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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000470.txt from 2004/10

From: Gary Van Cott <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Air flow
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 11:47:18 -0400


It is interesting that you would mention this, as I have a similar problem
on my alto clarinet. I have assumed that it IS due to water
(condensation). My equipment is somewhat different. I usually use a
Vandoren #3 reed on a Vandoren B44 mouthpiece. I have been meaning to get
or make swab long enough to use on the instrument without taking it apart
to see if this helps.

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At 07:43 AM 10/16/04, you wrote:
>The series of messages on air flow makes me think this is related to a
>problem that I have with my alto.
>When I begin a playing session, my tone is clear and pretty. After 10-15
>minutes, the tone changes, to muffled, with a lot of resistance, especially
>in the lower clarion register. I use a Vandoren #2 reed. I dont seem to
>have the chops (yet) to play a 2 1/2 reed on the alto. I have a Selmer B
>mouthpiece ( medium close). Could this be due to condensation in the alto
>changing the way waves vibrate. The bore of the instrument is smooth and I
>oil on a regular basis. If this is the problem, is there a solution?
>I do not have the same problem on my Eb or Bb, both with the same mouthpiece
>type, and Vandoren 2 1/2 reeds.

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