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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000659.txt from 2004/10

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: genuine French Grenadier wood
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 02:09:07 -0400

At 01:56 PM 10/22/2004 -0600, Kathy Beatty wrote:
>Lelia Loban wrote:
> > ..... The mouthpiece, in
> > fine condition, is a hard rubber Selmer HS, marked, "Made in France."
> > ...... but the original
> > owner's parents did well to buy him a better mouthpiece than the rubbishy
> > plastic Bundy mpc from the fifties when they bought the instrument.
>You're probably giving them undeserved credit. I grew up in NJ, and our band
>director in Jr. High had us all buy Selmer HS* mouthpieces. This would
>have been
>in 1966 or 1967. He acquired a bunch of them and sold them to us at a really
>low price - I'm thinking $5.00, but I don't really remember. My guess is
>that he was not the only band director around at the time doing this.

As an option, Selmer will supply Bundy/Selmer USA clarinets to dealers with
the HS* mouthpiece substituted for an additional charge (and Selmer student
saxes with C* mouthpieces). My old employer used to do this all the time,
since most of the local band directors preferred this setup. He later
quit, since it made it hard to compete on price with our largest
competitor, who did not.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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