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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000379.txt from 2001/05

From: "Dave Spiegelthal" <Spiegelthal.Dave@-----.COM>
Subj: [kl] Re: [againl] Materials (was Buffet clarinets)
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 10:17:50 -0400

My A-number-one bass clarinet which I play almost every day is a hard-rubber
Kohlert. After a number of modifications, it is the best-playing bass clarinet
I have ever tried, period, bar none. Even before I started tinkering with it,
it had a slighly better overall sound than the three otherwise-similar wood
Kohlert basses I've restored and sold over the past year. It isn't pretty with
its olive-green tint and lack of woodgrain, so I don't drool with pride when I
open the case the way I would with a beautiful wood instrument --- but when the
rubber meets the road (pun intended).........I'd rather play it than a wood
instrument. Perhaps, if more players had the opportunity to experience a really
good non-wood clarinet, we wouldn't spend so much effort trying to convince
ourselves (and persuade others) that wood REALLY sounds better inherently than
other materials.
This topic has been beaten to death ----- it's like religion........some people
will always believe regardless of evidence (or lack thereof), and others never
will.
David Spiegelthal
Calverton, VA

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