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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000671.txt from 2001/02

From: Nathan Daniels <>
Subj: Re: [kl] beginning student
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 00:23:54 -0500

I know the feeling with that one... a member of my section (a freshman, no
less) somehow happens to play on an R13 made somewhere in the 70's... for
reference, he isn't exactly an outstanding player, lack of tone quality,
etc... but, he treats his horn like it were a $50 plastic piece of junk...
I cringe every time i see him playing it at our football and basketball
games, seeing the bottom grind against the bleachers... and one time we
were playing for a water polo game and he dropped it on the
concrete... only his mouthpiece was broken, but i'm sure there's a large
mark somewhere on his horn... it's too bad really, for a horn like that to
be treated that way... I would never bring my R13 to pep band... there's a
reason that I keep my student model yamaha handy....

Nathan Daniels

At 11:50 PM 2/17/01 -0500, you wrote:
>At 08:12 PM 2/17/2001 -0800, Neil Leupold wrote:
>>--- Bill Hausmann <> wrote:
>> > I tried the sax myself, and there is no way the kid
>> > (or ANY kid, for that matter) deserved that horn!
>>This particular kid, perhaps. But *any* kid? That seems
>>pretty counter-logical amidst the many discussions we've had
>>about the horrors of trying to learn musicianship on a crap-
>>py instrument.
>I just meant that the instrument was literally TOO GOOD for a beginner to
>ruin, and too good for him to appreciate, either. A student-line Yamaha
>would have been just as good, maybe better, for him to learn on while the
>Selmer waited in the closet to see if he was was serious! That would also
>provide him with a way to keep the classic horn OFF the marching band
>field! You won't be any better a driver for taking your driving lessons
>in a Rolls-Royce! A properly functioning Chevrolet will do just
>fine. And if you have an accident the financial hit you take will be much
>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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