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All about Clarinets / I broke a critical part of an Eb
« on: March 31, 2019, 12:10:55 PM »
On an Eb clarinet the lower stack 3-ring key shares a post with the upper stack A/D ring/bridge key.

That post has a little copper nub sticking out of both sides of the post for each of the keys to secure into.

I broke the nub that holds the A/D key in place.

I brought it to a local music shop and the guy said there was no way to fix it without finding a donor post from another Eb.

Does anybody have any ideas on how to fix this?

I was considering gluing the nub back on, but Iím not sure how strong that would be.

All about Clarinets / Is there any reason for a saxonette to exist?
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:31:17 PM »

As far as I can tell, the saxonette is nothing more than a standard Bb soprano clarinet with a curvy metal barrel and a curvy metal bell.

There doesn't seem to be any functional reason for this thing to exist. There may be a small argument that the upturned bell helps "project" the sound, but if you REALLY need that much extra projection then you can just play a bit louder for all the good the bell will do for you.

All about Clarinets / Absurdly high bidding on Selmer bass
« on: March 30, 2019, 12:50:17 PM »

So here are the two body sections of a Selmer bass. NO case, NO neck, NO bell.

And yet, it's bidded up to over $1200 so far. This is insane. You can get a perfectly nice, complete bass clarinet of pretty much any brand for that price or less.

What gives?

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!

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