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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000068.txt from 2002/05

From: Karl Krelove <>
Subj: RE: [kl] tuning: which side of the barrel?
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 23:29:24 -0400

The lack of traffic on this thread suggests that it really doesn't make much
difference which side of the barrel you tune from. If either cork gets
wobbly, that condition is a separate issue and should be fixed - anything
that wobbles while you're playing can't be good. :-)

That said, those of us who mostly play orchestral music probably tune more
often between the barrel and the top main section - not the mouthpiece end.
That way, the barrel's position can be kept intact when you need to move the
mouthpiece from one instrument to the other (A-Bb-C).

Karl Krelove

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gooden, J.H.M. []
> Sent: Wednesday, May 01, 2002 7:31 AM
> To:
> Subject: [kl] tuning: which side of the barrel?
> 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 tuning?
> Thanx!
> Joop Gooden
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