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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000349.txt from 2002/02

From: CBA <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass clarinet problems
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 14:13:36 -0500

What about getting a (cube) box made with 5 sides (no
bottom side necessary) and a cutout slightly larger
than the width of the crook on the bell and about 2"
in length, lined with padding or fake fur. You can put
rubber feet on the four corners of the box to hold the
box steady, and can put the bell crook in the opening
to hold it steady in the box. Since the box would have
no bottom, the box could be augmented by longer rubber
feet or shortened by cutting the bottom edge of the
wood to fit your size needs.

Our bass clarinet players in college had the guy in
the theater shop make the boxes for them. I would
assume the actual box wouldn't be difficult for most
wood workers on the list.

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds - New York City
--- Mike Dowler <> wrote:
> IMHO, every bass clarinet should come with a
> curved-up neck. There is
> no reason for having a straight neck, other than
> playing more like a
> saxophone. How many saxophone students do you think
> switch to bass
> clarinet? And how many clarinet students either
> begin on bass
> clarinet, switch to bass clarinet, or continue to
> play both?
> The only working solution for me was to tilt the
> bass clarinet under
> the chair. (Until I found an instrument with a
> curved-up neck, that
> is) This might be made easier by placing a small
> piece of wood
> between the two front chair legs giving the peg some
> more resistance
> to sliding completely under the chair. Any short
> throat G's shouldn't
> be a problem, and for longer notes, I would just
> hang on.
> BTW, ordering a new neck won't require you to
> purchase a new
> mouthpiece. Unlike accessories in the computer
> market, all bass
> clarinet mouthpieces are always plug and play!
> Mike
> >The regular neck that came with the instrument. I
> cannot afford to
> >spend significantly more on the neck (and required
> mouthpiece) than
> >I spent on the horn itself!
> >
> >Unless there is another source of curved-up necks,
> I shall have to
> >continue to "go bottomless in the band room."
> >
> >
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