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All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« on: May 02, 2021, 09:16:41 PM »
What a lovely instrument! Do you know what that belly button does? I have a bass clarinet somewhere with that thing and I'll be darned if I can tell what it's usage is.

Interesting how yours has unplated German silver keys. Mine appears to have some sort of yellowish, vaguely gold looking plating on it. I feel like German silver is really the way to go. Kudos on the pickup!

Is it matte plastic? If so, it's likely to be a Selmer USA model. These are pretty much the same as (Selmer) Bundy but often with a different finish and marketed as a step-up from the Bundy.

Most of these are from the 1980s, it seems. The serial is unlikely to be of any real assistance since the larger clarinets tend to have a lot less consistency on serials.

All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« on: May 01, 2021, 10:05:15 AM »
whoa, totally dropped the ball here.

In my tests:
1. Responsiveness. With the exception of a few maladjusted keys, the instrument was very free-blowing and required less effort than expected of a large clarinet with a giant bell.

2. Tone. It has a very smooth, pleasing sound all around. The projection is heavily increased by the huge bell, which I found also "rounds out" the sound and gives it a bit more mellow and less growl-y sound.

3. Intonation. This is a very old, 100 year old clarinet and such has the expected intonation issues. Again, the huge bell makes a difference, and can affect the notes when most holes are closed. This will take some practice to find which adjustments need to be make on which notes, but it's not an insurmountable barrier.

4. Strength. Wood is nice and tight-grained, but keys are rather soft and spindly. I suspect they would be easy to bend, especially the 3-foot long extension keys.

5. Overall. One of the most pleasant basses I've ever played. Intonation issues can be fixed with practice, and that smooth sound is to die for. 9/10 for solo playing, 7/10 for modern group playing.

All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« on: April 21, 2021, 08:03:10 PM »
I was very pleased with the projection - the extended bell and what I think I remember to be a big bore could really knock your socks off! It was awesome.

The main weakness was the extended keys, they felt really flimsy and awkward to use; the fingerings were not very intuitive.
But then again, not like those keys come into play often enough to matter.

Mine still needs adjustment (I never DID get around to messing with it). The altissimo was a tough register, but not sure if thats innate or due to lack of adjustment.

The throat tones were pretty decent; I feel like that mega bell had something to do with it.

I'll be able to get the thing out of storage on Friday, I'll slap a reed on it and, assuming I have any sort of embouchure left in my soul, toot around and report back.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: April 21, 2021, 07:59:16 PM »
For a time I played on a white bass clarinet mouthpiece. It was the same material as a standard plastic mp, far as I could tell. Unmarked.

Had a huge tip opening and really let the clarinet project pretty well. I ended up selling it when I got a Noblet 2V which was a better piece overall.

All about Clarinets / Re: Horst Moennig Low C bass
« on: April 20, 2021, 06:04:34 PM »
So Dave ... been a few years on this one. I found one for sale, not far from me, and want to check it out. But first, your general review? Clarinet Board has reported bad intonation on the Horst bass. What did you find?
Boy, Windy, it's certainly been a while! I haven't touched this guy in several years now. When it came down to it, I never really played this as much as I had hoped, as the band had no need for another bass and put me on Contra alto instead.

I'll dig this guy out of the trenches and see how it works, and post an actual review, hopefully sometime soon!

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Royal Artist - Paris, France
« on: April 20, 2021, 08:00:16 AM »
No problem!! Happy yo help :)

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: April 19, 2021, 08:52:54 AM »
I like that white Mp on the second one. You should be a professional description writer!

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Royal Artist - Paris, France
« on: April 19, 2021, 08:51:14 AM »
There’s a single post for LH pinky keys so really no later than 1923. The case looks more 10’s; but it’s a Boehm system so let’s call it 1915-1918 or so

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Royal Artist - Paris, France
« on: April 18, 2021, 08:03:46 PM »
Unfortunately, as with 99% of French-sounding names you can't find any info on, value is around $50 unrestored and up to $200 restored.

All about Clarinets / Re: Kenny seems to be making mouthieces
« on: April 07, 2021, 10:10:52 AM »
My man makes some solid products that’s for sure

All about Clarinets / Re: Harwood LP A
« on: April 01, 2021, 09:51:40 PM »
As a general rule of thumb, if an A clarinet is not Chinese, it tends to be pretty solid.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: March 31, 2021, 08:05:55 PM »
Here is another, pretty extraordinary find;  a LP refer for under 150 bucks that can be put back into playing condition.  I believe the build date to be early 1920s, due to relatively advanced Albert keywork and LP:  Fairly prided, but who made it?
Very very interesting. I've yet to see any stamp that writes out the "flat" instead of just using the "b."

All about Clarinets / Re: 1860s-1884 Buffet Crampon, deux
« on: March 19, 2021, 03:56:50 PM »
Oh yeah, I would collect everything if I could, I love the purity and simplicity of Albert/Mueller, classical clarinets, etc...but you're right, the intuitive human factors and ergonomics aspect of Boehm are nearly unbeatable. I do have a J.T.L. Albert high pitch I would never part with, incredible materials and beautiful workmanship. I do wish Boehms were lighter, though!  I have problems with my wrists and thumbs that I felt always held back how long I could practice.  The only instrument I that didn't fatigue my hand too much, where I could just play for hours, was a very old and extremely light metal clarinet.  If I could take the clarinet anywhere, it would be to lighten it with modern materials, overall
Boy, if you think Boehm is heavy, try going MCINTYRE. Those are awfully top-heavy, not to mention allover heavy. Those definitely need a neckstrap.

In high school marching band I used to march bass clarinet with no neckstrap just to try to show off to the girls how macho I was. Turns out that band girls aren't exactly looking for those jocks with massive thump muscles. Go figure.

If you've got a spare $14 grand or so, Backun makes a carbon fiber clariet!

All about Clarinets / Re: Floor Peg Attachment For Alto Clarinet
« on: March 09, 2021, 07:30:53 PM »
Thanks everyone! I’m glad others really seem to like this project of mine.

I’ve considered trying to sell these once I finalized the design. From looking around, it seems like there’s a decent amount of people who would be interested, and I’d like a little compensation for the time and money I’ve invested in designing this. Although, I’d try to keep the pricing fair and not charge extravagant amounts for it like I’ve seen a lot of people do with 3D printing (often with files that aren’t even originally theirs).
Although it would be noble to provide the files to the public for free, if you invent something revolutionary you should be compensated, in my opinion. Stands are expensive, and people would FLOCK to your store if you sold these are a reasonable price.

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