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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000534.txt from 2003/10

From: "Don Hatfield" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] to the Buffet Mafia
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 14:06:44 -0400

I used a Conn as a marching band instrument 30 tears ago after I had: a.
Worn out a Bundy, and ; b. Gotten a new Buffet even though I wanted a
Selmer. The clarinet of choice here in the seventies and eighties was
Leblanc because the largest dealer in town sold and pushed them over
Buffet...but you could get a Buffet through them if you insisted. The ol d
Conn Director I had was built like a tank and played like ....well, it was
decent for what it was. I have an old Conn pro clarinet like the one Shaw
used that I'll rebuild one of these days, and i have played them
before...they weren't too bad at all.
And I'm happy you got hooked up with someone to help you in the right ways.
Don Hatfield

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Wolman" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] to the Buffet Mafia

> Sue Raycraft wrote:
> > > OK, if he could still play worth a darn, he would choose something
> > than a Conn. The point is, if Conns were/are so great, why aren't more
> > people still using them as a first choice?
> > >
> > > Nancy (You know what I meant!)
> >
> > We just like to tease you. :-)
> > Sue
> Okay, Saturday when I went to see this technician/repair guy, he told me
> 50+ years ago everyone and their mothers played Selmers. That was the
> horn of the swing era, maybe even in symphonic and chamber repertoire as
> well. Now you say "Selmer" and people look at you funny. Where did Conn
> then? Obviously in a prominent enough spot so guys like Shaw staked their
> careers on them. I don't believe Conn even makes clarinets anymore. As
> nearly as I can tell, part of the company was taken over around 1985 by
> Musical Instruments and now the clarinets carry the
> Artley brand name. No idea how good they are but I've never heard of
> major playing one. Fashions in instruments surely change. Wichita Band
> Instrument has a bunch of Conn instruments for sale even now: probably
> are older than the hills. If I had over a grand to invest, it might be
fun to
> find out.
> Anyone here ever played a Conn clarinet?
> Ken
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