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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000714.txt from 2003/10

From: Claudia Zornow <>
Subj: [kl] Reeds for doubling, dying pterodactyls...
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 12:17:11 -0500

Clark Fobes wrote:

> A good friend of mine is Greg Dufford who used to play bass clarinet with
> the San Francisco Opera. He was a masterful doubler (all woodwinds!) and a
> great trick I learned from him was to always put your doubling instuments
> back in the closet with a good reed. You never know when you will be called
> in an emergency and you better have your set-up ready to go.

I agree with this. I've made it easier for myself by getting a Legere
reed for my bass clarinet. This gives me pretty much a dream setup,
since I play a Fobes mouthpiece and I happen to own Greg Dufford's
old bass clarinet.

Clark also wrote:

> When I was an undergraduate I played bari-sax in the Fresno State marching
> band. My roomate (Tom Bingham -now director of bands at University of
> Hawaii) played Sousaphone in the band. We discovered that with enough tape
> around the Sousaphone lead pipe a bari-sax mouthpiece fit very well.
> The sound was what I would imagine a teradactyl
> might emit in it's dying moments. Ah, how Gin and 7-up can fire the genius
> of youth.

I own a tuba and a baritone sax--I'll have to try that! I don't
think I'll even need gin to motivate me...I just want to hear
what a dying pterodactyl might sound like.

Patricia Smith wrote:

> What I want to know is...did you ever try a tuba mouthpiece on a bari
> sax gooseneck? Now that would have to sound even worse, and much more
> difficult to do, to boot, not to mention, there's a much greater chance
> of the shank of the tuba mp getting stuck in the cork end of the gooseneck!

Maybe I should try that too. I'm not even sure offhand which part
would have the greater diameter. If I actually get around to
making these experiments, I'll report back to the list.


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