I’m looking to replace a Boosey and Hawkes “Emporer” clarinet which I have been playing for 35 years.
I have tried a number of different clarinets and am finding the same problem with them all – tuning on notes around the break and in the top register. I presume that this problem relates to the way that I play – will it improve as I get used to the clarinet that I finally purchase? – and if so, how long will it take to settle down?
Regarding your note, I think it is more a question of how you played your old clarinet than any new one you are trying. It is a simple matter of 35 years of getting and being used to the Emporer.
Why are you replacing it
And, are you interesting in replacing it or getting a new one,……. different things.
In order to merely replace, just keep trying until; you find one just like the old one.
If buying a new instrument, then why, and for what are you looking?
I do not mean to sound flip. Perhaps the best thing to do is to try them with a tuning machine, something I absolutely despise, but at least you start somewhere, although ease and the all-important resistance are of great importance.
Do you have a method for trying new instruments?
If not, you are in deep trouble, or could be. One reed,? One mouthpiece? Same reed, same mouthpiece?
For how long do you try them?
good luck, sf
Thanks for your comments.
I have found that my Emporer is out of tune – I recently had it repaired and the person who did the repair told me that I would probably continue to have tuning problems. I tried a Leblanc at his premises and discovered how beautiful it sounded! so that got me thinking!
As I have tried different clarinets (Yamaha and Buffet various models), I have always used the mouthpiece that was supplied but used my own reed. I have always had my tuning machine with me to check!
I am currently trying a Hanson T5 which has a vandoren mouthpiece RV5 (?) and I have found that the I need to use the short barrel supplied to be in tune.
I just wondered if I should expect a new clarinet to be perfect straightaway or whether there will be ‘settling in’ period.
I look forward to your comments.
Thank you for your note. I would have to hear the clarinet and play it to tell whether it might be reparable, the tuning. Probably not.
I am not familiar with your mouthpiece, perhaps I know the facing but not the name, however the mouthpiece could and frequently is the problem with intonation problems, and, you saying you need a short barrel makes me want to discard that mouthpiece out of hand.
Never use the mouthpiece supplied when trying a new instrument, rather use a favorite known for its reliability to you.
The mouthpieces that come with new clarinets are almost uniformly bad, really.
there is a very recent article which is published on my site.
The mouthpiece you use is of prime importance, almost more than the clarinet. Please accept that as gospel, with 50 years of playing and trying mouthpieces as experience.
The Yamaha is perhaps the most intune clarinet(high end), but Leblanc is excellent, but more expensive. Selmers provide excellent mouthpieces.
The best VD mouthpiece I have tried is the M113.