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 buffet E-13 limite low notes playing high
Author: dmasz91 
Date:   2017-10-27 06:32

I just recently upgraded from a student level selmer to a buffet E-13 limite. All the pads are great, no leakages. but I tried testing it using my student level mouthpiece and am having trouble getting low F and E to come out right. They keep making the same high note sound (I'm not hitting the octave key). I tried adjusting my emboucher, but that doesn't help much, especially when trying to play the note straight without working my way down to it. This issue also happened a few times to my 2nd octave C which came out to an even higher note than it was supposed to.

Is this a common issue when upgrading? Could there be an instrumental adjustment needed? do I just need to get my mouth and airflow used to the new clarinet? is it just my student level mouthpiece not letting the reed vibrate more distance for lower notes? I'm using a level 3 reed.

Any help with this would be great!

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 Re: buffet E-13 limite low notes playing high
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2017-10-27 07:03

>> Is this a common issue when upgrading? <<

No. If you never have this issue with your other clarinet, then 99% chance there's something wrong with the instrument, in this case a leak. How did you determine there are no leaks?

It's possible you are accidentally opening a hole while reaching the pinky keys for F/C and/or E/B, since those keys . Either an open tone hole or pressing a key.

Check that the throat A key moves slightly before also opening the G# key. If there's no space there at all then the G# might leak sometimes (if not all the time). Though this would normally affect more than just F and E, depending on the amount of leak.

Try playing from low E up chromatically in pianissimo, start each note separately (not legato), and notice exactly if the problem is really only for low F and E or maybe starts even higher. Then the same for middle B and up. Leak are harder to overcome when playing pianissimo.

More likely the leak is not near the top because that usually "kills" the upper clarion register first.

It could be something else, like a mouthpiece issue with the clarinet, you need to get used to it, etc. (maybe you started using new reeds?) but it's just a much smaller chance.

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