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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000128.txt from 2005/07

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: klarinet Digest 8 Jul 2005 21:01:01 -0000 Issue
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2005 00:07:54 -0400

At 06:00 PM 7/8/2005 -0400, Robert Howe wrote:
>I don't know what's the big deal about this comment, the business about
>running screaming is very descriptive. I am a male oboist and find the
>comment to be insightful. It does not matter if you like this or not, that's
>just how it is. Oboists, for reasons I have yet to understand, tend to be
>more catty and backstabbing than clarinet players, regardless of sex; I've
>been screwed over many times over the years by oboist colleagues, most of
>whom, as it happens, were men. If Ellis has worked primarily with lady
>oboists, his comment makes perfect sense.

I always figured it was the excessive pressure that built up in oboists'
heads from trying to blow air through that itty-bitty hole that caused them
to be the way they are. :-) Sort of the same thing that happens to people
in Boston -- the extra gravitational force they are subjected to because
they live at the "Hub of the Universe" has strange and unpredictable
effects on them. (Really! Do you know anybody from Boston, or even whose
FAMILY is from Boston, who is not just a trifle off-kilter? They can be
very nice even, but in my experience (including a son-in-law) they are
always just a bit weird.)

Bill Hausmann

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

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