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 Re: Selecting a clarinet with Lisa Argiris
Author: Max S-D 
Date:   2007-04-01 21:40

Although I was the first to post anything "negative" about Lisa, I have to say that, despite the one sour note in my interaction with her, I was very satisfied with the instruments she sent me. A friend of mine ordered some Buffets from the WWBW (three of them, I think), and none of them played anywhere near as well as the instruments that Lisa sent. This may have had as much to do with the fact that they were not set up as well at the WWBW as mine were at Lisa's shop, but I did notice a relatively radical difference between the R13's that wwbw sent out, whereas the instruments I got on trial from Lisa were all subtle variations of what I had described to her.

And clarnibass, those small differences that you talk about are things that you can request she keep an eye out for. You can write a multiple-page treatise on what clarinet should and shouldn't be, and Lisa will try to find the right one. It might not be quite as good as being able to choose from all of the instruments at the Buffet factory, but I didn't have that opportunity. My other option was to try three or four at a time from wwbw, or go to the music stores around San Francisco. I've never been terribly impressed with instrument selection of these stores, since they do most of their business in student instruments and accessories. It may not be the right route for everyone, but it certainly worked well for me. Plus, I remember the prices being rather competitive, even with the premium that you pay for the service. This was right before the prices went up on R13s.

I would still reccomend her service, I just hope that she keeps some (certainly not all) of her opinions out of her customer interactions.

I am equally happy with both of my clarinets. The Bb I got from Lisa, and the A I got from Walter. They both do good work, and I would work with either of them in the futre.



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