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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000673.txt from 2003/10

From: CBA <>
Subj: RE: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?Nancy
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 04:29:24 -0500


I think you got your numbers crossed. The Fobes "Debut" is
anywhere from $27-34 (you can get it directly from Clark Fobes
for $34,) and the Hite is around $26 (although I
have seen it around $21 before on sale. Never seen the Premiere
over $30) The Gennusa "Excellente" is in the $70-100 range,
depending on where you get it. It's not a beginning mouthpiece
at all.

For everyone asking about reeds and mouthpieces, I find that the
ligature makes a big difference in the beginner's setup too, but
is usually overlooked. I usually get my beginners to buy a
regular BG ligature (over $20 by itself,) which makes a world of
difference in the beginner's struggle. The BG ligature helps the
mouthpiece/reed speak easily, and the single screw is much
easier to put on. Most of my beginners live or die by the single
screw ligatures, since the 2 screw ligatures are sometimes just
too difficult to put on and line up without a LOT of practice.
The Rovner is another option, although I think the ligature
makes the reed sound thin and dull.

Kelly Abraham
Clarinet and Saxophone - New York City
--- "Buckman, Nancy" <> wrote:
> Either the Fobes "Debut" or the Gennusa "Excellente" or the
> Hite "Premier". The Debut is $20, from Clark Fobes and the
> Excellente is around $40 and can be ordered from Redwine Jazz.
> The Premier can be gotten from anywhere that sells Hite
> products and costs about $35.
> Nancy
> Nancy E. Buckman, CPO, AFO, Technical Assistant
> School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
> Anne Arundel Community College
> Arnold, MD 21012-1895 USA
> Phone 410-777-2316 Fax 410-777-2233
> E-mail

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