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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001010.txt from 2000/04

From: Ryan Burrage <>
Subj: Re: [kl] German/Albert System Clarinets
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 17:10:00 -0400

"Dee D. Hays" wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ryan Burrage" <>
> To: "Klarinet List" <>
> Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2000 2:09 PM
> Subject: [kl] German/Albert System Clarinets
> What is wrong with the one that you have that has caused you to lose
> interest? Why do you think a newer one would fix that?

The horn as a whole is uncomfortable like most Alberts. I have felt the Oehlers
and find them 100% more comfortable. I play both Boehm and Albert Systems and
Soprano Sax in some dixieland bands locally. I find Albert or even Oehler
system necessary in this genre

> The Woodwind and Brasswind ( ) now carry some Oehler (i.e.
> German system clarinets) but only pro level models. In general, they are
> hard to find in the US as this system was not adopted here. The Boehm
> system succeeded in pushing out the Albert system by the late 1920s / early
> 1930s. The Oehler system is the direct descendent of the Albert system but
> was only pursued in Germany, Austria, and some parts of Eastern Europe. The
> Albert system per se hasn't been made for decades.

Yes I am quite aware that Alberts have not been made in decades. However, I am
not too sure of Amati clarinets either. I know nothing of their durability,
etc. I know the Schrieber and Sonnes make German sys as well as
Hammerschmidt. I have no idea on pricing of those two. I know the Amatis
through WWandBW start at $459 so they may be worth a shot.

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