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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000257.txt from 2001/07

Subj: Re: [kl] Re:Mouthpieces recommendations - worth??
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 04:57:43 -0400

At 04:43 PM 07/10/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>If in fact we as consumers band together and stop buying mass-produced
>mouthpieces because of inadequate QC then QC will come to be valued; if we
>continue to buy inaccurately dimensioned merchandise then nothing will change.


Based on my last three years, I can say that there this is already
happening. I have a strong hunch that Vandoren and Woodwind Co. are
selling less mouthpieces than they did 10 years ago - they can't be selling
as many with all these other folks making them.

But in my opinion, mouthpiece makers are pricing themselves out of the
market - and so the mouthpieces that could and should be played often only
go to the people with the $ - not the most talented.

But, I digress!

Best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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