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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000693.txt from 2004/08

From: CBA <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Eb mouthpieces?
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 02:37:48 -0400


I *highly* recommend Clark Fobes ( )
for both the mouthpiece and barrel for Eb. Together, the barrel
and mouthpiece will cost more than what you paid for the Eb
clarinet, but if you want the beast to sing and not croak, the
mouthpiece and barrel should be top notch. I play on Fobes
products for both the barrel and mouthpiece on my Eb. You could
get away with just the mouthpiece, but since the barrel is
cracked, I would definitely replace it, at this point. You only
paid a little over $300 for the Eb and a new professional one
would run you over $3000, so I would definitely say the
investment is well worth it.

Do you know whether the clarinet needs overhauling, or is it
supposed to be in top playing condition?

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds - Computer Geek
Hattiesburg, MS
--- Curtis Bennett <> wrote:

> Hi, new member here..
> I just purchased an Eb clarinet (I think the colloquial term
> is eefer?") off
> Ebay - here:
> It is a "Cabart" wooden, and you may not realize it from the
> description, but
> the mouthpiece is not included. I verified with the owner
> that he is keeping
> the mouthpiece (A Selmer) in case he plays Eb again, but
> personally recommended
> a Vandoren.
> In perusing the archives, I see some references to those, but
> there are several
> models, so I don't know which one is good. I also saw some
> reference to
> different barrels (which is a question I might end up asking
> regarding my Bb (A
> signet special) some day as well...). I realize these things
> vary person to
> person, but are there any good recommendations for a
> mouthpiece?
> Keep in mind I'm just an amateur. I've played in community
> and wind ensemble
> bands (even a quintet polka group) for several years off and
> on, so this is very
> much just a toy for me, but I figure if I'm gonna get one, I
> might as well get a
> decent one.
> Thanks
> Curtis Bennett

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