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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000238.txt from 1997/09

From: Gary Hopkins <>
Subj: Re: Greenlines cracking
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 08:26:21 -0400

Look up plastic in the dictionary.

At 10:56 PM 9/5/97 -0600, you wrote:
>I am aware that the Greenline clarinets contain 10% of some form of
>plastic, but the rest of it is wood. I think that makes it a composite
>clarinet, not a plastic clarinet. As noted in later parts of this thread,
>if Buffet had used a laminate, it might be cracking more, not less. I
>don't think it's impossible that Greenlines would crack, because they are
>mostly wood and wood has weaknesses, sometimes ones that have little to
>do with grain. But they haven't really been in use long enough to find
>out how often and under what conditions cracking could occur.
>"You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge
>and come out completely dry. Most people do."
> --The Phantom Tollbooth
>On Wed, 3 Sep 1997 07:41:30 -0400 (EDT) writes:
>>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.
>>The Greenline billets are a composite plastic meaning it is made with
>>or more parts and is formed (densified) under heat and pressure.
>Therefore, it
>>should never crack do to extreme temperature changes.
>>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!

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