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All about Clarinets / Conn 464N barrel length
« on: October 23, 2020, 06:19:54 PM »
Would anyone happen to have a conn 464N that they could verify the factory Barrel length? I have another Older version 464N that’s barrel is 61.7 mm. There a subtle differences between the two.  They are dated 1936 and a 1940. The 1940 is the overhauled one needing a barrel.

Thanks in advance,

All about Clarinets / Buffet Eb Carl Fischer
« on: October 10, 2020, 07:14:50 PM »
Hello all,
  I was going through some of my clarinets hidden from the wife in my closet stash and came across this little fella. The serial number is K42. Do you think this follows the published age charts? That would put it at 1896. Not sure when Carl Fischer started but I didn’t think it was that early. It is hard to see but it does say made in France. Any input would be greatly appreciated.


All about Clarinets / 1936 Buffet
« on: December 05, 2016, 04:38:30 PM »
  Just got this little guy delivered today. I'm sure that I paid way too much for it $175. But I really wanted a pre-pre R13/ or as it is rarely called not an R-13. I think I might just repad it and leave it at that. Seems to be well taken care of. has a crack on the bell, and barrel pretty insignificant.

All about Clarinets / Pitch curve chart
« on: December 03, 2016, 05:03:08 PM »
I threw together this chart where you can input the pitch variations and it throws it onto a line chart. Ill make the chart show what pitch variation is between both notes that the tone hole shares.
Then I should ( huge should at this point) be able to determine if the tone hole would benefit from undercutting or some other physical manipulation.
All of this is beyond my abilities, but I'm going to experiment on an old beat up horn and give it a whirl. Since I am not an experienced player I'm still working on my embouchure to get consistent results. But I'm making progress.

If you guys have any ideas or thoughts on stuff to add, or something that might make it better let me know.

All about Clarinets / Martin Freres "Grand Prix"
« on: November 30, 2016, 05:24:56 PM »
   I just picked a Martin Freres made in France, Grand Prix,  Boehm serial #0112. Has anyone redone one of these? Or has any idea about manufacture year?

All about Clarinets / Thibouville Albert system Bb
« on: November 18, 2016, 07:06:04 PM »
I recently picked up a nice little thibouville  Bb Albert system. One of the trill keys is broken but I really loved the bell. There is another one on ebay but is a little too pricey for me, and doesn't have rollers. I just finished the first gilding and now I need break out the magnifying glass and needle to clean it up a bit more.

 Any help on narrowing the year of manufacture would be greatly appreciated!! Under the upper section key work they do have 22 stamped. I found a catalogue with a model 22 but they weren't offered with rollers, and was much earlier I believe.

All about Clarinets / Penzel mueller super brilliante
« on: November 05, 2016, 09:01:48 PM »
Got a Super Brilliante a couple of days ago and started to bring it back to life. One thing the immediately jumped out at me was the quality of the wood. There are virtually no pores and is pitch black. Also the density of the wood is quite noticeable just by picking it up. It does have one broken key, which I am on the hunt for.  Its the D# and its broken at the key barrel. The rest of the arm and cup are missing. It was missing the ring on the lower joint and had some damage to the tenon under where the ring should have been, that has been fixed and ring replaced. I gave it an oil bath, polished the keys out and gilded the logos. I also sanded the body with 2000 grit and some good old olive oil to shine it up. I did try something new when I gilded it. I had decent results with a liquid paste gold leaf from Hobby lobby in the past. But it didn't seem to last very long at all. This time I gilded it then sealed it with some CA glue. Then I sanded it with 2000 grit sand paper. I also have never seen (probably due to lack of experience) the tiny ball bearings pressed into the body where the flat springs make contact.

I will attach a couple of pics.

All about Clarinets / Tenon replacement
« on: November 02, 2016, 08:19:11 AM »
Anyone on the board do tenon replacement?

All about Clarinets / 1896 Buffet Carl Fischer Eb Resto opinions
« on: September 26, 2016, 07:19:50 PM »
Hello all, A new clarinet arrived today! I thought that it would be fun to get some feedback on how I should restore it. How much to shine the keys, gilding, or just replacing pads? I usually go with the Roo Leather from Prestini, so tan or white? Thought it would be fun to make it a group effort.  :) It is a Buffet Carl Fischer with serial number K42, in Eb I believe. A cute little fella in my opinion. Small crack in the bell and a small chip on one of the tenons. Should cleanup nicely, any input would be greatly appreciated!

Make and Model lists and research / MIMO instrument Database
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:10:19 PM »
   I searched the forum and didn't see where it was mentioned before, so I though I would share.

 MIMO searches 24 musical instrument collections from around the world and gives information and pictures.  On the bottom of the page you can search by instrument family, then go through many other search criteria. Be prepared to drool! Enjoy


All about Clarinets / Vintage Ullmann leipzig clarinet hinge pins
« on: September 17, 2016, 04:23:49 PM »
I just bought this clarinet off of eBay because it appeared to have interesting pins going through the the key posts, and I was correct. Have any of you seen the use of this type of pivot pin rather than the more common threaded type?

All about Clarinets / Labar Super 20 Alto clarinet
« on: August 30, 2016, 07:59:50 PM »
Hello all,
  Ive had this particular clarinet for about 10 years now and haven't been able to find out any thing about it. It is Granadilla, and only has Labar super 20 on it. Has anyone heard of this brand before? I have looked through all of the stencil names that I could find, but haven't found anything.

Thanks in advance,

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