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Make and Model lists and research / Re: Need help identifying instrument
« on: October 22, 2020, 03:30:37 PM »
Close ups of the lower stack keys, center tenon, brand names or logos, and serial numbers will help!

All about Clarinets / Re: Clarinetist with Conn 448N question
« on: October 21, 2020, 08:46:35 AM »
Good luck finding an original barrel without some very good luck.

Yo can always get a custom made barrel from Backun or Martin Freres, but the cost is pretty high

All about Clarinets / Re: 30 dollar train wreck
« on: October 20, 2020, 04:54:19 PM »
Itís almost NEVER worth it to replate keys, unless youíre doing it for fun or a learning experience.

My advice- use some Weimann metal polish and call it a day.

Itís the LeBlanc LL, I believe late 1950s to early 60s

Some call it the ďtop hat model.Ē

I think I sold a restored one for like $350 a few years back

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Need help identifying instrument
« on: October 15, 2020, 04:48:53 PM »
Thatís a set of Bb and A clarinets.

Canít tell the age for sure, but likely 1920s from the case style.

Each are Full Boehm, with low-Eb extensions.

With better pictures we can determine age and this value

Wow, great work! I'm very impressed and jealous of your skills

All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet Eb Carl Fischer
« on: October 10, 2020, 09:37:56 PM »
Sure looks like it. In fact, the lack of rollers on the lower stack keys might even indicate an earlier date.

But 1896 is absolutely reasonable and I see no reason to doubt it.

All about Clarinets / Re: Catchy Music Scored for 7 Clarinets ??
« on: September 21, 2020, 01:41:47 PM »
This might be rather tough. If we can't figure it out, I'll recommend the Tip Of My Tongue subreddit, they're pretty good at figuring things out without much to go off

Wrong sub forum, but thatís alright.

Like it says in the bell, itís a Pan-American which was a division of CG Conn, Ltd.

Itís more likely from the late 30s or 40s, but pictures will help.

Those faux-alligator skin cases were all the rage back then, but are rarely actual reptiles skin.

I will take some more photos later. Does the age make it worth anything more than 40 bucks ? :)
Not necessarily. That old and itís probably high pitch. Making it all but useless and worth less than $50.

However! Itís really pretty and one can always appreciate the high level of craftsmanship that went into these :)

Unfortunately, I don't know this brand. However, I am 100% certain that this is EARLIER than 1920. There don't appear to be rollers on the RH pinky keys, meaning this is more closer to 1890-1900 or so.

All about Clarinets / Re: Gorgeous metal clari
« on: August 25, 2020, 05:50:51 PM »
As a businessman. The resale value in that DuPont isnít really high, so I question the time and effort and expense that went into it.

As a philanthropist, every single instrument deserves a second chance, and this one got one.

All about Clarinets / Re: Rare paperclip bass
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:10:13 PM »
I saw a recent photo of one on Facebook, being restored
Really? wow. That's awesome. Although I LOVE bass clarinets, that's one restoration that I am NOT interested in doing...

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:09:41 PM »
Thanks for your comments. I apologize that this thread is not better moderated and followed.

This thread was decided to be made Sticky because of the wealth of information contained within. One of these days, I hope we can collate the information into a more unified and easy to navigate format.

Unfortunately, I am not the expert in PM instruments. I will try to reach out to Silver Sorcerer and see what we can do.

Thanks for the feedback

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.
I didn't notice that. Yes, that's going to be tough. If there was any profit to be made before, there certainly is not now...

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