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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000608.txt from 1999/01

From: HatNYC62@-----.com
Subj: [kl] Re: klarinet Digest 14 Jan 1999 03:51:05 -0000 Issue 924
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 23:08:57 -0500

>>>The R-13 was designed in the late 1940's by Buffet plant manager, Robert
Carree, who did not play the clarinet at all.......I'm not sure he played
anything. It's low register tube placement results in the inherent defect of a
flat thumb "F", sharp high "C", the off color and somewhat low left hand
chalumeau "E", and very sharp clarion "B". Attempts to tune the clarion
"C" and "B" well result in impossible tuning for the left hand chalameau "F"
and "E". Lee Gibson wrote about this in "The Clarinet" for almost a decade and
a half and how it needed to be corrected.<<<

The clarinet players with the most accurate intonation I have ever heard are
Robert Marcellus, Harold Wright, Ralph McLane and Ricardo Morales. The first
three played old R-13 (or earlier model) clarinets, the last has played many
different clarinets.

Intonation is more a factor of the ear of the player than the instrument
he/she plays on. No clarinet (or any wind instrument) ever built plays
perfectly in tune with itself under every circumstance. You either know how to
play in tune or you don't. The instrument either helps you or hurts you to
varying degrees. "It was tuned at the factory" just doesn't cut it.

-David Hattner, NYC

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