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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000178.txt from 1999/01

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Leblanc Corp/T.Ridenour
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 13:20:06 -0500

Mr. Borchart noted re Tom Ridenour:

<<<The request for payment by Tom for their own book keeping inaccuracies
speaks volumes more about the corporation's mind-set than anything else.
Shouldn't they have researched the missing 1992 clarinets before
this? I certainly hope Leblanc is not in that much financial trouble.>>>

There are 2 ways to look at this. One is that the instruments were
entrusted to Tom, who didn't mind the store. When I was a waiter, I was
responsible for folks who "dined and dashed"--I would end up paying for
their food. It was up to me to keep an eye on my tables to make sure that
this didn't happen. In this scenario, Leblanc has waited a long time to do
the accounting, perhaps giving Tom as much time as possible to set things
right. I hope that this is what happened--not for Tom, but as far as how I
view the ethics of that corporation.

The other way to look at this is not so rosy. Tom--who designed their new
line of horns--had a job to demonstrate them to the world. In doing his
job, his personal stature in the clarinet world rose; after all, he designed
these spiffy new horns. For whatever reason, he stopped working for this
company, and publicly endorsed the product of a competitor, making the
company none too happy. Is this perhaps some sort of corporate spite?

Now, I don't know and have never met Tom or anyone from Leblanc--I have no
personal knowledge of any of this. All I know is what I read off the web:
that Leblanc wants $$ from Tom for horns, and that he endorses the Selmer
Signature. I do know, however, that my personal buying decisions are often
affected by how I see people get treated.


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