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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000160.txt from 2005/05

From: "Warren Rosenberg" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Storage and cleaning
Date: Sun, 08 May 2005 00:07:51 -0400

Just want to thank everyone who mentioned ideas on how to be hygenic with my
The potential problems with cork, etc. sound like the case is the safest
I just want to play more often without sitting down in such a "formalized"
way as I have no pretentions of becoming a great clarinetist. Maybe in the
next life! :-)

I could easily pick up the instrument for 15 minutes several times a day,
but it's impossible for me to sit down for an hour or more at a time. I
wonder how many thousands of lonely clarinets are sitting around in dark
cases never to see the light of day because of the necessary ritual involved
of opening the case, greasing the cork, adjusting the reed just so, etc.
etc. The poor guy/gal with a piano in his/her house just sits down and

To say that it seems foolish to look for an easier way to play without
assembly and disassembly a couple of times a day or more is hardly foolish.
It's eminently practical.
What would be foolish is to not get to it for days at a time. It all
depends on one's interest. If I were a graduate student of clarinet, it
would be foolish to worry about assembly, etc. If I was playing for my own
enjoyment, I can't think of a better idea than to have a clarinet that's
just out and about. In fact, the Lyons clarinet looks quite possible. So

Thanks again for the tips. I appreciate it.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Fairhead" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2005 3:04 PM
Subject: Re: [kl] Storage and cleaning

> Hi Ormondtoby,
> > > What about 1 piece plastic clarinets? For
> > > instance, the Lyons C Clarinet
> >
> > I was trying to be witty when I posted "Isn't life's highest goal is to
> > find the perfect clarinet?" --- but really, finding an instrument that
> > suits oneself is a major and sometimes expensive effort. Choosing an
> > instrument merely in order to avoid disassembly & cleaning seems foolish
> > to me.
> Understood and appreciated. However, as Warren was talking of perhaps
> a plastic clarinet in order for this to be possible, I was enquiring as to
> the sutability of a Lyons for this purpose.
> > It happens that the Lyons C clarinet is somewhat limited in its features
> > compared to a 'real clarinet', and of course you wouldn't play a piece
> > composed for Bb or A on a C, would you?
> Oh yes! Transposition is fun! On this topic, the RSM Grade 6 classical
> clarinet exam this year includes the 2nd movement of the Mozart Concerto
> (Adagio) as one of the available pieces, with the recommended edition
> for Bb Clarinet and piano. Is this enough to cast doubt on the soundness
> the Royal School of Music?
> > > <grin, duck & run>
> >
> > but it's also true that saliva leaves deposits (saliva contains lots of
> > stuff, depending partly on how throughly and often you brush your teeth,
> > saliva is not distilled water). Eventually, if you don't do some
> > relatively simple maintenance, you're going to have a mess. It would
> > be no different than using the same dish for every meal without washing
> > it.
> Right. If the tenon corks were not a problem (say on a 1 piece clarinet),
> and one were to do a quick swab after playing, then perhaps a once a week
> proper clean... All in the spirit of innocent inquirey, you understand.
> Appologies to all the delicate spirits who read this email and are shocked
> to the core and whatnot.
> Dan
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