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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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That looks very old, 20s-40s judging by the roller on the bottom stack.

I do know that "Harry Pedler" is worth a lot more than "The Pedler," but its hard to say how much this would be worth.

Do you see any stampings indicate any part is silver, especially the head? There might be a small "STERLING" or "COIN SILVER" stamp. If so, it's probably worth a decent amount.

Without knowing too much about flutes, I feel like $100 is a fair price for a vintage flute in general.


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All about Clarinets / Re: No Branding on Clarinet or Serial Number
« on: July 27, 2021, 04:15:46 PM »
Thank you! Your analysis of the keywork fits with the German-language on the case. Please let us know if you find anything!

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All about Clarinets / Re: No Branding on Clarinet or Serial Number
« on: July 24, 2021, 12:42:47 PM »
Trying to work out what the label on the case says, it looks German, like Echt Vulkan Flute

Vulcan Fibre. Vulcanite was an old form of hard rubber-ish compound that lots of clarinets in the 20s were made of.

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All about Clarinets / Re: No Branding on Clarinet or Serial Number
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:06:34 PM »
Another, more generic name for these is Plateau clarinet - these come in Boehm and Albert key systems, but much less common in Albert.

The Albert is a bit old fashioned, and the register key is on the side.

The material is advertised on the case - Vulcan Fibre. I would say this is between 1910 and 1920.

It's neither Boehm nor Albert.  It's called a sax fingering clarinet. The lower joint's has a fork B/F# mechanism like a Boehm but is Albert like other than that.

Good correction, thanks

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All about Clarinets / Re: No Branding on Clarinet or Serial Number
« on: July 10, 2021, 10:13:11 PM »
Another, more generic name for these is Plateau clarinet - these come in Boehm and Albert key systems, but much less common in Albert.

The Albert is a bit old fashioned, and the register key is on the side.

The material is advertised on the case - Vulcan Fibre. I would say this is between 1910 and 1920.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Saxonette?
« on: July 08, 2021, 11:06:15 PM »
David:

I am not trying to be provocative.... this is a true question:

If the upturned bell is “ok” and the metal neck is “ok” for an alto clarinet.... which is short ENOUGH for it to be workable straight instead of curved (I believe there are examples of this)..... would it really be useless to have a curved soprano just for convenience if someone liked it?  Or, is there something about the curves and metal that make the sound WORSE? 

I am not knowledgeable enough to answer..... just thinking that the video’s instrument looks like an alto or bass clarinet just in a smaller (soprano) form.  To me, with there being both straight and curved saprano saxophones that both are well liked..... why not for a
clarinet?

No reason not to, I guess. They even make straight baritone saxophones - but WHY is the main question.

They make straight bass clarinet bells too - WHY?

Personal preference is fine, but WHY

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All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 07, 2021, 11:39:50 PM »
Have you tried Reverb.com? It's a musical instrument specific sales site, so you may capture some of the more hardcore buyers. I sold a rare Charles Bay custom R13 for $1800 two years ago, and the buyer wrote me the other week singing praises.
Reverb commands high prices as the clientele is more discerning, typically.

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All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 07, 2021, 08:49:14 PM »
Works!

Great McIntyre photos. I confess I am the artiste for the second one :)

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All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 07, 2021, 08:48:51 PM »
Thanks Dave.
I guess your prices include free shipping like mine do?
There's an old adage about pricing.  If your price is too high, it can always be lowered.  But low prices are hard to raise.

I tend to do free shipping, myself. My rule with pricing: start at your max, then slowly lower it until you've reached your minimum, and don't go any lower. If you're lucky you'll capture a buyer at your preferred price. At worse, you'll sell it at your minimum stop-loss price. Either way, you don't lose, which is all we can really do in business.

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Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Key names
« on: July 07, 2021, 08:47:26 PM »
Awesome! Great scoop.

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Nice clarinet! Great period case too. I love that nice 40-50s style.

That clarinet is a LONG way from home, with the case badge as Indiana Music Co!

I confess I don't know any clarinetists in your neck of the woods, and shipping to America would be prohibitive. Value in this condition is relatively low, maybe $50-75 (in America) but I don't really know what the clarinet market is like in NZ.

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Make and Model lists and research / Re: Dating an E.J. Albert?
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:14:53 PM »
Very neat! That's gone some pretty nice, advanced keywork with plenty of rollers. I'd say 1870-1890; any earlier than that and rollers weren't too common.

I'm leaning towards the end of the century, myself.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Saxonette?
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:13:47 PM »
Very interesting!!!!  I am kind of assuming the little bell was used to try to have improved outward direction of the sound.  It makes me wonder if it was just an alternative bell and there was a straight one as well with the instrument?

I also enjoy the old footage itself! 

PipeTobacco

I'm certain it was a gimmick. There's realistically no evidence that an upturned bell on a small instrument with lots of open holes has any appreciable impact on projection.

With altos and bass, sure, but with a soprano? No way.

The saxonette also had a special metal curved neck (in some cases) which was also entirely useless, except for the tonal qualities that come from a metal vs plastic or wood barrel.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:12:35 PM »
The way I see it, if you can sell at your current prices, then there's zero reason to go any lower.

However, if you're more interested in quick sales, here are my 2 cents for pricing:

1. Bundy Resonite - $125-150
2. Jean Aubert - $125-1750
3. BH 1-10 - $150-175
4. BH Edgeware Wood x2 - $200-225
5. American Standard - $125-150
6. Normandy Reso-Tone - $150-175
7. Malerne wood - $250-275

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All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:08:22 PM »
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