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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000166.txt from 2007/12

From: "Kevin Fay" <kevin.fay.home@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Mendelssohn Reformation Symphony
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007 12:40:47 -0500

Karl Krelove posted:

<<<This position about C clarinets (and bassets and D clarinets, etc.),
which has been hashed over at length through the years on Klarinet, may well
be a valid one to take toward a committed professional player (whether a
free-lancer or a player in a full-time orchestra), but in my opinion it's
too high a standard to ask of community orchestra players playing for their
own enjoyment (I'm assuming "community orchestra" has similar meaning here
in the U.S. and in Switzerland - if I've badly misunderstood the orchestral
level involved, I apologize to Benedict and may be more inclined to agree
with you). $2,000 is, well, $2,000, and there's a good chance that if a
community orchestra (at least in the U.S.) plays Bach, the oboist will not
have committed $7.000 to an oboe d'amour, either.>>>

I suppose that I am a committed amateur, then - I have one and use it.
Fortunately, it does *not* cost $2K to get a serviceable C clarinet.

I've not tried the Amati. Tom Ridenour's C costs $1,195.00 and is supposed
to be very good - see http://www.ridenourclarinetproducts.com/ACclarpg.html.
The Woodwind sells what appears to be the same clarinet (without Tom's
tweakings) for $459 at http://www.wwbw.com/Woodwind-C-Clarinet-i99308.music.
They sell a Forte as well for $779.

This is a pretty good selection - I wish the market was that good when I
bought my Noblet, which cost me ~$1,000 at the time.

kjf

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