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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000015.txt from 2003/06

From: Dan Leeson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Buffet
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 13:06:35 -0400

Dan Leeson wrote:
>>(1) the argument about an old instrument being "blown out" is very much
>>an arguable issue; some members of this list, myself included, reject
>>the thesis that an instrument becomes less functional over time; i.e.,
>>age ALONE reduces the ability of the instrument to be responsive,
>>functional, and play in pitch. In effect, the blow out response given by
>>one person is perceived by others as doggy doo, and should you believe
>>it, then there is some swamp land in Florida about which I would like to
>>speak to you.

Sue wrote:
> I would like it if someone could explain whatever exactly is
> meant by "blown out". I have three vintage Buffets, all made
> between 1911 and 1938, and I love the way they play AND
> the way they sound. I don't get it....what's the alleged problem
> with older horns?
> Sue
Sue, it is very difficult to speak intelligently about a problem that
does not exist
and represents questionable folk-wisdom far more than fact. Others may
say differently, but there are lots of discussions on this subject on
KLARINET. Look in the archives for "blow-out" and you should be
overwhelmed. My view, for what it is worth, is that there is far more
evidence for the tooth fairy than there is for blow out.

Dan Leeson

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