I've discovered that my clari seems somewhat sharp, particularly up the top end.
In band sessions I end up pulling out quite considerably.
Having had a session with my electronic tuner I discovered that the amount by which I was sharp was not consistent. It was in tune to slightly flat from cold on the bottom E, middle C spot on to slightly sharp. C an octave up is more sharp and the altissimo C was very sharp.
I'd been considering many issues for this including key seating and barrel length.
Having done a spot of research I find that my clarinet a Buffet E13 is tuned to 442Hz, The R13 that my band colleague has is tuned to 440 and some of the top models have 2 barrels - One of 65mm and one of 66mm to tune to either 440 or 442.
My barrel is 65mm
Having calibrated my tuner to A = 442 I'm much more in tune generally speaking and the top end was even registering a little flat tonight.
So my question is does the frequency that A is tuned to affect the relative tuning of the instrument too?
Can I retune mine to A=440 by pulling out the barrel a mm or does that not work?
Any general advice when playing alongside others whose instruments are obviously tuned to a different frequency??
Why do some instrument manufacturers tune their instruments to different frequencies and why are there two frequencies for A???? I don't get it
If I decide to look at getting a second barrel at some point to help with all this what do I look for? Do I need to get a Buffet barrel?? Do the ones for the different models fit? I don't want to lose the lovely sound quality my clari has ....
Honestly though I don't think I have the cash for a new barrel right now anyway....
I do hope this makes sense and isn't all unintelligible waffle