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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000154.txt from 1997/09

From: Mark Charette <>
Subj: Re: Greenlines cracking
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 21:32:38 -0400

Bill Hausmann, who lives "up the road" a bit from me,
wrote about Pan-American composite clarinets:
> 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, it sounds as if the Pan American was a laminated
composite clarinet. The Buffets are not a laminate; they
won't suffer a delamination (a common failure with laminated
construction). The buffet construction is more akin to
fibreglass construction using glass wool; there is no "grain"
to the Buffet clarinet (fibreglass using glass or carbon
fiber cloth can have very different properties from glass
wool, which is why I'm being a bit specific).
Mark Charette "How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?" - Firesign Theater

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