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Something that has been very strange is, my (wooden) bass clarinet plays fine in the morning, but often is impossible in the afternoon. I'm trying to find reasons why there would be such a disparity. I've been diligently observing factors to rule out, and I can't find anything other than environmental changes: we don't control the temperature in our home, and it fluctuates (along with the humidity) between morning and afternoon. Could this be a factor, for either the horn or the reeds? We live in the Western US where it is very dry and warm in the afternoon, but cools down considerably overnight. Not until we experience some cooler temps and a few days of precipitation will I be able to make a comparison.

I also notice a similar effect with my soprano (again, wooden), but less pronounced. When I also noticed this with my soprano is when I began speculating on the environmental issue. I've never experienced this with my saxes.
 

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Oh yes, it could be any number of things. But I haven't been able to isolate any other variables. I only noticed this very subtley with my soprano, btw. But it's a profound change in my bcl's performance between morning and late afternoon.

I just can't imagine what would change so drastically -- in my mpc or the horn -- other than these climactic factors. It just doesn't seem to be the horn (or me, for that matter) as it plays perfectly fine each morning. I've been carefully observing this to rule out my imagination! :|
 

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Unfortunately, no one with clarinet expertise. Is it possible that a crack could be affected by increasing humidity, for example, after playing the horn for an hour; or after drying out, for example, througout the afternoon...? I suppose this would be possible...
 

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Yep--my experience too--especially the register changes. Yes, I would think those things are likely occurring. This horn could be right on "the edge" of functionality in a number of ways--since I dug it out of a pawnshop where it sat for I-don't-know-how-many years. I'm sure it could stand a going over!

I don't recall this being an issue back in April when I acquired the horn--which makes sense, as the fluctuations aren't so pronounced until the mid-summer (i.e., now). And the room where it stays tends to fluctuate temp-wise especially this time of year.

Well thanks for the validation. I'm guessing, at this point, this could likely be what's occurring; the evidence seems to corraborate it. Morning will be my practice time for bass cl for the time being. We'll see what happens this fall...maybe it will be "self-healing" like my old subaru. :wink:
 

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Heavens. If this is how sensitive this makes my horn...I'll glady try a reed affording more consistency. Thanks for the recommendation.

Then again, I really shouldn't complain: it could just as well be volcanic ash causing complications, and will be for someone around these parts at some time ahead, no doubt. I've learned to survive this long...bcl could be the instrumental "canary in the coal mine".. <shrug>
 

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It's quite warm today--one of our warmest yet this summer--and I took extra care to moisten my reeds this afternoon. No problems. :)
 
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