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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001423.txt from 1999/01

From: "Ed Maurey" <edsshop@-----.ca>
Subj: Re: [kl] selmer centered tone and Series 9
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 21:02:17 -0500

Doug,

I completely agree with you about Series 9's. [At .584" it's only .003"
smaller than the Centered Tone.] I can't agree with Tom Ridenour that it
has lower chalumeau
sharpness. Perhaps he hasn't tested them with an electronic tuner. The
needle practically stands still! It is the easiest, stabilest, smoothest
clarinet I' ve ever played.

The Series 9 A is .587" [the same as the Centered tone A] and it has none
of the stuffiness that R13 players are always complaining about. The
intonation is superb.

The Series 9 C is .570" It has hideous lower chalumeau FLATNESS. With the
kind telephone help of Tom Ridenour I increased the bore to .580" and
increased the lower flare. It now plays magnificently! It's intonation is
as good as the Bb's and the tone is down right gorgeous. Even the low E is
only 5 cents flat!---------

Ed Maurey

> From: Doug Sears <dsears@-----.org>
> To: klarinet <klarinet@-----.org>
> Subject: Re: [kl] selmer centered tone and Series 9
> Date: Thursday, January 28, 1999 2:51 PM
>
> My Selmer Series 9 Bb measures 14.86 mm at the top of the right-hand
> joint. I wouldn't call it large-bored. It's a wonderful instrument -- I
> don't know why they stopped making them. I'd be interested in hearing
what
> people think their shortcomings are.
>
> --Doug
> ------------------------------
> Doug Sears dsears@-----.org/~dsears
>
> Wendell Stampfli wrote:
>
> > I have been playing a series 9 for my whole clarinet career. I had no
> > idea it was a large bore instrument. How does it compare to the Buffet
> > line? I use a Vandoren m-13 'lyre' mouthpiece with Van 2 1/2 reeds.
>
> probably in response to Ed Maurey, who wrote:
>
> > I have played Centered Tones and their offspring Series 9's for years.
> > They are the last of the big bored Selmers that dominated the clarinet
> > world the first half of the 20th Century. They blow freely. They have
> > a dark, not fruity sweet small bore sound.
>
>
>
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