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All about Clarinets / Metal 4 piece
« on: August 11, 2020, 04:06:48 PM »
Just received this one today. Its a little "waxy" so going to need a good cleaning. Geo m Bundy Paris. Came in a selmer case sans the handles and some of the exterior leather. I think I got it for an OK price. Supposed to be an intermediate.  Anyway, has anyone had any experience with one of these and how they play? 
I am going to resto it no matter, it looks like its still in good shape. There is a small crease or two in the bell but that shouldnt be too much concern.  As for the restoration, I have read that metals do well with leather pads but have redone 2 others with regular felts and they seem to play just fine. Is this more a matter of preference and sound intonation?
Kinda looking forward to making this one all shinny.

Trading Post / (Buying) penzel parts
« on: July 21, 2020, 03:14:03 PM »
OK this is going to be a long shot but I am looking for a bell and barrel to compliment a pm artist. Serial is end of numeric before they switched to the alpha prefix.
Im pretty sure there might be one or two laying in some dusty box in a house to old repair shop somewhere. Not going to hold my breath.
Short of someone actually having them, maybe someone could give me the number or name of a shop(s) that could be worth contacting. Any leads would be appreciated.

Separate note, I have a pm what I'm assuming is an alto ligature. Isolation plate style used, in decient shape. If anyone is interested. 


All about Clarinets / Arts and crafts projects
« on: July 10, 2020, 05:50:28 PM »
So I bought a gloritone not too long ago knowing full well it didn't come with the barrel adapter. Price wasn't spectacular so was sort of a brain fart on my part. I tried a conn adapter piece but it was way out of tune, being way too short. I don't know how in tune it was to begin with. I cleaned and repaded it already, it was filthy to put it mildly.
Anyway it was pretty futile looking for one so with my meager metal working skills I grabbed some aluminium bar stock and drill and ground a new one. It plays lower register alright but as I move up it goes out. I'm sure my dimensions are off, didn't really have anything to reference so if anyone can give me a hand with those I would appreciate it. As it stands now the inside bore is .565 which is probably a little small. The length, which is what seems to matter on this, is 2.9". Mouthpiece pocket is a little tight but I don't think that is an issue.

All about Clarinets / Pieces of history? Parts or instrument.
« on: June 23, 2020, 04:41:01 PM »
Got me another PM, an artist this time. 17093 so it has a few years under its pads. It is in rough shape few issues to sort out but no cracks in the body. Now here is my problem, it did not come.with.its original bell and barrel. Is there any sort of reliable place to source pieces like this or is it more wait and see what ends up on the auction boards? 
Something that has made it this far I would really hate to see in a parts box somewhere. Wondering if anyone else has this sort of sympathy for the 'vintage' items we come across.

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