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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001306.txt from 1999/01

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Grendadilla Wood
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 22:54:45 -0500

At 06:34 PM 1/25/99 EST, Doogie707 wrote:
>I have a question that may sound stupid, but is the Grendadilla Wood or
>whatever other kindds of wood that the clarinet is made out of naturally
black
>or is there artificial coloring used on the wood to make it have the black
>color. I have been curious about that for a long time.
>
Grenadilla wood (also known as African Blackwood) naturally varies from
medium dark brown to near black. It is usually stained for instruments,
probably for uniformity's sake. Some instruments are available in
unstained wood, and these are quite attractive. One Selmer USA model with
gold-plated keys is particularly striking, but silver plating also looks
very good with it (like the Buffet Festival). Of course, tradition reigns
supreme in the clarinet world, so expect black stain to be the norm for
some time to come.

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