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Topic: Clarinet Player in need of help, FAST
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posted: 6/20/2005 at 10:20:50 PM ET
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I've been playing clarinet for three years as part of my school band, and now I'm heading off to high school. Of course, I've had the same Selmer CL300 clarinet for three years, and as much as I love it, I'm not sure if I should get a new one, rent it for longer, or buy it. It's a good clarinet, and I love playing it, but sometimes I sound muffled or I can't reach the high register as I would like to easily. I can play almost every note, but it's hard to reach the higest notes on it. I'm not sure if it's me, since I can sometimes, or it's the clarinet. Any suggestions as to what I should do? Recommendations for a brand or type of clarient would help, since i need to know by tomorrow if i'm going to let the rental company take it with the rest of the instruments.

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posted: 6/21/2005 at 5:45:32 PM ET
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I play flute so i can't give you info on how to play your clarinet. However if you're worried about the qulaity clarinet I woul ask a PROFESSIONAL CLARINET PLAYER. Maybe one at the music store. Just know, if you're getting a new instrument it will take some time getting use to. My advice would be to get a better brand ( I hear selmer is for beginners, not entirely sure.) and work really hard at it. But then again I don't play clarinet. So make sure you ask a professional and do what you're comfortable with. Just because they might say selmer isn't a very good brand doesn't mean you HAVE to get another one. If you feel you'd be more comfortable with your regular clarinet keep it for another year or 2. Hope I helped!


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posted: 6/21/2005 at 11:28:49 PM ET
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The Selmer is a good horn although I personally don't care for Selmer Clarinets.If you are having trouble in the high range (this is a mystery because I don't what you mean by high. Top line F? C above the staff? Above high C?)There may be reed issues (too soft or hard), embouchure issues, or adjustment issues with the horn itself that may be preventing you from playing high. Make sure the problem is not one of the above before you invest a lot of money in a new horn.
The Selmer you have is a plastic clarinet. Do not buy another plastic horn. You gain no advantage. I would buy a wood horn if you are getting a new one. I like the Noblet 40 or 45 and the Normandy 4. Buffett makes good horns also. The E13 and R series are very good (but pricey). Yamaha makes good wood clarinets.
Keep your Selmer for marching band (if you have marching band). Outside weather is not good for wood horns. While it won't ruin it, weather changes CAN adversly affect wood clarinets. When my students buy a wood clarinet they keep the student line plastic horn to use outside. Consult your band director for what he/she prefers.

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