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All about Clarinets / Re: New package arrived from France....
« on: May 12, 2021, 07:54:16 PM »
The Buffet is a bit worse for the wear and it has obviously been in a damp environment or gotten wet at some point, but not totally destroyed.  Maybe close, though....  The brass keys are more susceptible to physical damage and corrosion for obvious reasons.  These Buffet Boehms with brass keys seem pretty rare so I have to take what I can get. I've bought all of them I've come across at auction!  The Bonnel is decent, keys tarnished yellow/gold to the point they almost looked brass in the pics, but they seem to be nickel silver underneath the layer of crud.  Lower ring key stack is missing, unfortunately.  Got these both for next to nothing, so can't expect TOO much.  The Couesnon is in quite nice shape visually, though!  It can easily be a player again with the normal pads, corks and adjustments.. And the Buffet mouthpiece (was in it's own auction) looks to have virtually never been played, can barely tell it's wood at a glance: dark and glossy with no teeth marks and still has gilding in the logo and lines.  Nicest one I've ever seen!

All about Clarinets / New package arrived from France....
« on: May 11, 2021, 04:28:10 PM »
Oh boy, exciting times- got a shipment of packages consolidated from France, which includes another integrated barrel/brass keyed Buffet Crampon & Cie Bb (slightly different yet than the other two?!), an integrated barrel Couesnon C, and an integrated barrel Bonnel a Rennes A (Bonnel was a French instrument dealer), maybe by Gautrot (later Couesnon -they sourced wind instruments from them, apparently).  Also, a Buffet Crampon & Cie wood mouthpiece in stunning, very little used condition in its own antique little mouthpiece case also containing a tiny blackwood or ebony (cork grease?) container with screw-on lid in what looks like virtually unused condition.  Pictures to come!

Yes, that's the adjustable part!

All about Clarinets / Re: Kenny seems to be making mouthieces
« on: April 09, 2021, 09:56:39 AM »
Yeah, the sound quality isn't great on that one, I think just some person recorded it off a TV broadcast, but I like it because of the incredible aspect that he played it LIVE in concert- how gutsy was that?  There maybe were a few spots that were rough around the edges, but it just made the tension that much more palpable and the seemingly impossible parts that were executed flawlessly that much more exciting.  Just my taste/opinion of course.

All about Clarinets / Re: Kenny seems to be making mouthieces
« on: April 08, 2021, 08:30:12 PM »
Yeah, Mate Bekavac, pretty impressive player, isn't he? I can't even fathom some of what he does. There's a live performance of his version of Carmen Fantasy I like on YouTube I've listened to for years.  Is the link to the more studio version I think?  I'm not in a position to listen to it right this second.

All about Clarinets / Re: Harwood LP A
« on: April 01, 2021, 06:37:54 PM »
Definitely a stencil, could be any number of manufacturers, I don't know all the Czech ones, you've got Kohlert, which later was transformed into Amati I think, Josef Lidl, probably a number of others...

Oh, his son didn't learn the complete process from him?  That's a shame.  I remember watching and reading a few news stories about Laubin over the years and was really fascinated.
Edit: didn't he have an apprentice or assistant as well?

All about Clarinets / Re: Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« on: March 29, 2021, 07:51:26 PM »
Nice, wonderful instruments.  I saw a gorgeous Pedler up for auction the other day and thought of you guys educating me on them on here.  I wouldn't have thought too much about them in the past, so there's a problem... ;). The Selmer mouthpiece is slightly different than mine- looks very well played! 

You're welcome- if you guys like to see 'em, I'll keep the pics and descriptions coming!

All about Clarinets / Re: Pre-1885 and 1918 Buffet Crampon
« on: March 28, 2021, 11:38:49 AM »
Mpc pics.

All about Clarinets / Re: Pre-1885 and 1918 Buffet Crampon
« on: March 28, 2021, 11:29:13 AM »

Here's some pics of the latest incoming to the collection, a pre-serial number and a 1918 Buffet Crampon.  Note the Brevetes S.G.D.G on the pre-1885/no serial.  Overall fair condition with no cracks or missing keys, several bent key/screw issues to be sorted.  Barrel non-original.  Also, a 1918 Buffet Crampon in really nice condition for it's age, purchased from the family of the original owner.  It came with a period correct adjustable hard rubber barrel and an early "Meliphone" Charles Chedeville/Eugene Bercioux associated Steel Ebonite mouthpiece  It has the interlocking C.Chedeville C's monogram and the patent info relating to Bercioux's mouthpiece facing machine.  It's in fair shape, with some scratches from a ligature or cap on the side, and the functional surfaces have the most minor of marks (exaggerated in the photo), which do not seem to affect the playability at all.  These apparently can be very desirable mouthpieces on their own, but maybe more so as the starting basis for a master mouthpiece craftsman.  I only tried it a little bit after cleaning, but so far it's quite nice. Mine is a B6 facing-I'm assuming the B is for Bercioux?!  Anyway, somehow this was all associated with The Woodwind Co., hence the steel ebonite and facing nomenclature continuing under that more well known company name.  Explanation from mouthpiece craftsman Ramon Wodkowski: https://www.google.com/amp/s/ramonwodkowski.blog/2014/06/13/meliphone-and-early-20th-century-mouthpiece-production/amp/

All about Clarinets / Re: 1860s-1884 Buffet Crampon, deux
« on: March 23, 2021, 04:42:09 PM »
I thought I might try turning the thumbrest upside-down as some people do, on a suitable non-antique instrument as a trial.  Then maybe experiment with moving it up/or having it moved up on a student instrument to see if that helps even more.  I did have my eye on a Vito V40 recently. 

All about Clarinets / Re: 1860s-1884 Buffet Crampon, deux
« on: March 20, 2021, 09:38:17 AM »
I was tempted by that cache of Mcintyres at auction recently... anyway, my concept is more along the lines of a single wall metal clarinet using carbon fiber tube for the body.  The Backun, I think would be even cooler if entirely carbon fiber.  Of course if I had $14k to burn, I'd get one if those and be the fanciest dandy dabbler around, you better believe it!  I'm pretty strong overall, just my thumbs are strangely weak overall especially when pushed from the side like the load of a clarinet. My hands are relatively large as well, maybe it has to do with some contorted hand position?   I'm kind of cramped on a Bb even for certain things.  An A feels really good to me, and while I like playing C clarinet, I have trouble playing some even moderately technical stuff.  Eb I'm not sure how that would go.

All about Clarinets / Re: 1860s-1884 Buffet Crampon, deux
« on: March 19, 2021, 09:11:36 AM »
I suspect a boehm could be lightened considerably these days with computerized 3d technology across increasingly diverse materials.
Actually I'm working on something along these lines.  It's more just for my own interest, there's no way it could be commercially successful with how traditional most musicians are.  Anyway, I was able to convince the seller to ship this second BC clarinet.  If it's the same pitch, I may use it for parts, as the body is in bad shape, but all the keywork is there, unbent and original, though some badly corroded.  The original bell is present as well, though moderately damaged.  That's one of the easiest parts to restore in my view, so it may be useful as well.  I'll still end up with two, just one playable and with correct parts, the other more of a relic.

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