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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000556.txt from 1999/04

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Dumb Question - Wood and Plastic
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 14:26:12 -0400

In addition, the typical wooden clarinet is also noticeably heavier than the
typical plastic one.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Hausmann <>
Date: Sunday, April 11, 1999 7:03 PM
Subject: Re: [kl] Dumb Question - Wood and Plastic

>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
>>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
>>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.

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