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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000357.txt from 2003/10

From: (Georg K=?ISO-8859-1?B?/A==?=hner)
Subj: [kl] What wood is used for bass clarinets grenadilla or cocobolo
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 10:53:32 -0400

Hello list,

I ha a little discussion with a clarinet technician who told me that bass
clarinets are mostly build out of cocobolo and not of grenadilla. This has
the effect that the clarinets have to be lacquered inside because cocobolo
let the air go through the wood. I had this discussion with him because I
wanted to take out the lacquer in my old Hammerschmidt bass clarinet. He
told me that he has never personally seen a grenadilla bass clarinet made by
Hammerschmidt. I made a test - it is made of grenadilla. Any opinions if I
should leave the lacquer inside or not and what about the wood?

Best Georg

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