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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000365.txt from 1997/09

From: Jonathan Cohler <>
Subj: Re: ending the GreenLine plastic/composite thread
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 14:00:24 -0400

Roger Garrett wrote:

>We are back to the issue...that seems to be impossible to solve (unless
>you accept the research time-oriented explanation)......plastic, wood,
>etc.....all speculation until someone backs up the research for all to
>try and experiment with. My feeling is, if the plastic were as good as
>the wood (or composite plastic), the major clarinet makers would have made
>some for us to try....and would pay people in professional positions to do
>the advertising for them. As it is....we are stuck trying to guess!

No. As I said before, the experiments have been done. And the
experimenters (people like Bachus and Benade and others) made their own
plastic, metal and other instruments for the tests. The fact that nobody
makes good plastic instruments commercially (except for the Greenline), has
no bearing on the physics or the facts.

Jonathan Cohler

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