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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000320.txt from 2004/08

From: Andy Raibeck <>
Subj: Re: Fwd: Re: [kl] Morrie's contribution
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 12:13:13 -0400

Nancy, thanks for posting this on Tom's behalf, what a great story. It says a
lot about Morrie and Tom as well.

For anyone who sends clarinets to Morrie from the US: whatever you do, do NOT
use USPS. Use FedEx instead. Apparently Backun Musical Services and FedEx have
some kind of arrangement that facilitates the customs process. I sent my newly
acquired Patricola 'A' clarinet to him via USPS, and it got stuck in customs
waiting for Backun to fill out some forms and pay exhorbitant import taxes.
Backun wouldn't do it (understandably so, since this is going in for repair
only, then coming back to me). Supposedly when shipped via FedEx, this nonsense
isn't even an issue. I sent the instrument out in mid-July, and am *still*
waiting for the customs broker to return it to me. Right now, I am trying to
figure out whether I should simply report it as stolen, as getting the broker
to return any calls or provide useful information is fruitless... Even if I get
it back, I hope it hasn't been damaged from sitting in whatever environment
they are keeping it in...



--- Nancy Buckman <> wrote:

> I have forwarded the following for Tom Puwalski.

[snipped for brevity]

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