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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000172.txt from 2008/10

From: "Mike Vaccaro" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] New blog about Molded mpcs VS Rod Rubber
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:25:22 -0400

Fred and Clark.

I have this discussion with my partner on a regular basis. Needless to say
we disagree.

I say make a mouthpiece out of cement and see if you notice any difference.
The way to prove this stuff is by going to extremes.

Mike Vaccaro

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Sausville" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 11:11 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] New blog about Molded mpcs VS Rod Rubber

> 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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