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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000302.txt from 2005/05

Subj: Re: [kl] Mouthpieces - Chedeville
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 22:52:53 -0400

In a message dated 5/18/2005 5:52:52 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:
<<Is there a danger of destroying a (reasonably good) mouthpiece?

Or presuming that the craftsman knows what he is doing, is it more
likely that the mpc. will be the better for it, and become a VERY good

I suppose the answer to that question is that the final condition of
the what tells you if the craftsman indeed does know what he is

Any time you take a tool to a mouthpiece, you run the risk of not only NOT
improving it, but making it less than it was. That's why, when you start, you
work on junk mouthpieces. I think I ruined at least 20 old mouthpiece before
I produced something that played at all.

I have a bone pile of a dozen PURCHASED mouthpiece blanks that will NEVER be
sold to a customer. That's part of the deal.

However, over time, you do build technique and know how. One of the hardest
things to learn is WHEN TO STOP - when you have reached the point where you
have the best you can reasonably expect to get from that hunk of material. That
takes experience and talent.

I will tell you right now, there is as much artistry (or luck) as there is
science in this whole mouthpiece thing. Hitting the measurements is just the

Walter Grabner
World-class clarinet mouthpieces

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