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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000968.txt from 1999/01

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Rudeness and humility
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 09:03:38 -0500

At 12:15 AM 1/19/99 -0800, Jay Webler wrote:
>Can someone please tell me at what point they have had a gun put to their
>and told to buy a Leblanc or an R-13 or die. It seems as if in this day of
>political correctness, that no one is supposed to have a strong opinion about
>anything. The only time I have ever had a Clarinet jammed down my throat
is when
>I was practicing scales, laying on my back (to develope my diaphram), and
>to put my thumb on the back side of the thumb rest.
>The strong opinons about various Calrinets did not cause me to by and
R-13. I
>tried many Clarinets: R-13, Buffet International, YCL 34, YCL 64, Leblanc
>Concerto, Leblanc Infinity, Leblanc Sonata, and various Selmers. I
decided on the
>R-13 because I believed that it had a much better projection of sound. I
>never regretted that decision, and the strong opinions of Mr. Ridenour
have not
>caused me to regret my decision. So, bring on the strong opinions because
I found
>out that I am grown up enough to make decisions in spite of them.
>The people I have learned the most from are the ones who are willing to
share what
>they know.
AMEN! And a :-) for your thumbrest problem! This is the heart of the
point everybody has been trying to make. Don't buy on the label alone; try
out everything you can, use all the input you can. The clarinet you
ultimately decide on, regardless of what brand or model it is, will please
you, and you won't have to second guess yourself later. If you buy like a
sheep, you will never REALLY be sure that what you have is best, although
you may mouth the words.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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