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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000704.txt from 1999/01

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Ridenour's ratings
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 10:53:16 -0500

On Sat, 16 Jan 1999, TOM RIDENOUR wrote:
> After all, Ricardo Morales won his Met job
> with an Opus clarinet. And many other players have proven it to be a
> worthy instrument.

Tom, I really enjoy the way the Opus plays. But I hope you also
recognize that the Buffet R-13 has produced many successful major symphony
audtition results as well. I'm not sure that Ricardo's success is because
of the Leblanc - frankly, he could have won it on a Selmer, a Buffet, a
Leblanc or a Yamaha. John Yeh - same thing.

But I know what you are trying to say - that it is a good measure of the
instrument. I wonder - how many orchestral auditions (big auditions) have
been won with a Leblanc clarinet?

Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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