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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000354.txt from 2002/05

From: Daniel Leeson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Metal clarinets
Date: Tue, 14 May 2002 14:51:50 -0400

Thanks Bill -- Like wooden clarinets there are good ones and bad ones.
I have found that the good metal ones play just as well as the good
wooden ones.

Are you aware that the first clarinetist in the Boston symphony in the
20s used a metal clarinet? I only admit that their appearance is, to my
eyes, not very elegant but what do I know about that? It's only
Dan Leeson

William Wright wrote:
> <><> Gary Van Cott wrote:
> I think metal clarinet and quality are pretty much mutually exclusive
> terms.
> <><> Dan Leeson wrote:
> What makes you say this, Gary?
> I don't know what Gary's opinion is, but mine is that metal clarinets
> are built for the inexpensive market, and hence their keys are pot
> metal, the barrel is a straight cylinder, etc etc.
> I expect that a metal clarinet could be built to play well (but perhaps
> not identically to wood) (and would cost more than $450) if someone
> wanted to do so.
> Cheers,
> Bill
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------

** Dan Leeson **
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