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 Fixing Sharp Upper Register
Author: sparq 
Date:   2021-11-02 06:24

I have an early Penzel Mueller A clarinet that I am playing with a Gigliotti P34 mouthpiece and an R-13 66 mm barrel.

The lower and middle registers mostly play in tune with this setup. However, once I reach High C, it becomes extremely sharp. Is there a good fix for this? Maybe a different barrel?

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 Re: Fixing Sharp Upper Register
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2021-11-02 06:53

Not that I necessarily have a solution, but is the R-13 barrel a vintage - mid-1900s original equipment - specimen (their bores were originally not tapered) or one with a "Moennig" reverse-tapered bore? The reverse taper was meant, among other things, to correct the sharpness on [B5] and [C6]. Also, R13 barrels are designated as either A or Bb clarinet. Are you using an A barrel?

Out of curiosity, since I haven't bought or even handled a new Buffet clarinet in decades, do the R13 barrels now come with reverse-tapered bores, or do you still have to buy after-market barrels?


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