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All about Clarinets / J. Gras A Clarinet
« on: May 25, 2024, 01:47:39 PM »
I very recently obtained a J. Gras A clarinet, quite by chance. After doing some research, I found that it was a mid 19th - early 20th century instrument maker in Lille, France. Apparently, these were quite nice instruments in their day, so I have refurbed it and wow - I have a very nice A clarinet. Since I already have a full Boehm Leblanc I won't be keeping this one, but can anyone fill in any of the gaps in my history of this instrument?

All about Clarinets / Intonation problems
« on: January 02, 2024, 07:00:31 PM »
I just refurbished an Albert System Eb Clarinet. It plays wonderfully and quite well in tune, HOWEVER, the upper register is extremely flat compared to the lower register. Anyone have any suggestions?

All about Clarinets / Raymond Clarinet Mouthpiece???
« on: December 28, 2022, 07:43:15 PM »
I just got a clarinet with what looks like a nice mouthpiece. It's marked Raymond - Paris. Does anyone know anything about this company or mouthpiece? I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but time will tell.

All about Clarinets / a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 01, 2022, 08:41:25 PM »
I just got a very early HP C soprano clarinet. It has no manufacturer or serial number, just an HP above a C. It's marked on the barrel and bell. It has only 2 rings on the right hand and 13 keys. It is complete, including a mouthpiece, but no case. Any idea where I can find an old style case for this.

I'm debating whether I should leave it as it is to sell, repad and recork it so I can play test it or whether I should completely refurbish it. Does anyone have any ideas?

Make and Model lists and research / Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 16, 2022, 12:53:29 PM »
Recently a good friend (age 92) closed his music store and gifted me with his father's Pruefer clarinet. His dad played in the Calumet & Hecla band from about 1915 - mid 1930s. I have found a couple of pictures of the band with Sousa conducting and with Herbert L. Clarke as the featured soloist. The clarinet has 7 rings but not an articulated G#/C#. Also, it has the wrap around register key with the tone hole on the front rather than rear of the instrument. It's a low pitch Bb clarinet and plays great. I believe the serial number is 4866. I'd love any information about the instrument an the company that made it.

Since I retired from music education some years ago, I've set about to find and refurbish quality clarinets. What I've found in my efforts is that the Leblanc clarinets made around WWII until the mid '80s are some of the best ever built. I've gone as far as selling my Buffet and Selmer Center Tone clarinets. My favorite of the Leblancs is the LL. If you're looking for fantastic instrument, don't overlook one of these magnificent instruments.

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