Why does my young clarinet section play flat?
Beginning, grade school and junior high clarinets player are often flat because most of the manufactures of student clarinets make them with barrels that are simply too long. The young student that is just starting to produce a tone and have not developed an embouchure needs a shorter barrel. The long barrel can cause the student to develop some bad habits like biting or have the bottom lip to tight to get the pitch up creating a thin tone and hurting the response of the clarinet.
Most student clarinet come with a 65mm pr 66mm barrel these lengths of barrels usually require a stronger reed to get the pitch up and good (3 1.2 to 5 strength).
Young developing students cannot use these hard reeds so the barrels should be at least a 64mm and better yet a 63mm allowing the student to develop a more relaxed embouchure, have a better tone and use softer reeds.
Good Neighbor Restaurant Studio City California
For a few years my Sax Shop was located in the same shopping center so I ate at the Good Neighbor almost everyday. It has gone through several owners since then but my good friends Bette & Rick Nowinski have owned it for a long time now. They have done a great job fixing the restaurant up and expanding it to offer better service.
I till mostly have the same breakfast when I go there now since it is not that close to where I live.
Egg Beaters mixed with mushrooms and American Cheese lightly cooked, generally with burned French Fries, an English Muffin well done with extra butter and Ice Tea. NOt healthy but it sure is good …..
Introduction to Places a FatMan Eats
I am going to be starting up my original “Places a FatMan Eats” as anyone who knows me I do love to eat. I do not have a great pallet or do not look for great chefs.. I just go to different restaurants and eat. If I like it I will tell you and if I don’t I will say nothing.
My friend Darryl has been looking up restaurants and taking me out to lunch. And I swear you cannot always judge the restaurant buy it’s cover. Some do not look so good from the outside and the food is great and some look great the food is just so-so.
I hope to talk about restaurants where the food and service are good.
Jazz musicians must have a since of humor.
There is the story of the famous jazz musician that was asked, “why do you play Jazz?” Now the guy that asked him was expecting “I love the music or Jazz moves me” but his answer was surprising “Because I don’t like crowds”
Saxophone right hand key noise and bounce..
A lot of manufactures and repairmen let the cork under the right hand keys bounce against the main body of the saxophone. This creates two things: Noise and bounce in the right hand keys when they are lifted. The fix is very simple: just glue a piece of soft felt to the main body of the saxophone under the key. The noise will likely go away and it might help a little with the bounce of the keys in the right hand.
Dealing with Retail Stores
For the past several years I have nothing but trouble dealing with Retail stores so I am now selling direct only!
The prices on this site are the Distributor prices and there are no middlemen to make the prices high and at my age it is better to keep things simple. I will have only 3 or 4 other places you ca purchase my products and they will be able to offer you these great prices.
Protecting you saxophone neck.
Over the years I have seen most repair problem and a lot of different kinds of damage to saxophones. How to protect the saxophone neck.
This is a list of a few ways to destroy your saxophone neck and a couple way to avoid the damage.
* Carry it in the outside of a soft bag or a bag with a soft pocket. When damage is done to a neck it is highly likely that the neck cannot be made to the original condition. Just can’t! When you use a soft bag or case without proper protection for the pockets put the neck in the bell of the saxophone! I have over the years seen many saxophones run over by cars, thrown against walls and even stepped on by an elephant. When the neck was in the bell they survived the damage. If you have a neck you like it is more important that the saxophone itself. Always protect the neck and mouthpiece. When I travel and need to check my saxophone I always carry the neck and mouthpiece in my carryon. Loose the sax, who cares, loose the mouthpiece or neck you cry. There are dozens of bags on the market that will carry your mouthpiece and neck. When you are carrying the sax put it in the bell, when you check the sax put the bag in your carryon….
I make a neck case for alto or tenor that is wood and will help protect the necks you love.
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