[Dixielandjazz] Volume and clarinets
Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis
larrys.bands at charter.net
Tue Jun 12 09:19:02 PDT 2007
Just a note on my Selmer G10. When I started playing the instrument I
noticed that it was flat throughout the range. I was a little surprised
since I had the original barrel joint and it appeared to be way too long. I
tried several things and I remembered I had a Click Barrel that they had
sent me to review when the thing first came out. It worked shoved all the
way in. I eventually bought the better Click Barrel and used it for some
time. The instrument played really well and I had no significant intonation
problems from the short barrel.
I had heard that the 10 wasn't the best jazz instrument but then why did
mine play so well? That question was answered by my repairman (Marvin
Krantz) who is also a world renowned bassoon technician. He told me that
over time the bore gets bigger in a wood clarinet, especially if it's not
oiled regularly and will cause the pitch to drop.
Marvin was a Bassoon player long before he opened his shop and like a better
mouse trap the world beats a path to his door. Every time I go in his shop
there is a stack of bassoons waiting for him.
It's amazing the business that his shop generates. There are three
technicians and a receptionist besides Marvin and Bill Meyers who is also
an owner and specializes in brass.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Boone" <jimboone at jas.net>
To: "Larry Walton" <larrys.bands at charter.net>
Cc: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 6:33 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Volume and clarinets
>I mic all the time so nuance can be achieved. As to horns that were good
>for volume, my all time favorite, stolen in 1966, was a Selmer Centertone
>built in '55. A really big bore instrument, it is missed to this day.
>With an open-faced MP it was fantastic. I went to the Selmer Series 10
>later and then a Buffet R13. None matched the jazz (of any kind) abilities
>of the Centertone. The Buffet is fine for legit but only adequate for
>anything else IMHO.
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