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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000170.txt from 1997/12

From: (Moren, Jennifer)
Subj: Re: clarinets for beginners who want to be better
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 12:40:24 -0500

My favorites (and my students'):

Student plastic:

(Avoid UMI... Armstrong & Artley, Vito, Jupiter, and most Chinese brands)

Student Wood:

Yamaha 34
Buffet E-11
Older Selmer Signets and some Noblets are OK
Avoid Selmer 200 (seem to be consistently stuffy)

Intermediate Wood:

Yamaha 52 (great deal)
Buffet E-12 (high priced, but a little better quality)
I have a student trying these next week or so plus the Leblanc Sonata,
which I had them order out of curiosity! She is in 9th grade... I could
let you know the choice later if you wish!

I will add that I usually have each student order a Yamaha and a Buffet to
compare. Based on their playing preference, my choice (without looking at
which they are playing), their choice (without looking at which I am
playing), and the parent's choice in the same manner, we all have
consistently picked the same two instruments.

Stu. Wood: Buffet E-11
Int. Wood: Yamaha 52

Only one student preferred the E-12, and could afford it!

> From: Andrea Kellaway <>
> To:
> Subject: clarinets for beginners who want to be better
> Date: Thursday, December 04, 1997 1:52 PM
> Hello!
> It's been a while since I've talked with anyone about beginning
> clarinets for players who are on their way to spending a LOT more time
> with the clarinet. Can anyone give their recommendations as to what they
> feel are good choices? I've always been partial to Yamahas, but I've had
> a few students with student model Buffets that are really nice too.
> Andrea

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