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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000190.txt from 1999/04

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Wood/plastic, etc...
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 04:41:15 -0400

On Sat, 3 Apr 1999, Bill Hausmann wrote:
> The sound could be affected for better OR WORSE, then, right? The
> resistance, response, etc. of a plastic Bundy may suit the player better
> than that of a Buffet Prestige or Selmer Signature and result in better
> tone being produced?

Better or Worse are words that the person who is evaluating the sound must
make - not me. I simply state that they respond differently and they feel
different in terms of the resistance. Therfore, a person may prefer one
over the other - and that they interpret that as a difference in the way
they sound.

A plastic Bundy is not the same as a Buffet Prestige in terms of
construction, undercutting, etc., therefore, it sounds different -
primarily because of the construction - not materials. Perhaps a better
comparison might be a Buffet R-13 vs. a Greenline R-13. I have tried
dozens of each, side by side and, while they sound different - even
amongst themselves, the Greenlines all have a similar resistance/response
as do their wood counterparts that seem unique to the materials. I don't
dislike either sound - and in fact, there are times that I prefer one over
the other. But - they are different in the way they sound because of the
resistance and response factors.
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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