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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000117.txt from 2004/12

From: Ed Wojtowicz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] History of two old clarinets - old leblanc
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 09:05:27 -0500

My teacher in undergrad school was a former student of Mazzeo and had a
Mazzeo Bb, and Bass clarinet. My recollection from talking about them
and playing them was that there was a small arm that would open the
side third trill key when depressing the rings while playing throat A.
In this way, it would produce a true sounding Bb rather than its
somewhat weaker counterpart, produced from using a key which acts as
register key and Bb. There was a small sliding "clutch" mechanism that
would enable the player to disengage the mechanism if one wished. I
recall that my teacher indicated that for some music (possibly
contemporary utilizing extended techniques?) he did not use it.


On Dec 5, 2004, at 11:38 PM, Bill Hausmann wrote:

> The Mazzeo either allows or requires some alternate fingerings to gain
> its advantage, I believe, in addition to the cost of mechanical
> complexity. I believe on some Mazzeo models the mechanism could be
> switched off if desired.

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