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BLAYMAN STANDS

 


"I have been using a Blayman stand that holds a bass clarinet + 4 soprano clarinets. It never, never never absolutely never falls over and holds lots of things besides what I use it for. It is safe, easy to work with, allows FAST changes from one instrument to another, etc. Herb Blayman makes his bass clarinet stand to have two wings. Each wing can have a number of attachments. I have an E-flat peg and three B-flat pegs, but he also has flute pegs, oboe pegs, etc. .... So in the space of about 1 foot square, I have a bass clarinet and 4 clarinets. His stands are not cheap and they weigh a ton, but they serve the purpose for which they were designed quite nicely."

-- Daniel Leeson, Former Bass Clarinetist with the San Jose Symphony Orchestra;   Author, Lecturer, and Mozart scholar

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"As a student at the University of Michigan, I enjoyed studying with John Mohler and David Shifrin. During my last year, I studied with Herb Blayman following Shifrin's departure to the west coast. Herb's students really loved him - this was evident in their performance, and it was evident in what they said about him away from lessons. After so many years of playing in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Herb brought a unique perspective to his teaching - and it was a perspective that inspired many students to work hard to achieve their own success stories.

Since those years, every performance with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, I am reminded of Herb Blayman. Why? Because his name is engraved in gold script on my clarinet stands! I use a double peg with a base made from heavy steel, and painted black. I have had these pegs for over 20 years, and they are as sturdy and attractive now as they were when I purchased them. I have a triple peg in my office that holds three antique clarinets, and I also own a bass clarinet stand - which holds either my bass clarinet or basset horn during lessons. In fact, I soon became irritated when the students would swipe the stand for use with the orchestra, so I purchased a second stand for the university!"

-- Roger Garrett, Principal Clarinetist, Peoria Symphony Orchestra;
Clarinet Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University

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"I ALWAYS use the sturdiest instrument stand possible. I love using the Herb Blayman stands. They weigh a ton, but are worth schlepping around. They have a very small footprint, and are rock solid. I have seen countless episodes where people using other types of stands with legs or what-have-you, get things caught on them or trip on them and boom!"

-- Jim Lasota...founder of Entra'mis, a chamber music ensemble, is a Los Angeles area free-lance flutist who performs in chamber orchestras and musical theaters throughout Southern California.

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From a discussion on The Clarinet Pages:

Comment: "I have stepped on (and snapped out of all repair) my last portable instrument peg!! I know they slip conveniently into the bell of my A clarinet, but maybe I'm willing to deal with the increased weight of a more substantial peg. Does anyone have suggestions on make/model?  -- "Jeff"

Reply: "I used to use the "----Stand" until one day, all by itself, one leg broke off right at the pivot and my clarinet went down. Fortunately there was no damage to the horn or the mouthpiece. I use the Blayman stand now. It's much heavier to carry, but solid like a rock."  

-- Fred Sheim

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"I bought my Blayman stand because my piccolo once slid off my lap while I was playing my flute! I like the stability of the base, the flexibility--I have pegs for an alto flute, flute, and piccolo-- and the simple, elegant design. All three of my instruments stand at exactly the same height, and the pegs unscrew easily for packing up. Every flutist who does some doubling should have one."

-- Leonard Garrison, Assistant Professor of Flute and Aural Skills at the University of Idaho, flutist in the Northwest Wind Quintet and The Scott/Garrison Duo, Principal Flute of the Walla Walla Symphony, and former Chair of The National Flute Association.

 


 

BLAYMAN CLARINET MOUTHPIECES

 


 

"I am extremely impressed with my new Blayman Mouthpiece.  After testing the H, E, and R facings, I finally decided on the R, which plays as good or better than my custom-made "----------" mouthpiece.  The Blayman has quickly become my favorite mouthpiece, and believe me, I've played them all.   I am also pleased that Blayman Music has re-started production.  I have played both the new ones and the "originals", and have found the new mouthpieces to be virtually indistinguishable from the older ones.  Thanks for keeping a classic alive."

-- Tony Carere, Professional Clarinetist and instructor for over 40 years.  Tony is also the Musical Contractor for the Fox Theater's "Theater of the Stars" in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Blayman mouthpieces are unique. Unlike many other mouthpieces Iíve tried that have an inherent roughness in one or more registers, the Blaymans sound clean and smooth throughout the range. I also like the way they take the air. They blow free but still retain sufficient resistance to enable one to play into the sound comfortably at any dynamic level. Articulation, a problem with many mouthpieces, is no problem at all on the Blaymans. In fact, I canít remember trying a mouthpiece on which articulation is so effortless. And they play very solidly in tune and take more than their share of reeds. Mr. Blayman was a fabulous player and this mouthpiece, which he designed, is an obvious reflection of his artistry and knowledge of how a clarinet mouthpiece should sound and feel in oneís mouth. Try these mouthpieces and prepare to be amazed.

-- Paul Globus
Professional Clarinetist, freelance orchestra player and chamber musician for over 35 years.  Montreal, Canada

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Letter from a satisfied customer:

"Thank you very much for all of your assistance, and for sending us the mouthpieces in such speedy and efficient order. Marianne loved both mouthpieces, however; the E facing sounded particularly smooth with her clarinet.....When Marianne played her piece with the E facing, all of the musicians gave her a hearty round of applause and declared that it was THE ONE.

Her teacher, Mr. Bob Lefever, pulled out his well-worn clarinet and checked the Blayman mouthpiece that he has played with for over a decade. He uses an R facing. He told us that he used another type of mouthpiece for 20 years; then he used a Blayman one night in a pinch, and never went back to the old type. He is thrilled that you will continue to manufacture them, and is relieved that he will be able to order a replacement when the time comes.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Dubinsky"

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"Having played on 'authentic' Blayman mouthpieces for almost a decade, I had my doubts regarding the new models.  Both of my Blayman mouthpieces had been obtained through a friend of Herb Blayman, and each one was of course play tested by Mr. Blayman, and by a local artist.  I had the opportunity to visit Mr. Blayman at his home in Belen, New Mexico to purchase a custom faced bass clarinet mouthpiece, and I became aware of the tolerances that this great master held.  So having Mr. Blayman no longer in charge of mouthpiece production made me quite the skeptic when the line was re-introduced.  After trying five R facings, and five E facings, with careful comparison to my cherished pieces, I have to say that Randy Beecham has done a remarkable job in retaining the soul and character of these amazing mouthpieces.  The mouthpieces play just like they did when Mr. Blayman tested each one!  Their retention of quality is a true testament to the persistence of Mr. Beecham, and the perfect design of Mr. Blayman.  With no apparent difference between the newer and older models, I have chosen to retire my older models (R facings) in favor of a new piece of a different facing (E)." 

 

 -- Graham Golden, owner Graham's Music  

 


 



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