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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000518.txt from 2004/10

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Tonsils (on topic)
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 18:43:52 -0400

I had mine out at age 21 when I was still a college student. I was out of
commission for clarinet for several weeks. Even after the tissue had healed
and I was doing everything else normally, I couldn't blow strongly enough
into the clarinet to make a sound - the air all went out my nose at the
slightest pressure. The doctor either hadn't expected it to take so long (he
did treat singers regularly, but not reed players) or just neglected to warn
me. So my advice is, if you must have the tonsils removed at all, to leave
yourself LOTS of time - based on my experience, 6 weeks or possibly even

Karl Krelove

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Donna Higgins []
> Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 4:45 PM
> To:
> Subject: [kl] Tonsils (on topic)
> Hi all,
> I may be having my tonsils taken out, at the ripe old age of 39. I have
> sleep apnea and my sleep doc says he thinks I will benefit by having
> them removed.
> Anyone here had a tonsillectomy as an adult? How soon after the surgery
> will I be able to play? Any special considerations I need to know about
> because of playing a wind instrument? And, could this end up helping my
> playing in the long run, in terms of air flow and breath control? I
> sometimes feel that I have trouble mustering enough air for sustained
> passages, especially on bass clarinet.
> Thanks,
> Donna
> --
> "L'enfer, c'est les autres."
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