Klarinet Archive - Posting 000501.txt from 1995/01
From: Timothy Tikker <tjt@-----.ORG>
Subj: Re: G clarinets
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 16:39:34 -0500
On Mon, 30 Jan 1995, Donald Oehler wrote:
> About five years ago? Actually, $425 might not be so bad if you compare
> it to $50 plus the cost of air fare to Istanbul! How badly do you need a
> clarinet in G?
Not too badly, I guess. Supposedly it's THE thing for middle-eastern and
Balkan music, which is what my band specializes in. But my B-flat
full-Boehm metal French Selmer plays so much better than the Turkish G I
played I decided to hold out for a better G instrument. Of course, I'm
spoiled: I got the Selmer $100 as is, and restored it myself (final
adjustment by a professional) and with a new Vandoren mouthpiece it's
really quite good. So after a bargain like that, I don't feel like
spending $400+ for a so-so horn, no matter what the pitch!
Of course, Ivo Papasov plays a full-Boehm (Selmer?) B-flat, so perhaps I
have nothing to be ashamed of!