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All about Clarinets / Strange clarinet case
« on: December 05, 2012, 09:08:19 PM »
I just got an old clarinet in this. The clarinet, unfortunately, turned out to be a Frankenhorn (destined for engraving practice), but the case is cool. I\'m assuming it is a double case. One horn goes in the top and the other in the bottom. It\'s in very good shape except for one missing support.

There is a sticker from 1917 on the outside. The only maker\'s clue on the inside is a small brass tab that rotates to hold something that was shaped like a bass clarinet peg, but far too small.

Anyone have any other ideas or thoughts?

As I am far too lazy to want to resize, I am attaching a Word doc. There\'s also a picture of the mouthpiece that came with it.

All about Clarinets / Lacquered brass Noblets
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:01:16 AM »
I own two of these. One is in good shape, but in need of a repad. The other... needs work.

The \"new\" one came to me with very damaged lacquer. Much of the lacquer was gone and there were a bunch of black dots all over which looked very much like mold on bread. I\'ve been told that happens when a horn is in salt air too much. It also had hideous acid bleed and pad weevils. Oh, and bent keys.

I know many people are in favor of leaving lacquer \"as-is\", but I also know that the main reason anyone would want a clarinet like this Noblet is that it looks cool. It looked hideous! We are now on a journey together to get its mojo back.

I stripped the lacquer, assuming the black would come off. It didn\'t. It was an improvement, though. It no longer had leprosy, just bad freckles. And acid bleed. I don\'t exactly have a tech\'s full repair kit, so I pulled out a paring knife to get the acid bleed off. It kind of worked. I then had the bright idea to get out my little electric engraver to get at the acid bleed. It worked like a charm, but it left squiggly lines around the holes. So... I held my breath, tipped the engraver on its side, and went to it. I have completely retextured the surface of the clarinet. I will be relacquering it in a few days. It won\'t be a pro job. Can\'t afford it. Then the keys with their shiny new pads go on, and I hope we are ready to play!

All about Clarinets / Introducing myself
« on: December 03, 2012, 11:35:46 PM »
Hmm. I thought I was already a member here, but perhaps that was in the pre-spammer era. Or maybe not. It\'s late.

I have played clarinet for almost 40 years, but never at a high level. I played in school and 2 years at a community college. For the next 25 years, the only times I played were with the Pendleton Round-Up Mounted Band. Yes, we play on horseback, and yes, it really limits the music that can be played.

Last year I joined the local youth symphony with my son. What a stretch! I have felt like a realio-trulio country bumpkin, having never played with strings and having forgotten so many written symbols, if I ever knew them. I\'m getting much better.

After years of student-level plastic clarinets filled with horsehair and dust, I bought an old wood clarinet at a junk shop. I don\'t know why. I got it completely overhauled, fell in love, and got rid of the plastic. This clarinet, the Jean Marbeau featured on Phil\'s site, lasted me well for 5 years of rough outdoor playing. As soon as I joined the symphony, the repaired crack reopened and I found myself in search of a clarinet. All techs I took it to said it was not worth repairing. (I will soon have it back from Phil!)

My son\'s old borrowed sax gave up the ghost at the same time and I began a search for both instruments. I attended the University of the Internet faithfully and shopped wisely, I hope.

I have been playing a Signet 100 Mazzeo (mechanism functional) for the symphony. My Mounted Band clarinet is a lacquered brass Noblet. My son has a pristine 1930\'s Conn stencil alto.

I have also been dipping my toe in clarinet repair, buying oldies and donating them to my school\'s band program. I have also been messing with engraving. My current project is another brass Noblet. I have an old wooden one it\'s way to me, too.

In real life, I am a Spanish/ESL teacher with a husband and two teenagers.

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