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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000554.txt from 1999/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Dumb Question - Wood and Plastic
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 14:26:10 -0400

At 09:06 AM 4/12/99 +1000, you wrote:
>I have been window shopping at some second hand stores looking at the
>I'm just looking for a cheep one I can pull apart and play with, may be even
>put back together if I'm lucky.But I would like to get a wood one.
>Now here's the dumb question. What's the easiest way, by sight, to tell the
>difference between a wood and a plastic clarinet? (A lot of these old ones
>are very dirty and have no makers name).
Well, there is always the "Float Test." :-)

In truth, though, wood clarinets are almost always identifiable as such.
You can see the grain if you look closely enough. Plastic (and hard
rubber) clarinets are almost always completely smooth, plastics usually
shiny smooth. Note exceptions: Artleys and some Vitos and possibly others
are made with simulated grain, but check the bell -- you'll notice the
grain is on the OUTSIDE only; the inside is smooth. For further confusion
though, there are some clarinets out there with wood main joints and
plastic barrels and bells.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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