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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 05, 2021, 05:01:43 PM »
worked for me! I wonder what's wrong. You can always email me pics directly and I'm happy to post for you. Sorry for the inconvenience.


All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 05, 2021, 05:01:15 PM »

All about Clarinets / Re: Mentor
« on: July 05, 2021, 05:00:22 PM »
Just an initial impression, I think your prices are too high! A nice restored wood Normandy 8 or 10 would sell for $300-350, which means that a nice restored Bundy resonite would be a hard sell at that price. They sure look nice though.

If you have anything really unique, and not previously listed on ClarinetPages.xyz, ask Phil if he'd like to check it out!

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: July 05, 2021, 04:58:35 PM »
Neat keywork! I feel like this is probably a forked Eb correction pad.

All about Clarinets / Re: Mixed Joints
« on: July 03, 2021, 06:15:53 PM »
The bridge joint bores don't match.  Upper 15.03mm, Lower 14.75mm.  Which I suppose is why the lower joint is very hard to play.  I've leak tested all pads with a light.

Is it worth reaming the lower joint out?  I realize it takes a special reamer to do that, and don't have any.


Short answer, probably not. Unless you've got something super special, that would be too much time and effort for a run-of-the-mill Frankenstein.

All about Clarinets / Re: More on mixed joints
« on: July 03, 2021, 06:15:21 PM »
No good. You might try resizing a little bit, despite there being no size restrictions, it may help.

Try picresize.com for the simplest way

All about Clarinets / Re: Saxonette?
« on: July 02, 2021, 11:00:19 AM »
I never agreed with the term, saxonette, which implies that it's at all related to a saxophone.

It's Albert system, which I guess is sort of saxophone-ish, but that's where the relation ends.

All about Clarinets / Re: Saxonette?
« on: July 02, 2021, 10:59:08 AM »
Yet another example of utterly useless but absolutely interesting.

All about Clarinets / Re: Setting Up a Bundy Alto Instructions Needed
« on: June 26, 2021, 01:35:30 PM »
I suppose the best way that I know for a quick and easy playability check is to run a leak light through, top to bottom.

All about Clarinets / Re: Mixed Joints
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:24:45 PM »
In the industry we call these Frankenstein clarinets! Long as the bore sizes are relatively similar, it should work out reasonably well enough.

All about Clarinets / Re: Why is it not playing the lower Chalumeau?
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:24:13 PM »
The danger of the throat tones! The farther down you go, the less detrimental leaks are.

All about Clarinets / Re: NO Image Size Restrictions now!
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:23:39 PM »
Can we post videos?
I don't believe SMF has the ability to host videos in-thread. Best best for now is to post Youtube videos!

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 23, 2021, 09:03:51 PM »
McIntyre time folks!  Two are listed at give-away prices on Ebay.  "Buy It Now", too.  You might wait a while to see one again, and next time, they won't be this cheap, I suspect.


What is the extra key on the upper body? I see 4 keys in a line above the c hole

The the patented McIntyre McSystem. Those four holes mean that you can play all throat tone notes - G, Ab, A, Bb without having to take your fingers off of the three upper rings - by pressing down the rings in certain combinations you can get all the throat tones. This is much faster when you get used to it, but is much slower when learning.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:59:42 PM »
That extra key is very unusual and was not a standard McIntyre feature. That's a double register key, most often seen in very old 19th century alto and bass clarinets. There's not much reason for a double register in a smaller clarinet simply due to the physics of it all.

All modern alto and bass clarinets have a double register, but it's usually a much different module than the two keys next to each other, which I have never seen in any modern clarinet besides the example you posted.

All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B18
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:58:10 PM »
I've never heard of a B18. I only know of the B10 and the B12, which are the standard ones.

Never heard of an 18. Interesting!

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