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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000352.txt from 2002/05

From: David Naden <>
Subj: RE: [kl] To Green Line or Not Green Line?
Date: Tue, 14 May 2002 13:25:26 -0400


The only person who can decide is you. Based on the information you
provided, it seems you did a pretty good job at weighing the pros and cons.
The answer is simple...make up your mind as to your preference.

David S. Naden

-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Wakeling []
Subject: [kl] To Green Line or Not Green Line?

Hi all,

As I may have mentioned a while back, I'm in the process of trying to buy a
new pair of clarinets, and I'm just wondering about this issue (having
already settled on Buffet). Yes, I know, I'm making that big fuss over
equipment again.... ;-)

I trawled the archives a bit and came up with a few titbits, so here's my
impression of the differences with "normal" wooden clarinets.

Difference in sound: negligible (probably more imagined due to prejudice
about "synthetic" clarinets). I have heard it said that Green Line is less
"warm" than wood but some of the warmest playing I have heard has been on
Green Line instruments!

Weight: Green Line is slightly heavier than wood but this is probably not a
big deal.

Stability: Green Line really is more "stable" and less sensitive to e.g.
temperature change than wood. It also is easier to look after than wood.

Looks: obviously the wood looks nicer, especially if it's the unstained wood
used on Prestige instruments. ;-)

Price: the salesman in the store where I will be buying said he felt it was
wrong for Buffet to charge the same price for a cheaper material.
Personally I feel that the price is for functionality. ;-)

In summary I was thinking that the added stability and easier maintenance
might make the Green Line a better option for me, without any noticeable

Any thoughts?


-- Joe



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