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Plasticover Reeds

I was asked if Plasticover Reeds are good for beginners.

The short answer is NO!  Plasticover reeds respond differently, have a different sound and can make playing the instrument more difficult,

Now having said that I play Plasticover reeds on both clarinet and baritone saxophone.  I am likely one of the few people on the planet that play Plasticover reeds on a clarinet but I produce a respectable tone and have good control with the reeds.

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Mel’s Diner

I had dinner last night at Mel’s Diner on Sunset.. it was fun… I had Goat Cheese and Turkey Sliders… It had a lot of green stuff on it… I usually don’t eat things that are green, first time I ever tried that…

8585 Sunset Blvd.

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Expanding

I am now expanding my repair shop in Torrance.  Got so busy I need more room to keep things straight.
I am doing saxophone mechanical overhauls and have many new exciting pads for better response and to prevent sticking.

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Clarinet Poster CL-204

Clarinet Poster CL-204
Now I know I  am going to hear from clarinet players… but having played the clarinet for over 60 years I believe I understand the beast.

It is called the “Mystery Stick”, “My Worst enemy” and it goes on and on.. The clarinet is likely the most difficult of all the woodwinds to play (I don’t care what the Oboe and Bassoon players say) it is really hard.

One day it is your friend and the next it is like it never heard of you!

So there are many times in my life I wanted to do this with my clarinet so I thought it would be nice to share it with the world.

Clarinet where it should be!

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Common clarinet repair mistakes: Article No. 1

Pad Cup

Common clarinet repair mistakes: Article No. 1

One of the most common mistakes made by many repairmen is they use a pad that is too large for the 1st finger left hand key under the throat A key.  This is the tone hole that allows the open G to speak and if the pad is too large the throat G will be stuffy.  This pad should be just big enough to cover the tone hole and not hang over the pad cup.

This is likely the only key you would like the pad and pad cup to be the same size.
The J. L Smith Valentino Master Series Pad – Tan/Cork – .110” pad is great for this key.  It is smooth and there is not fish skin to start to make the note stuffy.
Pad Cup

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D’Addario-Rico Products

It is great to have the D’Addario-Rico Products in stock.  I am matching the pricing for all the catalog companies and have all the Rico traditional reeds in stock. I will be getting the Plasticover, Rico Royal, Mitchel Lurie etc, next month.
Please check this site for availability.
Also have the Rico H-Ligatures & Srtaps