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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000175.txt from 2008/10

From: "Forest Aten" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] New blog about Molded mpcs VS Rod Rubber
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:42:12 -0400

> 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

I've never found this to be true....

Clark was right on the mark in my opinion.


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