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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000164.txt from 2008/05

From: clarni bass <>
Subj: Re: [kl] bass clarinet repair/adjustment - P.S.
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 01:45:00 -0400

One more thing. When your problem is fixed, can you
please check this: Play low A, loud, then press the
register key to play the clarion E. Make sure you are
playing this interval legato! Actually try this with
several of the same interval Bb-F, B-F#, C-G, etc.
both loud and quiet and both slow and fast. Especially
for the A to E interval, do you notice too much "air"
(like a "pfff" sound) when you jump to the E, and also
possibly the E stalls a little bit? For example
compare this to the legato interval G to D which uses
the body register key. If you do notice that, the same
as I and other players like Jean Marc Volta and Hary
Sparnaay have, there is a solution to this too by
modifying the neck register tube.


--- Peter Stoll <> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> Periodically I'm faced with either my own bass or a
> student's developing a problem with the
> register/octave key mechanism. I play a Buffet
> Prestige low C Mark 2, with the 3 low D's. The
> problem is a tiny bit of play with the octave pad
> that's on the clarinet body (vs.the one on the
> neck). For instance, when I play a D just under the
> staff (2 fingers) that pad sits very firmly against
> the metal tone-hole. But when I add the register key
> to go up to A3, there's a tiny movement of the pad
> away from the seat.
> I wonder if it has to do with the "compensating
> lever" you find on this level of bass; try as I
> might I can't find the 'cure' for this, although
> making sure the screws around the register mechanism
> are tight helps. I've always had the sense that it's
> probably a lot simpler than I imagine, but so far no
> luck. 
> Of course I have 2 chamber shows the next
> 2 evenings, and this has come back today with our
> sudden local 'heat wave' here in Toronto.
> Clark/Walter anyone have any ideas?
> Thanks a lot,
> Peter Stoll
> Instructor of Clarinet and Chamber Music,
> University of Toronto
> Acting Principal Clarinetist,
> Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra
> Clarinetist, Saxophonist
> Talisker Players
> Trio d'Argento
> Grand Salon Orchestra
> ERGO Ensemble
> National College of Examiners,
> Royal Conservatory of Music
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