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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000171.txt from 2008/10

From: Mark Sausville <>
Subj: Re: [kl] New blog about Molded mpcs VS Rod Rubber
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:11:25 -0400

Here we go again.

Fred Jacobowitz wrote:
> Clark,
> I am disagree with your conclusion that (to paraphrase) the
> material of a mouthpiece is essentially immaterial (no pun intended)
> to its sound. I believe that the density of the material is extremely
> important. I believe that my crystal mouthpiece, because it is so
> dense, diminishes the edginess that I've experienced on every other
> mouthpiece (made out of rubber, plastic or acrylic) when playing loud.
> I find it virtually impossible to play 'shrill' on my crystal mpc. - I
> can be bright, but not shrill. I consistently overwhelm a rubber
> mouthpiece. Cut me a little slack, Dan Leeson, Please!
> Further, I play on a Buffet Greenline, which is a heavier, more
> dense material than Grenadilla. When I tried out instruments, I was
> able to play 13 wood R-13s and 6 Greenlines. The most free-blowing,
> 'bright' Greenlline was more focused and 'mellow' than the
> richest-sounding wooden one. I firmly believe that the difference
> (they're both R-13 bores) is the material.
> Frankly, I think I understand why rock and big band sax players
> like metal mouthpieces; it's not that metal ones project better, but
> that players can blow harder and louder without the sound distorting
> (at least, not more than they want).
> I am neither a mouthpiece maker nor adjustor, and I certainly
> don't manufacture instruments. However, I have a lifetime of
> experience with the clarinet. The above conclusion is a product of my
> observed experience.
> Fred Jacobowitz
> Kol Haruach Klezmer Band
> Ebony and Ivory Duo
> You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
> ~Doug Floyd
> On Oct 31, 2008, at 3:34 AM, Clark W Fobes wrote:
>> I just wrote a new blog with some great links to photos and videos of
>> mouthpiece manufacturing
>> Check it out at
>> Clark
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