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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000354.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Manufacturing deficiencies (was something else)
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 14:00:13 -0400

At 10:59 AM 9/8/97 PDT, C. Henderson wrote:
>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 understandable
>> 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 several
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
Yes, it was me. With Buffet mouthpieces the problem is apparently in the
design. They do perform as designed, but the design stinks. It does seem
like a stupid way to squander their good name, doesn't it?

As for whether poor quality is *acceptable*, I agree with you.
Understandable, yes, but acceptable, no.

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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