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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000568.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The Hypothetical Question -- Old v. New
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 05:52:38 -0400

At 05:39 PM 9/18/2000 -0700, Dan Leeson wrote:
>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.
>From the Klarinet Archives:

id AA05283; Wed, 3 Sep 1997 19:45:16 -0400
id AA10704; Wed, 3 Sep 1997 19:30:19 -0400
id AA03018; Wed, 3 Sep 1997 19:30:10 -0400
From: "Brian Ackerman" <>
Subject: Re: Greenline
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 00:42:03 +0100
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I don't quite see how instrument makers profits will soar. Material costs
are only a small percentage of the manufacturing costs. Greenline clarinets
are just as expensive for Buffet to make, as they go through exactly the
same process as the wooden ones. Grenadilla is in any case very cheap in
bulk, a clarinet joint size costs me about $12, and I don't buy in bulk!
I suppose Buffet might save a bit by not having to replace as many cracked
clarinets though.
Brian Ackerman.

That's all I could find in a quick search. I just remember being shocked
by how LITTLE of the cost of a wood clarinet was material cost. Now, it
may cost a good deal more to WORK the material -- I don't know.

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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