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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000298.txt from 1997/12

From: Dee Hays <>
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 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.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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