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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000828.txt from 2000/07

From: stewart kiritz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 02:10:11 -0400

I am now playing on a new Rossi. For me it is the holy grail you mention!

Stewart Kiritz

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Callahan" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Richard Bush <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, July 24, 2000 12:27 AM
> Subject: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer
> > Bill,
> >
> > Well stated. Over the years, what clarinet players have wanted (or
> > use to because of selling spiel or conforming to "tradition") has
> > Big bored clarinets are out. Smaller bored instruments are in.
> > with modified upper joints (poli-cylindrical bores, aka Buffet R-13) are
> the
> > present state of affairs.
> >
> > What is most mystifying to me is that no great maker of clarinets,
> > it be Buffet, Selmer or Leblanc, has ever been able to put together a
> > package, having a great instrument, a great barrel and a mouthpiece that
> all
> > would kill for.
> >
> > And, if you think about it, how does anyone at the factory test a
> prototype
> > without doing so with a certain mouthpiece, a certain reed, a certain
> > embouchure, a certain playing style and concept. The final product comes
> > after all the above. What qualifies and quantifies any decision made for
> the
> > instrument itself?
> >
> > Since everyone (the buyer) seems to be looking for this magical
> combination
> > of things that all happen in the top four inches of a clarinet, and many
> > have made a living walking through this bed of coals, why can't someone
> > the manufacturing level do it? Are individual tastes and styles of
> > so diverse as to make this an impossible quest?
> As a matter of fact, Richard, I tend to believe it is an impossible quest.
> Just as no individual is the same, no clarinet can truely be universal.
> There is no universal man (or woman for that matter). There's no magic
> combination for the perfect human, and clarinets are made by humans, and
> an imperfect object will be made by an imperfect being. The search for
> Holy Grail of clarinets is bound to lead one on a wild goose chase after
> something as substantial as a mirage.
> Kevin Callahan
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