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 Re: Bass clarinet register experiment
Author: clarnibass 
Date:   2006-05-18 05:18

Hi

I'm happy to see it was interesting for some people.

Fuglen - Don't drill your register hole! The hole on the Selmer 37 is already close to (if not exactly) 4.5mm, and you definitely don't want to make it any bigger.
I have played the 37 and also the new Privilege and I think the register hole on the Privilege neck is smaller. When you get the new neck, can you please measure the diameter of the holes on both necks please, and describe any difference in playing between them? Volta said they did a lot of experiments in Buffet and the neck angle makes a big difference in the sound in general.

I'm not going to have the tubes gold plated since I believe this would make no difference, but maybe nickel or silver plated to protect them.

Chris P - What we describe is two different things. You told me you have a problem with attacking certain notes, especially the F# and some around it. Although in my opinion enlarging the hole made it a little easier to attack those notes, it was pretty easy to tongue them with the smaller hole too. They do feel less resistant when attacking them now with the bigger hole, but only a tiny (maybe even insignificant) difference.
The problem I was talking about is almost the opposite, playing to those notes (clarion E to clarion A) in legato, but only from low notes (thumb F and down). With the 3mm hole there was a short air sound and a delay of the clarion notes. The slightly bigger hole improved this a lot. There is still slight air sound that I think exists on almost every bass clarinet but there isn't a delay in the notes. If you have a problem with attacking those notes, it might not be the size of the register hole that is the problem.

For example a melody I am playing now has four 8th notes, throat G#, E (down a third), clarion F# (top line F#), and then G below the staff (under 2 extra lines). The tempo is about 200bmp, and is swing 8ths. It was impossible to play this with the smaller hole. Every time the F# would come out as a big air sound, and maybe by the end of it you would hear some F#. Now it is pretty easy to play this melody.

Nitai Levi
Jerusalem, Israel



Post Edited (2006-11-19 17:58)

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