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All about Clarinets / Re: Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: June 02, 2022, 06:13:22 PM »
info says benny changed to double lip in the early 50,s  tho i dont see why.

i have 2 leblanc model 400 basses but only have a noblet alto. would love to try a LL eb. must be a fun horn

Make and Model lists and research / Re: pustopone clarinet
« on: March 01, 2022, 03:57:55 PM »
yes it plays at a440 and you info on the background is correct

i agree. my LL is also my best clarinet out of my collection of 18

i agree-these  hold their own against any clarinet ever made. i will never forget the look on my big band mates face when he forgot his buffet on a gig and asked if he could use my LL for an important solo in a chart. his face said it all as he handed it back to me after the solo.

rehearsal was a ton of fun with the perfected malerne. it kicked butt and more than held its own against the low brass . selmer c* and legere american cut 1.5 reed a winning combo

more work done and all leaks and key heights corrected. softer legere reeds make all the diff. this baby plays now! its going to band practice this week for its debut. tone is richer than my bundy. the left hand eb/ab will be a welcome addition and is why i bought this horn.

All about Clarinets / Re: Playing by Ear
« on: January 27, 2022, 04:04:14 PM »
i learned to play by ear by playing along with the radio but i was playing sax. clarinet is harder to play by ear i feel as it dosnt over blow an oct like sax does

did more work on the key heights and got it playing even better. gone is all stuffy notes and the tone of the whole horn has improved. even the stock mpc that came with the horn now plays great on it. picked up a selmer c* on ebay for it for 25$ . waiting for softer legere reeds to come for the selmer. thought the close facing mpc could use harder reeds but i am wrong. hoping to make this horn my no1 for comunity band and kicks the bundy back to the closet

Make and Model lists and research / Re: French Engineer?
« on: January 20, 2022, 04:25:02 PM »
my white dazzler is awesume . very good for a student model

yes every once in a while you come across a jewel disguised as a supplied student mpc. these were all done by hand back then . made from good quality rubber . usually from riffault. ?

well another hr of work and the marlerne is playing like a champ! the key heights were way off making many notes stuffy and muffled. the horn was recently completly rebuilt but must have been by an apprentice and since it was a school horn-nobody cared, classic outcome for an alto clarinet sad to say. blame the insterment for being obsolete and poor desighn. for 125$ and zero spent on repairs (thanks to myself) i have a decent useable alto. this thing sure is mpc picky tho. of all the mpcs i have including top names-it likes the yamaha and the glotin of paris the best. the mpc supplied with it is just terrible. tone like a dying goose!

All about Clarinets / Re: Mouthpieces by Charles Bay Woodwinds
« on: January 10, 2022, 12:30:11 PM »
babbit may have made the blanks but the facing work was done by chas bay

he is 79 and dosnt seem to want to work anymore. the quality of his work has taken a turn for the worse lately also. sadly he is the only game in town. i spent 4 hrs today working on the marlane myself and have it playing. it still needs some work resetting some key heights to eliminate stuffy notes that arnt getting enough venting due to too close height in the key action. while this isnt the best alto i have played its not that bad and deserves to be put back in action.

the alto i bought on ebay for 125$ was so badly repadded my tech refuses to touch it. says he would have to strip it and start from scratch and charge 350-500$. i guess i am going to work on it myself as a learning experience. i have nothing to loose. the left hand section is ok. so mabey it wont be that bad. cant win them all on ebay it seems.

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