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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000829.txt from 2000/07

From: "Kevin Callahan" <kionon@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 02:27:30 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: stewart kiritz <kiritz@-----.net>
Subject: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer

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

Aren't those custom made and therefore NON-UNIVERSAL? It may be your
PERSONAL Holy Grail, but it isn't the "the clarinetist's" Holy Grail.

> Stewart Kiritz

Kevin Callahan

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kevin Callahan" <kionon@-----.com>
> To: <klarinet@-----.org>
> Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2000 10:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer
>
>
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Richard Bush <rbushidioglot@-----.com>
> > To: <klarinet@-----.org>
> > 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
> gotten
> > > use to because of selling spiel or conforming to "tradition") has
> changed.
> > > Big bored clarinets are out. Smaller bored instruments are in.
> Instruments
> > > 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,
> whether
> > > it be Buffet, Selmer or Leblanc, has ever been able to put together a
> > TOTAL
> > > 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
> at
> > > the manufacturing level do it? Are individual tastes and styles of
> playing
> > > 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
> so
> > an imperfect object will be made by an imperfect being. The search for
> this
> > 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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