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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000250.txt from 1999/01

From: Edmund William White <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Selmer 33/37 Bass Clarinet Differences?
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 04:39:21 -0500

All I can say is that it is better than my cracked Buffet
Prestige right now.............Oh, it hurts so..................

Ed White
disgruntled bass player - send condolences to:

On Thu, 7 Jan 1999, Frederick S. Sterns wrote:

> I was fortunate some months ago to obtain what Selmer tells me is a model
> 33 bass clarinet first sold in 1994 by the vendor from whom I subsequently
> repurchased it. It seems to have an interesting history, although Selmer
> could give only limited information.
> The instrument evidently cracked shortly after the original purchaser
> bought it and it was returned to the Selmer factory where the crack was
> banded. The question is, did they then add some additional keys that were
> not on the original 33?
> There are six keys for the right little finger; five keys for the left
> little finger, and two for the right thumb. They operate the same as the
> keying for the model 37 except low Eb is the last key in the top row, while
> the last key in the bottom row is the low C#.
> The two extra keys for the left little finger are low D and an alternate Eb/Ab.
> The thumb keys are low D [a second option] and the bottom of the horn, low C.
> No one I know has seen a model 33 with these extra keys...but of course my
> circle of musicians familiar with long bass clarinets is limited.
> Do I have a "standard" 1990s model 33...or did Selmer add some keys when
> they banded the instrument after it cracked?
> If anyone is interested, it has proved to be an excellent instrument and
> plays warmly and in good tune from the very bottom to super-C. I'm most
> pleased with my acquisition!
> Thanks for any comments or observations...Fred S.
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