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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000183.txt from 1994/09

From: Steve Prescott <mipresc@-----.EDU>
Subj: aesthetics
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 1994 01:32:50 -0400

I wrote to Gerald Evoniuk's personal email address (I think) so here
is the essence of what I wrote:

"Our industry for too long has been clouded by hear say and often
voodoo. Hard scientific data is very difficult to get and I don't
think that a professional effort has ever been made to tie
acoustical data to the psychological and sociological elements that
drive marketing decisions."

Well put! The problem with the musical instrument industry can be
summed up in one word "tradition." Valentio products are a classic
example. We as clarinetist must be more open minded. Like the
mechanic who never has time to work on his auto, I don't have alot
of time to work on my clarinets. I've had Valentino pads (Pete's
cork-like pads) in my clarinet for 4 years with no problem.

I think the aesthetics issue is not debatable. If you feel good
about your playing you will play better. - "The inner game of
tennis/music", Arnold Jacobs "Paralysis by analysis"

Hope this isn't a repeat.

Steve Prescott
Instrument Repair Tech.
Indiana State University

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