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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000202.txt from 2005/08

From: Curtis Bennett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] While we're talking of Mr. Stoltzman...
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 11:06:43 -0400

I watched an episode of Mr. Rogers the other day with my daughter, and
Fred took out a clarinet and played it. Well, he played a little
scale, and it was clearly the sound of an amateur, so I guess he was
still learning.

And then he pulled out a real curiosity. It was some sort of
recorder-like thing with a piece of player piano roll around the
barrel. It had a mouthpiece, and a crank. The crank would turn the
music over some holes. When he blowed in the mouthpiece, and turned
the crank, it sounded like a bad pennywhistle playing some tune. It
didn't sound great, but it was one of the weirdest things I'd ever

On 8/9/05, Jacob Boyle <> wrote:
> I recently came across this quote by Richard
> Stoltzman...
> [excerpted from a quote by Michael Lowenstern,
> concerning an episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood]
> "Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman was the guest and the
> two of them were at Joe Negre's music shop. Stoltzman
> was describing the members of the clarinet family when
> Mr. Rogers asked, 'What's that big one?' Stoltzman
> answered, 'Oh that's a bass clarinet. It's found
> mostly in bands. It's pretty obscure and hard to play.
> There isn't really much call for it.'"
> Excuse me!?!?!?!
> Just wanted to make sure you were all aware...
> Off to waste time on his obscure instrument,
> -Jacob
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Curtis Bennett

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