Author Topic: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?  (Read 130 times)

Offline Nicole Hanlon

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How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
« on: February 11, 2020, 05:09:19 PM »
Hello, I am trying to discover the age and value of a Kohlert Graslitz Clarinet. Marked with Bohemia , B flat, serial number 233407. It has a very old basic leather shoulder case. I can't seem to find a case like that anywhere. Can anyone help? thank you.

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Re: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 07:59:02 PM »

The Clarinet Pages has some info on Kohlert here:
http://www.clarinetpages.net/clarinet-history/kohlert

The Vintage Clarinet Doctor has some info here on dating Kohlert clarinets.
 https://vintageclarinetdoctor.blogspot.com/2017/01/dating-your-kohlert-clarinet.html


Bohemia puts it pre-WWI as it became Czecho-Slovakia after, so pre-1918.  Post some pictures and someone here might be able to narrow a date down even more and give give an estimate of value.


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Re: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2020, 07:40:45 PM »
That's a common misconception - Kohlert instruments could be marked "Bohemia" post-1918. Pre-1918 instruments are typically marked "Austria".

The clarinet in question was made in the early 1930s. The best data point for this era is the "Modell 1928" saxophones which I've seen around 215000, which puts 233404 at least a few years after that.
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Re: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2020, 05:55:17 PM »
Thanks, any idea what it is worth?

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Re: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2020, 05:56:13 PM »
Sorry to be daft but I cant see how to upload photos of it here?

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Re: How old is my V.Kohlert and Sons Graslitz Bohemia Clarinet?
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2020, 09:01:13 PM »
Nicole, there's two ways:

1. Resize your image to 600 kb or less. Picresize.com 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 daveleblanc@clarinetpages.net and I'll take care of it :)
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