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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000373.txt from 1999/04

Subj: [kl] Re: Wood/plastic, etc...
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 21:04:43 -0400

In a message dated 99-04-06 04:12:47 EDT, Dee Hays writes:

<< Thus using grenadilla wood sawdust as a filler instead of some other
material is simply a marketing ploy to get people to accept plastic.>>

Having been a materials engineer in a previous life, I would respectfully
suggest that before making such unsubstantiated statements, one would at
least spend some time reading in the various scientific and engineering
journals about composite materials. While probably not the best examples,
take a look at the various materials that have been developed for airframes
or golf clubs or particle board or even bullet proof body armor for that
matter. Our research group at Shell Development Company invested a lot of
time and money developing materials from powdered metals to resist stress
corrosion cracking which a major concern in Shell's refinery and chemical
plants. In fact, the analogy is not too far removed from Buffet developing
the Greenline instruments to resist cracking. I would also make sure that I
had visited the Buffet factory and actually observed the process by which
Buffet makes its Greenline clarinets. There are still some companies which
are not run by their marketing departments -- although they are getting
fewer. Just listen to the White House press secretary and our Pentagon

Don Gross
La Canada, California

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