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 stuffy Leblanc LL
Author: john gibson 
Date:   2003-07-30 02:13

Okay....just bought this guy off ebay. Wood and keywork in excellent shape. Pads??? A couple are iffy. Any way.....the horn is a bit resistant.
Lot more than my R-13. Could it be the pads? An adjustment? Mouthpiece? Thanks in advance...


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 Re: stuffy Leblanc LL
Author: Dee 
Date:   2003-07-30 02:34

Leaky pads is the most probable cause.

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 Re: stuffy Leblanc LL
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2003-07-31 14:23

Very true, Dee, also your "usual" advice, "clean the register vent tube" and check for adequate pad-rise [usually affects individual notes]. Then look for mp/reed and bore mismatch problems. My older LeBlancs play easily after several hours of "tweaking". Luck, Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: stuffy Leblanc LL
Author: Claramateur 
Date:   2007-01-24 11:48

I own a newly overhauled LL b-clarinet, serial nr 46220 (from early 80's?). When I compare it to my Selmer series 10S, the LL is a lot more resistant. IMO it is a bit too resistant. I use a Vandoren B45 and V12 reeds 3,5 on both clarinets. Is this a normal difference between these to clarinetmodels or anything that can be corrected? I don't think it's a "leaky pad" problem or something like that

Any suggestions on a good mouthpiece/ligature/reed combination for the LL?

Einar Aasheim

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 Re: stuffy Leblanc LL
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2007-01-24 12:38

I certainly got plenty of volume out of my LL to be heard over seven saxes, four trumpets and four trombones the other day WITHOUT using a microphone - and that was using a Vandoren A1 crystal, V12 2.5 and a Rovner light lig.


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 Re: stuffy Leblanc LL
Author: Brenda Siewert 
Date:   2007-01-24 12:50

I've owned several LLs over the years, including one new one 6 years ago and found all of them to have easy volume. In fact, that's one thing they're known for--big sound. The're great for big band and jazz (although they work well for orchestral playing as well).

I would say do the pads and height adjustment. Good to see your name John. Hope things are going well.

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 Re: stuffy Leblanc LL
Author: bill28099 
Date:   2007-01-24 14:20

If your LL is stuffy and purchased used first take the keys off the upper joint and make sure ALL the tone holes are clean. I have to clean the tone holes on my LL every 6 to 8 months but then I tend to consume liquids while tooting and don't brush my teeth after meals.

Best mouthpiece for an LL, a Backun, but if you can put up with a bit brighter sound an old Portnoy BP02 works good too.

Also, both my used Leblancs have cracked over the last 3 years, contrary to the fairy tale that old horns don't crack. So break it back in as if it were new and oil the bore and tone holes.

A great teacher gives you answers to questions
you don't even know you should ask.

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