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Trading Post / The original CONN job
« on: April 01, 2024, 12:40:33 PM »

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All about Clarinets / 19th century Clarinet in C
« on: March 29, 2024, 12:59:20 PM »
What have I just purchased here?
Clearly, it is a boxwood (or pearwood) 13 key in C,  20 11/32" long, sans mouthpiece, which hosts an integrated barrel.  Outside of that, the keywork speaks to pre-1845 and is solid brass with no plating, and it looks very much like an honest Iwan Müller, comparing photos on-line.  That's all I have.

There is a seriously righteous socket sleeve that is a very good fit,  and two handsome mouthpiece covers, two useless but historically significant wooden mouthpieces, and a repaired crack in the bell.  It is solid, but was repaired with dark filler, so I will file it out and patch it with some pearwood I have at some point.

I would love to hear your thoughts as to what you think this could be. There are no maker's marks of any kind, nor are there any batch marks on the keys that I have yet found.
Presently, I am feeling it must be German.

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All about Clarinets / Assistance needed for a stuffy D#/Eb key
« on: March 11, 2024, 02:08:17 PM »
I just got my PM Artist back from a local technician after I gave up, myself.  Unfortunately, it is no better.  The right-hand index finger trill D# key pad seals quite well (cork), but when lifted to play the note, it is "fluffy" or "stuffy".  It is most unappealing. 

Can anyone offer sage advice as to what I might try, in order to make this otherwise excellent playing horn tolerable to my ear?

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The Iceland Symphony Orchestra performs a fantastic concerto here.  Notice how she adjusts her reed, midway.  It was as close to flawless as any performance has a need to be, and what a lovely piece of music.  The level of skill involved here - not just in mastery of her instrument - but also in flawless memorization is just astounding to me.  I am not a classical player, but I have a great love for the music. 

This piece was released in 1791.  Imagine the struggles on a period correct 6 key Stadler Basset clarinet.   I can only imagine the fingering challenges.  They say this was Mozart's last great work:

https://youtu.be/YT_63UntRJE?feature=shared


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All about Clarinets / A treasure trove of musical instrument history!
« on: February 21, 2024, 06:29:22 PM »
For those of you, like me, who are fascinated by different generations of clarinet key systems and in all of the many instruments that have come and gone, I recommend you peruse the Michigan State University's Aurand collection, available online in PDF format.  It is amazing.  Researching the Clinton System got me on its path.

https://www.music.msu.edu/msu-college-of-music-collections

Click on the Aurand Collection on the left, and prepare to be sucked down the Rabbit Hole!

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All about Clarinets / Frank Holton Collegiate Unibody (Not metal!)
« on: February 17, 2024, 05:12:36 PM »
I find myself in possession of the above.  It is a wholly original, fully intact Student model instrument with a Hard Rubber chassis that looks to have been set out in the Arizona sunshine a time or two, and soft keywork that is ergonomically friendly, but prone to damage more readily if not cautiously handled, yet there is decent nickel silver under the cheap plating.
It curiously boasts designs from the 1920s, despite the fact that it was allegedly made in 1952. 

I bought it because I wanted to examine the unibody bridge key.  Looks right out of a 1918-1920 Harry Pedler playbook, but it is decidedly not his--just very similar. 
This would make a very unique lamp, I think. 

EDIT:  The alleged 1952 dating appears to be potentially inaccurate, as there is no delineation between types of instruments and the serial numbers among the lists I have found.

The thumbrest tells me it was made after WWII (and I removed it make sure it was not covering the routed pocket for an earlier style), but the single post for the lower trills, and the lack of upper joint trill key guides were abandoned by the late 30s by most manufacturers.  Holton clarinets were allegedly stenciled by a few manufacturers, and info is once again scarce.

