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 RE: changes in 50 years.
Author: Brenda Siewert 
Date:   2001-04-17 19:15

Since most of my research has been with Leblanc clarinets, I've noticed that they have made lots of design changes with their instruments. A lot of those have been to try to design something to compete with the Buffet R-13, or the Pete Fountain jazz model--etc. But, basically most of the changes have been slight improvements.

Some of the differences in the models are features that merely cause one to want to purchase a new instrument--like say the new Opus II vs. the Opus of a few years ago. The Opus II has an adjustable bridge and a couple of other things. The basic instrument is the same--but, if you're really interested in having a clarinet with an adjustable bridge and you won't be able to sleep at night until you get one---the Leblanc Opus II is the one for you.

My first clarinet was purchased through a rent-purchase deal 40 years ago this fall. It was a Selmer Bundy with wood body and plastic bell and barrel. The guy who sits next to me in community band still plays his and does really well with it. I'm always passing him one of the new ones I'm trying out and he always says, "I don't see the point. The old Bundy is still working."

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