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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / Re: An Interesting Italian Clarinet
« on: January 22, 2023, 12:09:02 PM »
for me it looks like a Buffet Crampon, maybe a stencil, very commun in this historic times
Claus

You're right. I took a closer look at the pics and saw the donut key. I have only seen two other names attached to donut keys - Buffet Crampon, and M. Lacroix. I imagine you're correct with it being a Buffet Stencil. This would also mean that Buffet possibly stencilled M. Lacroix. The plot thickens!

That's quite interesting! I did not know Buffet used to do stencils. That would maybe explain explain why my clarinet, despite the bargain-bin barrel, sounds as good as it does. However, what's interesting about this one-piece full boehm is that the alternate C#-G# banana key is it's own separate tone hole; not connected to the usual C# key. Was this a feature on Buffet and M. Lacroix stencils like this? If so, It's a good feature because frankly it sounds better than the usual key.

I am quite sure that most, if not all full boehm's have the C#/G# in this format, rather than the "regular" method. The "regular"method is inferior, mainly because the hole is not placed at the ideal position. When the clarinet has to come apart into two pieces, most manufacturers just place the key on the upper joint, as low as it can possibly go as the compromise.

Full boehms, as well as the "articulated" two pieces, have the C#/G# where it SHOULD be. I don't think this is specific to any one manufacturer, brands as diverse as Buffet Crampon and G. Bundy do this.

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All about Clarinets / Re: An Interesting Italian Clarinet
« on: January 22, 2023, 09:17:30 AM »
for me it looks like a Buffet Crampon, maybe a stencil, very commun in this historic times
Claus

You're right. I took a closer look at the pics and saw the donut key. I have only seen two other names attached to donut keys - Buffet Crampon, and M. Lacroix. I imagine you're correct with it being a Buffet Stencil. This would also mean that Buffet possibly stencilled M. Lacroix. The plot thickens!

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All about Clarinets / Re: An Interesting Italian Clarinet
« on: January 20, 2023, 11:34:28 AM »
How cool. Pity about the cracks, but with a FB, sometimes you gotta make some consessions.

I own an ultra-rare Brevetto Bottali (no relation?) metal plateau.

https://clarinetpages.info/smf/index.php?topic=9.0

I had it beautifully restored, but I gotta find those pictures now.


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All about Clarinets / Re: Modal music - Ousak mode (Phrygian Mode)
« on: January 16, 2023, 09:35:07 AM »
Very nice!

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All about Clarinets / Giveaway - Chinese clarinet music books
« on: January 15, 2023, 03:20:46 PM »
I have a selection of 5 clarinet music books that I picked up in China over 10 years ago.

The sheet music is a variety of songs as well as technique drills.

Comment with “I want it!” And I’ll do a random number generator in 2 weeks!

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All about Clarinets / Re: advice on buying bass clarinet?
« on: January 07, 2023, 10:53:16 PM »
I have purchased several perfectly serviceable bass clarinets for less than $500. Cheapest was an Evette (Malerne) hard rubber for $200.
I bought an M. Lacroix wood for $327. Then I bought a Conn hard rubber for $500. The most I ever spent on a bass was $1,050 for a brilliant extended bell, low-C Moennig bros wood from the 1930s. The pads were about that old, but they all sealed and worked perfectly.
I never had to do any work on any of those, and I sold them all for a profit, except for the Moenning which I still retain.

This was all about 10 years ago, so I'm sure things have changed, but when you look at every new listing in the clarinet category on eBay, every single day for over 10 years, the deals find you.

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All about Clarinets / Re: New Clarinet Double Case
« on: January 04, 2023, 07:04:52 PM »
Those extra-large cases can definitely hold full size sheets. Your best bet is to scour ebay for a clarinet in that case, then junk or sell the clarinet, and keep the case. It will be cheaper than buying a new double case.

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With an adjustable tuning device, and no wood to crack, there would be no reason for a "barrel".

Do you not call the mouthpiece receptacle a barrel? They don't look much like a barrel-shape, but they serve the same purpose on metal or wood, no?

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All about Clarinets / Re: Raymond Clarinet Mouthpiece???
« on: December 29, 2022, 01:15:12 PM »
I think I had a Raymond clarinet at one point. As I remember, it was a stencil, probably of Malerne. Not bad, but not great either.

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All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 29, 2022, 01:14:36 PM »
A half decade ago that would probably sell for $200 restored. These days, I have no idea. I haven't sold a thing on eBay in almost 2 years.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Dorn & Kirschner clarinet
« on: December 29, 2022, 01:13:54 PM »
There's a "rule" I've found where the more parts a metal clarinet comes apart into, the higher quality and higher price it will command.

There are one piece, two piece (come apart in the middle), and three piece (come apart at bell and two joints).
The real high end ones almost always come into three pieces.

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All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 17, 2022, 09:02:33 AM »
Nice, I'd say that's definitely mid-19th century; the lack of rollers on the lower pinky keys sort of gives an upper bound of about 1890 or so.

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well that's neat!

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All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 07, 2022, 01:49:34 PM »
I'm thinking I'll repad it. Do you think I should do a full refurb? I have ordered a case for it.

I would personally go ahead and do the works, IF  YOU LIKE IT. I would gladly display that in my little clarinet museum as a really cool historical object. If you can do it yourself, then you'll save yourself the $200+ that anybody else would charge you for the service.

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All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 05, 2022, 03:35:25 PM »
Dibbs, I wouldn't say WORTHLESS. There's definitely a market for museum-pieces, although one can not play that in almost any context, it is really neat as a historical object. I have a variety of worthless clarinets that have good monetary value due to rarity or other features, despite not being able to function as intended, in a ensemble setting. I guess you could always solo with these though

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