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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000661.txt from 1999/04

Subj: Re: [kl] Buffet Fesital-A
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 14:09:28 -0400

The difference between the Festival and the R-13 is that the Festival is
made of the same wood as the Prestige models. It is thicker, more seasoned
and more dense. The register key is placed 3mm higher and the register tube
is French design, the bore is the same as the R-13( The lower joint
is slightly longer. The clarinet tends to have a darker sound than the
Have the upper joint re-padded with cork, this will brighten the
instrument slightly and make it a little more resonant. The cork pads have
a harder surface than the skin pads and acts as resonators. You may also
try having resonators installed on the lower joint.

Aaron Hayden,
Hayden Musical Instruments.
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Subject: [kl] Buffet Fesital-A

> I recently purchased a new Festival model A clainet to replace my twelve
> old R-13 ( I think I finally blew it out). I found it's scale and eveness
> superior to other new R-13's that I had recently tried. After playing
> 15 horns, I purchased the Festival. When I returned to work and started
> using the instrument in the hall, I found myself still making pitch
> corrections for my R-13, and switching between this horn and my R-13
> feels dramatically different to me. I like the sound of the instrument
> I'm having also having projection problems with it. I find myself
> overblowing for volume. I don't like the barrels that came with it and
> using a Chadash on it but recently tried a Moennig that helped a bit. The
> instrument is still just factory ready, so I'm sending it off to get
> overhauled and I'm hoping that it will free up. Has anyone purchased this
> intrument that is having a similar problems? Does anyone know the
> in bores between this model and the R-13?
> Mario Estrada
> Florida West Coast Symphony
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