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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000777.txt from 2004/08

From: "D. Blumberg" <>
Subj: [kl] re: selecting a Clarinet
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 16:50:37 -0400

Curtis - you must have gotten a really bad Gigliotti Mouthpiece!! I
would have said the same thing about the B45 (which I played in 9th
Personally, I would never now play a "stock" mouthpiece. But a good
stock mouthpiece will beat out a bad hand faced one.

And yes, Professional players usually know quite a bit about a variety
of setups as we have tried many in the endless hunt for perfection of

David Blumberg - Practice Aid

Curtis Bennett wrote:
I just recently got a new mouthpiece for my Bb, and the sales lady (a
clarinetist herself) said that 90% of the sound is you, 10% is the
equipment. I
don't know if I completely agree with that, since I got a 50%
improvement by
switching from my Gigliotti mpc to a Vandoren B45. She also seemed to
that a barrel was only used for intonation (keeping it in tune), which
I also
don't know that I completely agree with, but this was her opinion, so
I didn't
argue with it.

I've never really figured out where professionals get all their
knowledge about
different clarinets, mouthpieces, barrels, combinations, etc, etc.
Unless they
work in a used clarinet factory and can try out all those
combinations. At
best, someone can tell you how great *their* combination is, but only
a few
people here will be able to give you a broad representation of
everything that
is available. It's staggeringly complex, IMHO.

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