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that is odd that it is always sharp. How sharp are you?
What make/model of clarinet is it?
Some clarinets are made (per the manufacturers specifications) as a 442 instead (or also) of the 440.

Also mpc manufacturers offer options such as tuning to 440 or 442.

So, theoretically, one answer could be that you are using a 442 clarinet and trying to tune it to 440

but more information is needed - what is your setup - reed, mpc, clarinet ?
 

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I don't like to ask incase you are a seasoned pro, but assuming you are a newbie have you tried pulling the mouthpiece out a little. <<ducks>>
 

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Likewise, not daring to ask...

Are you playing in a very warm room?
 

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Also, are you out of tune across the horn or is it right hand, left?....keep in mind that you have multiple joints to tune with. For example, if your right hand notes are sharp, but left are ok, try pulling the bell a little, just a little trick that I've learned through the years. Same with the other joints, left hand, could be a middle joint and open notes/throat tones would be the the barrel.

Good Luck!
 

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I pull out my vintage Selmer Centered Tone in the middle joint by about 1,5 mm, I put 2 plastic tuning rings in there. It levels out the intonation across the instrument, I nearly went crazy trying to play in tune before that.
 

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Whitetiger,

If you have a good clarinet repair tech in your area take it to him/her for a check-over. The tech should be able to determine why you're having a tuning problem. There are many variables when it comes to the clarinet.

Two questions that come to mind are if you pull out the barrel, to bring your clarinet in tune, how far are you pulling it out (if you can measure the gap in MM it will be helpful) and after you've done that how is the intonation across the clarinet's range?

I agree with Steve about us needing to know more specific details about your set up (kind of clarinet, it's age, barrel length, mouthpiece, your level of experience on the clarinet, etc) will be helpful. Otherwise, we're kinda shooting in the dark.

Roger
 

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Piecing together other posts, Whitetiger seems to play a Buffet E11, uses a 3 reed and is 14 years old. He hasn't mentioned his mouthpiece or make of reed or length of time playing.
 
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