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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000426.txt from 1998/03

From: Dee Hays <>
Subj: Re: Greenlines
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 18:37:11 -0500

Jacqueline Eastwood wrote:

> My R-13 A clarinet was made in about 1968; it is significantly heavier to
> both of my R-13 Bb's (one from 1976, the other from the early 90's). I
> have compared it to other, more recently manufactured A clarinets and it
> is noticeably heavier than them, also. I've never bothered to find out
> WHY, as the WHY doesn't really matter to me; it is simply a fact, and I
> often use a neckstrap to alleviate the thumb weight. Any one know for
> sure why this would be?
> Jacqueline Eastwood
> University of Arizona/Arizona Opera Orchestra

I can't say why but my Leblanc from the early to mid 1950's is heavier than
the other two wood clarinets that I own. It was also heavier than my the
Buffet that my daughter's instructor had. In one case I can tell quite easily
that there is a difference in wall thickness.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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