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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001019.txt from 1999/04

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

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> However, according to Hans Moennig, the original design of the 22,000
> R-13 Buffet that Ralph McLane used did play in tune from the factory
> 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
> different from what is being produced today. I inquired about this
> 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
"Cards by Aimee",
"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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