51 – Debate #1: Swab Direction, Key Plating, Humidification, and more

In this episode of the podcast co-hosts Sean Perrin and Andrew Morrow hold a debate on topics discussed in the Clarineat Community on Facebook. This week’s topics include: Which way should you pull the swab (and does it matter)? Does key plating make a difference for sound, feel, and response? Is humidification really necessary? And thoughts on individually-wrapped reeds.

Debates are held every Wednesday in the Clarineat Community on Facebook. Thanks to all who contributed to the conversation, and if you’d like to get involved please see Clarineat.com/Group and I will add you.

Debate Topics

1. Which direction should one pull the swab? (And does it really matter?)

2. Does key plating make a difference for clarinetists?

3. Do you humidify your clarinet? Why or why not?

4. Thoughts on individually-wrapped reeds.

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Theme music for the Clarineat Podcast is performed by Tom Puwalski (Episodes 1-49), and Michael Lowenstern (episodes 50 to present).

2 replies on “51 – Debate #1: Swab Direction, Key Plating, Humidification, and more

  • Bob Yoon

    Just listened to the podcast. My belief is that there is an indirect relationship with tone quality of nickel vs silver Buffet’s at least. I have been told that the clarinets that come off the line first gets silver keys. These take advantage of the machines being in their best state possible. As the machines wear, they put the nickel through and then, when they existed, the E13’s.

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    • Sean Perrin

      This is very interesting since I’ve heard many top players prefer the feel of nickel to silver.

      I also recently heard that the plating of the posts actually does have an effect on the sound because of the direct contact with the wood. Perhaps this is also up for debate?

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