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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: February 03, 2024, 01:52:17 AM »
If you're like me and do this consistently for 10 years, then you've got a shed full of parts and enough barrels to fit just about anything.

All about Clarinets / Re: Pedler Trophy
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:56:57 AM »
That truly is a LOVELY piece! I especially like the clear trophy logo. Only prettier logo I've seen is the Noblet Laureate.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:56:09 AM »
Look at this ensemble!  Odd bedfellows, indeed, but one often buys what is available.  At its current price, this is quite a good deal.  We'll see what becomes of it.  Frankly, I'd be as pleased as punch with that triple case.  I have a couple double cases, which are grand, but a triple would be the cats pajamas:

Shoot, I have at least two of these ancient triple cases. I find that the clarinet inside kind of rattle around a bit unless you've got some kind of padding inside. Remind me in about 5 months when I get back from this deployment and I'll see if I can dig into storage and find them.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:53:37 AM »
A beat-up old Normandy should cost you around $60. Grab the barrel off it, and then you've just spend $60 for a barrel and a basket of parts. Much better than 200

All about Clarinets / Re: Alto clarinet open vs closed, plus ?'s
« on: January 28, 2024, 07:01:01 AM »
Selmer-branded altos also had that matte-ish finish, for what that's worth. I have a suspicion that 1980s-00s Bundy/Selmer altos were physically the same thing.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey vs Selmer Paris 9*
« on: January 28, 2024, 06:59:04 AM »
I had a Jeffrey years ago. The impression that I still remember from it was that it felt like a decent Noblet or Normandy, which makes sense since it was distributed by LeBlanc. It shouldn't cost you 400 quid for a restoration though, that seems quite excessive unless the thing is a basket case.

Trading Post / Re: Pre R13 Stencil?
« on: January 18, 2024, 09:45:59 AM »
Well the font style of the serial number does seem to match a Buffet, and so does the center ring. I wonder if this enough enough to make a solid attribution though. I feel like I'd need a decent dataset to make that assumption.

All about Clarinets / Re: Alto clarinet open vs closed, plus ?'s
« on: January 17, 2024, 11:25:39 AM »
Not exactly "experienced," but the best alto I ever played was this awesome old full metal, open holed one. I felt that the open holes gave it a less "stuffy" sound.

Trading Post / Re: Pre R13 Stencil?
« on: January 11, 2024, 02:21:14 AM »
I think a keywork comparison from a contemporary Buffet, as well as comparing the exact location and font of the MADE IN FRANCE stamp can go a long way towards an attribution.

Trading Post / Re: WTB: 3 screw thumbrest
« on: January 10, 2024, 11:15:23 AM »
I feel you on hesitating to drill holes. I was once messing with a generic stencil of some sort with no thumbrest. I bought a 10-pack of aftermarket Chinese ones for fun, drilled a hole and....STRAIGHT through the bore. Oof.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Barrel Clarinet R13
« on: January 10, 2024, 11:14:03 AM »
I hesitate to place the blame solely on the barrel for a refined instrument such as an R13. I would explore some options as far as embouchure goes first, before dropping $200 on a new barrel. But, they can usually be found on eBay relatively easily.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: January 06, 2024, 01:52:01 AM »
Indeed it is! Hard rubber will discolor if exposed to heat (heat gun, extremely warm room temperature).
It can also discolor when isopropyl alcohol is applied. Ask me how I know. Haha.

All about Clarinets / Re: Intonation problems
« on: January 06, 2024, 01:51:13 AM »
Long ago I saw an old clarinet with a janky looking register vent extension. At the time I thought it was odd, I suppose it would help intonation somewhat though.

All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B16 Clarinet ?
« on: January 06, 2024, 01:50:40 AM »
Brigaltman, the Chinese (thus far), have had a really tough time getting the FONT on logos correct. This is because the graphic design software they use simply doesn't have the right proprietary font styles to fit the actual brand name logo. They could probably hand-draw the fonts if they wanted to get it perfect, but they simply don't.

The ink that Buffet uses on their logos uses a technique whereby the color wears off easily, but changes the chemical composition of the plastic enough so that the "ghost" of the stamp is always visible. Possibly some caustic chemical is used in addition to the ink, or the stamp is added while the plastic is still warm from molding.
The Chinese use a surface transfer-stamp that is brighter and has better staying power, but when it wears off, it is gone entirely - the ink lays directly on top of the surface and does not bond with the material.

Also, the serial number stamps they use are pretty poor, and do not match "real" serial number stamps. This is almost certainly because a real French (or otherwise) clarinet uses a a sort of hand-stamp of sorts, where the numbers are physically pressed into the plastic (or wood) after or during production. The Chinese tend to stick with a laser engraving technique that simply cannot match the fidelity of a manual stamp.

A trademark of counterfeiters the world over is that they will expend the minimal amount of effort to ape an object. To an untrained eye they might look good, but that's why you need an expert (like me, haha)!

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