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 Boehm/Albert Bb/C..
Author: Andreas 
Date:   2002-10-05 14:31

Hi all,

I have been playing klezmer and balkan music on my Bb Boehm clarinet for a long time and so far never had any interest in using the simple system/albert instruments. But just now I had the opportunity to play an Albert Bb clarinet, with my normal mouthpiece and a very soft reed - great fun!

My question is: does it make sense to play klezmer on a Bb horn?

As far as I can understand the majority of the oldtimers used C or Eb Albert instruments, not Bb. True? Transposing - I.E. playing the same keys I do on my Boehm - seems not really appropriate for the Albert system. Or am I just lazy? :)



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 RE: Boehm/Albert Bb/C..
Author: Seamus Kirkpatrick 
Date:   2002-10-07 22:07

I'd agree, that playing in the Bb keys on an albert system seems pretty intimidating, but I play on a C, so I've never had a chance to find out. (If you get a chance to play on a C, it'll all become even more fun again I promise)


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 RE: Boehm/Albert Bb/C..
Author: Andreas 
Date:   2002-10-08 10:18

Closing this thread..

I am a newbie to this kind of lists, and I did not realize at first that I could find lots of info in the archives.. About what Brandwein and Tarras and others were playing etc.
Sorry for that!

thank you Seamus for your encouragement, I will have a session now with my 14-keyer playing everything one whole tone down. :-)


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 Re: Boehm/Albert Bb/C..
Author: tinminer 
Date:   2003-03-13 12:38

It is very difficult to play Albert (or similar) clarinets after Boehm. I saw an Albert 'C' a while back, and bought it, but had real problems - fingers still think 'Boehm', it's all down to 'muscle memory'.
If you're careful you can pick up good 'C' Boehm clarinets (I just got a great one off ebay for just over £100 ) and they really do 'fly'.
I can use my favourite Bb mpc & reeds, no sacrifices on either fullness or quality of tone, and just that little bit higher & sweeter. And no transposing any more. Yippee. Clarinet player born again...

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