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Windy, for some reason all I have on me are these pre-restoration photos. Robert Bauder did an incredible restoration on it - picture the clarinet, except mirror shiny!

I have the clarinet somewhere in storage; I'll have to dig it out one of these days and do some nice glamour shots.

What's unique about it is the fact that it's
a) simple system (sans rollers)
b) metal
c) PLATEAU
d) and from a manufacturer rarely seen in the US

I've never seen any other metal, plateau, simple systems before. The National Music Museum had a few examples of wood simple systems with plateau keys, but as far as metals - I'm pretty sure I have the only one this side of the hemisphere
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Dave - I'm curious. I searched Bottali in Clarinetpages and Google and it comes up silent. What is it?
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Years later, my sentiment hasn't changed. My two favorites are the McIntyre and the Bottali.

However in a fire, I would save the Bottali. You can actually buy a McIntyre every now and then.

You simply CANNOT buy another one of my Bottalis, as far as I can tell it's simply unique. It's not worth very much but for the absolute rarity of it means I just can't let it go.
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It would be hard to lose all the other clarinets in my collection, but I would have to probably have keep my Selmer Bb full Boehm. I've come to really like it for its place in clarinet history, its quirks (I like weird instruments or instruments with interesting features), and how it plays.
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I only have one   ;)
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I'd have to keep my most recently purchased (1999) Buffet Bb R13. I need this for performances. If I weren't playing anywhere I think I'd keep my Buffet C-- bought new in 1976 and in need of serious repair.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Adjustable barrels
« Last post by windydankoff on May 31, 2020, 12:34:28 PM »
I've had a Berkeley barrel for 4 years. I use it a lot for my technical work, to determine optimum barrel length for horns I'm working on. Its bore matches typical modern clarinets. It's made of aluminum with a thick and durable black coating. The mechanism is very smooth. It takes quite a few turns to make a difference, so accidentally turning it a bit is not significant.

The only limitation I see is that when extended out, the telescoping tubes form a an internal expansion gap in which the bore is larger (but not nearly as large as that formed when pulling out a normal barrel). Nevertheless, this gap gets significantly long if you need to extend the barrel beyond maybe 66mm. In that case, the gap can dull or de-tune some of the throat notes especially the Bb.

In conclusion, if your typical tuning need is to shorten the horn for cold conditions, it's great. Simply turn it longer as things warm up, which is smoothly done on the fly. If you need to go unusually long and low, it's not great because of the internal gap (and the external gaps looks conspicuous too).

After four years of occasional use, mine looks and works like new. It has the feel of a precision machine. There is a bit of noticeable grease in the inner gap, probably silicone grease. It stays there and should not be disturbed as it's part of the seal and keeps the action smooth.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Adjustable barrels
« Last post by Flyboy on May 30, 2020, 10:36:41 AM »
The Match Pitch is out of stock apparently but it is 49.
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Dave's music video of the week / Great musicians
« Last post by CecoMalerne on May 30, 2020, 07:42:56 AM »
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All about Clarinets / Re: Adjustable barrels
« Last post by LarryS on May 30, 2020, 02:36:36 AM »
They do seem like a good idea, tho expensive I imagine. Also it could make for a good effect, sliding while playing
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