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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000323.txt from 1999/01

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Buffet B-Series
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 15:05:20 -0500

At 08:05 PM 1/8/99 -0800, Luigi Montanez wrote:
>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.
I suppose it would surprise you, then, to know that the keywork on the
CL300 is IDENTICAL to that on the Bundy! Your response problems definitely
sound like the instrument needs adjustment and/or some new pads. Just like
you don't get rid of a car because it needs new tires or a tune-up, you
don't need to replace an instrument when it just needs a little work. If
you are bending keys regularly, you probably need to use some cork grease
to ease assembly.

>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).

And one could just as easily say that they must buy a Selmer Signature
because Tom Ridenour likes it. This is not to say that the R-13 is not a
fine instrument. It most certainly is. But so are several others. Rather
than jumping in blind and grabbing the first familiar name, try some
yourself and see what works best FOR YOU. David Pino won't get a cut even
if you DO buy the R-13. (Sounds like a good book, though!)

P.S.: Superfluous means excessive or unnecessary.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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