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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000299.txt from 1999/01

From: Luigi Montanez <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Buffet B-Series
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 23:05:52 -0500

---Bill Hausmann <> wrote:
> At 11:05 PM 1/7/99 -0600, Dee Hays wrote:
> >(Bill Hausmann wrote:)
> >>But unless you simply want a NEW clarinet, moving from a Bundy to
a Vito or
> >>YCL-20, or even the B-12, is pretty much a lateral move. Why not
keep the
> >>Bundy and buy another BETTER instrument?
> >
> >
> >Well the original poster DID specify plastic and by indicating he was
> >considering the B-12 that would lead to the interpretation that he
did not
> >want to jump all the way to a Greenline. Right now the choices in
> >are either the student horns or the Greenline pro models. There
> >anything in-between.
> >
> Precisely why I asked the question. If one already HAS a plastic
> perfectly adequate for marching and outdoor things, one would
> want to step up a BETTER (presumeably wood) instrument for other
> To buy another student quality clarinet seems superfluous.

Well I don't know what superfluous means, but the thing is that my
Bundy is not very adequate (left hand pinky keys when fingered by
themselves refuse to speak no matter how I depress them, an overall
"stuffy" feel). The keywork itself is not very good (I have do
constantly bend keys) which may be my own fault. I've tried the
Selmer CL300 plastic horn and I was literally stunned at its ease of
blowing and excellent response over my Bundy. But the main reason
that I want to get the Buffet B-12 is because I will also have an
E-12, and hopefully someday the R-13.

And if anyone wonders why I'm so partial to Buffet, it's because David
Pino, the author of "The Clarinet and Clarinet Playing" recommends the
R-13. That one book taught me more about playing than any teacher
could have and I'm forever grateful. is now stocking the
paperback reprint of the book, which I recommend for all (only $8).
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