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What is your Clarinet setup ?

#61
Ya. I'm jealous, I want more instruments!!! I could just quit music school HAHA ... that would give me an "extra" 15-20K per year.
 

Tammi

Private woodwind instructor
#64
My main clarinet is a Selmer Signature. Currently I'm enjoying a Portnoy 3, Bonade or Rovner lig, and either Vandoren trad. 3.5's or V16 3's.

I have 10 other soprano clarinets in Albert and Boehm systems that I doodle around with from time to time.
 

Dave Dolson

Distinguished Member
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#66
Clarinetfellow: Welcome aboard.

The original question was about your set-up . . . meaning, what mouthpiece, ligature, and reed do you use? Maybe more importantly . . . why? You may want to tell us your skill-level and what type of music you play with your Buffet.

For example, I've been playing for 50 years - mostly soprano saxophone. But my clarinet is a Buffet RC Prestige (backed up by an R-13, a Silver-King, and a couple of Albert Systems - Conn and Buescher). I use a Vandoren 66 mouthpiece with a soft Fibracell reed and usually a metal two-screw ligature. I play exclusively traditional (New Orleans style) jazz. DAVE
 
#67
In the clarinet case for concert band: Ridenour Lyrique, Morgan RM15, Gonzalez FOF 2.75.
In the alto sax claripack case for big band: Leblanc Classic II, Morgan and Gonzalez. Ligs are Bonade and Luyben.

Note: this does not indicate that I think the Leblanc is better for big band. It means I am too lazy to move clarinets from case to case, and I find both clarinets a pleasure to play.
 
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#68
My setup has changed quite a bit since I posted it over a year ago. Now I'm playing the same R13 with a Backun Fatboy barrel, Backun bell, Grabner K13 mouthpiece, BG lig, Vandoren V12 3.5, and a Ton Kooiman thumb rest. All of the changes have been positive in their own way and I've never been happier with my clarinet playing.
 

Ed

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#69
How do you like your Grabner?

I highly recommend his pieces for bass clarinet and am impressed with the Grabner I have for soprano clarinet.
 
#70
I play an early 80's Buffet R-13. I have Fobes barrels in 65, 66, and 67 lengths. My two favorite mouthpieces are a early 1960's Ithaca Bay and a Wells mouthpiece with a very peculiar shaped window, kinda like a keyhole slot.

I play Vandoren v12's in 3.5 or 4 depending on chops strength and a Vandoren optimum ligature with the tone plate with two rails.
 
#71
I have an plastic Accent clarinet. I don't know much about the brand, my mom got it for me back in early 2005 when I really wanted to play the clarinet.

No matter what quality of brand and model it is, it does all it needs to do for my casual clarinet playing, since I don't play it in any ensembles. (nor do I have the skill to at the moment. =P)
 

Groovekiller

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#72
Buffet R-13 clarinet, circa 1961. Wells mouthpiece refaced by Erik Greiffenhagen with a Morgan RM-28 facing. I've also used a Morgan RM-28.

I've played clarinets better than mine and I used a Vandoren B46 for years but I never found another B46 I liked as much. You're better off with the Morgan.
 
#73
Clarinet Setup

Couesnon (Monople?) Bb (and A)
Barrel looks like it could be an old Conn tuning barrel (screws up and down instead of click with a good bit of metal in it. REALLY opened my sound up! But haven't been able to find info on it anywhere.)
Genussa Excellente GE* Mouthpiece
Rico Grand Concert 3's but thinking about V12s and seeing how they do me.
 

Heckelphone

Double Reed CE
Staff member
CE/Moderator
#74
Don't even remember my soprano...

Leblanc 350; Clark Fobes "San Francisco" mpc; rovner lig; Vandoren #3 reeds :-D
 
#76
Oh, waht a brand pool!

That's mine:

1x Amati maestro m500 (Bb, full incl. flat E)
1x NoName ebonite (Bb, full, appr. 30 years old)
1x Durbin CL-116 (Bb plastic, who's figuring out this brand is a professional at all;-)
1x Weinberger (like the Durbin:)
1x ORFEI (should be Bb, on the way to a museum, it's a "well done" Ucraine instrument, appr. 10-20 yers old and in "fresh released" condition)
1x vintage German type wooden clarinet modified barrel (Bb, for france MPC bored, appr. 1910 student model)

MPCs: a few acrylic and ebonite noname (some vintage models without marking), Selmer C, Rico Royal B5, Rico La Voz, Amati ???, Vandoren B45 lyre

Remark: I'm not a professional musician, I'm a technician with historical scientific background.

kindly
Roman
 
#77
1x Buffet R13 Bb
1x Buffet E11 A
1x Ridenour Basset A
1x Woodwind Eb Soprano
1x Amati 351 C
1x Conn rubber Eb Alto
1x Leblanc Paris Eb Alto
1x Conn bass to E
1x Yamaha YCL 221II bass clarinet
1x Vito EEb Contra
1x Ridenour BBb Contra


Bobby M.
 
#79
Noblet 40 with a Vandoren B46
as well as an old Selmer Bundy

The Bundy is probably in a better state of adjustment, and it's still easily outplayed by the much more ergonomic Noblet (afterall, two summers ago, a whole colony of ants took up residence in it, with the queen's harem located in the barrel. I haven't yet gone properly through it again as it's a bit sticky)
 

Steve

Clarinet CE/Moderator
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#80
The Bundy is probably in a better state of adjustment, and it's still easily outplayed by the much more ergonomic Noblet (afterall, two summers ago, a whole colony of ants took up residence in it, with the queen's harem located in the barrel. I haven't yet gone properly through it again as it's a bit sticky)
Where were you storing that Bundy ?
 
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