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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000184.txt from 2008/10

From: Fred Jacobowitz <fbjacobo@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] New blog about Molded mpcs VS Rod Rubber
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 23:41:43 -0400

Hi Dan,
I meant my use of the words 'bright' and 'mellow'.

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 3:50 PM, Dan Leeson wrote:

> Fred, I am staying out of this discussion. All my remarks about
> "irrelevancy of the material" were always directed to the clarinet
> and only the clarinet. I never had any expertise in mouthpieces,
> and just bought the best ones I could. So I have nothing to add to
> a discussion about "irrelevancy of the material" as it applies to
> the mouthpiece.
>
> Dan Leeson
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Fred Jacobowitz"
> <fbjacobo@-----.net>
> To: <klarinet@-----.org>
> Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 10:41 AM
> Subject: Re: [kl] New blog about Molded mpcs VS Rod Rubber
>
>
>> 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
>>> http://clarkwfobes.wordpress.com/
>>>
>>> Clark
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