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All about Clarinets / Off topic my new soprano sax!
« on: December 18, 2017, 07:16:32 PM »
I'd like to play saxophone, but because of my job, my neck and wrists are sore a lot of the time and I'm finding my alto too heavy.  I thought the lesser weight of a soprano sax might fill the bill, so I've been looking for one for a while now. 
I ended up finding a closet queen on Reverb. A silver 1920's Wurlitzer American curved soprano, a Buescher stencil, with a Selmer scroll shank C mouthpiece.  It's in great shape, plays well for my feeble skills, with decent pads, only needing one spring replaced and new neck cork.  I'm very happy with it.  The case is nice and doesn't smell.
Thanks for looking, Lisa

All about Clarinets / Jeffrey clarinet
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:07:58 PM »
I got another 25 dollar deal, based on reading Windsong's mentioning how much he likes his Jeffrey clarinet, which is a LeBlanc stencil, if I remember properly.  It plays right out of the box, solidly in tune, big thumbs up there!  Its in almost perfect condition, made in France stamped on the top back of the top joint, matching serial numbers on the bottom back of both joints, 6087.  It's got the funky kidney bean touches for the left pinky and four trill posts.
It came with two mouthpieces, a Buffet Crampon Cie, "C" facing, and a bizarre Bonade Clarity with grooves in the table.  The Buffet plays a bit stuffy to me, but I like the Bonade.
The clarinet is built very well, post locks and a large metal footing under the bridge key. Very sturdy.
A really nice player!

All about Clarinets / Simichrome metal polishing paste review
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:04:21 PM »
I've tried about everything to get the haze off the nickel plated keys on the Val.  Wrights, brasso, tarnX, never dull wadding polish. Nothing made hardly any difference on this Val for some reason, Really stubborn!
I googled haze on nickel, and ended up in a forum like ours, but for vintage electric guitars and saw Simichrome recommended many times.  I also saw it recommended on hand gun forums.   I ordered a tube from Amazon 1.76 oz for $9.68. I get free shipping for being a Prime member.
I dabbed a tiny amount on, waited a minute and buffed it off, by hand.  This is the results.  I did half a key so you all can see what it used to look like.  I'm happy, and it didn't take much elbow grease, just buff it off.
I hope others find this helpful.  It says good for most any metal.  I figured it people are using it on expensive nickel plated guns and vintage guitar parts that are hard to nearly impossible to replace, it should be okay for vintage clarinet keys, as they can be hard to replace also unless you have a clone to take donor keys from.

All about Clarinets / M. LEMAIRE Paris key of B natural?
« on: November 18, 2017, 01:15:52 PM »
I was out bumming around and went to the one and only pawnshop, which has quite a few mouthpieces.  Only sax today, and some student plastic resonite clarinets.  I chatted with the owner, who is really nice and remembered me from buying some mouthpieces before.  I mentioned I was interested in wood or hard rubber clarinets, and he noticed my wounded thumb and I informed him I gouged it with a screwdriver last night working on clarinet.  He said he would be right back.  He brought out a long case and said he wanted me to buy a clarinet from him, that he wanted it fixed and played, and said for twenty bucks it was mine.  This is what I ended up walking out the door with. 
M. LEMAIRE Paris Artist. Made in France on upper front edge of left hand joint.  Serial number might be xxx6, not sure without more magnification.
Articulated c# and forked Eb.  Needs to be rehabbed, and has a rather long surface crack, but it's a keeper.
Thanks for looking, it was a lucky day, I don't often drive the thirteen miles to go there.  I actually went to a church fundraiser to buy some homemade cookies and fruitcake, and happened to think about the pawnshop as an afterthought.  I'm not sure if Its a stencil or an SML.  I think a stencil.
Thanks for looking.
I’ve amended this since i got home and could slap a mouthpiece on it.  With the barrel that is shorter and stenciled LEMAIRE, to match the horn, this plays a B natural instead of Bb concert key at 440, about 4 cents sharp, so almost perfectly in tune.  I transposed the program to key of B to be sure, and it plays an intune scale in the key of B natural.  It’s 22 and 11/16 without the mouthpiece, and 6 and 9/16 from the top edge of the barrel to the middle of the first open tone hole, left index finger.
Anyone hear of a key of B natural french stencil before? 

