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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000791.txt from 2002/05

From: Paul Harris <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: selmer intonation
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 11:48:07 -0400


You are sort of correct about the difference between student and pro
clarinets, the better instrument can be played with closer intonation.
However this is a two edged sword, the flexibility to play in tune also
means that you can play them farther out of tune just as easily. A fine
clarinet like any of the Selmer 10 (G, R, S) and 11 (Sig) series may be
played absolutely in tune with little additional effort on the part of the
player, but it does require some effort.
The primary difference in the various major brands of clarinet in terms of
intonation, is how hard the player has to work to play in tune and the
primary reason I play on the Selmer Recital Series is that I have to work
less to play my instrument in tune than my friends who play other makes have
to work to get the same result. We all play in tune and match each other in
quality of sound and pitch, but I can do this with mainly standard
fingerings while my Buffet and Yamaha playing friends are working their
fingers of using a dictionary full of alternate fingerings. Admittedly, I
have had my instruments voiced by one of the countries leading clarinet
Tec's, but this is something most anyone who is serious about playing should
have done to their instrument. (Something I learned playing recorder)
Paul Harris

----- Original Message -----
From: "nanci ashley" <>
Subject: [kl] re: selmer intonation

> similar
> and that the "better" the instrument, the more "in tune" it would
> Thanks again,
> Nanci
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