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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001521.txt from 1998/04

From: C E Field <>
Subj: Re: Re: [klarinet] All Metal Clarinets
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 08:36:19 -0400

In a message dated 4/26/98 10:37:26 PM, you wrote:

<<but as my boss said when an older one was brought into the shop, and he was
asked what was best to do with it, he answered, "they make really neat

I've heard this comment, too, and I think it is a shame that an old clarinet
be relegated to a task other than making music. The metal clarinets look
spiffy when they're cleaned up. The shiny metal appearance should appeal to
today's generation who seem so hooked on saxophones. (I don't have any axes to
grind; my agenda is to encourage more young people to take up MY favorite

Metal clarinets sound fine and I, too, have read that many turn of the century
(the previous one, that is) marching bands featured these instruments.

You can buy "as is" metal clarinets usually for under $75. I should think this
is an opportunity for schools to pick up decent clarinets for kids who might
otherwise be unable to afford their own instruments. Overhauling the metal
clarinets is a challenge, though. Polishing them takes eons (not unlike a
saxophone) and seating pads can be a tad tricky because of the angle of the
raised tone holes.

On a personal note, I just purchased a Noblet gold and silver metal clarinet
(brass and silver plated actually) for $78! It's a fine looking instrument,
plays well (now that I replaced a few pads), and will be especially
appropriate during the Christmas holidays...or 4th of get the


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