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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000204.txt from 2010/05

From: "Keith Bowen" <keith.bowen@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Clarinet in C
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 18:30:12 -0400

I have had an Amati C for several years, and also bought two in Prague for
US friends. They do play nicely and are incredible value. I did some work on
the intonation (following Clark Fobes valuable advice on his website); the
oldest one needed a lot of work, but the more recent ones very little. They
have had strong development in the last few years. They really are fine for
the use you describe, and the conductor of my pro-am orchestra commented
favourably when I and the professional first used them in Beethoven 5. He
felt the different sound quality was striking and important. I have played
them against the cheaper Noblets and Buffets and prefer the Amatis.

I have recently indulged myself in a Wurlitzer C to match my Reform Boehm A
and Bb, but that is because I am playing more Harmoniemusik, in which C is
very common and exposed. And it was an indulgence.

There are hundreds of works that call for the C. Clarinet manuals throughout
the nineteenth century remark on the different tone: more penetrating and
brighter, and how composers must allow for this. It is, in my view, a
mistake to try to make a C sound like a Bb, or to play the parts on a Bb.

Keith Bowen

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Van Cott [mailto:gary@-----.com]
Sent: 19 May 2010 07:22
To: The Klarinet Mailing List
Subject: Re: [kl] Clarinet in C

A friend of mine bought an Amati C clarinet that was on sale at the
Woodwind and Brasswind. I thought it played very nicely. It is wood.
The price is $819.95 which is less than I paid for my Chinese "plastic"
C clarinet. I think my friend got it on sale at an even lower price.

http://www.wwbw.com/Amati-Model-351-C-Clarinet-464451-i1422547.wwbw?mode=1

Gary
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John Brophy wrote:
> Does anyone know of an affordable C clarinet? Having recently played in
the
> Chopin first piano concerto, and in Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, there
> were transpositions needed for both pieces.
> I don't think transpositions are faithful to composer's intentions.
Berlioz
> knew exactly what he wanted--and bankrupted his promoters in the process.
> Equally, Verdi has quite a few parts for C clarinet.
> Does anyone have a list of works that require a C Clarinet?
>
> John Brophy
> 16 St Brigid's Road
> Clondalkin
> Dublin 22
>
> + 353 1 459 2136
> + 353 87 244 7718
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