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All about Clarinets / Re: A treasure trove of musical instrument history!
« on: February 23, 2024, 06:11:11 AM »
Phil, it was this one from years back!


I have no idea why this had the weird features like the double hole and the slightly offset register vent. Obviously, things didn't work out or we'd see more than one of these every 10 years...

All about Clarinets / Re: A treasure trove of musical instrument history!
« on: February 22, 2024, 01:15:22 AM »
You gotta be kidding me. A Key of D clarinet? I heard about these, thought they were mythical haha.

The Clinton is a weird system. That double-pad on the low A hole is bizarre. Reminds me of this extraordinary Pruefer I have that has a double pad like that. *Phil reviewed, it, said it was pretty much garbage haha.

All about Clarinets / Re: Frank Holton Collegiate Unibody (Not metal!)
« on: February 22, 2024, 01:12:17 AM »
I have to say this is probably the first time I've seen a single post for the LH pinky keys on any clarinet post-WWII. Did Frank just have a warehouse of antiquated keys just hanging around since before the Depression??

Interesting! Tough one. That "France" stamp should be easy to nail down, but right now I'm not seeing it. I *think* Noblets and Normandys had that type of font. Odd there is no logo though.

I bet this was a stencil that was manufactured in France and exported to be stencilled by somebody, but it never got the actual stencil. Pretty neat.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: February 09, 2024, 12:54:01 AM »
I'm pretty stoked. Now the real question is, will this inspire me to clear out the 45-odd clarinets gathering dust and mold in storage?

The last 4 months stuck on this boat have gotten me daydreaming all the time about things I haven't though about for a while. It's probably been 2 years since I've touched a clarinet, but right now there's nothing else I'd rather do...

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: February 07, 2024, 02:21:43 AM »
Well, I went ahead and purchased that FB.

It cost me $425 after tax. I suppose this could sell for at least twice as much once I'm done with it. But, probably not going to sell it. I only have one other FB, but it's got a broken bridge key that I never got around to fixing.

Anyways, preliminary examination of the images finds that:
1. It is a pre-1923 model. There is only one post for the two LH pinky keys, and one for the left hand Eb. The case appears to be original (and in spectacular condition), and period-correct.
2. The material is either a very fine-grained, polished wood, or a hard rubber of some sort.
3. The barrel doesn't appear to be original; the mouthpiece is definitely not original
4. I couldn't tell the manufacturer from the photos.

In about 5 months when I get back from this deployment I'll be able to present a detailed analysis of the instrument.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: February 03, 2024, 01:52:17 AM »
If you're like me and do this consistently for 10 years, then you've got a shed full of parts and enough barrels to fit just about anything.

All about Clarinets / Re: Pedler Trophy
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:56:57 AM »
That truly is a LOVELY piece! I especially like the clear trophy logo. Only prettier logo I've seen is the Noblet Laureate.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:56:09 AM »
Look at this ensemble!  Odd bedfellows, indeed, but one often buys what is available.  At its current price, this is quite a good deal.  We'll see what becomes of it.  Frankly, I'd be as pleased as punch with that triple case.  I have a couple double cases, which are grand, but a triple would be the cats pajamas:

Shoot, I have at least two of these ancient triple cases. I find that the clarinet inside kind of rattle around a bit unless you've got some kind of padding inside. Remind me in about 5 months when I get back from this deployment and I'll see if I can dig into storage and find them.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:53:37 AM »
A beat-up old Normandy should cost you around $60. Grab the barrel off it, and then you've just spend $60 for a barrel and a basket of parts. Much better than 200

All about Clarinets / Re: Alto clarinet open vs closed, plus ?'s
« on: January 28, 2024, 07:01:01 AM »
Selmer-branded altos also had that matte-ish finish, for what that's worth. I have a suspicion that 1980s-00s Bundy/Selmer altos were physically the same thing.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: January 28, 2024, 06:59:04 AM »
I had a Jeffrey years ago. The impression that I still remember from it was that it felt like a decent Noblet or Normandy, which makes sense since it was distributed by LeBlanc. It shouldn't cost you 400 quid for a restoration though, that seems quite excessive unless the thing is a basket case.

Trading Post / Re: Pre R13 Stencil?
« on: January 18, 2024, 09:45:59 AM »
Well the font style of the serial number does seem to match a Buffet, and so does the center ring. I wonder if this enough enough to make a solid attribution though. I feel like I'd need a decent dataset to make that assumption.

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