Selmer, Buffet, and LeBlanc make excellent pro altos. I play a LeBlanc. Bundy is a serviceable student horn. Avoid open holes. My Walter Grabner Babbit blank mouthpiece makes all the difference in the world.
I'm quite happy with my Hemkes...:?daigle65 said:ps........don't use alto sax reeds, even thought they're exactly the same size, the slope is different.
Then I guess it depends on the mpc and type of reed.tictactux said:I'm quit happy with my Hemkes...:?
Yes, definitely. Some reeds will work better on some mouthpieces and not others. Although I play the same mouthpiece you do on alto clarinet and both Vandoren alto clarinet and alto sax reeds work great.daigle65 said:Then I guess it depends on the mpc and type of reed.
I did try both alto and tenor reeds b4 i got hold of the proper thing. Tenor were really interesting even though slightly too long for the mp and protruding too far. Both could be played in tune fairly ok (to my great surprise). I agree that "proper" alto reeds probably do get a better result but i found it to be not as huge a difference as i would have expected. I am actually considering trying the tenor reeds again with a couple mm cut off the butt end. I really liked the buzzines and extra honk i could get. I'm sure they would be totally unsuitable if i had any plan to attempt classical music on alto clarinet.ps........don't use alto sax reeds, even thought they're exactly the same size, the slope is different.
It certainly does cause a few raised eyebrows! I've found it a nice icebreaker. Everyone thinks it's beneath their dignity to get into a cutting contest with an alto clarinet. So they relax a bit and it's more fun. And maybe the music's better.Thanks Rooty, yes I do play at Jam Sessions and I should think that It would rise a few eyebrows if I would turn up with one of these at a session.
No, shouldn't. Actually, the embouchure is a bit more relaxed than on soprano clarinet, but that of course depends on the - drum roll - mouthpiece and reed.(...) but this alto, probably because of the vague resemblance to a saxophone , is growing on me but Oh Boy ! Is it difficult to produce any sound other than squeaking?
Oh, forget what other people try to tell you about value and worth. Trust your ears. Either you like it or you don't.As far as I can tell this thing is in a decent state and seals (more or less) well but it is hard to play or should I say it is hard to produce any sound other than noise.
Are they all like that? Is it me? I am wondering whether to try to play it (and learn to cope with the incredible difficulties of clarinets!) or to just sell it to someone who knows and appreciates these things better (although I know that they are not worth much....by the way, how much? )