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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000274.txt from 2004/08

From: Larry Paikin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Morrie's contribution
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 10:50:59 -0400

I'm reminded of the PBS? doc on Leonard Berstein's 3 fave orchestras.
Vienna was one because, for example, the princ horn had 31 instruments
and chose a one for each piece played.

Blake Arrington wrote:

> Nancy said:
> If you try them and can't tell a difference in your playing, then you
> aren't playing at a level that warrants their use.
> I can't completely agree with this Nancy. A collegue and I stood for
> 20-30 minutes listening to Larry Combs try bells. You could tell he
> was a skeptic. When he played through some excerpts, such as Brahms
> 3, and Carmen you could tell a difference, but not much. One bell
> that Morrie claimed had great projection actually seemed to be more
> diffuse and didn't have the carry of the original Leblanc bell. I
> don't know if Larry Combs walked away with any of the bells, but
> hearing Morrie say that you could get a different bell and barrel
> combination for different repertoire...that made me laugh. Ricardo
> obviously has enough money to purchase 10 bell/barrel combinations for
> different repertoire. As for myself, I would rather have a
> barrel/bell combination that plays all the repertoire well.
> Still a skeptic,
> Blake Arrington
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