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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000201.txt from 2008/05

From: Fred Jacobowitz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Rant du jour
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 23:42:02 -0400

Your rant is directed at the wrong party. It is the responsibility
of the RENTER to deliver legible, well maintained parts. You should
tell the librarian that you can't use the part - it is unreadable. If
enough people complain, you can bet that that Boosey (I think) will
get a nasty note from the orchestra demanding a refund because the
parts were unusable. This is how you can get better parts. Yes, there
are jerks who ruin the parts, but the rental company is responsible
for your part being a mess. They charge enough in rental fees that
they should be able to afford to replace unusable parts.

Fred Jacobowitz

Kol Haruach Klezmer Band
Ebony and Ivory Duo

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
~Doug Floyd

On May 29, 2008, at 11:23 PM, Kevin Fay wrote:

> Good news - I managed to get hired to play the Robert Russell
> Bennett's
> concert arrangement of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
> Bad news - rental music.
> The part has seen better days - the moron who had it last scribbled
> hugely
> all over it, and made a half-#@-----. The pencil
> markings
> are so deep that even with the graphite gone, you can still see the
> trenches
> dug into the paper. It seems like every accidental is written in
> (which
> gets redundant in the key of F#). I am certain several of the
> "corrections"
> to the part are just wrong, too.
> Please, please people - if you have rental music, write *light* in
> pencil,
> and do your own erasing! If you're instructed to take a cut, feel
> free to
> write a BIG NOTE - but do it on a Post-It, so the next musician
> isn't led
> astray.
> Sigh.
> Sorry for the rant, but I thought you'd understand.
> kjf
> ------------------------------------------------------------------


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