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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001158.txt from 1999/05

Subj: [kl] Re: klarinet Digest 26 May 1999 08:15:01 -0000 Issue 1430
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 09:45:57 -0400

In a message dated 26/05/99 03:14:46 Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< After the
final bore reaming was completed, the makers would highly polish the bore on
a spinning mandrel. In addition to giving the clarinet bore a polished
finish, this process also removed wood fibers, burrs and reamer remnants.
mandrel was approximately 24 inches long and 3/8 inches in diameter. A six
inch slot was placed at the end of the mandrel very similar to a screw slot
on a key rod screw. For example llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll@-----. Next
long strip of #600 sand paper and a strip of denim cloth were threaded
through the rod slot and wrapped around the mandrel. New the mandrel and
mounted in a lathe or bench motor. >>

Hi Alvin,

Sounds like the technique we are still using exept if they stop doing it
since I came back from the Factory a month ago.

For the part where you are saying that the wood is sanded and we put black
die it is true for the outside but we do polish and hand finish every
instruments that are made in the factory. I don't want start another argument
situation not that I don't want people arguing with me because I like
arguments and you always learn from it. But again your post sounds like we at
Buffet are not doingt the job right and I am not talking for myself but for
the Craftsmen who work and make those instruments everyday with the same
care. They know what they are doing and they are all incredible workers.
Your opinion is something and I respect it but please do not say things like
the new instrument will crack or have problem because of the way we are
making it now. Or buy a 100000 series they are better than the new one we are
trying to find new technics to improve the quality of our instruments
everyday and we will not stop it is true for all the manufacture I know and I
worked for. Making an instrument is not as easy as you may let people beleive
and so far I haven't meet anybody who has the right answer for everything and
it is why this is a pation for me and not only a Job. My Master always told
me to work hard and try to find the answer but by doing the job and not
saying the others do it wrong and I do it right, The musician will be the one
who will judge your work. I try to remenber this and will keep this in my
mind until the end of my career. I respect a lot your knowledge and i enjoy
your post but please do not attack the Crafstmen who put their heart into
those instruments or make one yourself and show us you do it better.

Musically Yours

Francois Kloc
Woodwind Product Specialist
Boosye & Hawkes Musical Instruments Inc.

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