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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000508.txt from 2002/05

From: "Gary Smith" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re:?r13 full Boehm
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 08:30:09 -0400


Could you characterize the relationship between "edgy" tone and a "youthful"
one? I would think these terms have a lot of overlap, as I have many
youthful students, most of whom get very edgy this time of year.


>From: Daniel Leeson <>
>Subject: Re: [kl] Re:?r13 full Boehm
>Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 09:00:28 -0700
>mwebster wrote:
>"The Bb has a less edgy sound (can I use this terminology [?])..."
>Immediately after this posting, a secret group of KLARINET members (who
>deal with what terminology is and is not permitted to be used by
>clarinetists) met via email so as to prepare a response to this
>question. After a short period of consideration, we decided (and the
>decision cannot be appealed) that M. Webster may not use this
>His fine for using it in the first place is $5,000. Should he use it
>again, his clarinet will be taken from him by authority of the state and
>it will be given to someone who signs a written agreement never to use
>such terminology.
>We want to qualify our reaction by saying that, while it is appropriate
>to use the terminology "an edgy sound," Mr. Webster's use of "a less
>edgy sound," cannot be tolerated. If that is permitted, who knows what
>might come next? Why players might even buckle their knicerbockers
>below the knee! Awful things like "dark sound," or "bright sound" might
>creep into the language and after that there would be no controlling how
>we reference clarinet sound.
>Mr. Webster may send his $5,000 to me and I will make certain that it is
>put to good use.
>Don't do it again Mr. Webster. You have been warned.
>Congratulations on your pair of full boehm clarinets. I have a pair too
>and both of them go down to written low E-flat, in fact both go down to
>low d with an attachment I had made. However, when it is used, the
>sound gets a lot more edgy.
>** Dan Leeson **
>** **

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