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 Retailer Shop check/play test
Author: Birdy 
Date:   2004-06-05 01:17

Hi all, I have noticed that several major retailers offer "shop checks" and
"play tests" on their websites and catalogs on the R13's they sell. Is this a marketing thing to get people to buy R 13's, or is it such that they tend to need more tweaking from the factory than other comparable models of different manufacturers? I was just curious, as I have not seen this offered on other models such as a Concerto II . I don't mean to be a dummy, but what makes the R 13's get the special treatment over other horns of comparable cost. Any thoughts would be most welcome. Ted in Virginia

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 Re: Retailer Shop check/play test
Author: Synonymous Botch 
Date:   2004-06-05 02:15

"Hmmm... is there a clarinet in the case?"


Don't believe everything you read.
The bottom line really counts.

If you can't return it (at the seller's expense) it may not be a great deal.
There's a strong incentive to purchase locally, or take a drive, when getting something so personal as your next instrument.

That being said, I play a Ridenour Hard Rubber clarinet.
I've played three and they're VERY similar.

I think the R13 has too much "character" and the variance can be working either for you or against you. A good technician can tune up your inexpensive instrument for optimal response and tuning, but the underlying tone is pretty much set at the factory...

Save yourself some trouble (and $$); buy from Dave Spiegelthal...

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