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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000632.txt from 1999/01

Subj: [kl] Inherent flaws in intonation
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 14:16:05 -0500

I think the most important thing I'm reading in this thread is this:

Go over any horn you're thinking of buying with a fine tooth comb, a tuner,
and a lot of patience! Don't go into any deal expecting to buy the horn.

For most every horn I've picked out, new or used, I spend forever with a tuner
and it. I make sure it's good and warmed up, too, before I poke with the
tuner. I don't know how the sellers feel about the time I spend doing this,
but I don't care. It's not just my money, but my life that's at stake. I've
not spent less than two and a half hours honking on horns in a shop to pick
out mine. (After getting my Eb, I had a royal headache and I could barely
play the next day. LOL!) It's staggering the difference in intonation and
tone in "identical" new horns.

The end result is well worth it, though. I have a kit now, that if I'm out of
tune, it's me, man, not the horns!

My four horns (2 Bb's, an Eb and an A) are all R-13's, for what that's worth.
Everything from 1969 to 1995. I stick with R-13's simply because I started
with them and have been very happy with them.

Are there inherent intonation problems in R-13's? Probably. But some mighty
fine in-tune ones come off the line as well.

Next will be a bass, and God help the boys in the shop when I decide to drop
that hunk of cash!

Teri Herel

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