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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000340.txt from 1997/09

From: "C Henderson" <chenderson@-----.au>
Subj: Manufacturing deficiencies (was something else)
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 13:59:59 -0400

Bill (I think) wrote:
> I guess the people I am upset with are not the repairmen, but the
> manufacturers who spit junk out the door. This may even be understanda=
ble
> when we are talking about mass-produced student line instruments. I =
just
> think that when I am shelling out thousands of dollars for a
> professional-grade horn, the least they can provide me is an instrument
> that performs AS DESIGNED.

I'd have to disagree with you on one point, though, Bill. It may be
"understandable" when talking about student line instruments, but
that doesn't mean it's *acceptable*, even then. As the teacher of severa=
l beginners (or still close to it) I have a major gripe with Buffet, who =
turn
out supposedly good student model clarinets, with mouthpieces even I,
with over twenty years playing behind me, still find hard to play. It's
like having a handkerchief stuffed inside the mpce while you play!! When
Hite can turn out good (sorry, *very* good) mouthpieces which retail at =

under A$40, why can't Buffet do that in the manufacturing process, even =

at student level?? After all, the argument is the same - shouldn't the =
instrument come out of the factory in reasonable playing order for the
general mass of the experience level to which the clarinet model is
targetted?

Clare
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<chenderson@-----.au>
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