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If it could only be one, no matter what key, it would be my V. Kohlert's
                                                                                    Czecho-Slovakia sopranino Eb LP

Very tough question to answer and makes one think very critically.

I feel that it's relatively easy to find an exceptional Bb soprano.
Windsong, you refer to "Kolar Czech C.  It is an extraordinary, brilliant machine."

I think you mean Kohlert, but (being an avid C fixer and player) I'm curious to know what makes it so special?
All about Clarinets / Re: Please post pictures along with your links!
« Last post by windydankoff on June 28, 2020, 10:06:06 AM »
Thank you Dave! How to save the images a usable picture files (jpg):  I take "screenshots" of my entire screen, or any portion of it. A search will reveal how to do it on Mac or Windows. I created a folder called SCREENSHOTS so I can find them easily, and name them as I please. Then they are easy to post.

Shots can include any portion of the screen, including descriptions etc., not just the photos. So YES! Please do this or your links soon become useless.
I just posted a link to that in another thread.  Isn't it amazing?  All I've managed is a few folk flutes and a keyless "tarogato".

Oops. Sorry Dibbs. It is amazing!

 With the right equipment, a bass just might be possible.
All about Clarinets / Re: Looks like Jared has been busy "printing" a 3D clarinet!
« Last post by Dibbs on June 28, 2020, 08:07:34 AM »
I just posted a link to that in another thread.  Isn't it amazing?  All I've managed is a few folk flutes and a keyless "tarogato".
All about Clarinets / Re: Help identifying a supposed 1800's clarinet
« Last post by Dibbs on June 28, 2020, 08:04:42 AM »
I've got 2 3d printers but not a lot of knowledge.

The hardest part for me is acquiring the CAD skills.  I've been using Fusion 360 on and off for the last year and although I can easily design simple parts I find keywork difficult.  There are a lot of complex curves and odd angles.

Once you've got your model you need to decide on printing technology.  There are two options for consumer grade machines.  FDM printers, the ones that melt plastic filaments don't do well with fine detail and give a poor surface finish.  DLP printers that harden a UV sensitive resin are far more capable from that point of view and are more appropriate for keywork in my opinion.  However, the cheap(ish) standard resins are very brittle.  Tougher engineering grade resins start to get expensive.  (and medical grade ones are through the roof as you might expect)

Even then the strength and rigidity of the 3d printed parts is nowhere near that of brass or nickel silver.  You would need to redesign appropriately.  Padding needs to be done differently somehow too.  Traditional methods would melt or burn plastic keys.

I have recently been experimenting with casting small parts in brass from 3d printed patterns but my setup is very primitive at the moment.  I've had limited success so far.  Taking it to the next level involves more investment than I think I want to make.  (programmable kiln, vacuum setup)

Have you seen jdbassplayer's latest video?

Although he says at the beginning that everything on it was 3d printed, it's clear that the keys weren't.
All about Clarinets / Re: Help identifying a supposed 1800's clarinet
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on June 27, 2020, 10:52:58 PM »
One of my dreams is to 3-D print replacement keys for unique or oddball clarinets. The odds of finding the key you need in a box of parts is slim to none. 3D printing should be able to produce the strength, if not the chrome look, of an original key. A bit of woodworking/engineering will allow you to mount the key properly and use it as intended.

Anyone got a 3D printer and a lot of knowledge?!
I would keep my 1958 Selmer Centered Tone. But - that may change as I recently sent a Selmer BT M serial number off to be overhauled. But I'm also fond of a recently-acquired Couesnon Monopole Conservatoire full Boehm which plays great (I bought it to sell, but...)
I have worked on 3 Centered Tones so far and every single time I really wished I could have kept it. Two were for clients, one was for myself. I really should have kept the one I bought personally.
CT is probably the nicest sounding and most all-around "good" clarinet I've ever played.

I currently keep a Noblet Stubbins system as a daily player (mainly for the novelty), but the CT really should be everyone's daily player.
The only C clarinet I've ever owned used a standard Bb mouthpiece; an Eb would not fit.

This was one I can't entirely remember, but it was an 1880's model, full simple system. High Pitch, but boy did it sound nice. When I sober up I'm sure I'll remember the name. haha
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