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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000619.txt from 2001/07

From: Christian Budde <>
Subj: Re: [kl] German v French
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 10:06:22 -0400

On Mon, 23 Jul 2001, Tony Wakefield wrote:
> My opinion, which has been seen to be quite dogmatic at times, reckons that
> the French clarinet will win in the end. French clarinets are at this time
> being manufactured in Germany, and it is probably fair to assume also being
> fairly well advertised. It could be that the French clarinet is also easier
> to manufacture.

as well as German Clarinets are manufactured in Japan...
I don't know, if there is a true difference in quality (of tone,
technique). I tried a french clarinet from a friend for a few weeks: The
fingerings are different, but there are advantages and disadvantages in
both systems. The instrument was not very good so I cannot comment on

I question, why any system has to 'win in the end'. Are clarinetists less
tolerant than double-reed players ;-) ?

> Certainly globalisation will not (in the end) help the German clarinettists
> in their
> cause.

The biggest problem is that of the small market. A German system costs
about 2 times a French system (industrially manufactured). I think the
cause is only the large amount of French clarinets that are produced
worldwide. It would be interesting to compare prices of handmade clarinets
from local instrument makers of both systems.


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