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Title: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
Post by: Nicole Hanlon on February 11, 2020, 05:09:19 PM
Hello, I am trying to discover the age and value of a Kohlert Graslitz Clarinet. Marked with Bohemia , B flat, serial number 233407. It has a very old basic leather shoulder case. I can't seem to find a case like that anywhere. Can anyone help? thank you.
Title: Re: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
Post by: mechanic on February 11, 2020, 07:59:02 PM

The Clarinet Pages has some info on Kohlert here:
http://www.clarinetpages.net/clarinet-history/kohlert (http://www.clarinetpages.net/clarinet-history/kohlert)

The Vintage Clarinet Doctor has some info here on dating Kohlert clarinets.
 https://vintageclarinetdoctor.blogspot.com/2017/01/dating-your-kohlert-clarinet.html (https://vintageclarinetdoctor.blogspot.com/2017/01/dating-your-kohlert-clarinet.html)


Bohemia puts it pre-WWI as it became Czecho-Slovakia after, so pre-1918.  Post some pictures and someone here might be able to narrow a date down even more and give give an estimate of value.


Welcome aboard. 
Title: Re: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
Post by: 350 Rocket on February 24, 2020, 07:40:45 PM
That's a common misconception - Kohlert instruments could be marked "Bohemia" post-1918. Pre-1918 instruments are typically marked "Austria".

The clarinet in question was made in the early 1930s. The best data point for this era is the "Modell 1928" saxophones which I've seen around 215000, which puts 233404 at least a few years after that.