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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000173.txt from 2010/05

From: Richard D Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Selmer S clarinet mouthpiece
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 00:09:50 -0400

A metric tip opening of 1.09 mm does, indeed, equal .043 inches, so
Martin Marx and I are suggesting the same tip rail opening.


On May 18, 2010, at 10:03 PM, Richard D Bush wrote:

The numbers listed in the Erick Brand Refacing book for the lay
schedule of the Selmer "S" facing Bb soprano clarinet mouthpiece are:
32, 20, 11, 6 and a tip opening of 109. Anyone who refaces mouthpieces
will know what these numbers mean. All I will say is that the lowered
number sets represent half millimeter distances from the tip rail to
where different thickness feeler gauges come to rest under the eched
reading gauge. The thicknesses of the feeler gauges used are in 1/1000
of an inch and are from thin to thick, .0015, .010, .024, .o34 and on
big saxophone or harmony clarinet mouthpieces, a .050 thickness feeler
gauge. The last number listed above, 109 means a tip opening of 1.09
mm tip opening.

Richard Bush

On May 18, 2010, at 9:30 PM, Shertzer, Howard (shertzhg) wrote:

I have an old (about 1975) Selmer S mouthpiece that plays very well.
It is not made anymore, and I cannot find the specs on tip opening and
facing for this mouthpiece.
Does anyone have that information?
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