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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001097.txt from 1997/12

From: Mark Charette <>
Subj: Re: humidity
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 16:17:47 -0500

Roger Garrett wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Dec 1997, Dee Hays wrote:
> > For whatever reason, the professional level woods (and
> > most intermediate woods) sound a lot better than the plastics. But woods are
> > sensitive to the environment with the possibility of cracking (though this can be
> > successfully repaired).
> Uh oh......this could spell trouble Dee.......we had WW15 a couple months
> back on this (well......a friendly WW15.....)....and it was over the
> course of a few days. For the record, I agree with you, but you may find
> others on the list who become absolutely incensed at the suggestion that
> the material makes a difference!

Hmmm ... I see Dee carefully using words to avoid making the
material the differentiator.

I don't think there's many who claim that plastic sounds better -
it's the _reason_ why wood clarinets sound better that's in conflict.
Some say it's because of the material, some say it's because of
the quality of workmanship. Until some company decides to make a
plastic clarinet with the same high quality that they use for their
upper line clarinets, we may never be able to really settle the
question. Considering that the cost difference due to material
isn't huge, I don't see any company rushing to make the good
quality plastic clarinets.

_I_ can't identify the sound of an R-13 Greenline from a
regular R-13 without looking, and the material properties of
the Greenline composite are definately different from a regular
R-13. That doesn't mean that there aren't any differences, just
that my ears may not be sensitive enough to hear the difference.
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