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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001019.txt from 1999/04

From: "Mark Charette" <charette@-----.org>
Subj: Re: [kl] The Moennig Challenge
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 08:22:30 -0400

From: <Sfdr@-----.com>
> However, according to Hans Moennig, the original design of the 22,000
series
> R-13 Buffet that Ralph McLane used did play in tune from the factory
without
> extensive set up work.

Of course, that wouldn't be close to the same clarinet that Buffet
produces today, since, if I'm reading this correctly, the 22,000 is
referring to a serial number. That would make it a clarinet from around
1936/1937, well in advance of Carree's redesign.

>And believe me the instruments that were
> played by Marcellus, McLane and Wright during the 50's and 60's are
totally
> different from what is being produced today. I inquired about this
design
> deviation when your boss invited me to the factory a few years back.

Do you have the serial numbers of those clarinets? I'm wondering if they
were playing the polycylindrical designs we're using today.

>One or
> the production engineers said that some of the hand workmanship had
been lost
> to assembly line automation.

Which may or may not be a good thing. "It depends" - some repetitive
"no-brainer" things are better done by machine, both in terms of
accuracy and in profits. Unfortunately, it causes some reduction in
jobs.
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Mark Charette@-----.org/clarinet
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"The phenomenon is too variable for proper study" often
translates from "I don't know how to get musicians to do
anything twice the same" - A. H. Benade

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