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I play on a Selmer Q series Centered Tone clarinet with a B45 mpc.

By tuning in the middle joint I have evened out the intonation but the upper chalumeau is still a bit sharp and the throat tones are a bit flat (especially Bb).
On older large bore clarinets do large chamber mpcs give better results intonation wise?
What are the large chamber clarinet mpcs out there?
 

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Morgan clarinet mouthpieces have a larger chamber. Also, you might look at the Kaspar style mouthpieces make by Walter Grabner and Clark Fobes. They, too, have a large chamber.

I think it would be helpful to go to a local music shop and eye ball the selection of mouthpieces available. That could start to give you ideas about chamber styles.

I played a B45 for a short period of time around 6 years ago. I recall its small chamber. After that, when I first tried a Morgan I was amazed at the differences it made for me.

The intonation problems you're describing are a clear indication of not having a good match between your clarinet and the amount of chamber volume with your mouthpiece. Trying to adjust your tuning with the middle joint is not a good sign....as it often throws off intonation in other parts of the clarinet.

Good luck!

Roger
 

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Roger Aldridge said:
The intonation problems you're describing are a clear indication of not having a good match between your clarinet and the amount of chamber volume with your mouthpiece.
Thanks Roger.
That was my suspicion, I'll start looking into other mpcs.
 
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