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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000101.txt from 2005/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Vito 7214; info on Selmer student mpc?
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 00:31:56 -0400

At 11:18 PM 4/6/2005 -0500, I wrote:
>At 08:22 PM 4/6/2005 -0400, Lelia Loban wrote:
>>Last weekend, I bought a Vito model 7214 clarinet (a current USA model,
>>made of wood-grained Resonite plastic, sold for beginners) that came with a
>>Selmer mouthpiece I can't figure out. I can hear why people are so
>>enthusiastic about the Vito for beginners, btw. It's a free-blowing
>>clarinet, with comfortable keys and generally good intonation, and seems
>>very well-made, though the chalumeau Bb is so sharp that I have to put down
>>my 4th finger to lower the pitch. Oddly, the corresponding clarion F plays
>>in tune. I'm used to beginner clarinets having wide 12ths. Never ran into
>>this particular problem before, where the chalumeau note is much sharper
>>than the same fingering in clarion. Does anyone know how long the model
>>7214 has been on the market?
>If I am not mistaken, the 7214 came out only in the last few years
>(2000?). It has a smaller bore than the ubiquitous .584 model 7212, that
>being the current popular trend in student clarinets. (Either that or it
>is the 7212 with a nickel bell ring. I can't find my catalogue right
>now.) Keywork is the same on both, well designed for smaller hands, and
>not really significantly different from that on the Noblets and even
>lower-level pro Leblancs.

The Leblanc (Vito) 7242 is the small-bore model, so if your clarinet has
the bell ring, it is otherwise identical in specs to the 7212, which is not
such a bad thing, especially if you like a relatively large bore. In fact,
I have a 7214 myself that I keep in my store van for any sitting-in
opportunities that may arise in my travels around to school band
rooms. Those Vitos have been made nearly as long as Bundys.

Bill Hausmann

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