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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000192.txt from 2004/08

From: "Christy Erickson" <perickso@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Ligature preferences
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 13:43:37 -0400


Tony said,=20
>=20
> "It occurs to me that it would be very easy to make a small gizmo =
attached
> to
> the very bottom of a mouthpiece -- just above the barrel -- that =
supported
> a
> protuberance on the 'audience' side and allowed you easily to get hold =
of
> and
> twist the mouthpiece without touching whatever ligature you were =
using.
> (You'd
> put your thumb over the bottom of the reed, and use your index finger =
on
> the
> protuberance.)"

Tony, How would you make such a device? I'm thinking that it would be =
best
to have something that could be removed-something like a mini oil filter
wrench made for this purpose. I sure could have used such a thing for =
the
past several weeks. In the highly air conditioned hall we were playing =
in,
I had to take the barrel and mouthpiece off my eefer and tuck it into =
the
waistband of my pants to keep it warm. (the piano had been tuned to A444 =
and
it was the one and only time I've EVER wished for a shorter barrel for =
that
eefer!) At least once or twice, I accidentally knocked the reed off =
center.
My Dad has some sort of "gripper" tool lined with rubber that has a =
handle
and can be adjusted for size, but it's far too large for a clarinet
mouthpiece. I'm going to check the hardware stores to see if there =
might be
something already made that would be small enough for this purpose. =20
It also might come in handy for smaller students who have trouble
twisting their mouthpieces and barrels off their instruments sometimes.
Christy=20

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