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Messages - kewald

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All about Clarinets / Re: Morning has Broken
« on: July 24, 2021, 09:00:17 AM »
Well done!  I sometimes try to play from memory.  Occasionally get it close.

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Dave's music video of the week / Me trying to play Moon River
« on: July 21, 2021, 05:09:20 PM »
Practicing on my McIntyre!



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Gonna have to find a piece of frosted glass.  Great technique!

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Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Ecole
« on: July 12, 2021, 10:42:24 AM »
Well, I thought I had the keying down, only to discover that the very top pad wasn't connected to it's spring, thus not opening.


To fix it I had to pull the hinge rod completely out, remove the key and bend the spring, then put the key back and thread that long rod through three adjoining hinge tubes and into the pivot hole in the key below that.  I now see why someone mentioned the difficulty with working with the springs on these keys.

Here's what notes I think the McIntyre keys play: (leave the thumb ring open)
Bottom ring closed - G#
Bottom and middle ring closed - A
Middle and top ring closed - A
All three rings closed - A to Bb
All three rings closed and register key open - Bb to B


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Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Ecole
« on: July 10, 2021, 11:19:59 AM »
Found a good tune to use in learning the McIntyre fingerings.  Caravan in the key of F.  Uses all of them repeatedly.

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Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Ecole
« on: July 10, 2021, 09:48:48 AM »
I've changed the subject form McIntyre Key Names to McIntyre Ecole.  Because I'm now referring to my McIntyre Ecole.


The one I bought on Ebay is in good shape.  Clean, corks and pads all look usable.  So, I tried test playing it as is.  Wouldn't play below D3.  Suspected leak in the upper pads.  Watched what the many McIntry levers do and discovered one adjustment screw that was allowing the A3 and G#3 pads to open slightly when the thumb ring is pressed.  These should stay closed then, only opening when the thurmb ring is not pressed, such as when playing those two notes.  Tightened the adjustment screw about 1/2 turn and voila, it played better.


But, then the E3 sounded stuffy.  Caused by some mis-adjustment in the crows foot and spatulas down there.  Now all three registers play quite well!


I've already ordered a complete set of pads for it, but they'll just go into inventory.


Think I'll keep this one for myself.  It'll be interesting learning the McIntyre fingerings.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 08, 2021, 09:52:50 AM »
Have you tried Reverb.com? It's a musical instrument specific sales site, so you may capture some of the more hardcore buyers. I sold a rare Charles Bay custom R13 for $1800 two years ago, and the buyer wrote me the other week singing praises.
Reverb commands high prices as the clientele is more discerning, typically.


Yes, I listed my 1st 3 on Reverb about 10 months ago.  Got several views and 2 watchers but nothing else. I don't recall how long they were listed, but probably more than a month.  About that time I started work on some projects on my workshop and stopped working on clarinets for several months.  I tend to concentrate on one hobby at a time.


I'll add Reverb to the rotation schedule of my selling sites.  Having done business systems design for about half of my career, I tend to use spreadsheets for everything.


Since Reverb is music oriented with discerning clientele, I would think that more valuable instruments would sell very well there.  Have you sold many student/intermediate horns there?

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All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 07, 2021, 09:11:10 PM »
Works!

Great McIntyre photos. I confess I am the artiste for the second one :)


Cool!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 07, 2021, 09:09:21 PM »
I tend to do free shipping, myself. My rule with pricing: start at your max, then slowly lower it until you've reached your minimum, and don't go any lower. If you're lucky you'll capture a buyer at your preferred price. At worse, you'll sell it at your minimum stop-loss price. Either way, you don't lose, which is all we can really do in business.


Yes.  My plan is to list first on Etsy for 4 months and have a 10% off sale for a time in the middle.  Anything that doesn’t sell there within 4 months gets listed at a lower price on EBay.  The theory being that Etsy buyers are shopping for well made stuff and EBay shoppers may be more price shoppers.  We’ll see.

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Make and Model lists and research / McIntyre Ecole
« on: July 07, 2021, 11:19:49 AM »
Accidently found this patent page image that shows the names of the McIntyre keys.

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Great resource, thanks.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 07, 2021, 08:52:51 AM »
Thanks Dave.
I guess your prices include free shipping like mine do?
There's an old adage about pricing.  If your price is too high, it can always be lowered.  But low prices are hard to raise.

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All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 07, 2021, 08:43:08 AM »
I always keep all software up to date.  Old habit.
I also like Firefox, though I usually use Edge, and sometimes Google Chrome.
This message is using firefox.
So here's some photos just to test.

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All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:55:14 AM »
Thanks Dave


It happens on both of my computers.  Maybe the site doesn't like Microsoft Edge, though I think I've posted photos on that before.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:53:43 AM »
My ability to properly price anything is gone.  I no longer have any idea of the intrinsic value of anything.  If there's not a stated price, I have no idea of something's value. 


May have to do with my 25 year history of short term memory problems.  Back then, I was a business systems analyst/programmer.  I began to often forget why I had switched screens in Windows.  Went to the Dr. and all he did was look at my head.  Said that since my hair began greying early and by then I had white hair, that I had Pernicious Anemia, which can cause nerve damage and memory loss.  Put me on monthly injections of vitamin B12.  Three months later, at my check up, he asked how my memory was.  I said - hell Doc, I don't remember forgetting anything.


B12 has probably slowed the progression of memory problems, but how would I know?


Anyway, if anyone has a better idea of how much each of my instruments might bring, I'd be glad for the advice.


Thanks

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