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Messages - brigaltman

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I was the music coordinator for a large school district in Michigan. We bought many of the Vito clarinets each year for our beginning band program. There was a year or two (I'm guessing in the late 70s or early 80s) that we got several instruments that broke with little or no provocation. I'd guess you have one from that vintage. It is possible that a good repairman could epoxy the two pieces back together, if you're sentimentally attached to that instrument, but it would be cheaper to just buy another. The Vitos were, of course, the American "poor cousin" of the French Leblanc instruments (including Noblet and Normandy). I frequently sell completely refurbished wood Noblets and Normandys in the $150-$175 range. I actually have right now an early Leblanc (1950 +/-) professional instrument that I'm just getting ready to list on ebay.

Good luck and best wishes.

All about Clarinets / Re: advice on buying bass clarinet?
« on: January 05, 2023, 09:06:22 PM »
I hate to be the barer of bad tidings, but any instrument you find for that price is going to cost more to fix than you pay for it, unless you get really lucky. I have an old Leblanc wood, which I would describe as a cheap bass that would go for somewhere in the $2000 range. Best of luck with your search.

All about Clarinets / Re: New Clarinet Double Case
« on: January 04, 2023, 08:05:07 PM »

Another option would be the oversized Normandy/Noblet cases. I think I have one. They would be a lot less expensive than the new ones.

All about Clarinets / Raymond Clarinet Mouthpiece???
« on: December 28, 2022, 07:43:15 PM »
I just got a clarinet with what looks like a nice mouthpiece. It's marked Raymond - Paris. Does anyone know anything about this company or mouthpiece? I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but time will tell.

All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 18, 2022, 07:39:43 PM »
Thanks for the update

All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 13, 2022, 10:19:19 AM »
Let's see if I've figured this all out now.

All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 13, 2022, 09:53:19 AM »
Obviously I figured it out. So here are a couple more.

All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 13, 2022, 09:46:33 AM »
I've been trying to attach a few pictures, but have had no success. I'm using a Mac. What am I missing?

All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 06, 2022, 09:45:52 PM »
I'm thinking I'll repad it. Do you think I should do a full refurb? I have ordered a case for it.

All about Clarinets / Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 04, 2022, 08:00:53 PM »
Thanks for your response. I'll try to post pictures tomorrow.

All about Clarinets / a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 01, 2022, 08:41:25 PM »
I just got a very early HP C soprano clarinet. It has no manufacturer or serial number, just an HP above a C. It's marked on the barrel and bell. It has only 2 rings on the right hand and 13 keys. It is complete, including a mouthpiece, but no case. Any idea where I can find an old style case for this.

I'm debating whether I should leave it as it is to sell, repad and recork it so I can play test it or whether I should completely refurbish it. Does anyone have any ideas?

I recently bought a set of Leblanc LL full Boehms. I paid nearly $2500 for them. They, like yours, are in excellent condition.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: October 08, 2022, 01:55:15 PM »
OK,  I've got a couple more numbers for your list. First is 14293 which is an Artist's Model A clarinet. It came with two barrels, each of which is clearly labelled Artist's Model A. One of the barrels is marked USN. I can find no other marking on the instrument or the second barrel. The serial number is stamped at the bottom of both the upper and lower joints. The clarinet has the smaller "Artist" engraved below the New York stamp.

The second instrument is number 17509. This is a Bb clarinet with one barrel. The "Artist" on this one is larger and engraved just below the eagle. The serial number on the upper joint is stamped vertically between the second and third posts of the right hand trill keys. The serial number on the lower section is also stamped vertically below the forked B/F# post and under the right hand little finger F#/C# key.

All about Clarinets / Re: Cader Idris
« on: October 07, 2022, 07:48:14 PM »
You do sound good today. If I might suggest, try to play more "fluidly." Imagine singing the words and make your clarinet sing the words for you. I think you'll be amazed how much more musical your playing will become.

All about Clarinets / Re: Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: October 07, 2022, 07:39:15 PM »
My experience is as a classical style player of about 65 years. I'm unaware of any classical players who use a double embouchure. I'm 99% sure that Pete Fountain used the "traditional" embouchure.

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