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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001029.txt from 2003/06

From: Jeremy A Schiffer <>
Subj: RE: [kl] New thumb rest invention?
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 18:58:32 -0400

On Thu, 26 Jun 2003, Anne Lenoir wrote:

> I originally sent Alec
> my "Kinder-Klari" which I bought from John Denman in Tuscon before he
> passed away. I had originally bought it for my grand-daughter, who is
> now ten, and old enough for a regular clarinet. The Kinder Klari is o.k.
> but very difficult to play because it is not really a clarinet, but sort
> of like a cross between a toy and a clarinet.

That's not true. The Kinder-Klari is a legitimate Eb clarinet. It doesn't
have all of the trill keys, or the redundant pinky keys, in order to save
weight, but it's not a toy. When Mr. Denman was required to play Eb parts
in concerts with the TSO, he used a Kinder-Klari, and he told me that
other professionals used them too if they needed an Eb in a pinch, because
they were light, affordable, and sufficient for most purposes.

I never actually played on one, but I have seen them; his studio was
filled with brightly colored backpack cases. I thought it was a great
idea, as a way to teach children on a modified Boehm system instrument
before their hands were big enough to hold a Bb clarinet.


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