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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000472.txt from 2004/10

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Air flow
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 13:07:00 -0400

At 10:43 AM 10/16/2004 -0400, Howard Shertzer 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?

It is POSSIBLE that condensation is causing a pad to swell and not seat
well after a while. Figure something near the top of the horn, the top
trill key, for example, or the register mechanism pads (even MORE likely).

Bill Hausmann

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