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Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 19:49:17 -0600 (MDT)
From: Shouryu Nohe <>
Subject: Re: [CB] Student model instrument vs professional model

On Sat, 8 Apr 2000, LynnEttte Mueller wrote:

> My question does not concern my contra-alto clarinet, but I assume it
> applyies to any instrument.  How many and/or what type
> problems/difficulties can a person expect to have when you switches from
> playing a student model instrument to a professional one.

If you're accustomed to tempering the scale of a student instrument, you
may find yourself unconciously tempering the scale of your professional
instrument, which will require much less or no tempering at all.

J. Shouryu Nohe
Professor of SCSM102, New Mexico State Univ.
"I don't know, and I don't have an opinion." - Jet Black

Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2000 00:03:38 -0400
From: Edward Branham <>
Subject: Re: [CB] contrabassclarinetmouthpieces

There are very few commercial alternatives available for contra
clart.mouthpieces.  Vito has one which is most likely identical to the
LeBlanc (other than the logo).  Clark Fobes (link below sells one.  I
believe that the Woodwind brand has one also.  Both should be available
from The Woodwind & Brasswind (  ).

Along a different route, take an 'extra' of your present favorite
(Selmer C* for instance).  Send it a mouthpiece re-facer who (1) does
re-facings for low clarts., (2) can be convinced to do one for you,  (3)
will listen to what you believe are the strengths & weaknesses of that
particular piece, and (4) will ask about what you would like to
accomplish with a new piece.

Some likely places to try:

Good Luck!

Edward Branham


From: "Ulrich Drechsler" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 11:59:02 +0200
Subject: Re: [CB] contrabassclarinetmouthpieces

Hi Edward,

Your're right, it would be the best thing to contact a re-facer. I called
last week Francois Louis in Belgium (Joe Lovano plays wooden F.Louis
mouthpieces). I'll meet him in the next few month. There's also another
great guy in Switzerland (Heinz Furrer).

Here in Europe the problem is that contrabass- and contra-altoclarinets are
uncommon, so there're only a few people who have information about these
It was nearly the same situation with finding a bassclarinetmouthpiece when
I started to play ten years ago. In Austria and Germany the german system is
common, also on the bassclarinet and the mouthpieces are totally different.
So over the year I collected about 50 mouthpieces to find just one or two
which I really like.


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