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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000013.txt from 2002/05

From: "Gooden, J.H.M." <>
Subj: [kl] tuning: which side of the barrel?
Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 07:31:12 -0400

Last week I had some discussion with another clarinetist on the way how =
I tune my clarinet: by pulling on the mouthpiece
side of the barrel. He suggested that only pulling on the other side =
could be considered. I am not a professional
clarinetist as many of you on this list, so simply playing a Buffet BC20 =
with a Selmer B* mouthpiece. I have to pull
around 3 mm to obtain A 442. I find, by using my tuner, that the eveness =
of tuning seems slightly better when pulling
the barrel on the mouthpiece side compared to pulling on the 'downwind' =
side. Also the mouthpiece/barrel gets slightly
'wobbly' if I pull on the lower end (although that probably could be =
cured by mounting a new tenon-cork). My question:
is there any advantage in pulling on the lower end in stead of pulling =
the upper end of the barrel? For instance in
sound-quality? Second question: a 'viotto' mouthpiece curvature was =
advised that might improve tuning and, so, having to
pull less. Any experience there? Or any other advice to get a better =

Joop Gooden


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