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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000769.txt from 1999/06

From: "Mr. Sheim" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinet Bore changing with use - hence BLOW OUT
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 16:11:32 -0400

At 03:56 PM 6/25/99 EDT, you wrote:
>In a message dated 6/25/99 8:08:13 AM EST, writes:
><< wrote:
> > Tone hole dominated Clarinets such as Buffets will last from 3 to 7 years.
> >
> > Bore dominated Clarinets Such as Leblanc or Selmer will last from 6 to 8
> > years.
> Tone hole dominated? Bore dominated? Please explain.
> >>
>In answer to your tone hole question. There are two styles of clarinet
>design, Bore dominated and tone hole dominated. A bore dominated clarinet
>one that has very large tone holes with little undercutting. This
>is normally tuned through the bore dimensions. The tone hole dominant
>clarinet has smaller tone holes with large undercutting. The bore of this
>horn is quite a bit smaller. This instrument is normally tuned through the
>tone holes VIA undercutting and chimney diameters. The Buffet R-13 is an
>example of this style. The older Leblanc clarinets are usually bore
>as the undercutting is very little and the bore is larger.
> I hope this answers your question.
> Thanks,
> Alvin Swiney
> Affordable Music Co.

I have a 1963 Buffet R13 #72xxx and it does not have undercutting, nor has
my 1977 Buffet R13A. but both are wonderfully in tune. Did Buffet change
from one type to the other somewhere in the past?

Fred (

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