All about Clarinets / Gretsch Jr Paris
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:29:59 PM »
Hi, has anyone heard of Gretsch clarinets?  I got one for less than the cost of shipping, mostly out of curiosity and possibly for parts.  Its stamped Made in France on the top-front edge of the upper joint.  Matching serial numbers 7027B is on the back-bottom edge of each joint, but not on the barrel.  There is no bell.
I thought it was hard rubber, but upon wiping it a little bit, I could see it was extremely dirty wood.  I'm going to try and restore it, rather than strip it only for parts.  The wood is so pretty I don't have the heart to part it out.  Its quite old, no adjustment screw at throat A/G#, which share three posts.  Anyhow, I read Gretsch was an early importer of LeBlanc, so took a chance on buying this.
  I took a quick pic of it at my mom's apartment. You can see how I thought it was hard rubber at first, until I wiped it off!
Thanks for looking.

All about Clarinets / Introducing ... Elton Conn!!
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:17:14 PM »
So I was looking at Evilbay, and saw an Elton clarinet for sale.  I've never heard of Elton, so I looked at the pics.   Elton was stamped on the ligature.  I noted the wrap register key and forked Eb and got interested.  I downloaded and supersized the pictures, and thought I saw an oval shape similar to the Conn oval, so made an offer and they accepted.  I got it today in the mail, and it is in fact a Conn.  The eagle is barely visible on the barrel and bell.  The mouthpiece is a no name plastic.  The serials match, B54031L.  Other than the Conn ovals, eagles and serials, there is no other markings, I was hoping for a model number.
It's pretty dark, very little fading to the hard rubber. The keys are very thin, and the pad cups seem kind of tall and pointed,  kind of tent like, I tried to capture it.
So the seller basically named this clarinet Elton.
Maybe with these pictures, someone will recognize Elton, because I can't find a match.
Thanks for looking, Lisa

All about Clarinets / Vals Paris
« on: November 04, 2017, 04:22:22 PM »
I got a Vals for a whopping ten bucks.  No cracks, missing some screws, but all the keys were there, so I cobbled it together for pictures.
 Open G is .2 sharp against my tuner, so great intonation, sounds good for the 6 or so notes I could play, as the RH joint is the one missing screws.
Top and bottom bore of LH joint at 14.6mm.
Its got little screws in the base of the bigger posts on the RH joint, and wide flat rings.  The wood is really pretty.
B1381 serial on both joints back side, bottom of left, top of right.  Made in France on back sides, top of left, bottom of right.  Overall, I'm really happy with it. Thanks for looking.

All about Clarinets / For the fans of Pan Am
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:03:57 PM »
I noticed this on auction, and thought anyone who is a fan of Pan Ams might find this of interest, since it has a dated warranty card with the serial number, 69524.  I would assume the instrument was manufactured within a year of the date on the card, April 4, 1948.


All about Clarinets / Langenus Clarinet
« on: October 28, 2017, 10:45:53 AM »
I do seem to prefer hard rubber clarinets, but I tossed out a low bid on a wooden clarinet and was surprised to win it.

It's a Langenus Bb clarinet that obviously needs work, with some tenon rings that came off, but are included.  Pads and corks are shot.  It does not have any cracks, it seems pretty heavy, the keys are really solid feeling.  I don't have the best measuring device, but it's about 15mm at the top, and 14.85mm at the bottom of the left hand tenon.  I liked the metal caps on the tenons, I suppose that adds a lot to the weight.  The wood is very pretty, not solid black, but kind of swirled shades of caramel and brown.  The barrel really shows what I mean.
It is a standard low pitched Bb, barrel to first finger hole is about 7.5 inches.
Anyhow, just wondering if anyone has one of these.  I'm thinking leather pads, though the pads on it now are bladder.

