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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000186.txt from 1993/12

From: 00smgeidel@-----.BITNET
Subj: Re: The Wooden Clarinet
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 08:12:56 -0500

Dan Leeson writes:
>In New York, there was a flutist/repairman named Harold Bennett. He was
>known for two things: (1) the finest collection of pornography in all
>of NY, and (2) he homogonized clarinets. That's not a misprint: homogonized!
>I thoughthe was a nut until I had it done. The basis theory was this:
>wood, growing in the forest, has all the atoms (or molecules or something)
>all pointing in the right or natural direction. When the tree is cut
>down and the wood bored, sawed, shaved, etc., all the molecules (or
>atoms or something) get shaken up so that they all point in different
>directions. Got this so far? I am telling you a lot more than I really
>know!! And I am not making it up.
>Does anyone out there know about Harold Bennett and his homogonization?

I can confirm that what Dan says is indeed true--I just felt there might be some
of you out there who wouldn't believe Dan's tale...yes, Harold Bennett
HOMOGENIZED wind instruments. As an old New Yorker, I knew of Harold's antics,
but never even wanted to let him try this on my horns, not even once! It
seemed so BIZARRE. But, Dan, you say it helped...maybe Harold was on to
something...I've lived long enough to not quite believe everything--and, I've
lived long enough to not quite disbelieve everything either!

Stan Geidel

Dr. Stanley M. Geidel
University Libraries
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
(317) 285-5143
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