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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000483.txt from 2000/09

From: "Franklin Kercher" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Differences in clarinets
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 00:33:32 -0400

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From: Bill Hausmann <>
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2000 9:49 PM
Subject: [kl] Differences in clarinets

Just out of couriosity, did you measure at the tenons only or did you
have an ID mike capable of going deep into the bore?

>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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