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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:59:42 PM »
That extra key is very unusual and was not a standard McIntyre feature. That's a double register key, most often seen in very old 19th century alto and bass clarinets. There's not much reason for a double register in a smaller clarinet simply due to the physics of it all.

All modern alto and bass clarinets have a double register, but it's usually a much different module than the two keys next to each other, which I have never seen in any modern clarinet besides the example you posted.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B18
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:58:10 PM »
I've never heard of a B18. I only know of the B10 and the B12, which are the standard ones.

Never heard of an 18. Interesting!

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Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 15, 2021, 11:50:54 PM »
Found some documentation on the McIntyre at: Checklist of McIntyre System Clarinets at the National Music Museum (nmmusd.org)  This version refers to a later patent from 1962 which shows keywork like the instrument I bought.  The earlier patent shows a modified "A" key that is not on the later patent.


Also found the same info, plus an estimated value at: [size=78%]I have a Vintage McIntyre System Clarinet, complete, and in very good condition. The Serial Number is 5059, and it was (justanswer.com)[/size]

$1,000 is a VERY OPTIMISTIC value. I don't see any realistic world where a McIntyre would be worth any more than $500. They regularly trade in the $300 range. I even saw a McIntyre ALTO clarinet sell for just $600.

Realistic value for a restored McIntyre is no more than $500 in my opinion. There is simply not enough demand for this item. It's a museum piece for sure, but with a dearth of spet collectors, and the relative abundance with respect to demand, there's no world where I see a McIntyre ever fetching anywhere close to a grand.

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Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 15, 2021, 12:22:47 AM »
Adjusting the McIntyre springs is insane. Some places you have to adjust one spring to overpower another, and if it's not quite right then the pad doesn't close all the way. Can't imagine what it took to come up with that schematic.

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All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: June 14, 2021, 09:06:22 PM »
That actually looks a bit newer than 60s. Probably closer to 80s if not even early 90s, that logo style is pretty recent.

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All about Clarinets / Re: About the alto
« on: June 14, 2021, 09:05:40 PM »
Yea IDK if that's a great value for the money...

If it was me I'd put that $12k into a Selmer Paris rosewood contra alto

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All about Clarinets / Re: Blue Monk
« on: June 14, 2021, 09:04:20 PM »
Gorgeous interpretation of a true classic!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« on: June 14, 2021, 09:03:43 PM »
Windy, I have no idea why I figured the bass was 100 years old.

The case style points to the 1940s (fake reptile skin); I have what I believe to be the original case as it's form-fitting inside. Serial is 29129.

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Make and Model lists and research / Re: SML bass clarinet
« on: June 05, 2021, 10:18:24 PM »
I've never played an SML bass, but I've had a couple sopranos in the shop. I really liked the quality of the wood, if nothing else.

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I don't and I doubt you'll find one. Conn-Selmer isn't very good at keeping records, it seems. Best we can do in these cases is rely on imperfect memory or sales receipts and try to reconstruct a timeline given enough source material.

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All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 23, 2021, 09:59:26 PM »
I thought alto was just short for contra alto ...or are they seperate instruments?
Entirely different. Bass clarinet is one octave lower than the soprano clarinet.
Likewise, the contra alto is one octave lower than the alto.

The contra alto is pretty much the last clarinet you can reasonably play sitting down; the straight contrabass need a 7 foot tall player or they need to stand up.

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All about Clarinets / Re: New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 21, 2021, 06:27:20 PM »
Hello, try the following

1. In the reply page, click "Attachments and other options"

2. Under "Attach," click "Browse..."

3. Find the picture on your computer

4. Upload, post reply, and voila.

If that's not working for you, please email me at daveleblanc@clarinetpages.net

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Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: May 21, 2021, 07:21:09 AM »
If nothing else, a great practice in conservation. I’d get it for $20

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I am the bass clarinet maestro. If you ever want it restored let me know!

Those are very rare. I believe I’ve seen one other example before. All metal bass in general are impossible to find, so congrats!

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All about Clarinets / Re: New package arrived from France....
« on: May 14, 2021, 09:18:04 PM »
I gotta see that mouthpiece. You guys know I'm the logo-gilding maestro! I do prefer seeing the originals though, nothing like good, old-fashioned craftsmanship.

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