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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000247.txt from 2004/08

From: "Ken Wolman" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Morrie....was, Ligature preferences
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 16:31:17 -0400

Sue Raycraft wrote:

> Ken,
> I think what Nancy means is, you will end up with a super awesome
> horn and not spend anywhere near what it would cost to buy a new
> Wurlitzer or other high-end instrument. Morrie's excellent rebuild
> work is not inexpensive, but if he can turn her R13 into something
> just as good or better than the Wurlitzers she tried at Fest, *that*
> is a bargain.
> Unless I am reading Nancy wrong, that was the impression
> I got from her post.

Thank you. One person on this list already chose to slap me in public.
I am still enough of a gentleman to have replied to her in private.

Now, can we read the following?--I. Was. Not. Impugning. The. Work.
Or. Professionalism. Of. Morrie. Backun. I was and am critical of
pricing systems where I don't know what the other guy is holding. I
wish I could afford to engage Backun, in fact. Does that sound like I'm
doing nasty things to his rep? I don't think so.

Wurlitzer? No, I do not want a new clarinet, just a stripdown and
reassembly of my Series 9: or whatever it needs. If I'm angry--and I
am--it's not at Backun, who I gather is (1) a lovely person with whom to
do business, i.e., a mensch, (2) a repair genius, and (3) someone I
don't know from a hole in the wall. No, my anger is directed at the
corner I've painted myself and my out-of-a-job son into. Relevant
example: I had to sell off 2 mouthpieces recently, $500 when I bought
them, to stave off a trip to my least favorite book in the universe,
Chapter 7. Y'know what? It didn't work. And I'm taking my son with me
because I cannot cosign new terms for his car.

I feel REAL good right now. I'm the reason they don't give out carry
permits in New Jersey.

The cats are out of the bag and are missing the litter pans....


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