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All about Clarinets / Re: A treasure trove of musical instrument history!
« on: February 22, 2024, 04:18:27 PM »
Welcome back, Dave!!!!

I told you that about a Pruefer? Hmm.

I think it would be fun to try that Clinton.

Way to go, Windy!

All about Clarinets / Re: Is this H.N. White Eb a Pedler stencil?
« on: February 20, 2024, 03:01:51 PM »
I'm glad Windsong was able to answer!

Looks to be made of hard rubber, not wood.

Still cheap!

All about Clarinets / Vito parts for free
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:59:45 PM »
My collection of Vito parts probably will not make one complete clarinet. Maybe it could be done.

I previously fixed a lot of Vito and Noblet clarinets, and frequently had occasion to replace broken keys, so this collection may not have the most frequently broken keys.

Anyway, this shoebox of parts is available for free.

Send me a private message.

All about Clarinets / Bundy clarinet parts available for free
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:54:41 PM »
I have the equivalent of at least 5 Bundy clarinets, I think.

A couple of them are together and complete, and about 3 are disparate parts.

Who wants to practice fixing clarinets?

These will turn into sturdy beginner clarinets.

Please send me a private message.

All about Clarinets / Evette plastic parts available for free
« on: February 05, 2024, 02:51:32 PM »
I have enough Evette parts to probably make two clarinets. A couple of the left hand joints are silver throat models.

Who would like to assemble and repair an Evette?

Send me a private message.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: January 24, 2024, 03:49:06 PM »
A little search on the internet. The top entry starts with
"The Jeffrey was the entry-level wooden clarinet offered by Leblanc in the mid-1960s."
Some other results say that the Jeffrey was out of tune with itself.

I have never reviewed a Jeffrey at clarinetpages.net.
This forum has some glowing words about the Jeffrey that someone got for $25, here:

I am also confused as to whether the Selmer is the old Selmer Series 9 from the 1960s or if Paris 9* is a new model.

Personally, I would bet the Selmer would be better.
You guys who commented before, please help!

All about Clarinets / Re: ABRSM Clarinet Grade 8 Piano Accompaniments
« on: January 19, 2024, 04:40:13 PM »
There are two Brahms sonatas.
The piano parts are very difficult.
The clarinet parts are probably not as difficult as the piano parts.
You will probably need to purchase the parts for that.
I might be able to resurrect my copy of them.
I don't recognize any of the other pieces, which I find interesting. (My music career was so long ago!)

All about Clarinets / Does anyone need parts for Jan Williams clarinets
« on: January 08, 2024, 04:43:55 PM »
Some years back I reviewed a Jan Williams clarinet, and that review is found here: https://sites.google.com/clarinetpages.net/clarinetpages/wood/WOOD/jan-williams?authuser=0

I am thinking that Jan Williams would have been making clarinets in the 1940's in New York City.

Jeremy Williams is his grandson. He has a collection of spare parts for Jan Williams clarinets. So if anyone needs a barrel, bell, or keys for one of those, here is your chance!

Here is a link to 16 pictures: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rV9GUYeeD7rrJFogxyp_Zi_-5v_SdFUP/view?usp=drive_web

Here is Jeremy's email address (slightly changed, hoping to not cause him lots of spam): jeremy7williams  at    gmail with the normal extension.

All about Clarinets / Re: Odd LJ vent
« on: December 25, 2023, 12:06:43 PM »
Wow! I think that is very cool. I would love to try it!

All about Clarinets / Re: Cabart A Paris clarinet information and value
« on: December 20, 2023, 05:33:14 AM »
I agree with Modernicus.

Let me put in my opinion, which I think will not be shared by some people on the forum: Things have changed. I think that if you buy a Chinese import from a reputable instrument company (on the Internet, or local) who has a good return policy, that you will get a better value for your dollars. This is especially true if you can afford a step up from the cheapest model. Be sure to check with what your music teacher will accept into the band.

All about Clarinets / Re: Cracked Barrel - Noblet Artist
« on: December 20, 2023, 05:27:40 AM »
Did you splice in a plastic/hard rubber piece into the wooden Noblet barrel? If so, it looks like you did a good job. I'm sure it will work fine.

Did you not oil your barrel? Even if you did oil the wood on a regular basis, it could still crack.

I would have fixed the crack with super glue mixed with granadilla word saw dust. There might be a microscopic expansion of the bore, but it would not make a difference in tuning, and the same will be true of your repair, in my opinion.

So, happy playing!

All about Clarinets / Re: Amazing Grace - Lower Register Version
« on: December 20, 2023, 05:20:52 AM »
Hey, That's very nicely done.
It's a great piece to give a new student to play. They'll be able to play it confidently, and that will lead to greater confidence in playing.

All about Clarinets / Re: Recommended mouthpiece upgrade?
« on: November 28, 2023, 03:09:37 PM »
I have happily used a Vandoren BD5 for some years. If you experience flatness, I bet it will be around the throat tones E and Eb. (The E can be raised by the addition of the Eb key, but that is a bother.)
With the right reed, the throat tones should not be too flat with the BD5. And they only tend to be flat when playing loud.

I was going to suggest a Chedeville mouthpiece. There must be a new owner for that brand, and he is charging $350 per mouthpiece. I have two Chedeville mouthpieces that I like from the period when the name was owned by Dr's Products. The cost was much lower back then. And those mouthpieces seem not to be flat in the lower throat tones.

Wow, all those pages with advice on clarinetpages.net are way out of date!

I liked Windsong's suggestion: In looking for a Chedeville mouthpiece just now, I saw that some used ones are available for decent prices.

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: November 17, 2023, 05:06:16 PM »
Back to the original topic:
Dannie Hofmann has been super patient with me.
I tried a whole bunch of Soprano sax reeds, and almost all of them are too soft for me. I play a 3.5 Vandoren reed on the Soprano. I was very surprised that all the M and MH strength reeds were WAY too soft for me. But finally Dannie sent me a Carbon Onyx MH reed, and that was great with my mouthpiece.
I am currently waiting on a Carbon Onyx clarinet reed and have hopes that it will work better than my previous choices for the clarinet.

My suggestion for the Fiberreed company is that it would be good for there to be similarity of hardness similarity between all their reeds with differing composition. The Carbon Onyx MH reed is way harder than all the others. If all their reeds were similar in strength for all Medium Soft, Medium, MH, etc, then players could focus on the tone difference between the different materials.

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