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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000103.txt from 2010/11

From: Jennifer Jones <>
Subj: Re: [kl] RES: Orchestral Pitch
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:31:18 -0500

On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:23 AM, Martin Baxter <> wrote:
> I have a nice old boxwood clarinet c1775 that has an extended mouthpiece =
tenon in order to adjust the pitch. This correspondence stimulated me to in=
vestigate it and I found it seemed best in tune with itself with the mouthp=
iece pulled out by about 4 mm. At this distance it plays at about A=3D443 H=
> I won't guarantee this is exact; my embouchure may be wrong; but it does =
at least suggest that pitch in England at that date was probably similar to=
todays rather than the A=3D415 that some "experts" demand. Certainly it il=
lustrates the complexity of the problem.
> =A0I also have a boxwood 1-key flute by Bainbridge of 35 Holborn Hill, wh=
ich Bill Waterhouse reckoned dated from the early 1800's. This plays at A=
=3D439 on my tuner (again with the proviso that my flute embouchure may be =
suspect; I probably play flat). As the instruments are reasonably considere=
d as contemporaries this would seem to =A0suggest that English pitch =A0c18=
00 was probably very similar to today.
> Now who is going to shoot me down first?

I am not going to shoot you down, but I am going to ask you whether
that elongated mouthpiece tenon was paired with an extra deep barrel

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