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All about Clarinets / Noblet with plastic bell
« on: January 25, 2019, 08:03:53 PM »
We all know the Normandy Special's specialty was the resonite bell on an otherwise wooden clarinet.

I guess they did that with Noblet as well.

All about Clarinets / Squidward from Spongebob plays the taragato
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:05:53 PM »
Those of you familiar with Spongebob no doubt are familiar with the continuing trope of Squidward being a terrible clarinet player.

But what instrument does he actually play?

The most common image of Squidwards clarinet shows a black, keyless instrument with a heavily conical bore construction. Each tone hole appears to be metal, and the instrument has a two rings - one near the bell and one near the barrel.

This is a bit odd. The clarinet, keyless or not, does not have such a harshly conical bore. It cannot be a soprano saxophone due not only to lack of keys, but also to the color. It is obvious a black colored wood, or plastic, and thus we can rule out a saxophone.

What about a keyless shawm? Convincing at first, but the shawm obviously has a double-reed instead of a mouthpiece. Most representations of Squidward's clarinet show what appears to be a mouthpiece. For that reason we can rule out a shawm.

The only instrument left that could possibly cover all of these bases is a for of keyless taragato with metal tone hole inserts. Metal tone hole inserts are not unknown, as some Simple System clarinets have (for some reason) metal tone hole inserts flush with the body.

I propose the Squidward's "clarinet" is, in fact, a very early taragato.
By the 19th century, taragatos had keys, so this places the instrument between the 17th and mid-19th centuries.
The material is likely ebony with either metal or ivory rings near the barrel and bell. I would lean towards ivory due to the age of the instrument.
To explain the tone hole inserts, I believe that the since Bikini Bottom is underwater, wooden tone holes would be sensitive to water temperature changes, and would expand and contract too much for it to work well. By an aftermarket addition of metal tone hole inserts, the tone holes can be stabilized in the saltwater environment.

Although Squidward is ridiculed for his poor playing skills, it's not his fault. Remember that he is playing on a possibly 300-400 year old wooden instrument under the sea. He's just doing the best he can with an ancient family heirloom.

All about Clarinets / EBONITE McIntyre
« on: January 24, 2019, 08:46:05 PM »
This is neat. Every now and then a few more McIntyre clues pop up.

I don't think I've ever seen a non-wood McIntyre before. I have seen a wood McIntyre with hard rubber or ebonite barrel and bell, but never one with that material throughout.

All about Clarinets / Fact-Checking: The Resonance Tube
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:00:28 PM »

I'm pretty sure I have all my facts right, but I wanted to run it by you all first.

The article is still incomplete - I still need to add pictures and links at the end.

All about Clarinets / Call For Instructors - Clarinet Classroom
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:59:35 PM »
Hi All,

I've founded the Clarinet Classroom on Here I hope to post educational articles about clarinets.

I don't know everything, so I was hoping that folks on the forum could donate their time and write an article about something they're very knowledgeable in.

For example, topics could include:
history of the clarinet
the physics of polycylindrical bores
why clarinets have a register key instead of octave key
how a mouthpiece works

And stuff like that.

If you are interested, please post it here, or message me directly.

All about Clarinets / AMAZING deal on contra alto clarinet
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:51:52 PM »

I already have one (that I overpaid for...)

But this is a GREAT price. It doesn't get much lower than this.

All about Clarinets / The Elkhart Fire Extinguisher
« on: January 09, 2019, 05:37:54 PM »
I have seen many saxophones marked "The Elkhart," and with an engraving of a buck.

Here is a fire extinguisher marked "The Elkhart," and with an engraving of a buck.

All about Clarinets / ULTRA RARE Oehler Bass Clarinet - info needed!
« on: January 02, 2019, 09:22:22 AM »
Hey all,

We're looking for any extra information regarding Oehler and his bass clarinets!
Jessica contacted us with a picture of her grandfather's mid-1930s Oehler bass, but we don't know too much else about it!

Please comment here if you have any more info!

All about Clarinets / Thoughts on new Selmer logo
« on: December 24, 2018, 08:15:50 PM »
This is the first time I've seen this logo.

I'm not a fan AT ALL.

