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All about Clarinets / Re: Cader Idris
« on: July 11, 2022, 03:38:38 PM »
Well done, Larry.  Quite nice.

All about Clarinets / Broken Hearted
« on: July 11, 2022, 03:33:48 PM »
Last week, whilst inspecting a home built in 1925, and never yet sold but when new, having been in the same family since then, I was in the attic, when--behind the asbestos-wrapped boiler pipes I caught a glimpse that had me do a double take.  The first take told my brain to pay attention, and the second one solidified it.  I knew immediately what I had just found.  So I reached over the boiler pipe into the eve of this massive three story home, and grabbed the handle of an all too familiar case. 

I rushed down, out-of the attic, and on bended knee, I said to the owner of the home, "Please;  I beg of you--sell me this.  Name your price, and it will have a good home forever."
She said, "Oh goodness!  Is that..?  It is!  That was Grandfather's!  We have been looking for over 50 years for that!  We thought it had been stolen or misplaced long ago!  No;  I think I'll give it to my grandson, who likes musical instruments." (Now, I should also point out that I also found a 1923 Buescher C-melody and a pre-1907 French Revalry Bugle, but it was this 1920s Martin that I had my heart set on.  Her instant but soft rejection to purchase it crushed me like being shot down from asking a cute gal to the Prom.   

Looking to have been in her mid 70s, I am assuming her grandson is likely in his late teens or twenties, but by gum--I will bet he has to gewgel it to even know what he now has. 
Ladies and gents--it was nigh perfect.  Not a scratch or a dent.  I'd have gone to $1500.00, and then I'd have had to back off, and yes--I know it is worth well more, but I will bet dollars to doughnuts she would have let it go for far less, if she hadn't been so set on keeping it.  So it goes...

Just fantastic.  What a gorgeous clarinet, with elegantly sculpted keywork.

Wow!  That is just gorgeous, and impressively complete.  It has a fantastic patina, and while I imagine you'll give her a shine, it looks fantastic like that. 
Very nice.

You have us salivating with baited breath, mate.
Looking forward to seeing ALL of those.  What a rare pull!

All about Clarinets / Re: Conn Clarinet
« on: February 10, 2022, 07:47:46 PM »
I am uncertain whether the metal Conns also followed the conventional serial number progression, but if so, it puts yours at 1913.  That is right on the cusp for HP/LP instruments in the U.S., and it would be expected just as likely to be the former.
That said, you did not mention a HP stamp.  Conn DID briefly stamp LP, but I am not sure the reverse is true.
So, a C, you say?  Would you mind assembling it, and providing me with the measurement from the top of the barrel to the end of the bell?
Thanks for sharing that.

All about Clarinets / Re: Simple Bb Blues - Acoustic Guitar & Clarinet
« on: February 10, 2022, 07:35:59 PM »
Good stuff, man.  That's 80% of what I play.
You have good tone. I am rather fond of the Noblets.  I had a 45 that was just grand. 
The only suggestion I might offer is to focus on upper register timing without long runs or fancy switchbacks for a bit.  You are close, and you have good air timing, so you have the chops.

Thanks for that, and keep 'em coming. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Antique Buffet clarinets marked "NB"
« on: February 07, 2022, 07:23:46 PM »
Certainly, that makes sense.

All about Clarinets / Re: High pitch Boehm systems - mostly butchered?
« on: February 01, 2022, 07:59:45 PM »
That price is rather lofty, but look at it.  She's in very fine condition.  No mangled keywork, bright stamp on the top joint, no glaring cracks.  Certainly, it appears to have the look of a well stored clarinet, at minimum, and that accounts for whether one's restoration goes smoothly, or becomes the bane of his or her existence.

All about Clarinets / Re: jean paul clarinet
« on: February 01, 2022, 07:48:45 PM »
If you can find an HS*, grab it.  They are as rare as hen's teeth, and for good reason.  A good player is an absolute gem.  Tight enough to articulate well, but open enough to bend your notes. 
These sultry pieces are accomodating and agreeable.

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing by Ear
« on: February 01, 2022, 07:40:43 PM »
That is true.  It makes knowing exactly where all your notes are all the more critical, and with their alternate fingerings.  The clarinet is more complex that way, and it is also in 12ths, so registers change the location and tone of each note.

That was absolutely fascinating.  I have never heard it described as clearly before, and it allowed for long-term absorption.

Please promise us you will open a museum someday.

All about Clarinets / Re: 1917 Buffet Crampon Boehm A LP
« on: January 26, 2022, 09:43:46 PM »
All neat! 

I love balloon-framed houses.  They hold up quite a bit better than poor George Washington Snow's reputation in the early days would have one believe.  He had tremendous vision.  I inspect them frequently, and had one today from 1918.  It was a gem.

It'll likely be yours if I ever part with it. It is my 1860s Czech C.  When I finally dialed it in, I realized it was a 432. That frequency does not disturb me one bit, but the video's findings surely did. 
I know nothing of video personalities, so was not put off by the host, though the pop-ins got a bit repetitive.
It really is a fascinating scientific exercise of pitch, and a valid presentation on how science sours musicality and what is tasteful to the ear.   
You might give it another go for the content.

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