Resonance in Denver

December 29, 2015

†his is a true story for my son, who learned to play the Diesel game from an idiot in the family.

During the 80s, if you are or were of that time, distances across mountain areas covered with ice and snow and a scary place called Wolf Creek Pass, 10 thousand feet high covered with snow and ice, iy semed inconsequential, a long hilly drive, a few hours from where we lved in Durango, Colorado. What it was, was an eight hour scary drive. When your 82, you dont even think about it. It lies in a white snowdrift of the past, way past reason.

30 or 40 years ago, it seemed like nothing. And there was a Diesel in Denver that  could be available to me.
A diesel, the first one was an exciting thought. The idea of a car that ran on fuel that would not light if you threw a match in it, was both cmforting to a family man, seemingly much safer than driving on gasoline, and much more economical.
The only problem which could happen was getting water mixed in with the fuel, or very frigid temperatures during whic time the fuel could suffer and cause the same problem.
Water and Diesel dont go together. I remember reading that Rudolf Diesel, maybe thats his name) drowned from jumpimg into the oceanDiesel and water, or Diesel in water, dont do well..

more than anything, the thought ws of a different kinf of car, something really rare, and it was a Fench car, from a place where I had studied and played music Peugeot was its name.
Driving arounf western colorado in that thing was euphoric, at least in thought.

I GOT TO THE DEALERSHIP BEFORE THEY CLOSED< AND WAS BACK ON THE ROAD IN MY NEW peugeot in an hour, driving quickly though the manual transmission, tough noticing almost constatt vibration through the entire vehicle. Noisy as well. The only saving grace was the diminishing noiseas zI went faster.
I got about halfway to Durango when Isimply changed my mind. It became a rattly noidy clttery drive.

So, being nuts, I changed my mind, turned back to Denver, found the shop still open and tried to return the thing.I was confronted with a large person of indeterminute background . He simply called the vibration something else, He called it resonance, pronounced nicely , with command. It sound much nicer, more gentle and correct, than vibration.

So, convinced, i drove the resonant pile of vibration back to Durango, al in the same night, and had achieve my fist Diesel.
Besdes being resonant, one cannot have a flat tire fixed because there is nor gas station having the tools thatfir the rim/

an one more thing, there were only one station that sold diesedl fuel with a filler that would fit into the small gas tsnk of my car.

But things have improved, or at least changed. Diesel was about 37 cents a gallon at the thime. The folks in Detroit grabbed that dog like a bone and made the fuel more expensive than ordinary gasoline. Diesel fuel is now more expensive that gasoline.

So, with Diesek, oneis driving something different, and on a highway in the West one might not find a deisel station for many miles.




Heartwood Heroines

December 1, 2015


For the past month we have had rebovations, a new floor had to be installed on the second floor. While the renivations went on for seven days, about a dozen or so residents were moved to the basement. All the needs of some 15 residents were taken care of there, in the basement. Somehow, we all got through it,but we had help fromtwo Heartwood Heroines.

They are Crystal and Angela,Every morning , early morning, Crystal would bring coffee for Everyone and cold fresh water. This transpired before the sun came up, and the coffee stayed until it was all used. Not part of her work. She took it upon herself, and it brought comfort. But sh was always Extra available, and it was a great pleasure to see her, Each and every morning.

She has the gift of satifaction taken fron helping others. Angeka knows and does everything, quickly and efficiently, and one can always tell when she is on the scene as she possess a srong and carrying voice. When I first entered, it seemed cold all the time, My feet, and all the rest seemed frozen . When we met, she took two heated blankets and wrapped me from head to toe in them. Surprised, but amused and heated, I was delighted to be warm and to meet this lovely and enduring two heroes of Heartwood


November 16, 2015

G clarinet.

This is really a historic tale.  sixty to 80 years ago there was an almost fierce competition beween Selmer and Buffet

Most clarinetists playing in symphony orchestras in the US played the Buffet clarinet, almost specifically the R13 model.

Gigliotti, principal in Philadelphia played the Buffet as did all others playing in virtually all US orchestras. This was when I first began to learn to play, and of course, what I wound up with was the Selmer. Why?

Because , living in Boston, where all the setion played Selmer, this was my sspration, tp play Selmer, which I finally did, after much searching.

But, as a young man, I knew of the Buffet and its use in most other US orchestras.

Of course, this has all changed now, starting with the arrival of the Selmer 10G, refering to Gigliotti in Philadelphia. Selmer, it is said, actually produced a Buffet copy, or one that was fairly close in response, to his Buffet.

The production at first, quite successful, and some played and responded very well. Others did not. I had two sets of these and frankly, didnt play well well enough to discrn the difference. At that time, we all played in university=conservatory orchestras, and frankly, unless hearing the horn played in an orchestra, a professional ensemble, your guess was as good as mine.

What has transpired since the has or have been vast improvements in all instruments, prices rising accordingly until now and including all manufacturers all clarinets have improvd exponentially , and many different orchestral players perform on both or wither of the different bore, producing a more mellow sound with better resonance. Comparison, these days is simply a matter of ones opinion, and it is all of that, nothing more.

Of course, mouthpieces and reeds have also changed exponentially, and of course, reeds made of artifical material, not cane, but a mixture of cane and plastics of all kinds. Literally everything has changed, especially all materials, wooden instruments are still favored, but many are made fromhard rubber, whichis much easier to,machine nd finshe and stands the rigors of tempeature changes much better than wood. What mouthpiece doyou play? Instrument, and reeds ae the question. Everyone learns to play very well, but the diminished number of professional orchestras are all mitigating factors. that is the whole story of SELMER AND BUFFET


sherman friedland

All Saints Day, Is it over? Promise?

