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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000412.txt from 1997/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Selmer Repair (continued)
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 23:11:57 -0400

At 09:27 PM 9/7/97 -0500, you wrote:
>...The new instrument service tightens and aligns the posts and corrects
>defects in rods and keys. For instance, my brand new Buffet Prestige Bass
>Clarinet had bent keys and rods...and it was brand-spanking new. Many of
>the problems could not be detected by me.....and I was thrilled with the
>way it played. However, once I paid the service (and believe me, it was
>more than $325), I felt it was completely opened up....

Again I say, if the manufacturers are putting out defective merchandise we
should stop buying from them. And check to make sure that opened-up
feeling did not emanate from your wallet :-).

...and I asked for
>other things...including lower joint cups/pads to be raised to allow for a
>bigger sound etc... I was assured by Mr. Brannen that the keys/rods were
>corrected, and, quite frankly, it outlasted my last bass clarinet (Selmer
>model 33)...

Customization is always the customer's option. And while I imagine you
play a good deal more than I do, I simply cannot imagine ever wearing out
an instrument. (Yes, I know it can be done, but I can't imagine me doing
it.) Let me know the next time you want to throw away a worn-out instrument.

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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