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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000159.txt from 2005/08

From: "Steve White" <>
Subj: [kl] Charles Bay [was Ah, ligatures....Gold vs. Silver]
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 13:54:27 -0400

I don't know.

I know that he sold some of his instruments on the auction site a few years ago.
I don't know much more than that.

He and I never really saw 'eye to eye' about certain things.

I liked his products very much. I didn't like his assertion that you couldn't
'play properly' with only just part of his setups. i.e. - his ligature with
someone else's mouthpiece. He wouldn't sell just a ligature or just a
mouthpiece the last time I talked with him (probably more than 5 years ago) and
I wasn't in love with his mouthpiece enough to purchase it just to get a new Bb
ligature. The arrogance that you could not play properly on other products that
didn't receive his 'respect' was a bit much for me.

Don't get me wrong, doesn't mean he wasn't a great guy and all, fine artist or
anything like that. Just didn't mesh well in a business sense with me.....

Steve White

-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Wakeling []
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] Ah, ligatures....Gold vs. Silver

Steve White wrote:

> I get comments on it from time to time. Mostly because apparently you
> can't get them anymore (Charles Bay Ligature)

What's happened to Charles Bay? His "website" vanished ages ago.

I saw his ligatures on sale at Howarth's recently so I assumed he was
still going.

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