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 How wide can a bore be....
Author: jonathan.wallaceadams 
Date:   2018-03-14 08:16

before you have to get a "special mouthpiece" like an Eaton or Boosey? I've seen vintage clarinets from .580"-.600" and I've never really known how this effects playability and intonation. Does an enlarged bore just make it more free-blowing?

Just an aspiring student.
Buffet Tradition
Mpc.: Hawkins "G", Barrel: Moba, Reeds: Reserve 3.5+

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 Re: How wide can a bore be....
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-03-14 08:29

A lot depends on how they're made. B&Hs and Eaton Elites were designed and made for mouthpieces with a different bore. That means they were tuned for those mouthpieces, so the holes were drilled in different places than they would have been drilled for regular French style mouthpieces. If a big bore horn is designed and tuned for a regular French mouthpiece, then that's what you should use, because it would be out of tune otherwise. It works the other way, too. About a year ago, I was corresponding with the people at Playnick, and they mentioned that there are people successfully playing Vienna bore mouthpieces (wide) with "German bore" Reform Boehm clarinets (medium, say, 14.85 mm). If it works, it works, but you stand a better chance if the instrument was designed for the style of mouthpiece you're using.

In my limited experience, "free blowing" has a lot to do with the mouthpiece and reed, but a larger bore--I play B&H 1010s, which are at 15.2 mm--can give you a really wide dynamic range.

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