Klarinet Archive - Posting 000298.txt from 1997/12
From: Dee Hays <deerich@-----.net>
Subj: Re: Is it worth the extra $?
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 20:26:44 -0500
David Frank wrote:
> Here's a question for this group, I'm sure many will have opinions. I'm
> considering replacing my 30+ year old R13's. There's been quite a few
> postings over the past month or two on Greenlines, Prestige, Prestige RC,
> Leblanc Opus and Concerto. Clearly the top professional models ( Prestige,
> Prestige RC and Leblanc Opus) run $1000 to $1500 more than the R13 line and
> the Leblanc Concerto. Are the differences worth that additional expense?
> Seems hard to justify. I can read that the differences are the silver plated
> keys...........looks nicer, but does that make any difference otherwise. I
> know these models have the auxillary Eb lever, but would that really be
> used? Is the "Premium Grenadilla" wood really different, and worth the added
> expense? I'm certainly not a professional player, but a serious amateur.
> What do others think........is the added expense worth it?
> David Frank, Seattle
I agree with Dan Leeson. Unless there is something specific that you don't like
about your R-13's, there is no point in replacing them (unless you simply want
to). I play a Leblanc Symphonie II that is over 40 years old and am quite happy
with its sound and playing characteristics. However I want a new one simply
because I want one. Don't need it and can't justify it but it is my adult
"toy." When I do finally buy a different one, it will probably be the Opus if I
can manage to come up with the extra money. There are many passages that would
be a lot easier with the auxiliary Ab/Eb key. Again not really justifiable
except that it is what I want.