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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000719.txt from 2001/02

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <kevinfay@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] beginning student
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 12:19:43 -0500

Ann H Satterfield noted:

<<<And occasionally "Aunt Edna's clarinet" (family heirloom instrument) is a
better than beginner instrument. Two students that i work with will have to
get pro level horns to improve on the "out of the closet" instruments.>>>

This is sometimes done on purpose. My wife had a young trumpet student show
up on the first day of beginning band with a silver-plated Bach 37 (the
trumpet equivalent of the Buffet R-13 -- the most popular professional model
here in the U.S.) She called home to make sure that the parents knew what
they were doing in entrusting such an expensive instrument to a kidlet.

Turned out that Dad is a pretty good avocational trumpet player; rather than
buy a new student horn, he just yanked one out of the closet and sent it to
school with the kid. (Dad was a little embarrassed, though, when he
realized that he sent the boy in with a Bach 1B, a mouthpiece roughly the
size of a hat.)

This child was taught by Dad the appropriate level of care for the horn.
Apparently, a ding on the horn @-----. He's now in high
school, doing very well indeed.

kjf

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