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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001369.txt from 1999/01

From: Richard Bush <rbushidioglot@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] selmer centered tone
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 20:41:36 -0500

david rothbaum wrote:
>
> perhaps someone would like to share thier opinions of this horn? in
> particular an early 50's model.
>
> thanks,
>
> david
>
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Hi Dave,

I use to play on a Selmer CT. Bought it slightly used when I was in my
first year of high school. That was in 1956. Played it all through
college, and was solo chair in the band for two of those years.

The CT is a very large bored instrument. I think, almost 15 mm. This is
large by today's standards. I believe that the only horn that comes
close is the Pete Fountain Leblanc.

Large bore instruments have their own tuning problems. See elsewhere in
Sneezy for other's comments on such acoustical matters. Large bore
clarinets are very flexible, have a strong third register and can be
played very loud. The quality of tone, contrary to the label "center or
centered tone" is quite the opposite. The tone really spreads when
played loudly.

Frankly, I still wished I had mine. These instruments make great jazz
and dixieland horns.

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