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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000306.txt from 2004/10

Subj: RE: [kl] Selmer St. Louis and Question for NYC Listers
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 19:51:33 -0400


It was actually suprising to me how different the sounds of the Selmer Signature and the St. Louis were in comparison to my Festival. And that was not just coming from my personal take on the sound qualities. My assumptions were confirmed by both the salesman and my father, who is not a clarinetist, let alone a musician. I asked my father because I wanted someone who would be impartial to clarinet brands, and give me an honest opinion of the depth of the clarinet (aka. how much 12th) and especially the sound quality over all. Both he and I concurred that the St. Louis was much more direct in its sound production, but lacking a lot of the ringing 12th I was looking for. The Sig, on the other hand, had a ton of 12th but something was lacking in the quality of the setup of the instrument (it could of been a pad seating slightly off, or something similar)

Your statement saying that it would be astonishing if it didn't sound the same is correct on some levels, every instrument had the same general sound, my sound. Every instrument played the respective note I wanted played. But beyond that, the difference, especially in the amount of 12th as I listed before, was rather suprising.

Bryan Rudderow

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