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All about Clarinets / Re: Alto clarinet open vs closed, plus ?'s
« on: January 22, 2024, 05:42:02 PM »
Bundys are not as well in tune as Vitos, but they aren’t awful. They have the same small 17mm bore as the pro Selmer too at a much lower price. This is also the same bore size as many German basset horns if that’s the sound you’re looking for. Definitely helps to have larger hands though.

All about Clarinets / Re: Odd LJ vent
« on: November 15, 2023, 01:11:26 PM »
That’s the G/D tone hole, you cover it to play F/C. Unusual to see it as a metal tube but this is typical for “period” clarinets.

The Alberts have similar tuning issues, however they become much better if the register vent is drilled out to 3/64"

All I have received including the one from 2021 have had a bell that is too short. I've needed to make longer bells for all of them to get a perfectly in tune clarion B.

The wooden one I got from Moresky on Aliexpress was cheap but not very well made as the tone holes were very poorly finished. The one from eBay was a bit better than the hard rubber version but still had intonation problems that needed to be addressed.

The most recent one I purchased in 2021 had the same intonation problems as the original, though I will say the key work is maybe a bit better. The pads are unfortunately cheap skin pads on the hard rubber versions now which means a repad will be needed for these instruments to last more than a year.

All about Clarinets / Re: Unmarked Buffett Crampon?
« on: August 06, 2022, 07:49:28 AM »
Unfortunately it is not a Buffet. The trill key guide is not consistent with a 19th century Buffet and the locking screws are of a type that Buffet never used at any point in history.

All about Clarinets / Re: Metal clarinet barrel
« on: May 15, 2022, 03:48:39 PM »
Overall dimensions of metal clarinet barrels vary considerably. For example length can vary from 40mm to 67mm depending on the instrument, and that doesn't even take into account that some barrels have tenons and some have sockets. I think measuring your other clarinet and going from there is a great starting point.

All about Clarinets / Re: Clarinet Pads vs Saxophone Pads
« on: May 11, 2022, 08:46:22 AM »
Generally "bass clarinet" pads made by Pisoni, Music Medic and other manufacturers are made thinner (usually around 3.2-3.5mm) than sax pads (3.8+mm). Most bass clarinets including Vitos need a mix of the thinner bass clarinet pads on the top and sax pads on the bottom. For example, On a Buffet I just overhauled I used Ferree's B32s (3.2mm) for everything from RH2 up and B42s (4.7mm) For RH3 downward. This is pretty standard on most bass clarinets. I would not try to use sax pads on the top end of the instrument.

All about Clarinets / Re: High pitch Boehm systems - mostly butchered?
« on: January 31, 2022, 06:18:37 AM »
They aren't too uncommon, you can usually find at least one on eBay at any time. Obviously this one is overpriced but it looks nice and even comes with a wooden Buffet mouthpiece!


Are you just collecting these for fun or do you actually play in a HP band?

All about Clarinets / Re: jean paul clarinet
« on: January 24, 2022, 10:19:39 AM »
If a Rico 2.5 feels stuffy that's a big problem...

First I would try a new mouthpiece since you should always upgrade that anyway and you can use them with any clarinet. I like the Fobes Debut. If that doesn't help look for a refurbished Vito or Yamaha, you can get them for $150-$250. It's not worth having your Jean Paul repaired as the pads they use tend to fail quickly anyway.

All about Clarinets / Re: The benefit of open holes
« on: January 15, 2022, 06:00:12 PM »
Saxophones have huge tone holes. Even on Sopranino sax the lowest tone holes would be too large to cover. Also on most sizes of sax the fingers are not always directly above a tone hole meaning the instrument would need a complete redesign.

The closest instrument to an open hole sax would be a Boehm system tarogato.

All about Clarinets / Re: Eb Dazzler?
« on: December 25, 2021, 04:25:36 PM »
They made white basses and altos. I had the upper joint form a bass once but sold it. They seem to pop up occasionally and sell for surprisingly low prices.

All about Clarinets / Re: Setting Up a Bundy Alto Instructions Needed
« on: June 28, 2021, 12:27:12 PM »
You need to go through all of the pads with a feeler gauge. A leak light can help but it won't tell you the whole story.

Here's how to make one, though I suggest using a plastic shopping bag instead of the tape as it will be more precise.


Some pads to pay close attention to are the Ab and the Ab/Eb keys, they are some of the harder ones to get level.

All about Clarinets / Re: About the alto
« on: May 29, 2021, 08:44:36 PM »
Not all altos, this is just a good example of what happens when a company gives up...

I'm sure if Selmer put the same attention into their clarinets that they do to their saxophones it would be a much better instrument.

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