Tag: backun

Goldilocks and the Three Barrels

Actually this Goldilocks had many more than three barrels to try! I’ve been trying barrels. Again. Yes, again. More Morales-Backuns, ie MoBa. Grenadilla and Cocobolo this time. The trickiest part is to get the right tightness in the most responsive…

Clarinet Breeds and Behaviors

Tom Blodgett wrote a concise and perceptive categorization of the tone and other characteristics of the “big three” clarinet makers: Buffet, Selmer and Yamaha. The context was a discussion of the rise of custom clarinet makers, with particular mention of…

Project and Practice Update Nov 5

I’ve been overwhelmed the past week with my room being repaired and painted. It’s amazing how disruptive those changes can be to a regular and focused practice schedule. Plus I realized that I have recently been changing too many parameters…

George Manahan

George Manahan conducts the Columbus Symphony Orchestra tonight and tomorrow, May 29 and 30, in an all Beethoven program which includes the infamous 5th symphony and the lyrical 3rd piano concerto with Orli Shaham as soloist. Working with George Manahan…

Backun Fever II

For the past few months I’ve been testing and acquiring barrels and bells from Backun Musical Services in Burnaby Canada. In this post, I discuss the pros and cons of Backun clarinet parts, and I also detail what to keep…

Backun Fever

A few years ago I attended the annual Clarinet Festival, a huge multi-national event for clarinetists, by clarinetists and attended by thousands of clarinetists. It springs up in a different city and country late each summer. That year it was…