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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001044.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl]Ridenour's Recommendations
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:01:21 -0500

>You mentioned the Buffet RC (Bb) and the Festival (Bb). What do those go
>for at Brook Meyers? Do you also select those? Do any of the Buffet models
>have silver keys?
>The reason I ask is that I have two students who will be attending Louisiana
>State University next year. The clarinet teacher there, (Steve Cohen), has
>told them that the only instrument that would be acceptable is the R-13 or
>the Opus. I do, however, think he would accept the RC or the Festival.
>I haven't had a chance to do it yet, but I plan to call him and ask him if
>he's tried the Selmer "Signature" yet. That attitude really bothers me!
>Thanks in advance,
>Carl Schexnayder
I will be glad to answer you privately about clarinet prices; I really
don't know the rules for the list, and though I have seen other retailers
put posts of open advertising here I am reluctant to do so.
When I was at Leblanc I spent a week with Steve, his family and gave a
sustained period of time to his master class at LSU. He is a terrific
player, teacher and I enjoyed his company immensely.
I don't think he would have any objections to the Festival or the RC,
though the Festival has a tonal character that is nearer the R-13, without
the inherent defect in the register tube position which results,
unavoidably, in a spread of the F-C, E-B tuning ratios; something, as I
said, which Lee Gibson wrote about repeatedly over the years.
The Festival comes in silver keys with an Ab/Eb key as well.
I do hand select them and do detailed work on them.
As for the Signature, I don't know what Steve's response would be, but I
know several players here at UNT in Denton have looked into them and one of
the top grad students just traded his old instrument (which will remain
unmentioned;-) ) for a new Signature, which he sounds great on and loves.
As for prices and various services, write me on and I
will be happy to explain about things in detail, or call me 10 to 6 CST at
1- 972-221-9054.

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