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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000536.txt from 2003/10

From: "Buckman, Nancy" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] to the Buffet Mafia
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 14:16:28 -0400

I have my first R-13, too. It cost $50 brand new and came with a two =
year crack warranty, a naugahyde case cover, two barrels, mouthpiece, =
cap and ligature, a well-made Buffet swab and a nice little red round =
cork grease pot that had a little slot of its own in the case. I just =
got it back from being on loan and it still plays great. It still has =
the cork pads that were put on it in 1969. The only thing really wrong =
with it is that the keywork is loose (can't be swedged anymore). I'm =
thinking about maybe having it rebuilt (plating and all).


Nancy E. Buckman, CPO, AFO, Technical Assistant
School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD 21012-1895 USA
Phone 410-777-2316 Fax 410-777-2233

-----Original Message-----
Subject: Re: [kl] to the Buffet Mafia

In a message dated 10/20/2003 12:55:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time, = writes:

> If I had over a grand to invest, it might be fun to
> find out.
> Anyone here ever played a Conn clarinet?>>

In the 60's, my first clarinet was a "Conn Director". It was an =
absolutely wretched clarinet. It cracked - hugely - in the first year. I =
practically cried. The crack went all the way thru and leaked air. I had =
to have it repaired twice. In the 4 years I played on it all the plating =
corroded off the keys revealing a metal that looks very much like lead. =

I was sure glad to get my first Buffet R-13. It cost, brand-new, $250! I =
still have it.


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