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OK folks, I'm going to cry on your shoulders for a minute. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO THIS DAD!Enviroguy said:And get a Hite Premiere mouthpiece. These are extremely easy blowing and sound pretty good. I've got a Hite on my old Metal Clarient and I still love it. And there only like $28.00 new off the shelf.
I have 4 kids. The oldest (a young lady of 20 now) played flute in the 5th grade and was always first or second chair until we moved from Ohio to Wyoming. Suddenly her interest in Band waned and she quit in her sophomore year of HS. (my first failure) When she was in 8th grade, I bought a Vito plastic student model thinking my 2nd daughter would take to it. Well, she didn't! She got into piano just long enough for me to spend about $1000 on a used Baldwin studio model. She quit piano to work and make money for a trip to Europe in 2008. (my second failure) My oldest son got into the guitar at age 8! I'm ecstatic that he got some of Dad's music genes, but no woodwinds there. (a partial success!)
Now we're down to kid #4 who I've affectionately started calling "Obi-Wan"...you know, from Star Wars...as in "Obi-Wan, you're my only hope." Joshua has accepted the fact that he will have at least one year (5th grade) of music lessons. He has an arsenal of woodwinds and a couple of brass instruments to choose from. The woodwinds include Big sis' Gmeinhardt flute, any of my student/vintage saxes ('2 great playing Buescher TT Altos, LA Sax and Bundy Tenors), and finally, a Vito Reso-Tone 3 Clarinet - his chosen instrument!
Help me make this instrument VERY easy to play! It has a Woodwind Company Vito II mouthpiece, pads are a little sticky, but Dad can fix that. It plays well in the left hand but seems to be leaky from the right index finger on down. I've been using a Rico V-2 reed.
What recommendations do you have? Softer reed? Different mouthpiece I can get my hands on quickly (like the Hite Premier)? Leak test it and get it tuned? I appreciate any help you can give me...you all will get partial credit for a success if he stays with it because he has a good instrument. Next step is for each of you to pray that I won't say something stupid to cause him to give up early.