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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / Re: Kenny seems to be making mouthieces
« on: April 07, 2021, 10:10:52 AM »
My man makes some solid products that’s for sure

All about Clarinets / Re: Harwood LP A
« on: April 01, 2021, 09:51:40 PM »
As a general rule of thumb, if an A clarinet is not Chinese, it tends to be pretty solid.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: March 31, 2021, 08:05:55 PM »
Here is another, pretty extraordinary find;  a LP refer for under 150 bucks that can be put back into playing condition.  I believe the build date to be early 1920s, due to relatively advanced Albert keywork and LP:  Fairly prided, but who made it?
Very very interesting. I've yet to see any stamp that writes out the "flat" instead of just using the "b."

All about Clarinets / Re: 1860s-1884 Buffet Crampon, deux
« on: March 19, 2021, 03:56:50 PM »
Oh yeah, I would collect everything if I could, I love the purity and simplicity of Albert/Mueller, classical clarinets, etc...but you're right, the intuitive human factors and ergonomics aspect of Boehm are nearly unbeatable. I do have a J.T.L. Albert high pitch I would never part with, incredible materials and beautiful workmanship. I do wish Boehms were lighter, though!  I have problems with my wrists and thumbs that I felt always held back how long I could practice.  The only instrument I that didn't fatigue my hand too much, where I could just play for hours, was a very old and extremely light metal clarinet.  If I could take the clarinet anywhere, it would be to lighten it with modern materials, overall
Boy, if you think Boehm is heavy, try going MCINTYRE. Those are awfully top-heavy, not to mention allover heavy. Those definitely need a neckstrap.

In high school marching band I used to march bass clarinet with no neckstrap just to try to show off to the girls how macho I was. Turns out that band girls aren't exactly looking for those jocks with massive thump muscles. Go figure.

If you've got a spare $14 grand or so, Backun makes a carbon fiber clariet!

All about Clarinets / Re: Floor Peg Attachment For Alto Clarinet
« on: March 09, 2021, 07:30:53 PM »
Thanks everyone! I’m glad others really seem to like this project of mine.

I’ve considered trying to sell these once I finalized the design. From looking around, it seems like there’s a decent amount of people who would be interested, and I’d like a little compensation for the time and money I’ve invested in designing this. Although, I’d try to keep the pricing fair and not charge extravagant amounts for it like I’ve seen a lot of people do with 3D printing (often with files that aren’t even originally theirs).
Although it would be noble to provide the files to the public for free, if you invent something revolutionary you should be compensated, in my opinion. Stands are expensive, and people would FLOCK to your store if you sold these are a reasonable price.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: March 09, 2021, 07:29:42 PM »
Gorgeous wood. Almost looks like the propeller Conns.

All about Clarinets / Re: Floor Peg Attachment For Alto Clarinet
« on: March 05, 2021, 04:37:39 PM »
Looks good. I quite fancy an alto. Bit rich for me though
You can get them for pretty cheap sometimes. I bought my rare Kohlert metal alto for like $100.

More realistically, a plastic alto (Bundy or Vito) can be had for around $300.

All about Clarinets / Re: Floor Peg Attachment For Alto Clarinet
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:00:32 AM »
Amazing. You could probably sell that!

Marlene made a bunch of stuff, in all materials. I once had an M Lacroix bass clarinet, wood, that was a Malerne stencil.

As for Conn. can’t say if malerne made wood stencils for them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did

All about Clarinets / Re: NEWBIE REPAIR QUERY
« on: March 02, 2021, 02:57:20 PM »
I'll order the next size up, 1/16" thick instead of the 3/64 as mentioned above.

Why? That's just a waste of time and money...
Let's say that the tenon groove is just a bit shallower than you'd expected, and you end up with a cork that's a bit too thin.

I've been there before, and it's a huge hassle and waste of time to fit, adhere, cure, and then find out it's just not thick enough.

All about Clarinets / Re: Wooden Guy Humphrey in a wacky case?
« on: March 02, 2021, 02:56:18 PM »
You see those cases every now and again. Somebody with too much time and money in the 70s wanted to get into the groovy aesthetic of the times.

Probable Malerne. I had a Conn hard rubber bass that had the very sterotypical "Made in France" logo (sort of in a curve or bow shape) that pointed towards Malerne.

All about Clarinets / Re: NEWBIE REPAIR QUERY
« on: February 28, 2021, 08:20:08 PM »
I would always get thicker rather than thinner corks. You can always sand down thick corks; if you get ones that are too thin you're basically screwed.

Looks nice and clean. If it plays, then probably like $250-300?

Yes, I will start a new topic by repeating some if this info.

More "playable" than the alto clarinet? No, it's a different animal entirely. My Vito alto sounds a lot closer to a bass cl. And, it fits my hands very well and takes an alto sax reed. This G horn sounds much closer to a Bb or A. It takes a standard Bb mouthpiece. But surprisingly, the bore is small, relative to typical Bb cl. That gives it tonal character all its own. And, the problem of matching a MP to its "energy" i.e. impedence. I think the small bore indicates German design and the Germans do produce many of the Albert system G clarinets. It's fair to assume the maker uses the same body for this as they do for the Albert they make.

Dave, with hands smaller than men's glove-size Large, I would not recommend this horn. It could be re-designed with some plateau keys I suppose, but it's only popular for Turkish/Greek music and they are focused on Albert system. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the designer and maker to make THIS design better.
It's very embarassing, but I have to shop for gloves at the local Asian stores; their size Large is US size Xtra Small....

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