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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000814.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] Subjective and Objective
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 22:54:54 -0500

>At 04:43 PM 1/17/99 -0500, Mark Charette wrote:
>>Sometimes the work of making an instrument play in tune adds "character"
>>to the sound. At least that's what I've been led to believe about the
>>Selmer Mk VI sax by a person I respect and trust here in Detroit (Irv
>>Feldman, one of the finest legit sax players I've heard). He tells me
>>the Mk VI (at least the one he owns) is not all that good at intonation,
>>but the "special sound" he gets out of it is partly due to the work he
>>has to put in to make it play in tune.
>Maybe, but my Mark VI doesn't seem to need that much effort,
>intonation-wise (maybe a little sharp at the top, but better than my Martin
>Typewriter alto, which goes way flat there). Still, the best intonation
>I've ever encountered on a sax was on a Yamaha YAS-875. Outrageous player!
> But possibly too warm-toned for some. And too expensive for me (Damn!).
>Like with the clarinets, trade-offs must be made.
The "character" argument is what the Paris Conservatory professors used to
reject Muller's clarinet in the early 19th century.
Funny, in a short time, other clarinetists, not so constrained by talent,
had made it the choice instrument in France.

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