[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 19, Issue 25

jack wiard jack_wiard at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 16 23:58:16 PDT 2004

Hi Butch, About ten years ago, I was reading a copy of 'The Insrumentalist' 
which had an ad in it for clarinet mutes. As I recall, it was made of 
leather and the body of the clarinet fit inside, except for the mouthpiece. 
The hands fit in the sides through holes with stretch elastic around the 
wrists. The ad said it cut the sound by 70% and was perfect for apartment 
practice. Has any one else seen these mutes for clarinet?

on <butcht at sihope.com>
>To: djml <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixielandjazz Digest, Vol 19, Issue 25
>Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 14:29:24 -0500
>On 7/16/04 2:00 PM, "dixielandjazz-request at ml.islandnet.com"
><dixielandjazz-request at ml.islandnet.com> wrote:
> > mutes for clarinets.
>   A clarinet "mute" would have to encase the full length of the 
>because the sound doesn't emerge from the bell of the horn as it does in
>brass instruments.  Much of the clarinet's sound emerges from its tone 
>along the length of the instrument, and a halfway decent sound man will 
>the clarinet somewhere midway between mouthpiece and bell.
>The bell, in fact, makes the air column long enough to play the lowest note
>-- on the B-flat clarinet, it's concert D in the low register (or A, a
>twelfth higher, when you open the register key).
>Years ago, I arrived at a gig to find I had somehow forgotten to put my
>horn's bell in the case.  The bandleader, earning his keep as usual,
>fashioned a "bell" out of an empty beer can, which solved the problem by
>lengthening the air column.
>None of the above negates the possibility that somebody may once have
>designed a lampshade-shaped accessory for the clarinet.  In fact, this 
>save some time and effort for those who like to fashion lamps from old
>Butch Thompson
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