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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000213.txt from 2000/09

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Cats/new to list/Pierre Morceau
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 10:51:06 -0400

<><><> Do we tell her about the "Float Test?" :-)

<><> Well...the Float Test is certainly an option...and a better
one than the Flammability Test or the Oven Test. ^_^

Sheila, I guess the bottom line is that none of us recognize the
name, but this isn't so unusual. It's not uncommon for sellers of
clarinets to buy a large number of instruments and put their own
'invented' brand name on them. This doesn't mean that they're awful
instruments, but usually it means that they aren't top of the line
either. You can spend $3000+ on a new clarinet if you want to.
Dee Hayes and Mark Charette and a few others have an index of
clarinet manufacturers called the Langwill index (sp?), and one of them
would've spoken up by now if the name Morceau appeared in it.
As for plastic or wood, an experienced clerk at your local music
store should be able to tell you. The instrument's weight will be a
major clue.
If you don't know this already, the four "big names" in clarinets
are Yamaha, Selmer, Leblanc, and Buffet. Some of these companies have
special brand names for their various 'levels' of quality (student,
intermediate, professional) such as Bundy, Vito, and so forth.
There are smaller manufacturers in addition to the Big Four who make
fine instruments, such as Howarth (which I play, but not so 'finely'
yet), Rossi and so forth.


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