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Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 14, 2021, 08:38:21 PM »
I wonder if there’s any documentation about the McIntyre system.

Found the patent for it.  Go to https://www.uspto.gov/patents/search#heading-1 and search patent # US002887001  under "since 1790" and it will bring up the diagrams that were submitted with the patent.

All about Clarinets / Re: NEWBIE REPAIR QUERY
« on: February 23, 2021, 03:05:09 PM »
Look into Valentino synthetic tenon cork.  Usually around $20 for 5 strips.  They will seal well, and if your son really takes to the clarinet they can always be changed out in the future.  I used them on my son's Vito for marching band and they worked quite well.  Cork grease tends to make them sticky and compress, so use a wrap or 2 of teflon tape instead of grease.

All about Clarinets / Re: Please help me check the clarinetpages.xxx site
« on: February 08, 2021, 10:17:15 PM »
Both worked fine on my computer, windows 10, tried with both Chrome and Microsoft Edge.  Also tried it on my iPhone using safari.  Both worked.

It may come down to what your computer is using for DNS servers.  I'm using comcast servers at and
If it is a DNS  issue, it may straighten itself out after a day or so as they replicate across the web. 

Make and Model lists and research / Re: "Made in Saxony"
« on: February 02, 2021, 01:47:36 PM »
Any marks other than Made in Saxony?  I have an eefer (probably 1920's) that I was finally able to track to Oscar Adler in Markneukirchen.  Seems like it would be a good town to look into. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Hard rubber conditioner
« on: January 04, 2021, 09:48:54 PM »
There are a number of products out there that are for cleaning and rejuvenating the hard rubber platens in dot matrix printers.  MG Chemicals 408A is one.  I have not tried any of the ones available today, but the ones that were available back in 2000 worked great, but were so toxic that looking at the bottle could kill ya.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Silver Penzel Mueller Clari-Met
« on: November 09, 2020, 08:25:41 PM »
There's a little bit of information on the Clari-Met at Silver-Clarinet.com http://www.silver-clarinet.com/ The Clari-Met is a double wall, is supposed to be silver alloy, and pre-1925-ish.
Pictures are always appreciated.

Welcome aboard.

It also looks like the upper joint has a crack or repaired crack.  While this may not affect play-ability, it will definitely be detrimental to resale value.

2 different Buffet serial number lists place 391xxx as a 1994 build.
Are you sure the model is Aspari and it's not APARIS?  If it is, that's just part of the logo.

Try the mouthpiece directly into the upper joint.  The look like they have the integrated barrel. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Images lost on ClarinetPages forum?
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:31:10 PM »
The search box seems to be malfunctioning as well.

Search is back.  Dave must have fixed it while I was typing.  :)

All about Clarinets / Re: Images lost on ClarinetPages forum?
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:29:30 PM »
The search box seems to be malfunctioning as well. 

Ok, I do find the vids from Earspasm Music entertaining and informative, but this particular video is just plain odd!

He soaks a wooden barrel for over half a year and then cuts it in half to see how much oil has been "absorbed". Comments are typical youtube funnyish.


A few years ago, American Science and Surplus was selling what they called black wood tubes.  I picked up a rough cut bell.  Since I had bit of spare time I decided to put oiling to the test. 
1.  Went out to the band saw and cut 3 rings from the top of the bell.  If you watch the video, at around the 4 minute mark they are cutting the barrel and you see a puff of smoke.  That's the blade heated to the point of scorching the wood.  This stuff is seriously hard.
2.  Took before picture.  17 year old digital camera, and not that great of one even then. See first picture.
3.  Using grape seed oil (inexpensive and plentiful) I swabbed 1 inside and out, gave one a bath soaking in a canning jar, and the third I gave a bath in a canning jar and vacuum sealed the jar (used my wife's food saver vacuum sealer).  The 2 in the bath I let be and the first one got swabbed every few hours as it seemed to dry.  13 times in about 40 hours. 
4.  Took them out, dried them and instead of scorching them on the band saw again, I snapped them in half.  Just staring at them it was hard to tell if it really did anything.  So I grabbed the bell and back to the band saw.  Cut another ring and snapped it in half for comparison. 
5.  Pictures 2-swabbed, 3-bath and 4-vacuum, were taken with an iPhone, and on it's own, slightly overexposed.  The oiled halves are top and bottom, un-oiled in the middle.   

Oiling most definitely penetrates into the wood.   

Music Memes / Asking for a friend
« on: March 25, 2020, 08:47:59 PM »
Is this where ukuleles come from?  Asking for a friend....



The Clarinet Pages has some info on Kohlert here:

The Vintage Clarinet Doctor has some info here on dating Kohlert clarinets.

Bohemia puts it pre-WWI as it became Czecho-Slovakia after, so pre-1918.  Post some pictures and someone here might be able to narrow a date down even more and give give an estimate of value.

Welcome aboard. 

Looks like the metal rings have a relatively unique design, I can go through my archive and see if I see anything close

The rings and key work look just like an M. LaCroix I have.  The LeCroix however has Made In France at the top of the upper joint and the serial number at the top of the lower joint.  Bell and barrel only contain the M LaCroix logo.  Past debates have figured this was a Thibouville stencil[size=78%].[/size]

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