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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000841.txt from 2001/02

From: "David C. Kumpf" <>
Subj: [kl] novice looking for advice
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 10:08:40 -0500

I played clarinet in high school and beginning of one time was
a music performance major. However, I switched to EE/Comp Sci and ended up
selling my horn (a Buffet R13). This is some 22 years ago I am
starting to regret having given it up and thinking about playing again. (I
do play guitar at an intermediate level and piano at a rank beginner level.)

My thought is that if I get a horn, I don't want to spend a lot up front for
a couple reasons. First, I may decide it isn't for me; second, I see no
logic in trying out Buffets at my present skill level, as I will have
absolutely no idea which horn is the best. <grin>

There seem to be a variety of alternatives. The local school music store
immediately wants to steer me to a rental program, which really isn't where
I want to go. There are a number of clarinets on eBay, obviously of varying
quality. And there are always the pawn shops...

I'm open to any advice or ideas: where to buy, brand and model
recommendations, how much to spend, etc. Thanks,

David C. Kumpf
Optimetra, Inc.
4420 Red Rock Ranch Road
Monument, CO 80132
(719) 481-2956 (voice)
(719) 487-0920 (fax)
(719) 964-8105 (mobile)

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