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All about Clarinets / Re: Boosey and Hawkes Alto
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:57:09 AM »
Thanks, Dave.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 12, 2017, 05:49:09 AM »
What an oddity.  Key system like something from 1800, saltspoon keycups like something from 1850 and the LP marking like something from the early 20th century.

All about Clarinets / Boosey and Hawkes Alto
« on: June 12, 2017, 03:41:12 AM »
An alto clarinet marked "Made in the USA, Assembled by Boosey and Hawkes England"

Does anyone know anything about these?


Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:17:25 AM »
Clearly not.  I wonder what made the seller think that?

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: May 31, 2017, 03:09:27 AM »


I have a tárogató in A but it's nothing like that one.

I'd be very surprised if it had anything to do with either János Stowasser or József Borka

The cornett and serpent were also constructed in two halves and glued together.  They were also covered in thin leather, presumably to help avoid glue failure. Papalini found another way.  If you look closely at the edges you can see that there are several dowels through it.

The interesting thing the "branched pipe" thing.  They appear to have made a cylindrical tube that overblows at the octave like a flute but with a reed mouthpiece.  I don't recall ever coming across an instrument that works like this before.

The wiggly tube reminds me of the Papalini bass clarinet.

All about Clarinets / Re: Question on Pads on Clarinet
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:37:46 AM »
..., but the tone holes had almost like a thick wax embeddd in them. Guessing most of that was just really old dirt combined with the elements over the last 100 or so years...

Wax was often used to adjust tuning.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:33:00 AM »
The Ludwig Drum Company was established in 1909.

All about Clarinets / Re: Lucian Bassi
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:28:22 AM »
Here's another Kohlert with better pictures.


I don't have mine handy to compare closely but this looks like another BMM#2 to me.

So, did Kohlert make them or did they stamp their name on someone else's instrument?

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:20:58 AM »

All about Clarinets / Re: Lucian Bassi
« on: April 28, 2017, 08:23:07 AM »
It's certainly not been played much.  The edge of the L3 tone hole (which doesn't have an insert) is as crisp as if it were drilled yesterday.  The same with the ends of the tenons. 

On the other hand, the RH joint has clearly suffered some trauma in the past.  There's a big filled gouge just above the thumb rest and some scratches and dings on the rings and RH pinky keys that are too deep to polish out.

All about Clarinets / Re: Lucian Bassi
« on: April 28, 2017, 04:11:43 AM »
Does the Lucian Bassi have tone hole inserts? Both of the "twins" have tone hole inserts.

I am very pleased that we have a BMM#2 in playable condition and that your evaluation of this Lucian Bassi marked one is favorable. The unmarked twins (these do have serials and country of origin marks) need considerably more work to be made playable and now it appears that it will be worth the effort.

With a few examples recorded now, my twins, and the Bassi, we can start to piece together a serial record for Bohemian Mystery Maker #2. The twins are (spaced a bit for twins) are # 618 and # 50611. The Grenadier reportedly has no serial.

The serial format and font is different on the twins, the 618 being very tiny numbers on the middle bottom back of the lower joint. #50611 has larger numbers printed on the botton of the LJ to the right of the lowest post. Does the Bassi have a number like either of those two?

It may have ebonite tone hole inserts.  I'ts hard to tell.  The tops are very flat and shiny with no sign of grain but I can't see a join.

It doesn't have a serial number.

All about Clarinets / Re: Lucian Bassi
« on: April 27, 2017, 05:33:11 AM »
I got the Lucian Bassi yesterday.  The side Eb/Bb had got bent out of place in transit but was easily bent back again.  Then the pad on the register key fell out so I had to fix that.  Then I had to adjust the crow's foot and long Bb mechanism.  So 1/2 an hour's work and I had a very playable instrument.

The intonation is very good with the original mouthpiece but less so with a modern Vandoren.  I guess it has a largish bore though I haven't measured it.  I have a Peter Eaton mouthpiece for a B&H 1010 so I'll probably try with that this evening.  It has a big open sound, good for jazz or klezmer.

Not bad for £68.

All about Clarinets / Re: Lucian Bassi
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:20:13 AM »
Thanks for the info SS.

Here is an ad for these from 1936 http://archive.nationaljazzarchive.co.uk/archive/journals/musical-news-and-dance-band/vol1-no11-august-1936/18599

The resolution is too poor to read properly but you can decipher the OCRed text and see that they were actually the bottom of Jack Heyworth's Boehm system range at £7/7/-  (£7.35 in decimal money) with the top of the range from EJ Albert at £16/16/- (£16.80)

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