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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000536.txt from 2002/05

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Selmer Series 9
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 17:45:37 -0400

At 04:40 PM 5/20/2002 -0400, James Marioneaux wrote:
>I have a Selmer Series 9 that is still a good playing instrument. My
>parents scraped together $400.00 back in 1966 and bought it for me. At
>the time, a many people were using this instead of the Buffet and it
>recommended by my band director who was also a clarinet player. It was my
>understanding that there was a 9 and a 9-star. I have a 9-star. I am not
>sure what the difference was, but I was told that the 9-star was a better
>instrument than the 9. Does anybody know if this is true or not? I think
>I have seen nones with and without the star, but it has been a long time
>since I have paid much atttention to it.

It seems to me someone just brought this up. As I recall, it had to do
with a difference in tone holes, particularly on the lower joint. They are
smaller, with some undercutting, rather than straight. Better? I guess
so, if your fingers are small and you have a hard time covering the
holes. It was just a step in that direction, later taken up more fully in
the Series 10.

Bill Hausmann
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