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All about Clarinets / King Marigaux refurbish done, my thoughts.
« on: August 13, 2023, 07:58:50 PM »
Just got done refurbishing this one.  As I understand, King was a distributor for Marigaux between 1960 and the 1980s?  The keywork looks the part for that era.  Seems precisely made, has silver plated keys and very light- it's sort of more delicate overall than a typical Buffet Crampon.  No model number to be found. My thoughts so far- extremely responsive with a really pleasing tone.  Extremely fun to play. The tuning of the right hand notes in the low register are really sharp, typical of what you'd find on a large bore clarinet.  I haven't tried to measure the bore.  The rest of the tuning is basically only barely adequate, I'd say.  It seems to be fairly sensitive to mouthpieces in this regard. A few tweaks could still be made to bring some notes down a bit, but I think those notes would get fuzzy very quickly (given the experiment of closing some adjacent keys the tiniest bit while watching the tuner).  I can also "cover" slightly the nearby tone holes, with my fingers slightly above and achieve some OK success bringing some sharp notes down that way. Perhaps the best (and excellent tone!) was with the "block letter" Meliphone/ Charles Chedeville mouthpiece, though I don't want to play that one too much.  Another was an old, faded hard rubber mouthpiece where the marking is mostly worn away.  It didn't sound or respond quite as well, but was about equal on tuning, perhaps better in some ways, worse in others. The trusty G. Langenus sounds great and responds best, but maybe not quite as good tuning as the other two.  Pulling out about a millimeter at the barrel and center joint seems to work best.  All other mouthpieces I tried besides these so far, were a terrible match.

Just came today from France!  Seemingly original mouthpiece to bell, all pieces marked, all key work present and not mangled!  Probably original case as well.  Will post pics soon (for real this time).  Almost a full set salt spoon Buffet Boehms now A, Bb, Eb.  I'll look for a C as well, they're around, but rare!  The last one that came up was more $$ than I could afford then, I recall it was a boxwood?  I accidentally didn't set my bid right and lost our on a boxwood Bb Boehm Buffet years back, it had square pad cups and I think nickel silver keys.  Would still like to find one!

Pics:  Some cracks, nothing catastrophic.  Seemingly all original sections including mouthpiece, all keywork there! No massively botched repairs- the upper joint bridge part is a fabricated replacement, a little crude but looks solid.  One barrel ring is cracked, needs soldered.  Not too bad!

Well, I went and did it again- picked up some new additions to the collection.  Pics coming!  Rampone came sans barrel, loose repositioned thumbrest, dry and dirty, but otherwise solid. Martel Freres A is entirely hard rubber!  The Martel Bb is wood with a hard rubber barrel (marked with the MF crest, but not the regular logo, much blacker/glossier than the A, a later custom item for the original or early owner?).  Only one hack repair or damage on the Bb, otherwise solid.  Looks like they were played a fair bit, but well maintained.

All about Clarinets / Martin Thibouville Boehm Bb LP integrated barrel
« on: January 29, 2023, 12:43:12 PM »
I got this a while back, never posted it:.

Picked this baby up for $25, was everyone else sleeping!?  Even though the rubber has browned somewhat,this instrument is solid, no glaring defects, and definitely not worn out, just needs cleaning and standard overhaul work.  It even came in a lot with a much later/ cheaper Bb, but still a French made stencil of some sort.  Anyway, here are some pics:

I'm assuming a date of early 1900s here, for lack of any other info.  Seemingly this was made by one of the Thibouville factories for what was likely an instrument dealer.  The Thibouville logo is one of the variations of an oval cartouche with simply "Thibouville" stamped inside, and five pointed stars above and below.  On the bell, there are two ovals stacked with the Espagnet being the lower one, and the lower star is below it- so the two marks are integrated.  Came in nice era correct, likely original case with an old A. Lelandais reed box, wood mouthpiece in decent shape, and even the lock key (lock is sort of jammed, though, and somebody removed the hinge pin on the lock flap to open it in the past).  There's a tight crack to the upper joint top tone hole, barrel is stuck.  Otherwise in quite nice condition, or perhaps because it's cracked it has stood untouched.  All-in-all a charming snapshot of history in addition to the instrument itself.  BTW, I compared this to my early Thibouville Freres and my Camille Thibouville and it is distinctly different from those, though some characteristics are similar, so I can still see the family influence.

