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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000513.txt from 2000/09

From: Daniel Leeson <>
Subj: [kl] New vs. old
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 19:13:37 -0400

Lelia Loban wrote (in part): "A manufacturer introduces specific changes
deliberately, and chooses which changes to introduce, based on a
designer's opinion that these changes would improve a model."

Often yes, but not always. Sometimes manufacturers introduce change for
reasons of making a market statement; i.e., "See!! We have a widget,
too!" And in those cases, the introduction of product changes are often
done in a shoot from the hip fashion and don't work worth a damn.

The wrap around octave key was just such a change. I don't know who did
it first, but within a year of its appearance, two different
manufacturers made their products that way, despite the fact that it
never materially improved the instrument. The theory was that the
register mechanism would not get filled up with water if it were to be
on top of the clarinet. In practice is was a non-problem. So go find a
wrap around octave key today.

Rosario Mazzeo's system was another such case. There are probably a
lot more.
** Dan Leeson **
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