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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000298.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Selmer St. Louis and Question for NYC Listers
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 17:46:15 -0400


I, of course, cannot speak for Bryan, but I imagine there is an implied
"unlike the older Selmer clarinets" in his message.

My experience has been the older Selmers have a distinctly different sound
and feeling from the R-13. My experience has also been that most of the new
crop of clarinets feel and sound much like the R-13. This is hardly
surprising given the once practical monopoly of the R-13 clarinet (if you
can't beat them, join them, right?).

Still, I am quite shocked and outraged that I can't buy the same clarinet
(whatever brand he's endorsing this week), mouthpiece and reed as Eddie
Daniels and expect to sound exactly like him. Say it ain't so...


At 02:21 PM 10/9/2004 -0700, dnleeson wrote:
>Bryan, I want you to consider your statement that the St. Louis
>Selmer model "reminded [you] a lot of the sound of the R-13..."
>I presume that you own or have played on an R-13, which would
>give you the ability to make that kind of a contrast. Is that a
>reasonable assumption?
>OK, thn. Have you considered the possibility that the sound you
>produce on a clarinet is invariant from instrument to instrument?
>Much of the sound character that Bryan Rudderow gets from a
>clarinet depends to no small degree on Bryan Rudderow's body,
>chest capacity, head cavities, embouchure, etc. And further
>Bryan Rudderow's mouthpiece and setup may make a significant
>contribution too.
>So the hypothesis that you need to think about is this: if one
>takes one well-functioning clarinet out of Bryan Rudderow's
>mouth, removes the mouthpiece, inserts it in another clarinet,
>and sticks that clarinet in to Bryan Rudderow's mouth, it should
>not be in the least surprising that things are going to sound the
>same. It would be astonishing if they sounded differently.
>Dan Leeson

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