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All about Clarinets / Pedler Trophy
« on: January 29, 2024, 05:12:42 PM »
As most of you are aware, while I do have some MBIC Pedler clarinets, my primary focus has always been those of Harry Pedler, pre-1931.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Pedler Trophy pop up, and it looked super clean.  It looked original and seldom played, kept safe for 70 years.  The Trophy was apparently Martin's last burst of oxygen into the Pedler name, and I will say--it is quite impressive.  The wood is among the best I have seen on any clarinet, the logos are clear and gilded, and the serial number, low.  The keywork is not especially to my liking but not because the keys are not well made.  They are well sculpted and attractive, but ergonomically, the sliver keys are wrong for me, and I hit them when I play.  A minor criticism, but something that I do not want to have to navigate/adapt to at this late stage in the game  (Note the LeBlanc style trill keys on the top joint.).  The horn seems robust and dense, and generally very well conceived, and the case is rather adorable, too.  I won't be keeping it, most likely, but felt I needed to lay my hands on one at some point, as they are rather scarce.  A professional resto on this would yield great results, I think, and the crack-free body is just exceptional.  I believe the pads and some of corks to be original, and I think I may be the 2nd person to open the case in the last 50 years.  There is no discernable wear or tarnish on the heads of the post screws,  which is unusual.
 Truthfully, this belongs in the Smithsonian, but you can see it here, first:

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Trading Post / Pre R13 Stencil?
« on: January 10, 2024, 09:31:55 PM »
It appears to be common knowledge that Buffet Crampon seldom if ever made stencils.  And why would a premier French clarinet manufacturer want to share their quality with...well, common stock.

A few months ago, I bought an H. FREEMAN clarinet for--believe it or not--the Harry Pedler "HP" bell alone.

Not having any information on the Stencil, I went in search on "that other clarinet forum", after coming up short, here.

A prominent member of their community mentioned that the early Pre-M100 H. FREEMAN models were actually stenciled by BC, known now among the Pre R13.

Whether or not this is the case I cannot say.  I can say that mine has a low serial, and is very well mechanized.

If there is any truth to the aforementioned claim, this may also be one of them.  A message to the seller confirmed the wording in the banner as "Made in France".  Odd for a clarinet named after a professional clarinettist, Harold Freeman from New York...who also happened to be a Buffet dealer...hmmm.
You be the judge...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/115893826052?mkevt=1&mkpid=0&emsid=e11051.m43.l1123&mkcid=26&ch=osgood&euid=0305eb2e1c954adda0737dcd9021e835&bu=43208945403&osub=-1%7E1&crd=20240108134222&segname=11051

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All about Clarinets / Sweet little Salt spoon Eefer
« on: November 16, 2023, 12:55:21 PM »
I received this Eb in the mail a few moments ago, and she plays.  The wood is an exceptional medium-dark grenadilla, and the bell is too, but it has an ostrich grain.
The G/D note pip works just fine.  It is a clumsy thing for me, but there is not much to it.  A lovely artifact, indeed.

I held my breath, hoping it would go unnoticed.  For a very low initial bid, it was mine.
I will need to talk to IC to see what they can do for me, regarding replacement pads.

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Trading Post / WTB: 3 screw thumbrest
« on: November 14, 2023, 07:58:16 PM »
I am in search of "3 leaf clover" style 3-screw thumbrest for a German/Czech/Austrian Eefer. 

I would be most obliged if any of you might have one about or a lead on one.


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All about Clarinets / Odd LJ vent
« on: November 12, 2023, 03:33:03 PM »
What do you suppose this vent is for on the LJ?  A tuning hole, perhaps?


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All about Clarinets / Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: October 31, 2023, 08:43:47 AM »
This is a late 1930s unicorn Pedler, and my first articulated tenon cork replacement.  I was fascinated to find that extra meat has been left around the tone hole, perhaps to help prevent cracking.

My, what a fun cork this will be to cut!

Has anyone seen this tenon manufacturing technique?

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All about Clarinets / Back from the dead
« on: October 19, 2023, 09:19:11 PM »
Weekend before last, I received a clarinet that an old friend found at a flea market for chump change.  He had no idea what he'd grabbed, but the preliminary photo got me excited.  It had been fitted with the wrong thumb rest, and an unsoldered key needed repair or replacement. (I lucked out on a rather sad but intact key from a prominent ebayer.  After a full spa day, the key looked too good for the others.
Allegedly, this clarinet survived a whole year, outside (in the broken case), in a chicken coop.  The wood was thirsty, but I have seen far worse.  The body was outstanding with no discernable damage or prior repairs, but the pads were revolting and the wood had grown some fuzz.  Remarkable what Murhpy's, orange oil, and almond oil can do.  Been a few years since I've done a resto.  Lack of practice hurts technique, but by gum--I still love to do them. 
Before and after:

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