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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001242.txt from 1999/04

Subj: [kl] The Moennig Challenge
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 20:45:27 -0400

In a message to Francois Kloc from Alvin Swiney, Mr. Swiney states "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." The 22,000 series Buffets were made in the 1936-37
period. I note that Mr. Swiney quote identifies the Buffet that Ralph McLane
played as an R-13. So there is no doubt that there was an R-13 as far back
as 1936-37. If the R-13 designation was an American designation, what was
the identical clarinet in the 22,000 series designated as for the remainder
of the world? It just seems too coincidental that Buffet would introduce a
"new" clarinet in the '50s as an R-13 in America when there was already an
R-13 [American designation?]. Buffet's answer just seems a little too pat.

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