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All about Clarinets / Re: Starting on clarinet, bought a CSO, then a yamaha
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:13:01 PM »
Welcome, hope you find a good clarinet home here. Most of the members here have been around for years, and everybody's nice. Anybody who isn't gets a stern look from me  >:(

All about Clarinets / Re: Left-Handed clarinets?
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:10:44 PM »
I suppose my question is, does it matter what handed you are when playing an instrument? It's not like I have higher "fidelity" or anything with my right hand on the lower stack. In fact, I'd argue that my left (and non-dominant) hand is superior in fine motor skills (with respect to instrument key actuation) than my right hand. If it was the other way around, I can't imagine it would be any different.

it's like typing on a keyboard, my right hand isn't any better at typing than the left. Or, playing a keyboard instrument for that matter.

All about Clarinets / Re: Noblet and R. Malerne values
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:07:42 PM »
I'd say that's spot on, and I agree it's a shame that self-named Malernes aren't worth more. But, it's great for those who want a good product at a good price!

There are a ton of Noblet models. Some are highly sought after, some are pretty standard. Tough to say without pics

I have considered donating to NMM or the Carlsbad Museum of Making Music. But at my (young) age, I'd rather have my own private museum display for the time being.

All about Clarinets / Re: Bought a YCL-CSVR to upgrade a YCL-255
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:04:23 PM »
Aw geez, yeah I never really messed with top of the line clarinets because boy, if I had that much cash to spend on one thing, it probably wouldn't be a clarinet, I hate to say it!

And with those numbers and the level of playing, you are right - Cost benefit doesn't apply.

All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:02:12 PM »
How neat. I have never seen that before. It does make sense to prevent cracking. Many of the articulates I've been through have had at least hairlines. One drop and it's over. I'm sure the extra beef makes a difference.

How did you manage to cut it, if I may ask? Asking for a friend...

Trading Post / Re: Interesting auctions
« on: November 05, 2023, 12:00:52 PM »
Can somebody pop a picture in this thread? Shipboard internet doesn't work so well.

But... a key of C METAL clarinet? Boy, I don't think I've ever seen one of those. What a piece.

All about Clarinets / Re: Thoughts on current instrument market?
« on: November 05, 2023, 11:59:22 AM »
WRT to developing your kids, I was told when I was young that I "must" play an instrument, and take private lessons.  My only choice was which one.  I chose trumpet cuz my dad played it.

I didn't become voluntarily committed to music until a few years into it when band (and eventually orchestra) became fun.  So personally I am a fan of this draconian method - might not work on all kids though. :-)

I got started with soprano clarinet because when I was a kid, my dad pulled out this old metal stick that he said belonged to his grandfather. I wanted it, so he said he'd give it to me if I learned how to play the clarinet. And so, I did.

Funny enough, despite my multiple offers to restore it, he kind of wants to keep it in the old dingy state. I suppose it's kind of nice to keep it as a time-capsule of sorts, perhaps memories fade when things are made new.

All about Clarinets / Re: King Marigaux refurbish done, my thoughts.
« on: November 05, 2023, 11:56:51 AM »
It's been a hot minute since I've handled any of the King S-M-L line, but the last one I had was great. Still regret getting rid of it :(

I'm sure the HP monogram caused some confusion with the HP for high pitch stamps that were common back in the days of the HP-LP schism.

Another hint is the style of Buffet case. If it's a plastic case with a gray cloth layer, then it's almost certainly a Buffet B12. It would be unusual for someone to put a different clarinet into a student Buffet case.

All about Clarinets / Re: Clarinet Disassembly Tool :-)
« on: October 29, 2023, 01:28:48 PM »
Hey, we've all been there. A trick I learned from Phil is to wrap the tenon corks with some teflon plumber's tape. I actually prefer the cheap, thin dollar store variety, as opposed to the thick high quality stuff. Retains grip, while allowing for some dry lubrication. Cork grease just gets everywhere and makes cases gross.

All about Clarinets / Re: Bought a YCL-CSVR to upgrade a YCL-255
« on: October 29, 2023, 01:27:31 PM »
May I ask what the current market price is for each of these models? I feel like value-per-dollar might be a useful analysis.

All about Clarinets / Re: I perceive a possible need for orthodontics.
« on: October 29, 2023, 01:26:44 PM »
Please keep us posted! I'm sure this is more common of an issue that you think.

Awesome, glad that's back up, Phil. That was quite concerning for a bit.

I used to save images, prices, and details on every interesting clarinet I found on ebay. I have those files somewhere. Give me about 9 months and I'll see if I can start to post those...

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