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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000243.txt from 2004/08

From: "Ken Wolman" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Ligature preferences
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 14:20:24 -0400

Nancy Buckman wrote:

> BTW, I have given my Buffet R-13s (circa 1968) to Morrie to have
> rebuilt. He says he can make them light enough for me to play again and
> that they will sound just super. When I get them back I will let the
> list know how they stack up to the Wurlitzers that I played at Fest. If
> they come anywhere close, having your clarinets "Backun-ed" (or
> Morrie-fied) may just be the biggest bargain in clarinetdom. We are
> talking thousands of dollars in savings here.

How do you make a clarinet lighter? Ream the bore? I'm serious. The
heaviest clarinet I ever heard was a Selmer Recital. It also had the
lightest touch.

Now, hearing about savings is nice but knowing up-front costs is even
better. I have never heard a semi-critical word about Morrie Backun's
work, and his client list reads like all the winners of Clarinet Star
Search. That said, I'm sorry, don't tell me about "estimates," tell me
what you charge. Morrie's website omits prices. What's his bargain for
an overhaul? I'm thinking Selmer Series 9: another horn with the weight
of a baseball bat. I was told the prices of his barrels and bells,
thank you. Remember, I don't make money playing so this is not a
self-sustaining operation for me.

Kenneth Wolman
Proposal Development Department
Room SW334
Sarnoff Corporation

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