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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000211.txt from 2003/10

From: "Ken Wolman" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] LeBlanc barrels
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 10:56:51 -0400

Don Hatfield wrote:

> Is this like the Monty Python sketch with the comy chair ("Confess, I say!")

Drag in from another musical: "I'd prefer a new edition of the Spanish
Inquisition than to have Kenosha's service in my life." Hey, it even scans....

> I have a Noblet that I don't play often, but the original barrel is quite
> good and tunes great, it is a .66, if that will help your decision. My
> Noblet is about twenty years old, BTW (and I know because I managed to get
> the serial number/date from them after pestering them for a month on a daily
> basis by phone, although I was working for a LEblanc dealer at the
> time...but have since been unable to locate the serial number info they gave
> me, darn it).

Thanks for the info. I have NO idea how old the instrument is, not a clue. I
am at work so I don't have the clarinet with me ("Why Ken, you mean you don't
play in the parking lot during lunchtime?"), so there's no point in even calling
them. The idea that you worked for one of their dealers and still couldn't get
the information is a bit much.

The clarinet isn't THAT good that the Service Department can get away with
run-and-duck at the simplest request. Yes, I heard about The Great Fire and
LeBlanc's consequently spotty records, but as long as nobody in the shop got
killed or seriously injured, I don't want to hear it. Guesswork will do; no
response will not. As I contemplate the money I don't have, I think more and
more, if there is a next time, of violating my article of faith: NBE, i.e., No
Buffet Ever.

I oughta save the $60 bucks (figuring shipping) I'd spend on a barrel and save
it toward something else.

Kenneth Wolman
Proposal Development Department
Room SW334
Sarnoff Corporation

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