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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000098.txt from 2002/02

From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The basset 5 stringed violin :<)
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 06:34:57 -0500

Thanks Doug, you have come to my rescue, in what has been an evasively
unsuccessful quest up till now, magnificently. I s`pose I could have looked
in catalogues, as someone else advised, but I`m interested in what players
on the list are <doing>, and someone, whom I shall name, possibly due to
other commitments (no criticism) has noticeably not come forward.

I still would wish players such as Tony, and recitalists` also in the U,S.
to kindly let me know if, in their own experiences, modern (full keyed)
basset clarinets are being used more or less frequently, or of about equal
frequency with boxwood 9 keyed replicas. What is the professional clarinet
world of Weber and Mozart moving towards? I cannot think that you would all
want to keep such interesting developments in this matter to yourselves:
it`s not as if you would be divulging your own professional and secret
philosophies to each other, - or is it?
Tony W.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Sears" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] The basset 5 stringed violin :<)

> Tony Wakefield <> wrote:
> >... tell me why there is no equivalent 7, 9, or whatever is necessary >
>keywork "boxwood" basset clarinet to play the Mozart on. Perhaps > >there
is. I really would like to be informed what the position is, - > > what
I am calling an anomaly. Boxwood for Weber and new
> >grenadilla or greenline for Mozart is NOT RIGHT. Whadya think?

> Well, Stephen Fox, for one, makes a 9-key boxwood basset > >
clarinet. Quoting
> from :
> For historically informed performance of Mozart, this is a speculative
> reconstruction of the basset clarinet used by Anton Stadler and pictured
> his now well known Riga concert program. It is based on an original 5 key
> clarinet in A by Kaspar Tauber (Nicholas Shackleton collection), with a
> chromatic extension to low C and bulb shaped bell.
> In A, 9 keys, boxwood
> --Doug Sears


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