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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000254.txt from 2010/11

From: Jennifer Jones <>
Subj: Re: [kl] RES: RES: Orchestral Pitch
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:42:58 -0500

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 10:51 PM, <> wrote:
> Hmmm---try closing the register key down with a thicker cork. That is eas=
y to change back and forth.
> I use slices of wine cork and brush on Loctite cyano acrylate glue. (supe=
r glue---but BRUSH ON---if it gets on plastic, it can cause it to crack.)

Is this Loctite, a UV setting epoxy? I used something by that name to
mount fossil wood specimens on slides for thin sectioning and looking
at the cells inside using the microscope.

> Sharp. Does it have a peg?
> Clarinet should be played sitting right up on the front edge of the chair=
. Bonade used to say thumbs on the shirt buttons, so in VERY close to the b=
ody. My professor, Clem Hutchinson, Arey's top student, taught me that. (1/=
2 way up the thigh for short people like me---further for tall people.)
> I show students that there is a "sweet spot". Sit up front straight up an=
d lean forward from the HIPS, like you are hinged. At about 5 degrees, if y=
ou keep the clarinet in tight, you can hear the tone get radically better. =
(assuming thumbs at about the shirt buttons and corners of the mouth in tow=
ards the mthpc, and jaw down--as taught by Bill Stubbins at Michigan, Ann A=
rbor and the great oboist Steve Adelstein.)
> THEN, with the bass make sure that the peg is DIRECTLY under your tail bo=
ne on the floor with you leaning forward as with the Bb.
> This really improves bass playing. Clem Hutchinson, my prof, is the one t=
hat got Selmer to put a re-curve on their bass clarinet necks. This does th=
e same thing, with less awkwardness. I created this position to approximate=
what he got form the re-curve. Again, lean forward slightly too.
> Proper length of reed--ie correcting the length of the profile up to the =
bark, helps too.
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Rachel Roessel <>
>>Sent: Nov 16, 2010 9:59 PM
>>To: The Klarinet Mailing List <>
>>Subject: Re: [kl] RES: RES: Orchestral Pitch
>>> Make sure the A and Ab keys are opening sufficiently, and also =A0the
>>> Bb/register key. =A0The register mechanism on bass clarinets is =A0noto=
>>> unreliable, and is involved in the throat Bb.
>>Even before looking at a tuner to see how wide the interval is, going from
>>throat A to throat Bb is audibly a much bigger jump than it should be. Th=
e Bb is
>>the major problem. The horn overall runs sharp (so a lot of that may just=
>>me), but that's an especially bad note. I've noticed that on other basses=
>>played, but not as bad as this one is.
Thin section:
A rock sample that is thin enough for light to shine through.
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