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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000987.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] Rudeness and humility
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 11:53:25 -0500

About 12 years ago when I was ready to purchase a top level flute, I was
very confused as to whether Haynes or Powell was the best. I went up to
the pit at the New York State Theater during an intermission and asked the
flute section that very question. The response was- "It depends on the
FLUTE." I wound up buying a Muramatsu! Buy the horn, not the name.

Fred (

At 09:31 AM 1/19/99 -0600, you wrote:
>On Mon, 18 Jan 1999, TOM RIDENOUR wrote:
>> >Fred wrote:
>> And as for which clarinet is better- it doesn't matter at all.
>> >They are DIFFERENT, thats all. No clarinet is a substitute for hard work
>> >and talent.
>> No, but a poor one can frustrate both.
>> tom
>I'm not particularly interested in rejoining what has become a territorial
>and prideful commentary on all sides. My original posts were simply made
>to ask questions, which I felt were satisfatorilly answered - even if I do
>not agree with all the information presented. However, the problem with
>email, as Kevin Fay has pointed out on numerous occassions is that
>communication often becomes fuzzy and unspecific. I find the above
>reponse to be one of those. We have been watching the discussion of Opus
>vs. other clarinets by several people, and we have been watching and
>learning Tom's position regarding clarinets in general and their
>accoustical, physical, etc. properties and impact upon the clarinet world
>in general. Given all that, for those who have not followed all of this,
>it is my assumption, a correct one hopefully, that Tom was not stating,
>implying, or suggesting in any way that the R-13 is a poor clarinet? He
>has not said so - but his message is in response to a response to a post
>that discussed clarinets - primarily the Opus and the Buffet R-13.
>Tom - please clarify if I am correct or incorrect in my assumption?
>Roger Garrett
>Professor of Clarinet
>Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
>Advisor - Recording Studio
>Illinois Wesleyan University
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