Klarinet Archive - Posting 001277.txt from 1997/09
From: Roger Shilcock <roger.shilcock@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: A Plastic Clarinet Question
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 22:00:44 -0400
I have seen these in England, maybe 3 years ago - didn't try one, but
heard them highly spoken of re intonation. I don't know whether they are
still being made. One aesthetic disadvantage is that you can see trails of
condensation running down inside the tube.
On Sat, 27 Sep 1997 RETHIERS@-----.com wrote:
> Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 21:33:32 -0400 (EDT)
> From: RETHIERS@-----.com
> Reply-To: klarinet@-----.us
> To: klarinet@-----.us
> Subject: Re: A Plastic Clarinet Question
> Dear Matt:
> There is, or has been, a high quality plastic clarinet out there.
> About 5 years ago a music store owned by a friend of mine aquired two
> Buffet clarinets made entirely of a plastic that is as clear as glass. The
> keys are bright copper plated and in the eye of this beholder they were and
> are the most spectacularly beautiful clarinet imaginable. My friend kept one
> and sold me the other. We both march them. They are rugged and insensitive to
> weather conditions, except that the plastic temporarily becomes slightly hazy
> at high temperatures. At every parade they draw oohs and aahs especially from
> members of other bands.
> I have seen only one other of these (which I promptly bought) and although
> I think they were advertised for a while by the Woodwinds and Brasswinds of
> South Bend they did not have one to sell me.
> But the impressive part is that when subjected to the Fobes intonation test
> the two I have are FAR superior in their tuning than either my Buffet R13 or
> my Selmer G10.
> That's all I know about these clear clarinets. I wish I knew their story.
> Why were they made -- was it an experiment? Why are they so good -- is
> plastic easier to work with? Why were they discontinued -- am I the only
> person who sees them as beautiful?
> I know that this probably won't help you except to answer your question but
> never having heard these mentioned through any of the long threads about
> plastic clarinets I couldn't resist answering your question. Besides, on the
> Klarinet list when you cast your bread upon the waters it comes back many
> fold amazingly often.
> Ralph Thiers
> Olympia, WA