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 Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-04 02:24

In today's Berlin webcast, Wenzel Fuchs was playing a set of clarinets with little white disks with something black in the middle on the top of the top joint. They looked a little like small peppermint lifesavers. Never seen these before. I assume they're maker's marks. Does anyone know who makes these instruments?

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: ISM 
Date:   2018-03-04 09:39

To me it looked like a hole punch reinforcement label. I didn't know what to make of it.



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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-04 19:34

I thought of that, but, does anybody even use those anymore?

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Bennett 2017
Date:   2018-03-04 21:18

Not sure this is relevant but I use something similar only on my A clarinet so I can immediately tell that I don't have my Bb in my hands.

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-03-04 23:51

He plays Wurlitzers which have a circular logo, but it's not filled in to make it that obvious.

https://wurlitzerklarinetten.de/artists/wenzel-maria-fuchs/?lang=en

Chris.

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-05 04:25

This was about as conspicuous as you get. Bright white and raised a little above the wood, right next to the register vent. I think it was on both instruments because I saw both the Silverstein and the metal ligature, although the Alpensinfonie only has a Bb part. Do they have Wurlitzer Prestige instruments now? Or maybe it was a statement of some kind. Some Eastern people have jade rings as a sort of mystical thing. Is Wenzel a Taoist?

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Klose 2017
Date:   2018-03-08 21:52

See picture.

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Klose 2017
Date:   2018-03-08 22:34
Attachment:  Fuchs.jpeg (145k)

Attached

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-09 01:06

Good to know I wasn't hallucinating. He sounded pretty great in that concert!

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2018-03-09 02:14
Attachment:  Fuch No Lifesaver.PNG (887k)

The concert is now on Digital Concert Hall. I did see the "lifesaver" on the Fuchs' clarinet multiple times, but I was able to find one time when there WASN'T a "lifesaver" on his clarinet.

-- Ray Zhang

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: JohnP 
Date:   2018-03-09 02:14

Does anybody know what sort of earplugs he’s using?

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-09 02:28

Ray,

There are some C parts in the piece, although I don't know if the first part has any. Bb, C, D and Eb.

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-03-09 12:25

That looks like a reinforcer stuck on there.

Chris.

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2018-03-09 19:31

Something like the LefreQue "sound bridge?"

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2018-03-09 21:43

Bagel-tone

Chris.

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: donald 
Date:   2018-03-10 05:44

Perhaps David Blumberg could ask him for us?

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Tom Piercy 2017
Date:   2018-03-11 19:50

Re: the "life saver"

He (WMF) was asked: "Was bewirkt der weiße Kreis...?"
He replied: " Nur ein Witz"
translation: Just a joke

:)

Tom Piercy

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: Tobin 
Date:   2018-03-13 15:51

To prompt rounds of gossip and speculation from the clarinet faithful.


Well played, Wenzel, well played.

Gnothi Seauton

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-13 17:20

Helps that the Music Director has a sense of humor. Wonder if anyone tried something like that under Karajan.

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 Re: Wenzel's Lifesavers
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2018-03-17 01:57

Just saw this - I'll ask him

http://www.MyTempoMusic.com

http://www.skypeclarinetlessons.com/about.html

Sponsored by Backun/D'Addario/BG/Silverstein/ Artist Teacher and Soloist

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