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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000408.txt from 1999/06

From: "Dan Leeson: LEESON@-----.edu>
Subj: RE: [kl] Basset clarinet in Bb made by Steve Fox
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 20:52:56 -0400

> From: MX%"klarinet@-----.38
> Subj: [kl] Basset clarinet in Bb made by Steve Fox

Interesting note, but unless I missed something, you did not
say if your basset clarinet is in A or in B-flat. Which one
is it, and whichever one it is, will you get the other one, too?

Dan Leeson

> Klarinet is a wonderful asset. Here is my story. I play a Buffet Prestige
> bass clarinet in several bands but generally take lessons and practice on a
> soprano Selmer 10G. A year or so ago I read on Klarinet of a man named
> Stephen Fox who could make basset clarinets. He is in Toronto, Canada, at
> 104022.3105@-----. I began Email correspondence with him and he made
> me a new lower joint for my Selmer which turns it into a basset clarinet in
> Bb that goes down to low C. He made the fingering exactly like my bass
> clarinet. The workmanship is so excellent that everyone who sees it assumes
> that the whole clarinet is original Selmer. It is really impressive. (Of
> course the original lower joint can be used if desired.) It has been my hands
> now for a couple of months. It is superb! The thing that make me post this
> note is that the tone of the instrument has been improved immensely not just
> in the new notes but throughout its range. The new lower notes have a
> gorgeous tone but the whole instrument is improved when the new joint is put
> on. I read in Benade's book that this might be expected, not that I fully
> understand it. At any rate now I have soprano and bass clarinets with
> identical fingerings, both of which go down to low C. The basset joint makes
> the soprano clarinet five inches longer than before which takes a little
> getting used to but is no real problem. It is a real joy to jam by ear with
> low D and C available!
> Steve is a rare find and I would never have heard of him if it weren't for
> Klarinet @-----. Thanks!
>
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Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
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