Klarinet Archive - Posting 000283.txt from 1994/05
From: "Jay Heiser, Product Manager, Govt Systems" <jayh@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Clarinet materials (more or less $$?)
Date: Wed, 18 May 1994 10:16:05 -0400
I'm sure that its premature for B&H to announce their plans,
but my first question is "Will these composite clarinets cost
more or less than the std model?".
Thinking back on a similar case, Martin introduced the D-35
guitar in the late 60s as an alternate to the D-28. It had a
3-piece back instead of a 2-piece back. They claimed it had
better bass response and I believe they charged more for it.
Reality was that shortages of rosewood made it difficult to
obtain acceptable wood large enough for two-piece backs, so
they came out with an instrument with smaller pieces of wood
and positioned it as being advantageous.
Not to say that the D-35 isn't a fine instrument. Also, the
cost of the materials shouldn't necessarily affect the price
of the finished instrument. If Buffet makes a superior horn,
they will be justified in charging more.
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-->Date: Tue, 17 May 1994 23:56:52 -0700
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-->From: Clark W Fobes <reedman@-----.COM>
-->Subject: Clarinet materials
-->Comments: To: KLARINET <KLARINET%VCCSCENT.BITNET@-----.EDU>
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-->Interesting news in this dept.
-->I went to the Buffet warehouse in Libertyville this weekend to buy
-->clarinets for my shop. While there I had an interesting conversation
-->about new products from Buffet with the president of B&H USA, Jack Faas.
-->Apparently, Buffet has figured out a good way to pulverize waste wood and
-->re-use it. This is very encouraging because they waste about 80% of the
-->wood they import due to flaws. They are now producing an R-13 clarinet
-->that uses this powder mixed with about 5% resin and a poly carbon fiber.
-->About 30 of these clarinets will be available for testing and purchase at
-->the clarinet conference this summer!
-->In light of our earlier discussion and my own interest of the use of poly
-->carbon fiber mixed in some type of matrix (what I called graphite), I am
-->very excited to see (hear!) how this new composition works.
-->Clark W Fobes
Peas are just beginning to flower (seems late)
Lots of spinach and lettuce to harvest