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All about Clarinets / Selmer open hole alto clarinet
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:20:23 PM »
Hey there!  I recently got a Selmer open hole alto clarinet (stupid thing doesn\'t play and I can\'t figure out why!!!  :(   ).
I\'ve heard that the Bundy open holes were lower class beginner models.  However, Selmer has quite a better reputation. M
Question here is, is this Selmer any better?  


Dave LeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / Crazy Plateau System Albert System Metal Clarinet!!!!
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:30:26 PM »
Hello all.  Today I have for you the most interesting clarinet I have ever seen in my life.  This is a Plateau System, Albert System, Metal Clarinet.  Now metal clarinets are a little unusual.  An albert system metal clarinet is more unusual.  A plateau system metal clarinet is even more unusual.  However, once you put all those together, you get this clarinet I have here.  

It is a \"BREVETTO BOTTALI PRIMARIA PREMIATA FABRICA A.M. BOTTALI MILANO(O) (ITALIA)\" brand.

I dont speak Italian, but it looks like it means something like, \"primary premium fabricated by AM Bottali in Milano, Italy.\"

Odd brand, yes.  Odder still is the construction.

It is a complete plateau system, with plateaus keys on every hole except the thumb hole.  
Sadly, it is not in playing condition and will probably never be able to be restored, due to the fact that it is significantly bent in the middle.
But, it is still something!

Does anybody have any information at all about this instrument and others of this type?

A clue to the year may be the fact that it is the early style albert system, with no rollers.  This may date it as early as 1920, I think.

Dave LeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / \"Bundy\" Semi Plateau/Mazzeo Clarinet
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:14:07 PM »
I had this thread on the old site, and I am bringing it back up.

So, basically, I have a strange clarinet.  It is unmarked, but it came in a Bundy case.  The odd thing about this instrument are the three plateau keys.  There is one plateau key on the third hole on the upper section; one on the lowest hole on the bottom section; and one on the thumb key.
Now these are not the usual plateau keys we see on full plateau system clarinets; rather, they are more along the lines of the first key on a bass or alto clarinet: it has a small hole in the middle.

Now, Bundy did in fact make a partial-plateau system clarinet, but the only one I have found a reliable picture of contains only the lower plateau key.  Mine has three plateau keys.

Any ideas?

Dave LeBlanc

Pictures are attached for your perusal.

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All about Clarinets / Third Ring
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:40:28 PM »
Hi all, I\'d like to start up a discussion about the \"third ring\" found on some clarinets.  The one I am referring to is the ring that covers the third hole on the upper section, normally left free.  
I believe that the third ring is found usually on more \"higher-end\" normal clarinets, stubbins clarinets, and full boehms.  I find that there is a small pad attached to this third ring right underneath the second hole, which can be depressed by pushing down the Eb lever.  I think this is to make it more in tune or something.
Question to the people: does this make any appreciable difference?  Or does it just make the instrument look cooler?

Dave LeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / New Mouthpiece!
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:25:06 PM »
Following Phil\'s example, I myself also obtained a new mouthpiece.  BUT.  I am a total cheapo so I went on eBay to find myself a nice and affordable mouthpiece.  I ended up spending $9.99 on a Chinese-made mouthpiece.  Chinese-made??  Blasphemy!  
BUT.  It is surprisingly a very good mouthpiece.  The main reason I bought it is because it is a clear plastic one (from a distance, almost looks like a Pomarico crystal!).  I wanted something fun to have and fun to look at.  I did not have any hopes for this Chinese mouthpiece (we all know what they say about Chinese clarinets and accessories...).  But I found that it plays better than my other two \"daily players\", the stock Buffet B12 and Geo M. Bundy 3.  I got the Bundy to replace the B12, and I found that I could reach higher notes without as much work.  
The chinese one bests even the Bundy.  I can reach an even higher range, and the mouthpiece plays a lot louder and a lot brighter than the other two.

Not bad for 10 dollars.

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All about Clarinets / New Site!
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:20:36 PM »
Congratulations Mr. Phil Pedler on your new site!  This looks absolutely great!  Really neat and organized, very fresh.

I hope we can quickly get back to our earlier point, with lots of people posting, commenting, and helping each other out.

Dave LeBlanc (Your previous Moderator, and soon-to-be-current moderator)

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