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 Re: clarinet barrel mics
Author: gregsquared 
Date:   2005-04-27 19:58

Simon,
Thanks for your response. I've taken most of this stuff into consideration. I have a clip-on mic for my saxophone and it doesn't adapt well to clarinet. It adds too much weight to the end of my horn, and stresses my already overstressed thumb muscles (yes, I already use a strap), as well as making the instrument unwieldy. Also, it doesn't get the range of the instrument very evenly.
Further, since I play mostly Greek and Macedonian music, I'm looking for a particular sound. I'm not looking for the sound of an AMT mic, or an SD systems, or even an SM 58 (or 57, I can't remember which is designed for instruments). Actually, what those players usually do is have a barrel mic for all-around mic-ing and use a Shure to really make the sleazy low register jump out. But I'm not so concerned with that here, an SM 57 (or 58, whatever) is easily obtained.
As for sacrificing a barrel, well, I've gotten my mind around that idea. If the mic gives the sound that you're looking for, then you're not really sacrificing a barrel. You're just having you're gear modified to help you achieve the results that you want. Since I know some superb techs that I trust to do right with my instrument, I'm not worried about that aspect (in any case, you can always plug up the hole if you need to). There are millions of barrels in the world and to find one that plays as well as the one I currently use (which, by the way, isn't the one that came with my horn) shouldn't be ridiculously difficult.
I take it you don't know anybody that has one they'd be willing to sell. But thanks for the advice, anyway. Ciao, gregsquared.

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