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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000548.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Hypothetical question -- thanks for your help!
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 22:05:53 -0400

At 06:57 PM 9/17/2000 -0400, Stan Elias wrote:
>The "hypothetical" clarinet in question is a Paul Dupre-Paris (a what??)
>that my parents bought for me new in 1953, at the recommendation of my
>teacher, for $175 that they couldn't afford. Even as a child I was
>aware of their sacrifice, and I used the instrument through high
>school and college and now play in community theater. I keep it in
>pretty good shape, and over the years I have become very familiar with
>its quirks and compensate almost without thinking. The "hypothetical
>question" arose when I tried a friend's R-13 recently and found that it
>was like taking off hip boots and putting on track shoes. But the
>sentimental attraction is strong and I didn't want to buy another horn
>and let Old Faithful languish in a closet. I'm still not sure what I'm
>going to do. Thanks to all of you for your input.
I, too keep an older, not so professional, clarinet in my inventory mostly
for old times sake. While it does not speak with the authority of my
Selmer Series 10, I keep the trusty old Rene Dumont (about $75 used in
1969) that served me through college in playing shape as a backup. In
fact, some years ago, while I was still in the Air Force, I had to go to
Panama for 10 weeks. Since I figured I would need something to do for
recreation, but did not want to expose my good horn to the environmental
stresses, etc., of such a trip, I brought the Rene Dumont along. They got
to know me quite well at the base recreation center, since I practiced
almost every day in their music room. I even got an opportunity to sit in
with a shorthanded Army band playing an outdoor concert, sightreading as
the only 2nd clarinet. It was a good thing that, by then, I had my chops
in good shape! They invited me to play the next concert, too, but I had to
leave before then.

Go ahead and have a professional look over your Old Faithful. Even one
tiny leak can turn a Selmer Signature into a squeaking stick of firewood.
But if everything is well tweaked up, even a plastic Bundy can play pretty
darned well!

Incidentally, I just picked up a Rene Dumont Eb clarinet via eBay. Too bad
I didn't yet have it for the "Crazy for You" pit last spring. I wouldn't
have had to play those high A's on the Bb!

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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