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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001570.txt from 1999/01

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] new purchase?
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 07:25:24 -0500

On Sun, 31 Jan 1999, TOM RIDENOUR wrote:

> >On Sun, 31 Jan 1999, TOM RIDENOUR wrote:
> >
> >> the VSP has an inverse taper upper cone and the Sonata's
> >> configuration is a form of polycylindrical reversing cone.
> >> This gives the Sonata more depth and resonance and a more
> >> mature, flexible tone than the VSP.
> >
> >Oh ack.
> >
> >"...depth and resonance"
> >"...a more mature, flexible tone..."
> >
> >Were you moonlighting in Leblanc's marketing department
> >while designing their instruments? Such pithy mumbo-
> >jumbo. We get enough of this tripe in the catalogues.
> >
> >Neil

> Neil,
> Why don't you try them to compare instead of jumping to such conclusions?
> I did the designs,know what is in the clarinets, and know the general
> results from the designs. It's not "mumbo-jumbo."

Well, Tom, the point of my response was to draw attention to
the fact that your descriptions...of "a more mature, flexible
tone" are no more helpful or informative than when such verbiage
is used in a mail order catalogue. Should such meaningless words
for describing a clarinet's characteristics assume greater credi-
bility simply because your name is associated with them? I don't
think so. If you're going to describe clarinets that way, expect
a few reactions of disdain for a lack of objective information to
clarify. The only conclusion I drew from your original statement
was, after reading it, that I was no closer to understanding the
qualities of the Sonata clarinet than if you had never submitted
your post in the first place.


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