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From: "Dave Spiegelthal"
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 09:58:12 -0400
Subject: Re: [CB] Contra mouthpiece/harder reeds

     A mouthpiece can certainly be refaced to be more closed, as well as more
open.  However, I disagree that a mouthpiece necessarily has to be more close to
use harder reeds --- another option is to use a longer facing.  I've taken this
approach with a Bundy 3 mouthpiece I refaced to use on my 'new' EEb contra-alto
clarinet.  I made the facing considerably longer and somewhat more open too, and
I use #4 or 4-1/2 reeds on it with no problem.
     As for ligatures, the advantage of having the screw(s) on top is thatit
eliminates the tendency to pinch the 'hump' of the reed (the middle of the
width) which can happen when the clamp is at the bottom.
     Dave Spiegelthal
     Calverton, VA

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