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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000874.txt from 1999/01

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Subjective and Objective
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 12:52:39 -0500

> Yet the Yamama pro saxes seem to be suffering from the same trouble Leblanc
> and Selmer clarinets have: they get no respect! Everybody has to have the
> Selmer sax, or else! We had that one Yamaha alto in stock for a couple of
> years. Even at my employee discount, though, buying it would cost me
> money, whereas the horn I already owned was, in effect, free. We finally
> sold it at a tremendous discount. Somebody got a heckuva deal on a great
> sax! And now I will never get to play it any more!

Just a quick comment from an obeservational standpoint - our saxophone
professor, William West (studied with Donald Sinta) purchased a new (at
the time a few years ago) Super Action Selmer, Series 2 - and really loves
it. He had tried (with me present) several of the Yamaha Custom and
others in the line - and pointed out many different problems with the
evenness, etc of the sound - none of which I can remember at this point.
However, I heard everything he pointed out - and, subsequently, when
students visited our school to audition or even arrived with a Yamaha
Custom, it was so interesting to hear those similar problems in their
playing - without ever having studied at our school!

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

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