All about Clarinets / My new HR, that's actually wood
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:49:52 PM »
Okay, I totally admit I bought this simply because I loved the logo on the bell.
Gold Star
A hard Rubber clarinet.  Except it's wood, with a HR barrel and bell.  It came with a Henri Selmer mouthpiece, logo below the ligature, not sure what that means.
Anyhow, it's pretty neat, but does have a shallow crack.  I'm not planning on returning it, just looking for opinions of I should be worried about it at all.  Also, now that I've got better pictures, maybe some can give a really good guess at the maker.  I've heard Noblet so far.  It does say made in France, with serial 8678A on both sections.
Mostly I'd like opinions on the crack, if I should do anything about it.
Thanks for looking, Lisa

All about Clarinets / Possible Pedler comparision
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:01:52 PM »
First off, I screwed up and had the wrong barrel on clarinet 3, the Harry Pedler.  A tuneable barrel it did not come with it, but came with a badly cracked wood Harry Pedler, not pictured.
Anyhow, from top down, we have a:
Spiral key Conn,
Spiral key possible American Manufacturing Co, Gronert & Pedler
Harry Pedler
Manhattan by Selmer, but made in Elkhart by unnamed, but thought to be a Pedler.  Notice it and the possible AMC have The same crow's foot.
The Pedler & Co, full boehm wood.
All are hard rubber except the full boehm.
I hope this is informative, we haven't had sun, so I decided to just do what I can indoors.

All about Clarinets / Penzel mueller Eb Sopraninio
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:30:51 PM »
So on a complete whim at the last second, I but on an effer and won, much to my shock.
Even more to my shock is the barrel and mouthpiece, as I was squinting at it in my phone.
The horn is in great shape, corks and pads are shot, mouthpiece is badly chipped and unusable, which was not obviously shown or stated, but you could kind of see it in the pics.
Anyhow, any ideas on this problem? I've never seen a set up like this before.  Anyone got a replacement mouthpiece or little barrel built by pixies?
I'm working and can't examine it super close, but could the metal stem thing be an insert I can pop out of the barrel?

All about Clarinets / Manhattan Selmer clarinet
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:04:08 PM »
I also got another clarinet.  It supposedly is a Manhattan, made for Selmer by someone who was based on Elkhart, and would seem to be Pedler, based on my other Pedlers.  The only thing stamped Manhattan is the mouthpiece.  The case is a lovely HN White, really nice, not stinky at all. 
Now this is going to be dejavu, but there is not one mark on it, nothing.  Its pretty much like the spiral one I recently got, but no spiral, and the one Eb sliver key is different, the bridge key is a but more squared, but the trill guides match. It has the same single left pinky post, little bar crows foot, and flat, no beveled c#g# tone hole.
It's really nice, but the bell is stuck on it, otherwise great looking.  I think it's either hard rubber that hasn't seen much sunlight or made out of zyloid, bakelite.  It seems quite heavy to me, I'll try to scare up a scale.

All about Clarinets / I got a Conn!
« on: October 19, 2017, 03:13:53 PM »
I got a Conn off of evilbay, being sold as a pan am.  Its in great shape, hard rubber, but faded.  Of course, I really like it.  Its unplayable, pads are shot, but nothing else is wrong with it, everything matches, serial numbers are stamped on all the parts.

All about Clarinets / Who made no name clarinet?
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:19:17 PM »
I got a package today with the double case which is what I really wanted, and included a clarinet.  They weren't lazy when they said there's no marks, because there are no marks, letters or numbers of any kind, anywhere.  It plays really easy with the supplied Equa-Tru King B mouthpiece, the pads aren't great, but it works and other than The bridge ket being a little tweaked it's in fantastic condition. The stand out features are wrap around register key, no beveled c#g# tone hole, single post left pinky keys, cut out under right pinky keys, round bar as a crows foot.  I like it quite a bit, probably won't sell it. Just wondering about it. It came in a case Phil showed as being from 1910-20, metal caps on the corners.
Thanks, Lisa

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