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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000509.txt from 2000/09

From: jim & joyce <lande@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl]old instruments
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 17:08:07 -0400

Just curious. Is there anyone who thinks that time, changes
in weather, swabbing, etc., is dramatically changing my old
METAL clarinets? I did get one with absolutely mint leather
pads. The pads looked unused and supple, but really
weren't. Age is bad for some things but not others.

Also, it may be true that most mutations are fatal, but that
doesn't stop manufacturers from introducing them. (I did
like the fins on cars in the 50s.) For that matter, many of
the best metal clarinets were shipped with adjustable
barrels. These too may have been an evolutionary dead end,
but i am sure there were plenty of people who traded in
their older instruments just because of this neat new
feature. Or think about all the crappola piled into the
latest versions of spreadsheet and word processing
packages. Sure, there are times when I like one of those
new features, but for most spreadsheet applications I stay
with Lotus 5 because the old fashioned keystroke commands
that are way faster than mousing through object oriented
command protocols. For that matter, some transcription
services stick with Word Perfect 4.2 in DOS because it is
faster than any of the windows mouse based program for
straight text entry.

Are the newest alloy clarinet springs and those nifty
sounding nylon collared pivot screws real improvements.
Maybe.

cheers
jim lande

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