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Offline Search4us

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Age of Kohlert Clarinet
« on: April 01, 2017, 01:31:26 PM »
V Kohlert clarinet made in Graslitz, Bohemia. Serial number is 241675. Can anyone flee me theyear of manufacture? Thank you.

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Re: Age of Kohlert Clarinet
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 08:14:01 PM »
Kohlert clarinets marked "Bohemia" are pre WW1. After the war these were marked Czecho-Slovakia. I have two 17/6 Boehm models from the Bohemia era, #218036 and #224486. By serial #260138, the mark has changed to Czecho-Slovakia. It can therefore be deduced that your #241675 is very close to the end of the Bohemia era, before or during the war. Notice that the factory never moved. It stayed in the same geographic location while the Geo-politics moved;- several times.

Thank you for sharing the serial number. If we get enough examples close to the end of the war, we can more accurately date the rest of these.  :)
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Re: Age of Kohlert Clarinet
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 07:53:10 AM »
I have a V Kohlert Sons Bb - originally a full boehmite, but since modified. Marked as from Graslitz serial number 26(5 or 3)583.  Jon Steward thought it was from th elate 1930s.

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Re: Age of Kohlert Clarinet
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2019, 08:41:43 PM »
Kohlert clarinets marked "Bohemia" are pre WW1. After the war these were marked Czecho-Slovakia.

It isn't quite that simple, unfortunately. Kohlert used "Bohemia" and "Czecho-Slovakia" interchangeably for a time. The pre-WWI instruments were usually stamped "Austria" from what I've seen.

"Modell 1928" saxophones appear around 215000, and I've seen a guarantee bond confirming that 267000 fell within 1938. It's hard to extrapolate annual production, but the instrument in the original inquiry was probably built around 1933.
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