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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000328.txt from 2001/05

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Subj: [kl] buffet clarinets (materials)
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 14:37:00 -0400

But Buffet *does* pick the best of the billets (taking the older, more de=
wood) for the prestige, festival, and vintage clarinets, leaving the stil=
good, but second choice wood for the R13s, E11, E12, etc... I think Franc=
Kloc has discussed this in past posts. Whether the audience hears
mm. =

I have had great luck with extreme temperature and moisture changes over =
15 years of owning prestiges. I have heard of a couple of cases of presti=
instruments cracking, but have heard many more of the R13 crack stories. =
to think of it, I have heard very few Leblanc, Selmer, or Yamaha crack
stories, and none from the Rossis, Patricolas, Eatons, Howarths. Does any=
have cracks on those instruments, whether they were fixed by the manufact=
or not?

I would and have paid more to get a clarinet less likely to crack, in add=
to liking the clarinet better than other makes/models, which is the prima=
reason for getting a clarinet. It's all about what you like, and what ris=
you are interested in taking for a smaller price.

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds/Computer Geek
New York City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ wrote:
> At 07:03 AM 05/11/2001 -0400, you wrote:
> But can you "feel" the difference between really GOOD wood and so-so =

> wood? Or between wood and Greenline material? Or are such feelings, a=
s I =

> suspect, mostly psychological? If your fingers can actually feel the =

> difference when playing, such hypersensitivity must cause you AGONY whe=
n =

> performing even the most mundane household tasks.
> =

> My response:
> =

> Richard Hawkins is the person I quoted. And we were specifically =

> discussing the Greenline R-13 vs. the R-13 wood clarinet.

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