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All about Clarinets / New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 02, 2021, 10:48:40 AM »

I am a new person here, as I only discovered this place accidentally a little bit ago (I have been mostly on the ClarinetBB and on SaxOnTheWeb.). 

I am looking forward to participating!  I primarily play Bass Clarinet, though I also play soprano and alto. 

Recently, I was very fortunate to find a Contra Alto Clarinet after years of trying to find one in my price range.  I am very excited!  I wrote a topic in the “ID” forum here, but was not sure if that was the best place to post it.  I am hoping to figure out the specific model and approximate age of my new beast since it is a bit different than I originally thought (it is Selmer..... not Selmer-Bundy).  The serial number is 85XX. 

Thank you!  I am eager to begin participating here often! 


I have seen many serial number lists for clarinets and bass clarinets, but I am wondering if there is a list that helps gauge age and models of contra alto clarinets that any of you know of?

When I purchased my contra alto, I was surprised that it was not the Selmer-Bundy type I had been used to. It is pretty much the same but is specifically only named/stamped as Selmer..... no Bundy designation at all. And the original case has a square metal plaque on it that simply says Selmer, USA..... no Bundy on it either.

This has me curious to try to figure out the age of the beast..... not sure if it is newer or older than what I had been used to. And, frankly, I am not really sure if it is a different “model” of the time or not too.

The serial number is four digits only and is in the 85XX range.

If anyone knows how to help determine age.... year and model.... I would be very appreciative!


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