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It also looks like the upper joint has a crack or repaired crack.  While this may not affect play-ability, it will definitely be detrimental to resale value.

2 different Buffet serial number lists place 391xxx as a 1994 build.
Are you sure the model is Aspari and it's not APARIS?  If it is, that's just part of the logo.

Try the mouthpiece directly into the upper joint.  The look like they have the integrated barrel. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Images lost on ClarinetPages forum?
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:31:10 PM »
The search box seems to be malfunctioning as well.

Search is back.  Dave must have fixed it while I was typing.  :)

All about Clarinets / Re: Images lost on ClarinetPages forum?
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:29:30 PM »
The search box seems to be malfunctioning as well. 

Ok, I do find the vids from Earspasm Music entertaining and informative, but this particular video is just plain odd!

He soaks a wooden barrel for over half a year and then cuts it in half to see how much oil has been "absorbed". Comments are typical youtube funnyish.

A few years ago, American Science and Surplus was selling what they called black wood tubes.  I picked up a rough cut bell.  Since I had bit of spare time I decided to put oiling to the test. 
1.  Went out to the band saw and cut 3 rings from the top of the bell.  If you watch the video, at around the 4 minute mark they are cutting the barrel and you see a puff of smoke.  That's the blade heated to the point of scorching the wood.  This stuff is seriously hard.
2.  Took before picture.  17 year old digital camera, and not that great of one even then. See first picture.
3.  Using grape seed oil (inexpensive and plentiful) I swabbed 1 inside and out, gave one a bath soaking in a canning jar, and the third I gave a bath in a canning jar and vacuum sealed the jar (used my wife's food saver vacuum sealer).  The 2 in the bath I let be and the first one got swabbed every few hours as it seemed to dry.  13 times in about 40 hours. 
4.  Took them out, dried them and instead of scorching them on the band saw again, I snapped them in half.  Just staring at them it was hard to tell if it really did anything.  So I grabbed the bell and back to the band saw.  Cut another ring and snapped it in half for comparison. 
5.  Pictures 2-swabbed, 3-bath and 4-vacuum, were taken with an iPhone, and on it's own, slightly overexposed.  The oiled halves are top and bottom, un-oiled in the middle.   

Oiling most definitely penetrates into the wood.   

Music Memes / Asking for a friend
« on: March 25, 2020, 08:47:59 PM »
Is this where ukuleles come from?  Asking for a friend....


The Clarinet Pages has some info on Kohlert here:

The Vintage Clarinet Doctor has some info here on dating Kohlert clarinets.

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.

Welcome aboard. 

Looks like the metal rings have a relatively unique design, I can go through my archive and see if I see anything close

The rings and key work look just like an M. LaCroix I have.  The LeCroix however has Made In France at the top of the upper joint and the serial number at the top of the lower joint.  Bell and barrel only contain the M LaCroix logo.  Past debates have figured this was a Thibouville stencil[size=78%].[/size]

All about Clarinets / Re: Help Identify My Clarinet
« on: December 16, 2019, 07:58:35 PM »
According to the lists that I have been able to find, your serial number 1322 would fall into that 1905 1906 range.  There is one major problem with that, and that is that Frank Holton did not open his plant in Elkhorn Wisconsin until 1917 - 18.  Prior to that, his only plant was in Chicago Illinois. 

I can't be certain, but I think that the common serial number list we find is for brass instruments. is a quick history on PH Hakkert jr. If this is to be believed, he pretty much established the music trade in Rotterdam.  The Music store moved around Rotterdam quite a bit, so if you could figure out when they were at Schiakade 172, you could narrow down the date of your clarinet.

All about Clarinets / Re: Help identifying clarinet
« on: November 25, 2019, 02:23:40 PM »
Quit possibly joints from 2 Buffet B10's, since both joints have the 6 carved into the tenon.  Couldn't tell you if they are legitimate Buffet or Chinese knock-off though.

I'll correct myself,  after a little more digging, here's a site with 3 of them.

According to this, there weren't many made and they don't appear in any of the catalogs.  Definitely a good find.


This site has Conn catalogs going back into the late 1800's.
 The 424N's that I have seen and that show up in the Conn catalogs are all wood, from about 1940 to 1949.  In the 30's and into the 40's there was a 514N that was metal. 
If the serial number lists are correct, yours would be from 1930.

All about Clarinets / Re: Case "CHALLENGE"
« on: May 26, 2019, 07:40:29 AM »
Truly a rare find, although the place for the second mouthpiece could be a better fit, as well as the place for the top joint. What really makes it a rare piece though is that it's a Boosey and Hawkes in the Ohler/German system (cleverly disguised as a Boehm).

Skill Level:not for beginners         Custom Bundle: No
Design:  Íhler/German System     Type clarinet

All about Clarinets / Re: I'm stumped - Albert system Eb -German?
« on: May 12, 2019, 12:18:45 PM »
Here are some pictures of the key work that may help in identification or possibly dating.  It needs a serious cleaning, but surprisingly the pads seal and it is playable.

After days of consulting the almighty google and coming up empty, it produced a link to another person questioning a similar clarinet.  Theirs had "Sonora" below the SHUTZMARKE with an eagle-like emblem above, and the best guess was a "GDR state owned manufacturer in Markneukirchen" succeeded by Moennig-Adler.

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