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Picked this one up pretty cheap, they don't seem to go for a lot. Information on them is just about zero on their origin and about anything else you may want to know about them as far as I am able to find out. I dont think it is as hard to identify the maker as say a Lafayette or maybe Carl fisher.
I'm not too knowledgeable about key work from different manufacturers so if it is a stencil I wouldn't be able to attribute it to anyone. By the over all condition I wouldn't think it made much later than 50-60's time frame. It is serialized 3669 on both joints. It was receiver pretty clean, there are a few minor cracks most at the top of the lower joint. I think that is common. It is missing the ring for whatever reason.  2 small bell cracks as well. There is little to no rust on any of the metal which is a nice thing.
I am not able to find any records of a H Landau for instrument makers, though a town which flip flops between Germany and France is named Landau but that seems a non issue. There are other people of note with the last name of Landau but none of those I found fit. Any information would be helpful.

All about Clarinets / Case linings
« on: September 06, 2020, 03:59:06 AM »
I have been struggling with finding a more appropriate material for lining the inside of a case. I have already redone 2 cases with a poly velvet. Wile it is soft enough and will more than likely last a long time it seems to be lacking in a few areas.
One is the material itself. It is a man made and it will deteriorate over time and the off gases will not take kindly to metal.
Another is the thickness of said material. It is relatively thin. It provides some amount of cushion but I wouldn't mind thicker.
Now I notice that the older cases have either a thick twill loop whatever type of either cotton or wool liner. It is a natural material which seems to hold up pretty well considering some of it is 50 plus years old. If I am correct, rayon is made from bamboo. Does rayon count as a natural material?
So my question is what is this sort of material called more specifically, not velvet or suede. I have been looking around and from what little better have found is that it is some sort of upholstery. Anyone have experience with this sort of thing?

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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