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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001664.txt from 1998/04

From: Dodgshun family <>
Subj: [kl] Re: [klarinet] Plastic bass clarinet
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 04:59:51 -0400

At 07:13 PM 27/04/98 EDT, you wrote:

> I have played some Bundy and Vito
>basses which sound quite adequate in the chalumeau range, but not above.

YES!! YES!! I'm playing a Bundy at the moment, for lack of a nicer bass to
play, and I agree totally. Its lower register is pretty good, but the upper
register is awful. I'm doing my best to get my orchestra to get a Selmer,
but they don't seem to be very keen.

>Unfortunately, I think you are correct to be concerned about what people will
>think of the brand of instrument you play. If you are already known to be a
>fine player, you can play whatever you wish as long as you play at a high
>standard. But, if you show up to your first gig with a Bundy clarinet, you
>will have a difficult time being taken seriously. I don't agree with this, but
>it has been very true in my professional experience.

I've been playing professionally on the Bundy, which I don't enjoy doing.
Nobody has been overly critical, but I don't know if many people knew it was
a Bundy. It hasn't seemed to affect the amount of work I've been getting,
but I could be wrong.


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