[Dixielandjazz] October 21 Birthdays
Stephen G Barbone
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue May 11 14:06:05 PDT 2010
On May 11, 2010, at 11:46 AM, Allan Brown wrote:
> Thanks Steve,
> A quick scan through the list confirms my suspicions. What a bunch
> of losers!
> Steve, while I have your attention could I run a quick question by
> you. I bought an Buffet E11 clarinet a few months ago which is a
> real step up from what I was using previously. It came with a
> leather ligature and I think a Vandoren 5V mouthpiece. I'm pretty
> much a complete novice on the clarinet so I'm working in the dark
> here, but I seem to squeeking an awful lot on this set up. I did
> return to the metal ligature for a while, but it went with my old
> clarinet which I sold a couple of weeks ago I've been forced to use
> the leather one again. My on-line researches reveal they get a good
> write up from most so I figure it's probably just down to me
> adjusting to both a new mouthpiece, clarinet and ligature all at once.
> I've got my first public performance this Sunday and I'm getting
> concerned that the only creatures who'll enjoy my piece will be
> mice, or perhaps bats. Do you have any thoughts on the leather
> ligature issue? My best short term solution is just to play the
> piece a lot slower than I'd like. That eliminates the worst of it.
> Allan Brown
You are welcome Allan.
The squeaks may come from air leaks in the clarinet. Whenever I start
to get squeaks, I generally always trace them to a worn pad, or other
air leak source.
Also, if the Buffet fingering is tight (not much room between keys)
you may inadvertently be hitting 2 keys at once generating a leak.
That started happening to me on my trusty Buffet about 15 years ago as
my fingers were thickening with age. I ended up buying a Selmer 10G
which has a wide bore and a wide outside diameter. It is more
comfortable for my thick fingers.
I can no longer play any Buffet I have tried recently. I end up
hitting 2 keys at once and get squeaks on them.
So I now use two Selmers. The 10G as the main horn and an older wide
bore Series 9 as a backup.
It may be the mouthpiece, but probably not the ligature. If the
mouthpiece gives you a lot of resistance, try changing it.
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