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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000717.txt from 1996/04

From: "Christopher H. Rohrs" <chrohrs@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: A Question
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 23:12:11 -0400

At 06:43 PM 4/24/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Hey all! My clarinet (my dear, precious, beloved Noblet) fell out of
>its case on the sidewalk in front of school the other day, and the cork
>and wood on the top joint tenon chipped off (only part of it). Anyway,
>my teacher told me today that the wood could get saturated and that it
>needed to be fixed immediately. I have State SoloEnsemble a week from
>Saturday, and the music store might not be able to fix it that fast.
>Anyhoo, my mom said that maybe we'll go clarinet shopping on Saturday
>(silver lining, anyone?), and my little sister can have my old one once
>it's fixed (it may be a very costly repair, though, so who knows...).

>So--my point is: What's a good clarinet to buy? I'm a very serious HS
>freshman. Please don't say Buffet R-13: tried several, hated them all.

If you're planning on spending that much money, I would seriously consider
having your teacher or a trustworthy and knowledgeable pro pick help you
pick one out. Picking out a good instrument takes a lot of time because
there are such great differences between instruments-even ones of the same

I can't tell you what models to try out. I play on R-13's and cannot tell
you too much more about the LeBlanc's or other Buffet models. I'm sure
others on the list can, however.

>Are there any that are lighter in weight? I've had problems with my
>right wrist, so it is a concern. I played a Yamaha and I really liked it,

I don't think that should really be a concern. If the weight bothers you,
get a neckstrap. Don't get an inferior horn just because it is lighter.

I guess I wouldn't rush out and buy a new clarinet just for the audition.
Take your time and get something that you will still like in 5 years.
Besides, you don't want to play a new instrument too much at first. It
takes time to break one in safely and carefully.

good luck!

Christopher Rohrs
"I have nothing to say and I am saying it." -John Cage

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