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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000362.txt from 1999/01

From: mgustav <mgustav@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] question
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 11:40:57 -0500

I also have an R-13 from 1963 (79,128) and it's an amazing horn. It was originally
purchased by Clark Brody. It is in semi-retirement being replaced by a #436,000.
I've been told that clarinets from that time, 79,xxx, are the tail end of what has
been thought of as the best Buffets, 78,xxx. Perhaps it's clarinet folklore. I
recently played a Buffet with the serial number 78. Overall, it was an OK
instrument but the altissimo register played effortlessly and clear. This clarient
had much more resistance than more recent clarinets.

If I remember correctly, Alan Blustein, a great freelance clarinetist in NYC played
a 78,xxx until about five or six years ago. So much about those who think you
should replace your clarinet every five years.

Mark Gustavson
Composer/Clarinetist

Roger Garrett wrote:

> On Sun, 10 Jan 1999, David Renaud wrote:
> > In light of this---?? Have you tried the "Vintage" model,based on this earlier
> > design, and would you say it was a better horn
> > then the R13, to your taste.
> > I find the throat tones too different on the "Vintage" compared
> > to what I am use to in the R13.
> >
> > Dave Renaud
>
> Dave -
>
> No, I have have not tried the Vintage model. I found the 1963 R-13 to be
> of the highest caliber clarinet that I have tried in many, many years.
> The throat tones were right on pitch.
>
> I don't know what this means - just what I have experienced.
>
> RG
> Roger Garrett
> Professor of Clarinet
> Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
> Advisor - Recording Studio
> Illinois Wesleyan University
>
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