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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000151.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Greenlines cracking
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 20:55:12 -0400

At 07:41 AM 9/3/97 -0400, you wrote:
>No offense, but the idea that GreenLines crack "less" as opposed to not
>cracking at allis absurd. The GreenLine is a plastic, plain and simple.
> There are various kinds of plastic - thermo, acrylic, phenolic, etc. The
>Greenline billets are a composite plastic meaning it is made with two or more
>parts and is formed (densified) under heat and pressure. Therefore, it
>should never crack do to extreme temperature changes, unless you place it in
>a vat of liquid nitrogen an drop it in the floor!
>It just proves that a professional clarinet can be made from plastic and
>sound as good, if not better than wood. I just wish Buffet would have used a
>better plastic
>(i.e. - laminate) that would posess the color and grain pattern patten of
>grenidilla, rosewood, etc. I'll never buy a wood clarinet again, plastic is
>the supreme being!
Hate to disagree, but see my above posting on Pan-American composite
clarinets cracking. And they were beautiful, too! They looked just like
rosewood. The one I saw I looked at again and again before I finally
realized that the reason it didn't look real is that it was too perfect.
The composite was made in layers, creating a perfect grain pattern. But
apparently the layers were their undoing. Maybe Buffet will escape their fate.

Bill Hausmann
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Essexville, MI 48732

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