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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000445.txt from 1999/01

From: Mitch Bassman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Buffet bass clarinets
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 14:08:44 -0500

Regarding Buffet model 1193 bass clarinets and the Washington Music Center,

At 12:22 PM 1/11/1999 -0500, Michael Cogswell wrote:
>However, the local dealer
>(Washington Music Center) insists that both are the same model number and
>that the -2 indicates silver plated keys.

Be careful with Buffet model interpretations from this dealer. I have the
utmost respect for Chuck Levin and his Washington Music Center. (I've even
bought instruments and supplies from them myself.) But about a year ago,
when I was considering a bass clarinet purchase (I still haven't taken the
plunge), he showed me a new model 1180 and assured me that it was a
"professional" model.

I've played on a colleague's 1180 (bought at that same store), and it is
indeed a fine instrument. But Buffet markets the 1180 as a student model
bass clarinet. I don't think there was any intent to deceive me; I believe
he just didn't know that this excellent model 1180 bass clarinet is
considered a student instrument.

Mitch Bassman

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