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bass clarinet

  1. How do I play with an almost horizontal Bass Clarinet mouthpiece?

    Concert band is starting up this year again for high school, and my band teacher gave me a really nice bass clarinet. The only problem is, the neck makes the mouth piece almost 100% horizontal, and the looseness of the mouthpiece and neck also make it fall. Before when I played in middle school...
  2. TyrVarg

    Selmer USA bass clarinet model woes

    I was just lucky enough to inherit a bass clarinet in excellent condition, however, going down the rabbit hole of attempting to identify the model beyond "It's a Selmer USA" has me going in circles. I was able to identify all of my late uncle's other obscure saxes and clarinets easily but this...
  3. Tone hole in the bell

    Why do some bass clarinets have holes in the bell and others do not? Is the presence or absence of a hole in the bell an indication of the quality of the horn one way or the other?
  4. Wilmington Low C by Music Medic

    I have searched all over the internet for a few days now and can't find any independent reviews of the Wilmington Low C bass clarinet by Music Medic. https://www.musicmedic.com/catalog/product/view/id/45458/s/the-wilmington-bass-clarinet-low-c/category/263/ It looks like a great horn. It's...
  5. mmatisoff

    Bass clarinet pad leads

    I own a used Vito Reso-tone bass clarinet. I've taken it to two different repair techs. The first tech said he repaired the bent keys and leaking pads. Unfortunately, the poor guy didn't do it right, so I had to bring it back to him. He still didn't know how to fix bent keys and didn't see that...
  6. mmatisoff

    Rose Etudes

    I'm nearing the completion of the Rose Etudes 32 and 40. Can you recommend more etudes (or anything else) that will enable me to continue advancing in my studies. I play Bb and bass clarinet. Thanks
  7. mmatisoff

    Bass clarinet register key

    I just received my used Vito-Reso bass. It's in great shape and sounds good. It has all new pads. It plays fine except for one thing... The register key. It is positioned lower than the thumb key forcing me to slide my thumb downward (over the thumb key) to hit the register key. Is there a way...
  8. jasonalder

    Vintage Leblanc catalogues

    I'm looking for any and all vintage Leblanc sales catalogues, ads, pricelists, posters, reviews, articles, etc., specifically from the 1930s-1970s, but I'll also gladly take more recent things too. If anyone has any pdfs, links, or hard copy I'd be very grateful to know about it either here or...
  9. Are horizontal angled necks available for Vito Bass Clarinets or will a tech have to bend it?

    I'm new to Bass Clarinet but am a long time sax player. My main horn is tenor although I play alto with equal facility. I would prefer a more tenor-like neck entry and have actually seen some on YouTube videos, so I wonder about the chances of finding a used one to fit my Vito Resotone BC...
  10. Are there any genuine bass clarinets in C?

    Hey... new user here (couldn't find a welcome page so I said screw it). I've been playing piano for nearly 20 years, keyboard/synth for nearly 15, and organ for just over 12. Even though I could technically play just about anything with the right keyboard, I've lately been thinking about getting...
  11. MC Gregory and Kaspar BCL mpcs?

    Hello all - I recently purchased a vintage BCL with two mpcs in the case. One is an MC Gregory “4A 20M”, the other is a Kaspar “Superb *”. Can anyone give me information on these? I am a professional woodwind doubler, and am familiar with MC Gregory as a sax mpc maker. I also know Kaspar...
  12. Please Help

    Does anyone know how I can smoothly go from a low F to a low Eb easily? I am using a Bb Bass Clarinet and I have small hands and I have trouble reaching the low keys for my right pinky. Everytime I try to do it I end up missing the Eb. Any suggestions at all are greatly appreciated.
  13. Help identifying a Bass clarinet Brand

    I’m starting a new job at a high school and I’m doing inventory of the instruments we have in the closet. I come across a very vintage looking bass clarinet case, and inside is a one piece bass clarinet with all the necessary parts. The problem is that the serial number only has four digits...
  14. Bass Clarinet Resistant Just Above the Break

    I play on an old Selmer Low C bass clarinet that my school owns. The instrument plays pretty well in all ranges except for just above the break. The range from B to the D just above the break is really resistant and hard to play in, especially with regards to dynamic control and tone quality...
  15. Bass Clarinet neck screw broken

    My bass clarinet has 2 screws to hold the neck in place. One of the screws (left side) broke off. I asked my band teacher and he says its fine and it doesn't actually hold the neck to the body. I'm still worried about it and what should I do? Should I go over to where i got the clarinet (ted...
  16. Selmer Paris bass clarinet A series

    Dear forum, I am able to buy a Selmer Paris bass clarinet with serial number A1xxx. According to the serial number lists it is from 1978. Is it worth 2000 dollars or is that to much for a almost 40 years old instrument. They say it is just checked by a professional. kind regards Johan
  17. Looking at mics

    I play bass clarinet and soprano clarinet, and would like to start recording myself playing. Started to look into microphones only to realize there is a huge variety and I dont know what to choose, after a little research I believe a large condenser mic is recommended (correct if wrong), I am...
  18. Help Playing the Rose Étude #1 (from 32 Rose Etudes) for High School Audition

    Hi there, I am playing the first Rose Étude from 32 Rose Etudes for my high school band audition (I play bass clarinet). I can play most of it decently, but I struggle with playing the thirty-second notes. Even though it's just a scale (sort of), my fingers always screw it up some how. I'm...
  19. Have a hard time playing high notes on Bb Bass Clarinet above high F

    Dear Everyone, I've been having a hard time playing high notes above F on my Bb Bass Clarinet. I think it's my embouchure and I need tips on how to play any high notes above the high F. I've bought a new DARK Rovner ligature and a Yamaha 4C Mouthpiece for Bb Bass Clarinet, but it's still fairly...
  20. Bb, Eb Alto Bass Clarinet play old school video games tunes

    https://youtu.be/UTpTfLuClNA Four clarinets (B flat, E flat, Alto and Bass) and one accordion find their way inside classic video games: Castlevania (the original), Super Mario Theme, Super Mario underwater, Legend of Zelda Outset Island theme from the Windwaker, Zelda's Lullaby, and the Legend...
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