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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000483.txt from 2002/06

From: CBA <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Barrels and Karl Leister...
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 21:33:33 -0400


In response to the barrel thing, try out a few
different kinds of barrels. I use different barrels on
my Bb and A clarinets, and always have. A few besides
Moennig to try would be Chadash and Clark Fobes (of
the list here.) I use both, and have long since left
my Moennig barrels, not because they were bad, but
because Clark Fobes' barrels and Guy Chadash's barrels
were better for my projection and "ping" in my sound.

As far as using the SAME barrel for both Bb and A, you
might get a better sound from using the Bb Moennig
barrel instead of the stock barrel on your A, *BUT*
there is a problem. The A barrels usually have a
SMALLER bore than the Bb barrels, so pitch will suffer
when you do so. Also, the length for Bb barrels are
LONGER than A barrels usually, which also would make
the overall scale flatter on the A. At least get a
barrel that is made for the A clarinet to try when you
are comparing.

Here's Clark Fobes' website for info on his barrels...

and here's Guy Chadash's website for info on his

You can also buy both of these barrels at Woodwind and
Brasswind, International Music Suppliers, and Muncy

Good luck!

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds - New York City
--- wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm play on R-13's, and I've come to the decision
> that I need to purchase a
> new barrel for my A clarinet (intonation in the
> upper register of the upper
> joint is sharp as always, and response could be
> better), and I'll be going
> with a Moennig, just like my B-flat. For the heck
> of it, I put my B-flat
> barrel (the Moennig) on my A clarinet and things did
> improve noticeably, so I
> was wondering if anyone actually uses the same
> barrel for both clarinets
> (especially Buffet clarinets/barrels). It seems
> kind of taboo to me (maybe
> just superstition?), but it certainly sounded/felt
> somewhat better. I hope
> an A clarinet barrel can do even more. Perhaps it's
> because the Buffet
> factory barrels just don't have a great bore and any
> Moennig works better? I
> dunno...

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