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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000421.txt from 2002/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Selmer Series 9
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 19:09:24 -0400

<><> Kelly Abraham wrote:
I have heard Steve Fox makes a bell with an egg like indention inside
(Bill Wright was saying he has might ask him.)

Yes, I have one; but in all fairness, I must say that it alters the
'classic' clarinet sound. In particular, it has much more effect on
the 'bell notes' and this effect disappears at the top of the clarion.
Therefore most performers who have played with my bell say, courteously
but firmly, that it unbalances the 'classic' clarinet sound. They
describe it as "interesting" and "louder" and "restrictive of the higher
partials", but not suitable for classical performance. just happens that I like the sound, so much so that I have a
barrel with spherical bore on order also..... <grin>

My bell does *not* make any of the notes, either high or low, easier or
harder to blow. It just changes the sound.



If I had Stadler's mouthpiece, would I play better? Or do I need his
ligature also? Or perhaps he and I are different persons? If I had
Mozart's pen, would I compose better?


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