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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000581.txt from 1999/06

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Tuning problems
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 10:35:42 -0400

At 09:48 AM 6/18/99 -0400, you wrote:
>When I switched to Yamaha clarinets in 1985, it was for precisely this
>reason. My understanding is that the keywork is modeled on the Buffet R13
>keywork of that time. I certainly had no adjustment problems going from
>Buffet to Yamaha in terms of the feel of the keys. But somehow, at least
>then, the Yamaha keywork seemed more "solid" and less likely to go out of
>adjustment. In my line of work, that is a real advantage! One of my Bb
>clarinets I played "out of the box" without adjustment for about 18
>months before I had it serviced. I have 2 CS instruments that I play,
>alternating from time to time.

The first R-13 I owned I purchased in 1975 and didn't have anything done to
it at all until 1981 - when I had it overhauled. My current Prestige,
owned now for four years, was Brannenized at "birth" and has not had one
adjustment problem since I purchased it. Same with the A R-13 which is now
10 years old. No adjustments, no problems. I don't understand the
problems described, but I must be immune to them.

However - I tried the Yahmahas at OK Symp. and they were quite good. No
problems with them in terms of keywork!
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director, Concert Band/Symphonic Winds/Titan Band
Advisor, Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University
Office: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3411

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