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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000482.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: [kl] Differences in clarinets
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 22:49:01 -0400

It was fascinating to take calipers recently and measure the bores of
several clarinets I have to see how much they differed. My Bundy 1400, as
expected measured as advertised at .590 inch, and my Vito also came in
within measurement error at the specified .584. My Selmer Series 10 was
about .580. The surprise was my Rene Dumont, which I though was
small-bored, but came in at a tiny .563! Does anyone know what the
particular benefits/drawbacks of various bore sizes might be? Currently
available models generally run from .570 to .590. Large-bore horns are
sometimes sold as jazz horns (a la Leblanc Pete Fountain at .590).

This evening as I was play-testing a Yamaha YCL-34 out of store stock, just
to get familiar with it (not bad at all, I thought), I noticed that it felt
quite heavy. I put it on my kitchen scale, along with my others, to see if
the feeling was valid. The results were (all measurements taken without

Bundy 1400 and Vito 7212 (plastic): 22 ounces
Series 10 and Rene Dumont (wood): 24 ounces
Yamaha YCL-34 (wood): 25 1/2 ounces!

I recall some mention of Greenline clarinets being exceptionally heavy.
Does anyone know how they compare to these?

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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