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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000365.txt from 2002/02

From: "Kevin Fay" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Eternite
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 20:50:10 -0500 posted:

<<<The Eternite was actually similar to the Concerto, NOT the Normandy. In
1996, before the Eternite was discontinued, both the Eternite and the
Concerto had identical suggested retail price values. Leblanc discontinued
the Eternite because they decided not to carry two instruments of such
similar design and performance.>>>

I tried a bunch of Concerti and Eternites, together with Opera, in an A
clarinet search done a couple of years ago. The Eternite and the Concerto
were supposedly identical in bore, differeing only in key construction; the
Eternite had the Leblanc "jump" trill keys for the right hand index finger,
the Concerto had the more traditional offset kep cups. I found no playing
difference between them. If you like the Concerto, one of these would be a
steal at under $1K.

The "Infinite" is the same as the "Eternite" with the register key vent
placed as an R-13 (a mm or so towards the bell). I guess "youthful tone"
means "sharp"?

Before I would buy a new clarinet, I'd try a Yamaha or too as well. I've
bought both a Bb and an A in the last year and a half (after spending way
too much time testing and otherwise driving my spouse and cats insane).
YMMV, of course, but I would urge you to give them a spin.

Good luck,


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