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I've been playing woodwinds for over 65 years. I started with sax and then added oboe. Besides being a music educator, I performed regularly as a woodwind doubler for concerts and theater. Of all of my doubles, flute is the one that requires my constant attention. A good head joint is of the utmost importance. Over the years I've worked myself up to a couple of Murumatsus. I just went through trying several less expensive flutes looking for something that would serve me well for less money. I tried a Powell, a Azumi, and a Gemeinhardt. None of them had the fullness that the Murumatsus provided. The bottom line is, however, there are no easy instruments. Some are easier to produce a starter sound, but there just isn't an easy instrument to master. After 65 years, I'm still working to master any one my instruments.

Bass recorders are in the F, but read C music. The F recorders use a different set of fingerings than the C recorder. The C instrument's fingerings are similar to flute or sax. The F instruments are similar to the lower register of a clarinet.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 19, 2022, 09:56:21 PM »
I use an older Woodwind G7. The sound is quite bright and I doubt I'll ever use it. I'd hate to part with it, but it should be used.


Make and Model lists and research / Re: Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 18, 2022, 02:19:55 PM »
You're right. It's a treasure both as a gift from a friend and a great player. It plays much freer than my primary instruments (Leblanc LLs).

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 16, 2022, 01:01:02 PM »
One additional note - this instrument is market "Providence, R. I."

Make and Model lists and research / Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 16, 2022, 12:53:29 PM »
Recently a good friend (age 92) closed his music store and gifted me with his father's Pruefer clarinet. His dad played in the Calumet & Hecla band from about 1915 - mid 1930s. I have found a couple of pictures of the band with Sousa conducting and with Herbert L. Clarke as the featured soloist. The clarinet has 7 rings but not an articulated G#/C#. Also, it has the wrap around register key with the tone hole on the front rather than rear of the instrument. It's a low pitch Bb clarinet and plays great. I believe the serial number is 4866. I'd love any information about the instrument an the company that made it.

You could try getting in touch with Sue Shockey in South Bend. Her email is susan.shockey@gmail.com

I love my LL, but I also have a pre-classic A that plays wonderfully. I've just bought a matched set of LLs which I'll be able to try when I get home later this week. I can hardly wait. I also have an LL Eb as well as a top end alto and bass.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: French Engineer?
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:44:08 PM »
I needed an inexpensive Eb clarinet and bought one of the Chinese instruments on eBay. I decided to return it and ended up getting a refund and the instrument. It made a really cute lamp.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Vintage Buffet R13 - barrel help
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:38:35 PM »
Your assumption is correct. Wood barrels can warp over time. Having a replacement barrel is not uncommon. If you're happy with the performance of the instrument, you're all set. If not, try some other barrels. Have you checked to see if it plays in tune? You may want to get a shorter or longer barrel.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Help Choosing a Brand
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:07:27 PM »
This is an interesting clarinet. I'm surprised to see that it's a composite rather than resotone instrument. I would have thought is newer than 1968. I'll be interested in hearing more about your purchase.

Since I retired from music education some years ago, I've set about to find and refurbish quality clarinets. What I've found in my efforts is that the Leblanc clarinets made around WWII until the mid '80s are some of the best ever built. I've gone as far as selling my Buffet and Selmer Center Tone clarinets. My favorite of the Leblancs is the LL. If you're looking for fantastic instrument, don't overlook one of these magnificent instruments.

When your buddy decides to buy a "good" clarinet and ditch the overrated Buffett have him get in touch with me. I usually have at least a couple top line Leblancs on hand. I'm not home right now, but I think currently I have at least 3 LLs, a Classic and a Symphonie 2.


You definitely have a top line Leblanc model LL (for Leon Leblanc). They were produced starting around 1963 and were made for about 15 years. I am a saxophonist and the literature describes these as the perfect instrument for wood doublers. I gave up my Buffet and Selmer Center Tone in favor of one of these. I refurbish older instruments and have worked on quite a few of these great instruments. Additionally, I just bought a matched set (a Bb and an A) to go with my LL Eb sopranino. My mission is to refurbish these great old instruments and get them into the hands of someone who will use them so I sell them cheaply ($400 - $550). I've seen them sell as high as $1600. Leblanc made clarinet way ahead of their time and hold up well even against the absolute best modern instruments.


Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: February 18, 2022, 11:43:14 AM »
There was just a set of Penzel Mueller clarinets sold on an auction site. Their serial numbers were 9274(Bb) and 9275(A). They were Albert system clarinets with a wrap around register key. The most interesting feature was that like an Eb clarinet, each of these had a single piece body even though they were made of wood.

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