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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000225.txt from 2004/12

From: "Don Hatfield" <dhatfield@-----.org>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: humidity
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 08:59:09 -0500

Wow....talk about extreme conditions. I've dealt with that while traveling,
but never in one spot. I remember seeing and meeting Al Ascercion around
1979-80 at a clinic, and heard him describe the fun of playing a wood
clarinet and living in the Philippines. He was using a crystal mouthpiece
and told someone that was because the heat and humidity in the Philippines
caused hard rubber mouthpieces to have warped tables and the accompanying
problems, so crystal was a more stable material.

There are products for stringed instruments that use a desiccant to help
remove moisture, and a dehumidifier I think would be a must if available.

Come to think of it...remembering recent posts about Mr. Abato, Al performed
the Tchaikovsky violin concerto transcription in concert at that clinic.
Double-tonguing and all.

Don Hatfield

> What about for high humidity levels? Say the 80% or so we get here in
Larnaka? Often it will be 80% humidity and 35+c, and then people
air-condition one or two rooms to 25 degrees c as well as a lot drier.
>
> Dan

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