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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000566.txt from 2000/09

From: "Mark Charette" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The Hypothetical Question -- Old v. New
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 21:02:14 -0400

I asked Buffet a while back on the price of a billet of blackwood needed to
produce a clarinet. Not including storage, the raw price was between 5 and
15 dollars/billet for a soprano clarinet (I didn't ask about the larger
clarinets), depending on when it was acquired and the political situation.
Not all billets turn out well, so let's just average it out and say they're
$10/billet of wood. You're probably right about the order of magnitude, but
the difference between a dollar and 10 dollars doesn't amount to much in the
grand scheme of things.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Leeson" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] The Hypothetical Question -- Old v. New

> Bill Hausmann wrote:
> > It has been discussed here before that the basic material price of
> > Grenadilla is not so dramatically different from plastic -- on the
> > order of a few to maybe 20 dollars total on a typical Bb clarinet, as >
I recall.
> Bill, I do not remember any messages that enabled this conclusion to be
> reached. Perhaps I was out of town that day. Could you give me a
> source or two for the conclusion that African blackwood is roughly the
> same price as the plastic material used by Bundy, for example?
> I would think that the two materials are an order of magnitude different
> in price, but live and learn.

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