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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000221.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Selmer repair
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 22:15:44 -0400

At 09:45 PM 9/4/97 -0500, you wrote:
>All good repairmen/ww experts get into the wood. If they didn't, the job
>would be pointless......
>Roger Garrett
I suppose that top technicians, seeking to tweak the last .0001% out of an
instrument for a professional client will make alterations to the wood, but
anyone who attempts such work without authorization to a normal Joe's
clarinet, especially if he doesn't know what he is doing, is a complete
idiot. Even if the surgery is successful, the difference will be too small
for a relatively unskilled player to notice. And the potential downside
makes it a very bad risk. You don't need your car engine blueprinted to
drive it to the corner grocery once a week.

Note that I am talking only about "improvements" that the technician thinks
he can make. Several horror stories have been posted showing what can go
wrong when incompetent people bite off more than they can chew. Not that a
technician shouldn't do it IF the customer wants it, but he had better be
DA*N sure he knows what he is doing, and be prepared to eat it if he screws
up. If there are legitimate PROBLEMS, such as manufacturing defects or
physical damage, any competent technician should be expected to handle
that. All of the above IMHO, of course.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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