A New Clarinet

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From: Tyrone Price
To: sherman@clarinet.cc
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2004 6:30 PM
Subject: Concerto II

I just received my new Concerto II clarinet. I have spent the past couple of days getting used to it but I still have some questions I hope you can answer. First, as I play, water comes out of the left hand thumb hole and collecting water also make a gurgle on the A and Ab holes. Is this normal and what suggestions can you make? Next, I have been using a Vandoren 5JB Profile 88 mouthpiece. The clarinet shipped with an Eddie Daniels ED1. I’ve tried using a #3, 31/2 and 4 reed but find them hard blowing and and not satisfactory. What do you suggest? The clarinet also shipped with two barrels, a 65 and 66mm. Why? Thank you.

Ty Price
Hi Tyrone Price

First and foremost, I would suggest that you slow down with the comparisons and the mouthpiece considerations. No doubt the instrument you received is an excellent one, however some of your other considerations are perhaps incorrect.
For instance, how long have you played the clarinet?
That will tell me much.
In addition, what are you doing playing a 5JB mouthpiece?
That is a very open mouthpiece, used and probably designed by Jack Brymer a wonderfully interesting English player who played in English orchestras, yet with a decidedly open mouthpiece. If you are a young player, my advice, while not knowing you nor your playing is to stay away from that mouthpiece. Or any extreme mouthpiece. Eddie Daniels, also a wonderful player, capable of executing any style, may not make or distribute the best mouthpiece.
Next, leaking of that much water or condensaton around those tone holes signifies to me that one, you are blowing on the clarinet too much ( A NEW INSTRUMENT SHOULD BE PLAYED FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME) How do I know this? Because I have been trying and playing clarinets for more than 50 years.
And two, the condensation leaking is incorrect because it signifies something you are not doing right. Frankly I would have to see and hear you play.
The fact that in two days you have used two mouthpieces and several different reeds shows a tremendous amount of enthusiasm certainly, however if you go too quickly the mind is such that it will not be able to rocess that much information. It is a fact. Go quite slowly, put the clarinet away after a while and do something else. Do not make important decisions concerning a new instrument without playing on it slowly and contemplatively and with plenty of rest.
Think of a lovely new puppy dog. Would you attempt to train it to do everything, every command, “heel” “stay” and all of the rest of those commands in one or two days. It takes months, right? So, consider a new clarinet in that manner. Actually, you are teaching yourself about this new clarinet and that takes time………and thought. Incidentally, the two barrel lengths are for pitch considerations only.

Best wishes, sf


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