Clarinet Tone Talk 9: Testing Barrels -first phrase of Brahms Eb Sonata

This week I would like to indulge your ears once again in helping me gain perspective on my own tone.

I tested several barrels, playing the first phrase of the Brahms Eb clarinet Sonata. (which is a good test for evenness and pitch for any equipment) They all sound similar, for which I apologize. Also, please keep in mind these are recorded without reverb or any enhancements, meaning they sound a bit naked.

By the way, for those interested in the identity of the players from Tone Talk 7: Brahms Eb Sonata, the first player is Karl-Heinz Steffens, the second is Harold Wright.

Barrel 1

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Barrel 2

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Barrel 3

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Would you like to share practice ideas with other musicians? You could do so at the Practice Café.

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

5 comments for “Clarinet Tone Talk 9: Testing Barrels -first phrase of Brahms Eb Sonata

  1. Joel
    January 29, 2012 at

    Thanks for the enjoyable clips. What are the respective barrels you were testing, if you recall? Best wishes,

  2. September 10, 2011 at

    Selmer made huge improvments since last ten years !Yamaha make a nice job too

  3. Bob Pfeifer
    November 17, 2010 at

    It was close between #2 and #3 for me…but I lean towards 3. Both seem to provide good evenness, but 3 gave a more centered/focused sound to my ears. Didn’t like #1 as much, not as even and perhaps a little more “thin” to me; also, #1 was a bit more “pitchier” to me than the other 2.

    • November 18, 2010 at

      Thanks Bob. Believe it or not, I’m back to my Selmers again. They just play incredibly well. I’d rather find equipment to make them sound great then deal w Buffet inconsistencies.

Comments are closed.