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All about Clarinets / RE: Clarinet Manual
« on: August 31, 2013, 01:32:08 PM »
What Phil said.

I am just now seriously working on learning how to make these things work right, and Stephen\'s book rarely leaves my side.  A wonderful resource.  His saxophone reviews online are also very interesting and informative as well.

There\'s a lot of help out there these days if you really want to learn.  Phil\'s a big part of that.

Gee, Phil - I can see how it could work, and I can see how it could go off the rails as well.  All told, my definitive answer is \"thanks, I\'d love some cheese on toast.\"

A cautious yes.  Its success or failure will depend on the character of the participants, but then that\'s stating the obvious.

Thanks for all the great stuff on the pages.

All about Clarinets / RE: What country were Penzels made in?
« on: August 09, 2013, 05:25:41 PM »
I have been playing a Super Brilliante I just picked up on contingency.  I\'ve been going all evening with my very first P-M ever.  I heard they were good, but I had no idea they were this good.  The altissimo is just stunningly beautiful, and the response, ease of shading and warmth of tone just bowls me over.  This one had a full overhaul about ten years ago and has sat in a woodwind pro shop ever since, just waiting for me to show up.  It\'s a keeper.  Wow.  What a great clarinet.  I don\'t care if this was made in LI City or Andorra, this is a great professional clarinet.

Anybody have leads on Ser# info for these?  Nobody else puts those ser#\'s where PM puts \'em.

All about Clarinets / RE: How many clarinets do you own?
« on: July 14, 2013, 11:17:10 AM »
Quote from: \'DaveLeBlanc\' pid=\'1181\' dateline=\'1373701274\'

rezzie: can you upload some pics of that custom keywork you got?  sounds really interesting!

Here are some pics Mike Manning sent me when he was working on the horn...

I\'m not sure exactly what the material is that was used to form the keywork, but it is very good under the fingers.  I can slide and/or grip when I want to do either.  I\'ve never been able to get around on the bottom end like I can with this setup.  BTW, the thumb rest is gone, sitting in storage in my old hard case - I use a strap and peg, and the thing just got in the way.  Don\'t miss it a bit.  Mike\'s work is rock solid - it feels wonderful when those big pads seat right into place with authority.

All about Clarinets / RE: Eb Dazzler?
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:35:36 AM »
I\'m having Marching Hundred flashbacks looking at this one...  Ice Cream clarinet time.

All about Clarinets / RE: How many clarinets do you own?
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:43:03 PM »
This is as good a place as any to step into the forum.  I\'ve collected a few clarinets along the way, and a couple of saxes as well.  Oh, and then there are the bassoons, but those belong to my wife.  My list isn\'t nearly as exotic as some I\'ve seen here.

My main treat in recent years is playing my Selmer Model 33 Bass - made in 1972.  I just got a really first-rate overhaul and haven\'t been able to put the thing down since I got it back - lovely black roo pads and action that\'s a pleasure to work with.  Four octaves of response from pp to ff and back, plus some custom key work on the D/Db/C extensions to help me get around.  Glorious.  

I\'m getting more inclined toward doing more of my own work as well as starting some projects as I move into my addled yet functional older phase, and fell into this site via strip mining Phil\'s wonderful site for instruction, ideas, and direction on how to improve my technician chops.  I have three different Bb R13\'s - two from the 50\'s (one I\'ve had since high school, one is a future project/current basket case) and a Vintage model R13 bought about a dozen years ago that is my main Bb, now.  I have another R13 A I\'ve owned since the mid 70s, and a nifty Eb Selmer Series 9 that I just nabbed a couple of weeks ago.  Add in a wooden Edgware B&H from the 50\'s, and I think that\'s about it.

Looking forward to getting to know the locals here.

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