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  1. I remember Pete Play MARCA Pete fountain reeds specially made for him

  2. YES. HE WOULD GIVE ME MANY BOXES AND I WOULD WEED THEM OUT AND THROW 50% AWAY AND THEN MODIFY THE REST BY HAND OR USE MY REED DUAL THEN TOUCH UP. I PAINTED THE ENDS OF THE REEDS WITH FINGERNAIL POLISH TO RETARD SALIVA MIGRATING UP THRU THE REED AND DIGESTING THE FIBRES. I BURNISHED THE TOP AND BOTTOM TO MAKE THEM WATER RESISTANT.

    1. That is a most interesting article. Could you explain the way you modified the reeds in a little more details and what it was about the mouthpiece design that gave Pete that fine and unique tone. Pete of course but with good materials. Thank you.

      1. Sorry about time lapse. didn’t know there was a comment.
        MPC: they are all different from the mgfr and you have to acquire supply and experiment. I gave tip dimensions and lay in the article. I have tools and ways to measure mpc to see if it is going to be any good. I cant communicate that here. I prefer glass as it never changes like wood or plastic! Glass is superior conductor of sound! Glass gives power to the sound too because it is a conductor or energy whereas wood and plastic are “dead”. A big reason Pete had unique and beautiful sound is simply that he performs on large bore clarinet and not small!!! No modern clarinets work that way. To me large bore of 1950-1960 are wonderful and better than what is being built today. Now I happen to have an exceptional Buffet Prestige about 25 years old that makes it happen…..I don’t know why. Sidney Forrest loved it and said it was better than his! I bought two new buffet clarinets and then spent money having them tweaked but no cigar. Great clarinets for orchestra and Symphony etc. but not suitable for solo playing in small group like I do. I have a 1960 Selmer Center Tone that knocks out a beautiful warm dark gorgeous sound and is very much like pete’s sound….but Selmer CT is large bore! So, I carry both with me and pick one depending on conditions in a room. Buffet Prestige? I don’t need a microphone!! Selmer is small room is OK wo Mic. But both clarinets are super. Selmer cost me $800 BTW and I found it at Clarifest 2014!! I am a lucky boy for sure….couldn’t believe how it played. Seller was SAXQUEST out of MO state.

  3. Do you happen to have the full Tiger Rag sheet music by Pete Fountain?

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