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All about Clarinets / Re: 2019 new release from Kenny woodwind
« on: July 08, 2019, 12:47:37 PM »
Excellent video!

It really liked the time-lapse to show how it is made.

I look forward to the final product!

All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet Identification Guide
« on: July 08, 2019, 12:46:47 PM »
PRODIGE is assemble in China with import parts. It  shows in buffet chinese web sit.

I did not know that, thank you!

All about Clarinets / Re: Case "CHALLENGE"
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:36:40 PM »
Design and color - pfffff - that's easy.
How about exact same smell?
Nothing like the scent of half-century old saliva, fungus, and viruses to get you going in the morning.

I think I have effectively reduced my lifespan by several years from inhaling so much instrument case air.

All about Clarinets / Re: Confirm/help identify Noblet?
« on: June 23, 2019, 10:04:08 AM »

That link should help!

Thanks for that link. Pretty much anything you should ever need to know about Noblets~

All about Clarinets / "Carbon Fiber" clarinet?
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:42:43 AM »
Backun recently popped out "the world's most technologically advanced clarinet."

This is made of cocobolo with a carbon fiber "shell." Looking at the pictures it appears to be at least 75% wood (and 100% wood where it matters, namely the bore). Only the outer "shell" is carbon fiber.

My question is - does the carbon fiber shell do anything at all for overall sound, tone, or timbre? Since it's mostly wood anyways, I feel like this will sound indistinguishable from a standard cocobolo wood clarinet from Backun.

What are your thoughts about the newest development in the clarinet world?

All about Clarinets / "Too geeky to be fraudulent"
« on: June 10, 2019, 11:57:14 PM »
Yesterday I met with a lady who was interested in a reconditioning of her Buffet R13.

She found me on ClarinetPages, and happened to live just 10 miles away so we met up at a Starbucks.

She was naturally a bit hesitant to hand over a $1500 instrument, but I explained things with enough technical detail to convince her I was the real deal.

She also dropped this bombshell:
"When I found you online I decided you were probably too geeky to be fraudulent"

AMAZING. To be honest, clarinet repair is, without a doubt, such a geeky and niche thing that it would, in fact, be much to geeky to have anybody running fraudulent scams about it.

I got a laugh from it.

All about Clarinets / Re: What is the most OVERHYPED clarinet?
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:32:17 PM »

Value is another topic for hype.  All Backun instruments are hype to me.

Interesting. They've always seemed a little pricey for what they are.

Has anyone here played a pro level Yamaha clarinet?

The highest leveled Yamaha soprano I've played was the YCL-34.

It was good, but not GREAT. I would much prefer a nice vintage Normandy 10 in almost all aspects.

I played a wood Yamaha low-C bass (forget which model) waaaayy back in the day. I honestly don't remember much, but it blew the plastic Vito I was playing on out of the water!

All about Clarinets / Re: What is the most OVERHYPED clarinet?
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:30:25 PM »
Excellent point about Backun; I hadn't even thought of that.

I find that Backun products are GOOD. However, they aren't THAT good. I think they they really capitalize on their usage of "exotic" woods like Cocobolo, and exotic material like Carbon Fiber, to drive their sales.

Plus, they have folks like Julian Bliss as spokesmen so that doesn't hurt either.

Bottom line, Backun clarinets are great, but you should NEVER pay full price for any of their products.

All about Clarinets / Re: What is the most OVERHYPED clarinet?
« on: June 02, 2019, 04:42:33 PM »
Not to knock the R13 at all. It is certainly a superb instrument.

However, in terms of performance per dollar, is there really no better way to spend $1,300?

Sure, the R13 is an excellent "investment" instrument, as a vintage one will generally retain a reasonably stable price (PSA: don't drop $4k on a new Buffet and expect to get even half of that two minutes after walking out of the store!)

For a comparison example, does $1300 get you TWICE the clarinet of a $700 Centered Tone (or comparable other model)? Or would you rather save the $600 and buy a timeshare or something. Ha

All about Clarinets / What is the most OVERHYPED clarinet?
« on: May 31, 2019, 10:28:44 PM »
The clarinet world, like most other industries, has "name brands" that dominate in price and market share, often for no other reason than the simple brand name of the product.

In your opinion, what are the most overhyped clarinets? In terms of price, market share, or visibility?

For me, I think the Buffet R13 is overvalued and overhyped. It is true that the Golden Age R13s are really primo products, but does that justify the $1300 asking price for a used, 40 year old instrument? (I recently sold a restored GA R13 for $1300, so I know the price is realizable).

You can get just about any premium offering from Selmer or LeBlanc in the same "Golden Age" time period for usually half or three-quarters the price of an R13.

Heck, unrestored, "as-is" R13s regularly go for $800. For that price, you could purchase a freshly restored Selmer Centered Tone AND a premium mouthpiece (my max price for CT sale is $750 restored).

That's just my opinion. What are yours?

All about Clarinets / Re: Kazoo-inet
« on: May 26, 2019, 10:31:47 AM »

All about Clarinets / Re: Case "CHALLENGE"
« on: May 25, 2019, 09:00:49 PM »
And yet there's no pictures of the outside of the case...
Which is why it’s such a “challenge” hahaha  8)

All about Clarinets / Case "CHALLENGE"
« on: May 25, 2019, 06:24:42 PM »

This guy "challenges anyone to find a case with the same design and color"

I wonder what the prize for winning is...

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