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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000277.txt from 2004/08

From: Jimmy Lee <jrlaudio@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Objective of the Ligature
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 11:53:41 -0400

David,
Thank you for a rational response to all this tweaking. Our own mind does
most of the tweaking that we need.
Jimmy

David McClune wrote:

> I will dive into this ligature mess, speaking as another mouthpiece
> maker. I personally go between a BG gold Traditional, my old stand by,
> an inverted Bonade with the two bars filed to be level and not bowed and
> sometimes the Vandoren Optimum. However when working on mouthpieces I
> use a 25 year old Rovner which I have had to re-glue together a couple
> times! It is fast to but on and off, and does note scratch. I either
> own or have tried most every ligature out there.
>
> Now, what does that mean... Some players want a ligature which allows
> more vibrations/flexibility/ring/fluidity, etc and others want less
> vibrations/tighter sound/less ring, etc.
>
> Sometimes I wonder if we substitute tweaks for practicing more.
>
> It sounds ridiculus, but I have taped myself using $1,500 worth of
> microphones in a good recital hall and playing it all back on a 10K
> stereo system. I usually do not hear significant let alone subltle
> differences between bells, barrels, ligatures, etc. However I
> personally, while playing, can tell small to large differences in what
> it FEELS like to me and what and what I THINK it does to my sound and
> playing. If a piece of equipment helps us with the psyhological aspect
> of performing and "it" gives us more confidence and freedom in our
> playing...this is a good thing and worth some of our money.
>
> We have to admit, that we musicians tend to be a bit paranoid about our
> sound and playing. However in the long run, get something that works
> for you and go out and make music. Charlie Parker played on garbage
> most of life, and yet made incredible music!
>
> Musically yours,
>
> Dr. David McClune
> Professor of Woodwinds
> Director of Bands
> Union University-1862
> 1050 Union University Drive
> Jackson, TN 38305
>
> Office-731-661-5294
> dmcclune@-----.edu
> www.mcclunemouthpiece.com
>
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