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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000034.txt from 2000/04

From: "Ed & Carol Maurey" <edsshop@-----.ca>
Subj: Re: [kl] On Clarinets and Reeds
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 10:10:07 -0400

We've all heard the stuff about lable alignment. I even remember seeing a
Nova program a few years ago that showed a clarinetist in the Buffet
factory actually messing around with each bell of each new clarinet at he
end of their production line. When he found the best alignment they stamped
it accordingly. I'm not sure it wasn't a French April Fool's joke.

----- Original Message -----
From: <GrabnerWG@-----.com>
Subject: Re: [kl] On Clarinets and Reeds

> In a message dated 3/31/00 10:03:02 PM Central Standard Time,
> Lucas11235@-----.com writes:
>
> <<
>
> 2. I was once told that the logo stamps on each piece of a clarinet
should
> be aligned to insure the instrument is playing at its maximum potential.
> Is
> there any truth to this? I'm particularly curious about Buffet
instruments
> since I play an R-13. Perhaps you could best answer this one, Mr. Kloc.
>
> In the "old days" a clarinet was supposedly made from a single billet of
> wood, and the theory was that aligning the logos aligned the grain of the
> wood and made for superior playing qualities.
>
> This probably needs to be relegated to the status of folklore.
>
> With the shortage of aged Grenedilla wood, clarinet are probably made from
> what ever pieces are lying about and available.
>
> This does not mean however, that you cannot find a "sweet spot" for your
> barrel or bell. It is not, however, necessarily in line with the logos.
>
> Walter Grabner
> hand-crafted clarinet mouthpieces
> www.clarinetxpress.com
>
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