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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001489.txt from 1998/04

From: James Fay <n3hpz@-----.com>
Subj: [klarinet] Re: sound, shape and material
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 06:10:24 -0400

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From: Gary_VanCott@-----.com
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 16:11:57 -0700
Subject: Re: sound, shape, and material
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This message is only slightly related to the subject.

Yesterday, I took a poster for our clarinet quartet concert to one of the
local music stores. There was a big sign in the window that said "Clarinet
Sale" and in the counter 7 or 8 different models of Buffet clarinets were
laid out in a row. In retrospect, I realize I should have siezed to
opportunity to do as much of a blind test as was possible under the
circumstances. However, the thought didn't occur to me, in fact, it was a
while before I realized that my clarinet (mouthpiece and reeds) was in the
car so I could try any at all.

I have been curious about the E-11 A clarinet. It sounded to me like a
student instrument (similar to my old Selmer Signet Special). I don't think
I will be buying one anytime soon.

I also played a Buffet Festival which I liked very much. After I had played
if for a while with the stock barrel I decided to try my Clark Fobes barrel
on it. I thought that this barrel significantly improved what was already
good sound and that it made more difference on this instrument than it did
on my R-13.

Gary Van Cott
Las Vegas, NV

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