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Messages - brigaltman

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All about Clarinets / J. Gras A Clarinet
« on: May 25, 2024, 01:47:39 PM »
I very recently obtained a J. Gras A clarinet, quite by chance. After doing some research, I found that it was a mid 19th - early 20th century instrument maker in Lille, France. Apparently, these were quite nice instruments in their day, so I have refurbed it and wow - I have a very nice A clarinet. Since I already have a full Boehm Leblanc I won't be keeping this one, but can anyone fill in any of the gaps in my history of this instrument?

All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: January 05, 2024, 08:52:35 PM »
the upper one is a rh C#/G#. Thrilling C# to D is really easy when you use that key.

All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B16 Clarinet ?
« on: January 03, 2024, 06:40:14 PM »
It never fails to amaze me that these Chinese companies copy instrument right down to the logos. I'm not sure what the answer is other than to stay as far away from the CHEAP, poor copies of quality instruments.

All about Clarinets / Re: Intonation problems
« on: January 03, 2024, 06:25:48 PM »
Thanks for the ideas. I'll keep you posted on any progress.

All about Clarinets / Intonation problems
« on: January 02, 2024, 07:00:31 PM »
I just refurbished an Albert System Eb Clarinet. It plays wonderfully and quite well in tune, HOWEVER, the upper register is extremely flat compared to the lower register. Anyone have any suggestions?

All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: December 29, 2023, 08:31:01 PM »
On the Leblancs I do a complete cork and the very gently open the hole. I think the raised square is to reinforce the tenon joint and the tone hole. However, I've never had a problem with any of the Leblancs that I've had.

All about Clarinets / Re: Thoughts on current instrument market?
« on: December 28, 2023, 08:09:39 PM »
How sad it is that we now live in a disposable, instant satisfaction society. Sixty years ago, I won a scholarship to the Interlochen Music Camp. It was a life changing experience for me. The music club no longer gives scholarships, not because of a lack of money, but there is no interest from the students to audition for a summer music camp. I guess they're too busy learning a 12 minute half time show.

All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: December 28, 2023, 07:57:31 PM »
I had a Selmer Centertone which had the articulated C#/G#. It had that exact same configuration (the raised square around the tone hole). My Leblancs don't have that raised area.

All about Clarinets / Re: Cracked Barrel - Noblet Artist
« on: December 25, 2023, 06:15:10 PM »
Leblanc had a problem with some of the "plastic" instruments of this period. The plastic seemed to crack easily. It can be glued fairly effectively, but it seems like an excellent time to upgrade to a wood barrel. Measure the length in mm. I probably have one or two Noblet/Normandy barrels.

All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: December 25, 2023, 06:05:35 PM »
I'm a doubler who started on saxophone. The articulated G#/C# makes life simpler for those of us who didn't start on clarinet. I love the extra key on the right hand. On the "Grand Duo Concertante" it makes the trill from low C# to D much easier. I've had several instruments with the articulated C#/G# including my current set of full Boehm Leblancs.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Leblanc clarinet
« on: December 17, 2023, 08:07:13 PM »
It would be very helpful to have some pics of your clarinet. The manufacture date can be determined by the logo on the instrument. I've worked on many of the mid 20th century Leblancs and have never seen a 3 digit serial number. I know that Leblanc made a couple of models that had small metal discs imbedded in the wood. The one with Leon Leblanc's figure was produced near the end of the company's existence around 2000. Please add some pics.

If it's one of the Vito models the RH trill keys will be straight with the key cups in a direct line with the key. I believe that Leblanc was the only maker to do this. They did make a couple of models with the key cups offset (like most other makers), but I don't this that Vito did. Vito will have a very smooth, shiny finish and should be stamped somewhere made in Kenosha. Pictures would be a big help.

Trading Post / Re: set of Noblet Bb and A clarinets on ebay
« on: March 18, 2023, 11:32:50 AM »

I did a little research, I found this clarinet was made in 1935. You never mentioned if this is a metal, wood or hard rubber instrument.

Pedler made some nice clarinets. I'm not familiar with their flutes, but this is a student line flute so at best it might be worth $150.

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