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Nice mouthpiece!

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Interesting plastic Conn
« on: September 21, 2023, 08:09:20 PM »
How neat. Most Conns with that stamp I've seen tended not to have the brushed plastic finish, smooth instead. Sure looks like an Artley 18S to me!

All about Clarinets / Re: Who can share experiences with Fiberreeds?
« on: September 21, 2023, 08:07:08 PM »
Boy, been a while since I've been in the synthetic reed game. I used to play almost exclusive on Fibracell 3 on soprano and bass.

For Contra Alto, I always used Legere, a softer one though I don't remember exactly which. One day I'll pick things back up.

All about Clarinets / Re: Just bought a BD4 to try out.
« on: September 21, 2023, 08:04:42 PM »
Good review, thanks. For years I played on a very good Geo M Bundy 3 that was tossed in the case of some basket case clarinet.

Years later, Phil gifted me a Rico Reserve X5, and I've never had better.

All about Clarinets / Re: Pedler Hoosier Metal Clarinet
« on: September 03, 2023, 06:05:06 PM »
It's very difficult to find a manufacturer-specific barrel for metals. Best of luck

The Clarinet Cafe / Re: Lights for music stand
« on: July 23, 2023, 12:47:46 PM »
Do you mean a light that shines down on the sheet music? I would think any walmart clip-on reading light should do the trick.

Gonna need some pics on this one. I will need to see the finish on the body - is it smooth or glossy?

Buffet B12 models had a transfer-stamp sort of logo that almost always wears off after a little while. However, the body has a sort of "brushed" finish, which can help identify it as a Buffet vice Vito or Bundy (which typically had a glossy finish).

I haven't heard of Henry Pourcelle in years. Can you share a pic?

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Revere clarinet
« on: July 23, 2023, 12:44:33 PM »
Hm. Metal tenon cap on the bottom... 1940s-1950s... Made in France stamps... off the top of my head I'm going to call it a Malerne stencil. If you can post a picture of the actual Made in France stamp, that can help narrow things down as well.

All about Clarinets / Re: Advice - buy & refurb antique for klezmer
« on: July 23, 2023, 12:43:38 PM »
If you're a sax player, then Albert system fingerings might come a smidge easier. Still, it's a lot to learn for no real gain.

Also, most Alberts are very old and either in High Pitch, or otherwise not up to modern tuning standards. They're generally collector's items.

Noblets are nice. Try to avoid fixer-uppers unless you have the time, skill, and/or money to restore it. I'd spend a few hundred bucks on a nice used wood or hard rubber clarinet that plays right out of the box if I was you.

Stellar, thanks for posting the pictures here as well. eBay listings die after some time and we lose the pics forever.

What a piece of history!

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Lafleur clarinets
« on: May 12, 2023, 01:07:29 PM »
There's a thread years ago here:


I concluded that it might have been a Malerne stencil. These are good, but not worth a ton. I don't know the price on the one you're looking at, but if it's a standard French wood stencil, then it won't be worth too much.

Sounds right, Buffet clarinets were often stamped with importers such as Carl Fischer (of R13 fame). Not unusual, but cool.

All about Clarinets / Re: Help me choose.
« on: April 24, 2023, 09:18:27 AM »
If you could stretch the budget a bit, the Lyrique Noblissima , Backun Bliss or Kessler Solist are good clarinets.
One used to be able to find a used Bliss on eBay for $300. I doubt that's the case anymore, though.

All about Clarinets / Re: Bb Clarinet Case for R13
« on: April 24, 2023, 09:17:54 AM »
Protec cases are almost always zipper closure. I kinda prefer that sometimes over metal latches.

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