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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000335.txt from 1999/06

From: Ken Wolman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Be careful what you wish for?
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 13:50:22 -0400 wrote:
> Your experience may not be unique. Our local community bands describes
> itself as for adults and with an audition requirement. However, my daughter
> was invited to rehearse with them after she was overheard buying some bass
> clarinet reeds at a local music store. The person who approached her asked
> if she played the bass clarinet, and my daughter replied "Mostly" but that
> she also played Contra-Alto and Contra-Bass whenever she could talk her band
> director into using the low instruments. This resulted in the prompt
> invitation. When my daughter pointed out that she was only in 8th grade,
> the woman said it didn't matter. The band needed a bass clarinet, no matter
> how old the person who played it.

Interesting choice of instruments she has made! I don't think I've ever
SEEN one of the "contra" horns outside of a catalogue. They certainly
are not in the "major" New York stores. Even non-soprano clarinets are
hard to find. When my girlfriend's kid was looking for a bass clarinet
(NOTE: he bought the Malerne at Roberto's), Manny's in NY said they sell
new Yamahas, but don't keep them in stock. If they order one, it is
automatically a special order for a specific customer, and both they and
the buyer are stuck for it. You have to commit to the horn before you
ever see it. I've heard of arranged marriages but this is absurd:-).

I would love to have the chutzpah, if someone asks me what I play, to
answer that I play the serpent, crumhorn, and chalumeau.

Ken Wolman dbtrader Deutsche Bank, N.A.
1251 Sixth Avenue New York, NY 10019 212-469-6494

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