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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000355.txt from 1999/04

Subj: [kl] Re: klarinet Digest 6 Apr 1999 08:15:01 -0000 Issue 1250
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 21:04:25 -0400

In a message dated 06/04/99 03:12:33 Central Daylight Time, writes:

They are made of 95% grenadilla chips and 5% bondage material.If 'plastic=
means thermoplastic it may be,but ordinarily plastic material is made of
inorganic material.It seems to me inappropriate to call them 'plastic'.
One thing I do not like about them.Their prices do not differ from ordina=
R13! Strange.

Dear Hiroshi,

For the one thing you don't like about the Green Line wich is the price,I
would like expain to everyone if I may WHY the Green Line and the wood is at
the same price.
First as everybody know Buffet make woodwind instrument since 1825 as a
compagnie because Auguste Buffet made intrsument before with his name on it.
Buffet understand and have a big experience on working with the wood as any
other major brand do i am sure. We use stainless steel tools to cut wood
like undercutting,reamers for the bore etc.We have those tools for a while
and we have a tool makers at the factory who provide the tools needed for the
production. It is a cost of course but we are making a lot of clarinet per
day aroud an 100. For the Green Line we had to do experiments, make
prototype, buy the tooling to build the pieces, buy the tooling to
ream,undercut and work on the material made of carbite which is very
expensive and very fragile. The Green Line cost us more than the wood to piut
in production and it will take some time to pay off the new tooling we invest
on. But we still decide and you have to thanks Mr Michael Winter President of
Buffet and Mr Paul Baronnat General Manager at Buffet who decided to try it.
It is working people start liking the instruments we now make the full range
R13,RC and Fetsival out of Green Line both BB and A. We make oboes out of it
too and let me tell you that it is working very well and we sale those well
too. So our cost is more on Green Line than on Wood but Mr Winter and
Baronnat choose to put the instrument at the same price to the public instead
of putting the Green Line under or higher it was a good choice to me because
I think that those instruments are equals on quality and sound. Just my

Musically Yours

Francois Kloc
Woodwind Product Specialist
Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments Inc.

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