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Is it necessary? Probably not.

But, I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon since I keep getting emails from everywhere I’ve ever signed up at with “how to stay safe” and “what we’re doing to keep you safe”

Music Memes / Re: Asking for a friend
« on: March 26, 2020, 12:28:02 PM »
Is this where ukuleles come from?  Asking for a friend....

When a Mommy guitar and a Daddy guitar love each other very much...

All about Clarinets / Re: Old topics....
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:55:56 PM »
Hi Heimer,

I really appreciate your post. As “head admin” of this website it makes me sad when nobody posts. Am I doing something wrong? In the past I’d make tons of posts myself just go get some activity.

Please make a new thread on ANYTHING Clarinet related. I always like talking to people about something we all enjoy!

All about Clarinets / Re: identification and advice on clarinet
« on: March 15, 2020, 04:50:20 PM »
Hi there,

Thanks for your post!

I want to make a point of contention here: I do not agree with the usage of "Simple System" to refer to pure Albert System clarinets.
Generally, Albert System is a bit newer than Simple System; Alberts have rollers on the lower keys. Simple does not.

SO - your clarinet is what I would refer to as a Simple System. This means that the date would be around 1880-1900. Alberts are more of the 1900-1920 range.

Usually There are definitely overlaps and it's not a hard-and-fast dating system, but you can generally assume a clarinet with rollers is newer than a clarinet without.

Anyhow, I would date this clarinet to around 1885 or so. Too bad about the broken tenon. As long as the bell stays on, it doesn't really matter.

There are ways to fix that break, but it's hard to do yourself, or expensive to do at a shop.

Maybe it's just because I learned to play on a Boehm; but I just don't understand the Albert/simple keys. I feel that only two lower pinky keys and only two upper pinky keys is just not enough. I like the flexibility of having multiple fingering options and it feels nicer to have more junk in the trunk.

Hey all,

In the midst of the virus epidemic, here are some tips to stay safe when buying clarinets or other instruments in person or online.

Plastic instruments:
leave the case out in direct sunlight for several hours
spray the inside and outside of case with lysol or other spray that specifies an antiviral component
wash the mouthpiece and barrel and spray
spray inside of clarinet with spray
wipe down keys with lysol wipes with antiviral component

Wood instruments:
leave the case in direct sunlight for several hours
spray case
wash mouthpiece
run pure thyme oil through the bore of the clarinet, including all body sections, bell and barrel
wipe down keys with wipes

After doing all of the following, if you're really worried, leave the instrument in a dry, isolated place for up to three days to 100% guarantee that all viruses have succumbed.

Nicole, there's two ways:

1. Resize your image to 600 kb or less. works well
2. Click "reply" to this post.
3. Underneath the text box, click "Attachments and other options"
4. Under "Attach:" click "Browse..."
5. Select file from computer
6. Click "Post"

Option Two:
email everything to me at and I'll take care of it :)

All about Clarinets / Re: Why don't clarinets come standard with low-Eb?
« on: February 19, 2020, 05:33:15 PM »
But WHY are Low-Ebs more expensive, and MUCH more expensive at that?

I get the extra materials and labor, but that doesn't excuse the extreme premium that comes with it.

It's just an extra 2 inches of material, and another key...

Is this the phenomenon where a product is sold missing features, and then the missing features are touted as an "optional add-on" at extra cost

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Clarinet Identification
« on: February 16, 2020, 12:37:24 PM »

I am new, sorry if I am in the wrong place. 

I was trying to find some information on a Vals Artist clarinet; made in France. No  serial number.  This is all the information I have, I think Vals is Spanish for Waltz.  The clarinet is nice unstained wood and plays OK.

Hi Steve,

Please go back to the main topic page and click "New Topic" near the upper right of the page.

Please also post pictures of the clarinet, especially of keywork and any logos. If the image is more than 600kb, then you will have to use Microsoft Paint, or to resize the picture to 600kb or below. If you have any issues you can email the pictures to me at and I can post them for you


All about Clarinets / Re: Wood Basset Horn Barrel/Neck
« on: February 16, 2020, 12:02:14 PM »

Sorry to bother you, but can you tell how I can start a new post of my own.

Go to
Click on the category you want to post in
Click on the button "New Topic" near the upper right of the page.

pls let me know if you have any issues

Hey Larry,

That's great! I'm very pleased that it's working out well for you! I felt that it played better than any of the clarinets I had worked on in the past. Here's to another 50 years

(Sorry about the thyme, I usually dilute it 1:3 with almond oil, but it looks like that's still too strong a concentration)

Thanks for the update! Sounds like a great option for those who need a Low C, but don't need to take out a second mortgage.

For a new, quality instrument, the price can't be beat!

All about Clarinets / Re: VOIGT clarinet?
« on: February 02, 2020, 07:48:01 PM »
This is an Albert System German clarinet from approx 1910-1920, or so. It appears to be of a reasonably high quality, but I am not familiar with the brand name itself.

All about Clarinets / Re: VOIGT clarinet?
« on: February 01, 2020, 08:04:47 PM »
It’s tough to tell without any pictures

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Clarinet Identification
« on: January 30, 2020, 06:07:00 PM »
It's the bane of this forum. You will have to use MS Paint, or

OR, you can just email the picture to me at and I can post it for you!

Looks like the metal rings have a relatively unique design, I can go through my archive and see if I see anything close

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