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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000316.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Selmer Repair (continued)
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 1997 18:53:07 -0400

At 10:41 PM 9/6/97 -0700, you wrote:
> I recall reading somewhere that even when you buy an expensive
>clarinet imported from Europe (buying in the USA) only the two main
>sections are imported. The US distributor adds the bell, barrel,
>mouthpiece and case.
> A good repairer can make changes to suit the individual, e.g.
>the key action can be slightly modified towards heavier or lighter.
>These are personal preferences that cannot be made at the factory.
> Rich Lahrson
I sincerely hope this is not true! At the very least, cosmetic matters are
involved. Finishes would be unlikely to match well, especially on
non-stained instruments. Furthermore, proper fit and playability would be
affected, I am sure. Mouthpiece and case added later is fine.

As to personal preference modifications, your point is well taken.
Assuming that you have established a certain preference through experience,
by all means have you local tech adjust your instrument as you desire.

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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