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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000312.txt from 2004/08

From: "Film & Music Promotion Management" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Order in the court (of clarinet)
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 00:51:05 -0400

I too just returned back to Philadelphia after a visit to Morrie's
Studio (got his Bell and Barrel and he worked on my instrument - only
had my Bb as I was there from an Alaska Cruise)
Too tired right now to write, but it was a really great experience -
WOW! (I'm too jaded to say wow for much but it was wow).
As for assembling the Clarinet order, it makes most sense to put the
bell on the lower joint, then the upper, then barrel, mouthpiece and
finally the reed/lig. Having the bell on early protects the lower
joint if it should take a nasty fall. And putting the mouthpiece on
the assembled clarinet makes a lot more sense than (sometimes I see
students doing this) putting the reed on the mouthpiece and then the
mouthpiece on the clarinet as if it drops - Murphy's law and probably
a few of their corollaries come into motion as well.

David Blumberg

Nancy Buckman <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Order in the court (of clarinet)
Message-Id: <>

At 09:09 PM 8/9/2004, you wrote:
>Also, I was taught to put my clarinet together upper/lower first,
then bell,
>barrel, and lastly mouthpiece. I have noticed that the "official" way
>lower/bell, then upper/barrel, then upper/lower and last the
>Does it make that much difference? Or was I just taught wrong?

Official? Whatever two pieces I pick up first are the two that go
first (unless I pick up pieces that aren't sequential in fit).
Sometimes I
start at the top, sometimes in the middle and sometimes at the bottom.
that is considered wrong, then I will be doing it wrong forever. I
have no
plans to change. And if you choose to do something out of the norm,
doesn't mean it is wrong. If it works for you, then it is OK.
you are a "Rose". There is never *anything* wrong with a rose!

Nancy (my grandmother was named Rose and she was perfect)

Nancy Buckman
Principal Clarinet / Orchestra AACC

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