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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000321.txt from 1999/04

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Wood/plastic, etc...
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 21:50:37 -0400

On Mon, 5 Apr 1999, Richard Bush wrote:

> Here is what I would like to see: I would like all of the major clarinet
> makers, Buffet, Selmer, Leblanc and Yamaha make a couple of dozen
> clarinets out of plastic.
> [snip]
> To the best of my knowledge, this has never been done.

Excellent idea. However, it is not totally unknown to make high-quality
instruments of plastic. I have an all-plastic Loree oboe, which is as
fine an instrument as can be asked for. I have had several oboists play
on it, and often they are not even aware that it is make of plastic, until
I tell them. Also, the Fox company makes some of their oboes and bassoons
from plastic. They subject the plastic to the same manufacturing
processes as wood. Many people prefer their plastic instruments.

Ed Lacy

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