Klarinet Archive - Posting 000346.txt from 1995/01
From: "V. Benade" <vwb@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Albert system clarinets -Reply
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 1995 14:48:47 -0500
hink you are heaping confusion on things. The Albert system
clarinets you usually encounter in the States are generally older
instruments, and are much prized by jazz players especially. My
late husband, who obably knew more about the inner workings
of clarinets (he was a physicist who specialized in the acoustics
of the woodwinds--look for his Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics
in a library), usually referred to them as 'so-called Albert
system clarinets,' for theyere not really built to M. Albert's
design. There are several well-worn (meaning much played and
therefore probably well-loved instruments) Albert-sys clarinets
in his collection. He also bought an Oehler-system clarit
one of the times we were in Europe, and felt that this was a
much better approach to the instrument than the French Buffets.
I have no idea what you get when you specify an Albert-system
clarinet in Europe. Perhaps that is where your remark applies.
But Woody Allen's large collection would be of older instruments.
They were played for many kinds of popular music, not just
New Orleans jazz. Art's (my husband's) favorite pair made
someone a decent living in Chicago, where they played the
range from polka bands to theater pit orchestras to the
Chicago Lyric Opera.
My best regards, Virginia Benade