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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000152.txt from 2005/05

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Storage and cleaning
Date: Sat, 07 May 2005 12:54:26 -0400

Daniel=A0Fairhead wrote:

> What about 1 piece plastic clarinets? For
> instance, the Lyons C Clarinet

I was trying to be witty when I posted "Isn't life's highest goal is to
find the perfect clarinet?" --- but really, finding an instrument that
suits oneself is a major and sometimes expensive effort. Choosing an
instrument merely in order to avoid disassembly & cleaning seems foolish
to me.

It happens that the Lyons C clarinet is somewhat limited in its features
compared to a 'real clarinet', and of course you wouldn't play a piece
composed for Bb or A on a C, would you?

> <grin, duck & run>

but it's also true that saliva leaves deposits (saliva contains lots of
stuff, depending partly on how throughly and often you brush your teeth,
saliva is not distilled water). Eventually, if you don't do some
relatively simple maintenance, you're going to have a mess. It would
be no different than using the same dish for every meal without washing

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