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All about Clarinets / I'm leaving for a while
« on: January 20, 2022, 11:26:11 PM »
Hey folks,

Tomorrow I am officially joining the US Navy, and will be starting Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island.

If all goes well, I will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Oceanography field in mid-April.

Until then, I leave things in the capable hands of those better than I.

Godspeed, friends, and see you on the flip side!

Make and Model lists and research / Re: French Engineer?
« on: January 20, 2022, 11:06:17 PM »
Dan, I agree. Vitos in general are really quite excellent. I don't know if its the placebo effect, but the Dazzlers seem to play even sweeter than their general equivalents.

My best find was a Selmer HS** hard rubber that I sold for $80.

Came in a $20 Bundy or some other plastic clarinet.

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 15, 2022, 11:49:29 AM »
I strained my R thumb, struggling with bass clarinet positioning. If not for thumb pain, I would not need (or want) a strap. Why do you wish for one, Larry?
In high school marching band I thought I was being extra macho by marching without a strap. I always wondered why my thumb always hurt all the time.

PS - nobody was impressed

All about Clarinets / Re: Mystery Clarinet. Debeney La Monte.
« on: January 11, 2022, 11:40:44 PM »
In the 30s-50s, there were literally hundreds of random stencils. They would range from the music shop that sold them, to a random guy who paid for it, to a subsidiary of a big company that pawned off their clarinets that failed QC as different names. It was kind of the wild west of clarinets.

If you really want to get deep into it, check out the metal clarinets of that era. There were so many stencils that it's often very difficult to find two of the same name.

All about Clarinets / Re: Mystery Clarinet. Debeney La Monte.
« on: January 11, 2022, 10:31:43 AM »
Pretty cool. Can't say I've heard of this one, could be one of a rather unlimited number of different brand names stenciled on French clarinets.

I'm not as good with my key ID as I used to be, but Thibouville and Malerne were two of the biggest stencil makers.

I don't see why any tech would REFUSE to touch something unless they physically can't perform some aspect of the repair. if its just padwork, then it's just like any other day in the office.

Could be your location is driving prices up.

A quick look on eBay US shows this guy selling for $1,150.

Sure, it's from 1960, so that may be too old.

Here's one from just 2010 for $2k US.

If you're looking for a new one, they tend to top out around $3,800 US.

I always figured that true Full Boehms didn't have the rollers down south?

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:28:29 AM »
That's a gorgeous barrel!

That seems very high, honestly. You can usually find an R13 in the United States in the $1300-1500 range, unless it's brand new. Last time I sold an R13 it was back in 2017, but at that time one would be hard pressed to get much more than that for a used R13.

It's a little tough to tell from a surface glance if it's a real R13, but R13s will never have a model marking, and will always be made in France. Beyond that, it would take a closer look via pictures or in person to be able to tell for sure.

Man, that's pretty cool. Matched Bb/A sets are always worth a lot, almost no matter what.

The German system is a bit unusual in the United States, but I always thought it was neat. I'm not a fan of the rollers down low, but I suppose they have their uses.

It's been a while since I've been very engaged in the market pricing, but I would assume that a premium pair like this, in good playing condition, may fetch in the neighborhood of $1500-2000.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 02, 2022, 05:01:35 PM »
I remember this as well. I believe Phil has done this to a few clarinets, though I too don't recall if this lowers or raises pitch.

I would imagine that it would raise the pitch, as a hole in the bell would allow air to escape out of the bell sooner/faster than regular. Based on my meagre knowledge of clarinet mechanics, I would think that this would sharpen the the lower/higher notes when the crows-feet keys are depressed.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Ecole
« on: January 01, 2022, 05:34:43 PM »
I hate the McIntyre system as I was never able to adequately understand the mechanism enough to properly fix and adjust them.

Fun fact - a 6 years or so ago I offered a member of this forum to send me their new McIntyre, and I said that I would do a full overhaul, but if I couldn't do the McSystem keys properly, it was free. 12 or so hours of banging my head on the wall later, I send back a very pretty but not entirely functional McIntyre, all for free of course.

Lesson learned - pride before fall...

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 01, 2022, 05:02:11 PM »
If the low E is flat, I suppose you could pull the bell out a little, or even better figure out where the best tone is, and put a small spacer on the tenon so you don't have to guess every time you pull out.

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