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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000321.txt from 2004/08

From: Andy Raibeck <>
Subj: Re: Fwd: Re: [kl] Morrie's contribution
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 12:29:51 -0400

Correction.... that's mid-JUNE that I sent the instrument out...

--- Andy Raibeck <> wrote:

> 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...

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