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All about Clarinets / Re: Playing in the second octave
« on: January 20, 2021, 03:19:34 PM »
I guess you could get something for $20. Last time I looked the upline mouthpieces were like $80-$100. But like ligatures, they all play. As long as you get one that allows you to get all the "normal" notes (ie. not double high C....), stick with that. Then get quite good and go through the phase of trying everything under the sun. Then find one you like and stick with it forever (life is too short). I've used 2 mouthpieces since 1975 and they play almost identically.

Good advice. Paying more than $75 for a good playing mouth piece may be nothing more than diminished returns.

That could be Dave. Written on the brass before the shaping process.

If that's true, just another observation of the maker leaving a "note" on an early instrument.

I know it's an old thread, but I have a 19th c Buffet Crampon on the way to me from Europe that has a bell marked exactly like this (later replacement), so at least a component of another similar one has been found.  Wonder if the OP still has it or found any new info.

I sent Tinker a PM. Hopefully he will give you a reply!

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing in the second octave
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:15:41 PM »
Larry, the  Legere 2.5  may not be a good match for your mouth pieces. I have a story to tell about matching the reed to the mp but I'm short on time at the moment.

I will be back to tell you my experience. Keep at it!

. . . and was degunkehfying the neck and noticed this . . .

Are these initials?

I've learned much about clarinet mechanics from William Ridenour.

I think his videos are excellent and always on point. https://www.youtube.com/user/billyboy647/videos

There are many clarinet repair videos on youtube. I'm surprised that you're unable to find a video to help.

Additionally, Stephen Howard's Haynes Clarinet Manual is an invaluable source of info.


All about Clarinets / Avatars are back and photos can be attached.
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:54:24 PM »
Much thanks to Phil Pedler for upgrading the functionality of this forum!

He spent considerable time on the fixes.

All about Clarinets / Re: Well, I'm on a clarinet spree again...
« on: January 08, 2021, 01:38:24 PM »
You're absolutely right, Modernicus. Let's all do our part to spread false information.

Ok, let’s start by claiming that early clarinets are most likely “blown out” and not to bother with them.

They are best left for museum collections.

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing in the second octave
« on: January 07, 2021, 06:47:00 PM »
I would try loosening your embouchure - I know, you were recently told to firm it up on the lower notes but it's a fine line to keep that reed vibrating.

I like to warm up by playing the throat tones chromatically and getting the first upper register C to ring out nice and easy.

Let's talk about supporting that air stream as well. Get that diaphragm involved and visualize a nice clean column of air built on that very foundation.

I hope this helps Larry. Everyone seems to have certain specific "hacks" to help their tone.

PS, long tones do help to get everything working together.

All about Clarinets / Re: Tenon Cork Recommendations ?
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:14:42 PM »
Does anyone have advice on cleaning all the old cork from the tenons?

 I have pics from my first project horn but we are still working getting the forum photo attachment feature to work.

All about Clarinets / Re: Please post pictures along with your links!
« on: January 07, 2021, 09:46:48 AM »
test - please ignore

Trading Post / Re: (LISTED) Buffet Bb Tosca for Sale
« on: January 06, 2021, 10:25:47 AM »
Thanks for your vigilance Airflyte! Much obliged!

No problem but now you owe me a Selmer HS* mouthpiece  ;)

Trading Post / (BUY) Vintage Selmer HS* (table logo) Bb mouthpiece
« on: January 05, 2021, 08:04:37 PM »
I'm in the market for one of these pieces - if you have one in good condition with original facing/tip, please message me through this forum. Thanks!

not looking for the HS**,  just the HS* - thanks

Make and Model lists and research / Re: D.Noblet “Superior”
« on: January 05, 2021, 03:28:56 PM »
Welcome Ron.

Could it be that the "Superior" designation is engraved on a replacement bell or barrel that is not original to the instrument?

It doesn't sound like a Noblet model that I'm aware of.

See below for Phil's Noblet page,


All about Clarinets / Re: Tenon Cork Recommendations ?
« on: January 05, 2021, 02:58:39 PM »
Wow that Music Medic is a bargain and a half !! Just ordered some stuff and being in Canada and getting free shipping is a huge bonus.

I just received my order of 4 pieces (2 of each thickness). I'm satisfied with the quality for the price.

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