Eugene Thibouville's second venture under his own name was supposedly in operation from about 1887-1893, and I believe this belongs to that era, that's why I chose circa 1890 as a description.

Here we go!  I believe Buffet Crampon became "& Cie" in 1859, so it can't be any older.  Then, salt spoon pad cups were phased out by the mid 1860s or so?  Haven't found any definitive sources.  Hence my date range.  Oh yeah, and I am indeed over the moon to get this! 8)

yourselves for the awesomeness. 8)  Pictures will be posted soon:  Buffet Crampon & Cie Eb Boehm circa 1859-1860s with salt spoon pad cups! ;)  Circa 1890 Eugene Thibouville integrated barrel Boehm high pitch C clarinet! ;D  Also, from a bit ago, a Thibouville/ F. Espagnet Bordeaux labeled Boehm Bb, from about 1900? Bb LP- beautiful condition w/maybe original wooden mouthpiece, which by a miracle, is not broken, since it has it's original or era correct case.  Somebody had harvested the C for screws, but I have found replacements for 3 of the 4 missing already.  Condition is really nice, overall, though strange mods have been made to the thumb tube?  The Eb is a bit rough, non-original barrel and bell I presume, as they are unlabeled.  I think one missing screw and spring I could see from an initial casual inspection, a metal tube insert has been used on at least one finger hole, but no cracks in the unibody and all the keywork is there.

All about Clarinets / Antique Buffet clarinets marked "NB"
« on: February 04, 2022, 06:48:20 PM »
I know people have wondered about this "NB" in the past- my wife suggested that this is nota bene, latin for "note well", used to mark an exceptional example.  This abbreviated form is used to call attention to something important in legal or academic writing.  Seems like as good an explanation as I've ever heard!

All about Clarinets / Newest Jerome Thibouville Lamy clarinet you've seen?
« on: February 03, 2022, 12:55:41 PM »
Looking at one that must be 1950's-60's (they went out of business in '69 I believe?), trying to decide if this is rare enough to pay attention to, or if you've had any experience with one this late?  Their late 19th/early 20th c. clarinets have incredible craftsmanship and materials.  I wonder if they actually still made their own that late, even?  It looks a bit like some Couesnons of that era, but the bell looks to have a bit of a crystalline resin structure, like a phenolic resin, while the body is wood.

All about Clarinets / High pitch Boehm systems - mostly butchered?
« on: January 30, 2022, 05:51:14 PM »
I look for these on purpose, but find mostly butchered wrecks!  I've bought some anyway, but it's very frustrating! 

Whew, finally!  Case is TOAST.  Pic on stand after basic cleanup and oiling, replacement bell fitted.

All about Clarinets / 1917 Buffet Crampon Boehm A LP
« on: January 22, 2022, 12:58:04 PM »
Just picked this up at auction for about $70.  Barrel and mpc. not original.  Banded on LJ ( doesn't bother me, I like this banding actually!).  Top joint has been pinned due to a crack to the register tube, I think the drill holes were filled with lacquer, which has turned brittle and is falling out.  Easy enough to fill with super glue and wood dust, or maybe black epoxy.  Overall, if the crack repair is stable (looks like fine job, really, no reason to doubt it), this should be very nice, the condition is not too shabby given the age.

All about Clarinets / 1909 C.G. Conn high pitch Boehm A
« on: December 19, 2021, 12:46:51 PM »
Serial is A15xxxH, making it easy to distinguish.

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