November 1, 2015

imagesIf I neverI see Jamie Lee Curtis scream and Donald Pleasance murder Michael Myers , haunting the streets of Haddonfield, cloaked in darkness and blood, it will be too soon!!

Here, in Heartwood and Cornwall, and indeed all of Canada, this calm Catholic All saints day is celebrated with an endless bloody fear fest that is truly frightening. There is a ghostly lady, walking rhtythmically, in short steps throughout the halls, intoning a kind of mantra and looking for an elevator, pressing the code button, never getting the right numbers, and trying to get out. She goes from one elevator to another mumbling continuously.

Someone else likes to pilfer through my toilet articles, sometimes taking and or dropping a bottle. I will not see the person for a few days after. She is boh present and totally absent. So, in several aspects, Mickael Meyers is on the premises, especially at Halloween.

Last night, I went to bed late . There came two wiches, dressed as psw personal service workers. Have a happy Halloween, one said,(her tail seductively twitching) and I replied that I do not celerbrate this day of days. It has been disturbubgly  unsettling, especially being in this long term care center. Now, it is November 1st . And perfectly coordinated with the changing of the time. Of course, everyone forgot and the morning was endless.

Nobodyhad had their coffee and seemed very kind, though uncoordinated.

Even when a younger person, I had no care for this holiday, which has been turned into a festival of blood and gore.

We turned our lights out and kept no light in the window for these poor kids, dragging their parents from door to door.

And now, thanks to walmart and the other department stores, it has become a huge moneymaker, leading up to, but not separated from Christmas, celebrated with long lines of inflatable toys, and snowmen.

The personal service workers, incredibly kind, and you know who you are, wlike to talked about, and are richly deserving of praise and gratitude/   But, dont mention my name.

That would be uncanadian, or unforgivable.

Read my lips. Read my blog.

I love you.

sherman , Heartwood

I Have a Leblanc Clarinet

September 28, 2015

Dear Professor Friedland ;

I have a Leblanc B flat clarinet that I would like to sell. It is an L7 model and is in excellent condition. I had the horn refurbished for my daughter when she was in high school.

I have not played the horn in a number of years, but tried it recently and the sound is excellent. I had the horn appraised at one of our local music stores and they said I could expect to perhaps get $1,000 – $1,200.

However, I just found your site and feel that you will know more about the value of my horn. The silver keys look like new and there are no cracks in the wood. The cork looks to be in great condition and I have recently greased the corks. The pads are in good condition also. Please let me know what you think a good value would be and if you know of anyone that would like to make this purchase. G V

First and foremost, the clarinet has no sound, per se. none whatever.The sound is made by the player, using a reed and a mouthpiece.

The Leblanc has always had the best built clarinet made in France.Far better in tune than any other, the L7 was one of their very best, of which I have owned several sets, one of which had been made with rollers between the little finger keys, perhaps a conversion from another fingering system, but these and other L7 were simply superior.

The Leblanc which was most successful was the Opus, designed by the brilliant William Ridenour whil he was with Leblanc , also the Sonata and several other models.

The intonation being almost perfect, was the factor for which they stand alone.

Hope this has been of some help.

stay well, sherman

The tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth

September 28, 2015

With them in hand, I took handitransit downtown to go to the dentist

With traffic stopped on Pitt St, I took myself in my power chair aross the street, but the office had a stair over which my chair would not go, so, finally, against all city regulations, the dentist came out and lifted me over the stair, and I was in.

I held them in a little plastic cup and he looked on wih coniderable disdain, and said I can do nothing with these, they are useless, and then took an Xray, told me of the decay underone prior root canal, while I held them up and said,

But they have been to Carnegie Hall, adding , many times, plus literally hundreds of performing spaces all over the world. a blank, slightly scornful mouth, turning down at the corners,looked back at me.

When we were little children, my mther used to scream, , you kids took all my calcium, which I why I have no teeth, may she RIP.

We all know people who go through with no dental problems, literally none whatsoever, but the rest suffer with drilling and the rest of the that other expensive and ultimately useless procedure after procedure , while the perpetrator of this painful procedure buys another boat or plane , or whatever..

That first tooth reolacement was only one of very msny, some failed, some successful, but none lasting. Still, I loved the clarinet, went rapidly through the development of the necessary, loved music even more, and have had more then 60 years of music, which s better, much better.

So, keep practicing and take good care of your tooths

Stay well.

sherman friedland, at Heartwood

RIDENOUR C clarinet and Esperanza

September 17, 2015

Hi Mr Friedland

I have just ordered a ridenour C clarinet and Bb Speranza (a discontinued model similiar to the 576bc at a very good price). My main music interests are klezmer, jazz, band and pop tunes. Would having a C and Bb clarinet cover all my bases, or would it be worthwhile to purchase an A clarinet sometime down the line even though (at least at the moment) have no interest in orchestral playing? In other words, should my next clarinet be another Bb with different characteristics, or an A clarinet. Can a C clarinet play the A clarinets parts? Also, are you familiar with the Speranza clarinet at all and if so what’s your opinion. Thanks in advance, Eli

It is very interesting, but it is a very simple recommendation to make. Tom has solved the problem, actually a long time past. I have played all of the many models he has produced and/or designed, including the Opus, my best clarinets. THE best clarinet.

William Ridenour is the best designer of clarinets in the surrent era.

The material he uses in all his intruments is more stable in all ways, than any other used to make clarinets. Of course, it is hard rubber, or ebonite, which is as stable, and will not crack, will not crack or shatter in any way, and is virtually impervious to temperature changes.

Take all of that to the bank, as they say. Enjoy them.

All good wishes.