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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000550.txt from 2004/10

From: Tim Roberts <>
Subj: [kl] Re: genuine French Grenadier wood
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 18:41:15 -0400

On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 09:20:56 -0500, "Thiel, Mark" <> wrote:

>This ebay auction
>may be your only chance to get a bass clarinet made of the very rare
>"French Grenadier wood"
>" Originally crafted for G.M Selmer himself in 1939 by an apprentice in
>Mark Thiel

Surely that must be a simple misrendering of "grenadilla", the African
hardwood from which almost all wood clarinets are made. That is, a
"French-made grenadilla bass clarinet", not a bass clarinet made out of
French wood. The only references I can find to "French Grenadier" use
the phrase to refer to armed combat troops.

I'm dubious that any native French hardwoods would be suitable for
clarinet making.

I don't mean to impune the value of your bass clarinet in any way; it is
clearly a valuable instrument. However, it is in everyone's best
interest to have eBay auctions be described as accurately as possible.

- Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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