Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

Off the Mark

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  1. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, over 1 year ago

    Is he supposed to be playing a clarinet or an oboe? It looks like a small plunger.

  2. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @pouncingtiger

    That’s my guess, too.

  3. win

    win said, over 1 year ago

    His day job is as a plumber’s helper.

  4. orinoco womble

    orinoco womble said, over 1 year ago

    I think it used to be a clarinet that was “blown away” by the tuba playing.

  5. GSJ Olé

    GSJ Olé said, over 1 year ago

    Maybe it was actually a French Horn.

  6. Ronald Davis

    Ronald Davis said, over 1 year ago

    I think it’s a clarinet, but the black of its ebony exactly matches his pants.

    I’m told that the instrument that most heavily affects an adjacent musician is a contrabassoon.

  7. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    i could get you trombone proximity. how attached are you to the back of your head? and there’s always the violin section but you might end up with a bowed toupee.

  8. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ronald Davis

    trumpets notorious also. personally i would lobby to ban the oboe. drives me and my cobra up the wall.

  9. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 1 year ago

    pouncingtiger: The plunger is rarely used in a symphony orchestra, and has no handle. It is a type of mute for trumpets and trombones. The adult sound in Peanut anime is a trombone with a plunger mute.

  10. bmonk

    bmonk said, over 1 year ago

    @pouncingtiger

    Judging from the mouthpiece, I’d vote Clarinet.

  11. CoBass

    CoBass said, over 1 year ago

    @hippogriff

    I believe pouncingtiger and the other commenters are referring to the type of plunger used to clear a clogged toilet, not a plunger mute.

  12. chromosome

    chromosome GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @nazzofoggenmach

    I think that trombones are more likely to cause that effect. Their bells point straight forward, where tubas point up.

  13. outsidedead

    outsidedead said, over 1 year ago

    Obiviously he wants to move because the tuba blew his hair all messed up.

  14. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 1 year ago

    CoBass: What do you think a plunger mute is? I got mine at the dollar store! A colleague on trumpet managed to find a smaller version the same way.

  15. CoBass

    CoBass said, over 1 year ago

    @hippogriff

    Actually, I know EXACTLY what a plunger mute is. I have one, as well as a straight mute, a cup mute, a bucket mute, a Harmon mute, and a solotone mute. (In a previous life, I played trumpet in the pit orchestra for a number of community theater musicals.)

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