The "S" on the upper joint looks just like those "S" shapes we used to draw using like 12 lines or whatever back in grade school.

All about Clarinets / How to colorize a metal case badge
« on: December 22, 2018, 01:04:35 PM »
Just a little side project...

If you ever wanted to beautify the metal badge on your case, here's how!

All about Clarinets / How to change forum look and style
« on: December 22, 2018, 01:03:34 PM »
As you should have noticed by now, the forum is now set in a nice brown color.

If you wish to change how the forum appears to you, here's how:

1. Click "Profile" on the upper bar
2. Hover over "Modify Profile" and click "Look and Layout
3. You will see "Current Theme," followed by "Cappuccino," followed by "(change)"
4. Click "(change)"
5. You will now be able to select your own custom theme!

All about Clarinets / The wrap-around register key
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:14:50 PM »
You may be familiar with the "wrap-around" register key, which is a register key that instead of having the hole located on the back, is instead located on the front of the clarinet. The register key is curved and wraps around to the front instead of being straight up and down like we are used to.

The question is - what is the absolute upper-bound date that wrap arounds existed?

As far as I can tell, 1920 seems to be the approximate cut-off date for both the wrap-around register key and the single post for the LH pinky keys (coincidence??)

In any case, does anybody have any evidence of the wrap-around existing POST-1920?

I know that Schrieber made (and possibly still makes) clarinets with SIDE-located register keys. 1960s-1980s Soviet clarinets often had that as well.

But, I don't know of any clarinets with completely wrapping-around keys being produced after 1920.

All about Clarinets / ClarinetPages 10th Anniversary - share your story!
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:59:24 PM »
I just realized this - the ORIGINAL ClarinetPages site was created by Phil in February 2008.

It's now over 10 years since the site has been alive and well.

I joined in about 2012 or so.

Let's take a moment to share how you found the site and your favorite experience!

All about Clarinets / Why do people play clarinet so fast?
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:57:14 PM »
This might sound stupid, but why is it that most people when demonstrating or testing out clarinets play as fast as they physically can?

I get that it might be bragging rights that you have lightning fingers, but playing slowly - in my opinion - helps both you and the audience more fully appreciate the tonal and material qualities of the instrument in question.

If you're just flying along with 1/128th notes, then all I hear is a jumble of notes. If you go a bit slower at 1/8th notes, then everybody is able to more fully appreciate the instrument for what it is, rather than what it can be in the hands of someone with incredibly fast hands.

Just my thoughts...

All about Clarinets / Confession Thread.
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:44:47 PM »
With the lack of new posts lately, thought I'd try to do something different.

What's a music related confession that you've been dying to tell?

For me, it's the fact that I am actually quite terrible at playing all clarinets.

In mid-7th grade, the band director "upgraded" me to playing the bass clarinet, mostly because there were zero basses in the band. After that, I never went back to soprano.

I played bass clarinet from 7th to 9th grade, and then quite clarinet entirely. I would pick up my old Buffet B12 (as I did not own a bass) maybe once a month and jam out a little bit, but not at all regularly.

I did not play any kind of clarinet in any capacity until I was a freshman in college, when I took a 2-unit band course where I was able to borrow a school LeBlanc bass for ZERO cost, because once again there were exactly zero bass clarinets in the entire band.

The second quarter of freshman year, I purchased for myself a M. Lacroix bass clarinet which was my daily player for a bit. I soon acquired a Conn hard rubber bass, and played on that for a while. I lent the Conn to a fellow band member and went back to the M. Lacroix.

At one point I sold both of the bass clarinets and QUIT the school band entirely.

I did not play again until junior year, when I bought for myself a Bundy contra alto clarinet which I played in both the school band and an extra-curricular video game music group.

I then sold the contra alto and quit playing for a year. I bought another contra alto and then rejoined the school band for one quarter, and then quit the school band again. I continued on in the extra curricular group for the remainder of senior year and all of my graduate year.

The real confession here is that I was never that good at any of the clarinets I played. I was only "in demand" because I played the bass clarinet which nobody else played.
After that, I was "in demand" because I played the contra alto clarinet which literally nobody else played.

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