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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000463.txt from 1999/06

From: "Frederick S. Sterns" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] reeds in Washington DC area?
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 10:14:24 -0400

>I am a clarinet student from the University of Memphis visiting my aunt and
>uncle in Washington. My girlfriend and I are on out way to the Music and
>Dance academy Domain Forget for two weeks. If any of you have heard of it or
>are going please let me know. I neglected to pick up some more reeds before
>my journey began and so now I am in a bit of a jam. I am staying in Stafford
>County, Virginia but I will be going in to Washington tomorrow and Friday to
>see the Marine band's performance. If any of you know where I can find any
>Vandoren V-12 strength 4's at a reasonable price I would greatly appreciate
>the help. All of the places I have checked in this immediate area only carry
>Rico's and Mitchell Lurie's and one place tried to sell me Sax reeds. I did
>find one place that had half a box left but they were $3.40 each and I just
>refuse to pay that much for a reed. Again, thanks for all of your help.
>Your fellow clarinetist,
>Patrick Plunk

...of the several sources mentioned by members of this list, at least one
or two [Dale Music being the store that sticks in my mind] are strictly
"retail" and will charge the "highest" possible prices on everything. [I
can recall when they enthusiatically encouraged me to buy a Paris Selmer
alto horn at list price! I consider this type of marketing close to
dishonest. Moreover, I've never seen them offer reeds at less than "list."]

As someone mentioned...the *best* source for reeds, and anything else for
the serious musician, for that matter, is Chuck Levin's...officially called
Washington Music Center. Phone is 301/946-2300.

It will pay you to detour a few miles north to Wheaton to take advantage of
Chuck's lower prices. And...of course...I have no connection with Chuck
other than being a *long time* very satisfied customer!

Fred Sterns

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