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E flat Clarinet...what fun!

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I played e flat clarinet for several years, and eventually got frustrated with all of the intonation challenges, the need to practice it constantly, and the amount of money I had invested in the instrument and all the gear. (I'm also 6'6" tall and look reasonably ridiculous playing it!). So, I sold my expensive instrument and gear to a friend and focused on some other horns that were less finnicky, and better suited to my physical stature.

However, another friend asked if I would play eefer for him on a recording he's working on. Given COVID-19 and the quarantine, I needed a project and was bored enough to agree. So, I bought and had refurbished a vintage horn to play (see photo) and have been loving it. Maybe I just needed a distraction, or maybe I'm approaching it with a better attitiude, but this time playing e flat has been a ton of fun.

Anyone else have this experience?

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Wow...that's a tough instrument to start on! How did that happen?
Some young players, especially with small hands, when they start at the clarinet can't cover the keys, so they'll instead start on an eefer. It's harder, but works and they can play, close the keys and then move to the Bb. Now with the Nuvo clarinets and the like being more prevalent, maybe that will change a bit.
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