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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000029.txt from 1998/03

From: DGross1226 <>
Subj: Plastic, Professional Level Clarinets
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 00:09:13 -0500

In a message dated 98-03-01 12:22:46 EST, Dee Hays writes:

<< There are no plastic, professional level clarinets available.>>

If you're ever in the greater Los Angeles area, give Charles Bay a call and
ask him if you might give his "plastic" Selmer Bundy contra alto clarinet a
try. He's taken a basic plastic student model horn, undercut the tone holes,
reworked several linkages, plus made other "proprietary" adjustments and
created a horn which he believes compares favorably with the Selmer Paris
rosewood contra altos. In fact he thinks it's better. It's one heck of a
horn, believe me!

Don Gross
La Canada, California

p.s. It would be interesting to know if folks like Clark Fobes and Steve
Fowler have ever tried to "professionalize" plastic student horns and what
results they've had.

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