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All about Clarinets / Tarogato Discussion
« on: October 14, 2021, 11:02:54 AM »
Hello Everyone:

I have become a bit intrigued in my recent discovery of the Tarogato instrument.  It appears to be similar in some ways to a wooden saxaphone or perhaps more of a conical Albert system Clarinet.  From my limited initial investigation it seems a part of some traditional Turkish music.  I was hoping to start a topic where we may be able to discuss this instrument here.  I find it beautiful but am just beginning to learn about it.  I would greatly like to hear/read others ideas and opinions on this instrument. 

I have not posted too often before (only a few times) but I am primarily a bass clarinet player, but do play some across the clarinet spectrum. 

Looking forward to a potentially lively discussion where I can learn and grow. 

All about Clarinets / Thickness of Replacement Corks?
« on: May 23, 2021, 12:37:00 PM »

Ihave replaced corks on various joints on clarinets in the past..... but used cork given to me.  I am now in need of BUYING some new sheet cork..... but foolishly I did not think to measure the thickness of the cork I had previously. 

In your opinion, which thickness is typically most useful for cork repairs.... 1mm, 2mm, or 3mm?  I am currently wanting to recork a bass clarinet mouthpiece (Bundy, standard).... but also have a few soprano clarinets I will eventually be refurbishing too. 

Advice, guidance, opinions.... all appreciated.  I have been looking at rolled cork on Amazon..... but if that is not a good choice..... I would appreciate guidance in that regard as well. 


Hello Everyone:

I was wondering if anyone has had experience and/or advice on cutting the tail end of cane reeds in a way that is smooth and attractive looking? I have found it easier to procure baritone saxophone reeds for my contra alto clarinet and they fit well on the mouthpiece for playing.... but they extend farther back on the mouthpiece so there is a good 3/8 in or perhaps even a bit more that runs into the neck joint and puts a bit of torsional pressure on that joint when the ligature is tightened.

I was thinking of using a simple coping saw, but with the delicate nature of cane and the tongue end of the reed itself, I was seeking advice. I think I would typically like to cut off the tail end about 1/2 inch.... and would like it to not look like a ragged, crooked mess.


All about Clarinets / New Here.... Contra Alto Clarinet
« on: May 02, 2021, 10:48:40 AM »

I am a new person here, as I only discovered this place accidentally a little bit ago (I have been mostly on the ClarinetBB and on SaxOnTheWeb.). 

I am looking forward to participating!  I primarily play Bass Clarinet, though I also play soprano and alto. 

Recently, I was very fortunate to find a Contra Alto Clarinet after years of trying to find one in my price range.  I am very excited!  I wrote a topic in the “ID” forum here, but was not sure if that was the best place to post it.  I am hoping to figure out the specific model and approximate age of my new beast since it is a bit different than I originally thought (it is Selmer..... not Selmer-Bundy).  The serial number is 85XX. 

Thank you!  I am eager to begin participating here often! 


I have seen many serial number lists for clarinets and bass clarinets, but I am wondering if there is a list that helps gauge age and models of contra alto clarinets that any of you know of?

When I purchased my contra alto, I was surprised that it was not the Selmer-Bundy type I had been used to. It is pretty much the same but is specifically only named/stamped as Selmer..... no Bundy designation at all. And the original case has a square metal plaque on it that simply says Selmer, USA..... no Bundy on it either.

This has me curious to try to figure out the age of the beast..... not sure if it is newer or older than what I had been used to. And, frankly, I am not really sure if it is a different “model” of the time or not too.

The serial number is four digits only and is in the 85XX range.

If anyone knows how to help determine age.... year and model.... I would be very appreciative!


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