Klarinet Archive - Posting 000316.txt from 1997/09
From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
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 bhausman@-----.com
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