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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000624.txt from 1999/01

From: GrabnerWG@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: klarinet Digest 14 Jan 1999 03:51:05 -0000 Issue 924
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 14:15:57 -0500

In a message dated 1/14/99 8:09:10 AM Central Standard Time,
rgarrett@-----.edu writes:

<< From: rgarrett@-----.edu (Roger Garrett)
Reply-to: klarinet@-----.org
To: klarinet@-----.org

On Wed, 13 Jan 1999 HatNYC62@-----.com wrote:
> 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

David's description sure hits the nail on the head. The comment....the
instrument either helps you or hurts you to varying degrees is where it
is all at. >>
OK....I'm gonna through my hat in the ring. My first A clarinet was a Buffet
R-13 that I bought in the late 60's. I tried out many horns and had the help
of my teacher. It had a lovely tone quality.

The reason I got rid of it were described OH SO WELL in Tom's post. Flat
throat F, extremely sharp clarion A, B, and C. Stuffy clarion B.

The worst prob was the extreme sharpness of the upper clarion. I could not
bring them down "in tune" with embouchure only without destroying the tone
quality. I evolved a whole system of funky alternate fingering to help
compensate.

I tried a bunch of Selmer 10-G's with Shifrin and sold the Buffet A a week
later..

My point is...tuned at the factory......is.........NOT....But mistuned at the
factory causes big problems. The inherent flaws in the R-13 design made it
very hard to get around the problems in THAT one horn.

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