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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000506.txt from 2000/09

From: "mark" <cpaok@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl]old instruments, dazed & confused
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 09:38:24 -0400

Excuse my confusion but let me ask a question, now that the Enemy seems to
have circled the "buy new & don't mess with it Camp".

Certainly, there shouldn't be a conclusion that OLDER is BETTER than newer
instruments?

That would seem to be an equally prejudicial conclusion.

I thought the answer had always been that is DEPENDS ...

(economics, replacement parts available or can be created, instrument is no
longer manufactured, etc)

BTW: Boosey & Hawkes/BC would sure have me believe that the Vintage R-13 is
muc imporved over a real "vintage" R-13. :>)
mw

----- Original Message -----
From: <LeliaLoban@-----.com>
Subject: [kl]old instruments

> I wrote,
> > I don't think I'd want to bet on those odds, either. I've seen some
> >drastic manufacturing whoopsies, including a neighbor child's
> >trumpet shipped *without valves*.
>
> Mark Charette wrote,
> >>What? You mean the kid didn't want to learn bugle? :^)
>
> I'd forgotten the funniest thing about that trumpet: Someone on the
assembly
> line had diligently screwed on the valve caps, top and bottom. These caps
go
> *over* the valves on the outside. Evidently it wasn't that person's job
to
> inform somebody up the line that the casings were empty!
>
> That Xerox story of Bill Wright's (which reminded me about the valve caps)
> lends new meaning to the old Xerox TV commercial where some schlockmeister
> tries to pass off inferior equipment as, "Just as good as a Xerox." ;-)
>
> Lelia
>
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