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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000021.txt from 2008/10

From: Martin Baxter <>
Subj: Re: [kl] intermediate level wooden clarinet
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 10:20:32 -0400

Do you insist on a wooden clarinet? If not Jon Packer does rather a
nice intermediate model which should come in at well under your budget.
If you want wood it is worth while investigating an Amati. They do
not have the best of reputations but one of my ex pupils has one and
I was surprised at how good it was. I suspect they may be very
variable in quality so you would have to "test-drive " a few. I have
an Amati G (german fingering) and it is a very well-made instrument
but I have come across some awful instruments of theirs too, so try
before you buy but don't dismiss them out of hand; they do produce
some excellent instruments. I think the suggestion of a better
mouthpiece should not be dismissed out of hand; I was amazed at the
difference one made on my bass.

On 3 Oct 2008, at 01:00, Geoff Secomb wrote:

> Patricia,
> Here is a selection from eBay which appear to be in good condition.
> Item number: 280271474425 Buffet E12
> 270280226053 Yamaha YCL34
> 280272106253 Jupiter wood clarinet
> 220285052850 Yamaha YCL34
> 150300225473 Leblanc Normandy
> Any of these would probably suit you. Jupiter wood clarinets are
> really very good. I performed a Concerto on the top model a couple
> of years ago, and pro clarinetists in the audience didn't have a
> clue I wasn't playing something quite expensive.
> Best wishes,
> Geoff Secomb.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------


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