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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000365.txt from 2004/12

From: "David McClune" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: metal clarinets
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 16:01:40 -0500

Howarth clarinets from England also make a large English bore clarinet.
LeBlanc may still make the Pete Fountain clarinet which is also a wide
bore clarinet.

Now for a jazz sound on clarinet you could go for a jazz mouthpiece by
Vandoren, Meyer or Lakey which will give you some edge. But the cheap
way out (IF you want brightness) is to take a mouthpiece you like the
feel of, and put in a dental wax wedge in the top third of the chamber
floor. Start it about 1/8 of an inch below the tip and shape it
like...a wedge getting thicker as it progresses down the floor. This
gets you the brilliance of sound you may want.

However, what type of "jazz" sound do you want? Warm and centered like
Eddie Daniels, warm and tubby like Pete Fountain, or bright and edgy
like...? There are as many jazz sounds as there are classical sounds.

You are asking a wonderfully complex question! Good luck.

Musically yours,

Dr. David McClune
Professor of Woodwinds
Director of Bands
Union University-1862
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305


>>> 12/28/04 02:07PM >>>

As long as I have been playing the clarinet I have been solely exposed
to the R-13 world, which has been O.K., as this has given me a good
technical foundation. However, I really want to play jazz so I will
need to move away from the classical sound. I'd like to start by
purchasing a clarinet with a wider bore, possibly an metal clarinet or
a Rossi with a wider bore. Does Rossi manufacture a clarinet with a
bore wide enough to give me a hardware foundation that I need to
create the sound that I want? Also, as I consider metal clarinets,
should I just look at older metal clarinets or should I consider the
Orsi's? Will they too offer me clarinet with a wide enough bore?

Ed Stuart

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