tight, so that for the open F and C
you need only a slight shift of the head or neck to apply some inward
pressure, it should help. That seems to work for me, anyway. I feel very
insecure without the strap, restrictive or not. I don't think, judging
from my Selmer alto clarinet, that the double strap hook system is any better.

Bill Hausmann
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Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

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