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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000155.txt from 2004/08

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Material influence on more time
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2004 00:17:57 -0400

At 10:35 PM 8/6/2004, you wrote:
>Also, at $1100, you can replace it once it goes
>green <GRIN>.

At $1100, I would seriously consider just playing it green OR buffing off
the green and then brushing the surface somehow!

>My assertion previously about Bb mouthpieces on C clarinets is
>less relative to this instrument than most I have played. I am
>playing on a Clark Fobes San Francisco mouthpiece on my C and
>love it, although I did have the end tenon on the mouthpiece cut
>down (professionally) by 1/16 inch to even up all the oddities
>about the long notes (low E, F, and F# and long B, C, and C#)
>and the throat tones. Previous discussions about using the same
>mouthpiece with your A, Bb, and C instruments I still think are
>irrelevant, since the difference between Bb and C or Bb and A
>are small, but the difference between C and A clarinets is more
>pronounced. I think leaving a Bb/A mouthpiece and then having a
>separate C mouthpiece is a good idea, as you can be more
>tailored to the idiosyncrasies of the individual instruments.

What difficulties did you experience? I used a Greg Smith mouthpiece that
I played on my C without any pitch problems. I have switched to a Lomax
and it works fine too. I use this mouthpiece in my A, Bb and C clarinets.

I hope you plan on coming to Fest in Atlanta (Japan is too far to fly for
double digit hours). I'd like to be able to spend a little more time with
you (and everyone else too). We had a great time.


Nancy Buckman
Principal Clarinet / Orchestra AACC

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