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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001601.txt from 1998/04

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: [klarinet] Wood vs. Plastic vs. Metal
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 09:37:17 -0400

On Tue, 28 Apr 1998, Kenneth Wolman wrote:

> I played my girlfriend's son's entry-level Vito. Sorry, LeBlanc,
> 't'ain't the same thing as a Concerto, an old Auguste Buffet, or a
> Selmer Center Tone. Not even close. It did not SOUND like wood:

It did not sound the same as a high-quality, professional level, clarinet,
right? And given the price differential, would you expect it to? The
difference in the two categories of instruments lies much more in the
design and the manufacturing process than in the material.

I have posted this before, but I have an all-plastic Loree oboe, and I
would challenge you to tell the difference in it and a wooden one. So
far, even professional oboists have not been able to tell which was being

Ed Lacy

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