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« on: July 09, 2017, 03:19:01 AM »
Hello everyone, hope all of you are doing well!!


I want to express an issue that i am trying to deal with! This is happening for a long period of time now. I have an old Buffet A clarinet in excellent condition serviced by the best tech here in Greece. I play with the same mouthpiece (Vandoren B45 Lyre) on both my Bb and A clarinet. With the same set up (mouthpice & reed) my Bb plays perfectly and when i switch to the A the sound becomes really acute and the clarinet tends to squeak from the G (high register and above). I am trying to control it with my mask but that doesn't allow me to play freely. I have tested all the reeds, i have come to the conclusion that on this particular instrument the ''Tsalikis reeds'' # 1,25 fits better i can play generally..But it is not perfect..This clarinet has a lot more to give..Perhaps i need to search for other mouthpieces..What are your thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2017, 05:30:20 AM »
Orchestral players typically use the same mouthpiece on their A and Bb clarinets, but their clarinets are typically matched sets from the manufacturer.

It's truly amazing how much difference different mouthpieces can make in the perforance of a clarinet, even two of the same make and model. It sounds like this clarinet wants a different mouthpiece than your Bb, and you'll probably have to explore a little to find its best match.

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2017, 09:25:13 PM »
I fully agree with Arnold ... i generally use a 5jb for my DO, Bb and LA but I find a specific 5jb plays better with each of those 3 ... it takes trial and error to find which s best ... the other thing I have noticed .. for my playng ... my DO sounds best with a slightly smaller chambered mouthpiece and can play well with a slightly more closed (than a 5jb) piece such as a B45 lyre ... the LA on the other hand, needs a 5jb or even a 7jb which is more open, but best with a 5jb .... I recently found a sol klarino and find it is best with a 7jb .... so .. to Arnold's point .. try different mouthpieces, more open than the B45 you are using now ...


Also ..... be sure there arent any leaks ... a tiny leak can make a huge difference ...

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2017, 05:04:21 AM »
Thanks for your replies guys...Yes i have come to the conclusion that it needs a little bit more open mouthpiece and i am going to try it out some to find the perfect combo. It is really amazing how much role can these small details can play..Really amazing!

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2017, 06:12:51 AM »
Also ..... be sure there arent any leaks ... a tiny leak can make a huge difference ...

Good point. I missed this, probably because you said the clarinet has recently been serviced. But when you have squeak issues in particular regions of the clarinet, this is an important aspect to check. Also note that not only do you have to check the mechanism for any leaks, check your fingers too - the A is a slightly different spacing than a Bb. I occasionally have problems because some of my finger tenons were tied together by a surgeon who was thinking of grip strength, not independent motion (while I was out and unable to comment), and it is hard for me to move one finger without affecting the placement of its neighbor.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2017, 09:56:05 AM »
good advise above. the first thing came to mind was "leaks", and like Arnold noted i took it out of the equation because it was serviced.  but you just never know!
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2017, 08:24:17 PM »
Great advice.  Sounds like a leak to me too.  Besides the pads, check the corks, see if there is any sloppiness in the mechanisms. Anywhere there is a screw holding a pad-mechanism.  Probably a long shot but worth checking.

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2017, 06:04:25 AM »
It could be a leak, but because the squeeks are on high G and up that is less likely.  Most commonly if you had a leak that high on the instrument it would affect the lower notes also. 

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2017, 12:39:29 PM »
Φέρτο απο δω, να στο κάνω εγώ να παίζει αϊδόνια χαχαχαχ :beer: :beer:

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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2017, 08:30:39 AM »
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2017, 09:46:00 AM »
Φέρτο απο δω, να στο κάνω εγώ να παίζει αϊδόνια χαχαχαχ :beer: :beer:


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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2017, 02:27:06 AM »
There isn't a leak guys!


For instance i have found now some reeds and the clarinet plays as hell!! Probably is the set up!!


Thank you all for the advices!!

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2017, 04:54:08 AM »
I believe that. The more I learn about reeds and mouthpieces, the more mystified I am. I just bought a Hammerschmidt Bb, and from various boxes of reeds I have accumulated experimenting, the ones I cannot use on my G are the ones that work best on this one.    :huh:

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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2017, 09:23:57 AM »
I believe that. The more I learn about reeds and mouthpieces, the more mystified I am. I just bought a Hammerschmidt Bb, and from various boxes of reeds I have accumulated experimenting, the ones I cannot use on my G are the ones that work best on this one.    :huh:


I agree...And also this is the magic about it...All the time trying new set ups, mouthpieces, reeds, ligatures etc to find the best set up for each one...

 

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