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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000295.txt from 2004/10

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Selmer St. Louis and Question for NYC Listers
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 17:22:28 -0400

Bryan, I want you to consider your statement that the St. Louis
Selmer model "reminded [you] a lot of the sound of the R-13..."
I presume that you own or have played on an R-13, which would
give you the ability to make that kind of a contrast. Is that a
reasonable assumption?

OK, thn. Have you considered the possibility that the sound you
produce on a clarinet is invariant from instrument to instrument?
Much of the sound character that Bryan Rudderow gets from a
clarinet depends to no small degree on Bryan Rudderow's body,
chest capacity, head cavities, embouchure, etc. And further
Bryan Rudderow's mouthpiece and setup may make a significant
contribution too.

So the hypothesis that you need to think about is this: if one
takes one well-functioning clarinet out of Bryan Rudderow's
mouth, removes the mouthpiece, inserts it in another clarinet,
and sticks that clarinet in to Bryan Rudderow's mouth, it should
not be in the least surprising that things are going to sound the
same. It would be astonishing if they sounded differently.

Dan Leeson

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2004 2:11 PM
Subject: [kl] Selmer St. Louis and Question for NYC Listers

Hello everyone,

I've tried out the new St. Louis Selmer model and I have to say
the instrument was nice. It reminded me a lot of the sound of
the R-13 but the intonation was very good and the scale was
mostly even. It is a very visually pleasing instrument, having
both silver and gold plating on the tenon rings and an equally
nice case (extremely soft on the inside, not that this matters at
all, but it was nice to touch). That and the price is
suprisingly (under 2200) That is my impression of this
instrument, and now I have a question for the listers in the NYC

Does anyone know who in this area sells Signature and Recital
clarinets. I attempted to locate these instruments, but I failed
miserably. Any hints or clues would be greatly appreciated.

Bryan Rudderow

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