[Dixielandjazz] Clarinet Tuning
russg at redshift.com
Tue Jun 12 17:09:22 PDT 2007
Just a note about the "Click" barrel.
My Selmer 10G was also flat. I got the click barrel and the problem was fixed. It did not hurt my tone. As a matter of fact, I
feel the tone, if anything, was slightly improved.
"J. D. Bryce" wrote:
> The choice of instruments is a very personal one. I'm a Buescher 400 freak.
> I play a 1952 400 tenor and a 1949 400 alto. My son on the other hand,
> doesn't care for my Bueschers. He loves his 1964 King Super 20 tenor and
> the Selmer Mark VI alto.
> I've favored Brilhart mouthpieces for decades. Tonalin 6 or 7 on clarinet
> and Brilhart Levelaire 6 or 7 on alto and tenor. I find that the Levelaires
> don't handle altissimo as well as some other makes, so I make be switching.
> Times change and I guess we do too. But the choice of horn and setup is
> totally personal! Like you guys don't know this!
> Jack Bryce
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis" <larrys.bands at charter.net>
> To: "Jack Bryce" <brycejo at comcast.net>
> Cc: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:16 PM
> Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Clarinet Tuning
> > Well mine isn't 100% either but it's manageable. I forgot to add that I
> > eventually had my Selmer barrel cut down which is a whole lot cheaper than
> > click barrel and is better for the sound.
> > Instruments like mouthpieces have to fit you. I have played horns that
> > others rave about and can't see much to them. That's why I still play on
> > Conn 10 M tenor rather than a Selmer or Custom Yamaha. I really like
> > for the most part but I still cling to the Conn and have never replaced
> > You might very well have played on an instrument and someone else play it
> > differently. I am convinced that what you do inside of your mouth, tongue
> > placement and bone structure make a difference as to how a particular horn
> > plays for you or in some cases don't.
> > I don't think that it's very productive to copy what someone else does
> > mouthpieces etc because it's a combination that works for you. Horns play
> > their part too. I have played several high end clarinets and didn't like
> > them as much as my 10G or my Bundy for that matter.
> > Speaking of my Bundy. If I didn't have a lot of money I would look up an
> > older Selmer Bundy. I don't think you can beat one unless you spend a
> > lot of money. At least on mine the intonation is pretty good and it has a
> > whole lot of volume with pretty good tone. I kind of like the key layout
> > too.
> > Larry
> > St. Louis
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Steve Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
> > To: "Larry Walton" <larrys.bands at charter.net>
> > Cc: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 4:18 PM
> > Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Clarinet Tuning
> > > Larry - <larrys.bands at charter.net> wrote (polite snip)
> > >
> > >> 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
> > >> since I had the original barrel joint and it appeared to be way too
> > >> I
> > >> tried several things and I remembered I had a Click Barrel that they
> > >> 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
> > >> time. The instrument played really well and I had no significant
> > >> intonation
> > >> problems from the short barrel.
> > >
> > > Hey Larry,
> > >
> > > My Selmer 10G was also a little flat, especially in the upper register.
> > > What
> > > I did was go to as Moening barrel 2 mm shorter than the Selmer Barrel
> > > came with the horn. Now the upper register is spot on, though the top
> > > notes
> > > in the lower have become slightly sharp. So I lip them down a bit. (from
> > > upwards to Bb) I also think the Moening changed my sound and volume for
> > > the
> > > better, though the classical clarinet mavens think a brand switch on the
> > > barrel is akin to heresy.
> > >
> > > Clarinets are funny beasts. I have yet to play a clarinet that is 100%
> > > tune with itself. And I always had a bit of trouble playing jazz on my
> > > 1952
> > > Buffet. After Katrina, I sent it to Sue Loerchen, who presented it to
> > > Fisher. Saw him recently on YouTube and with what looked like my trusty
> > > Buffet. He makes is sound a lot better than I ever could. :-) VBG
> > >
> > > Cheers,
> > > Steve
> > >
> > >
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