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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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Wait, the barrel doesn't detach? Well that's definitely unique. Can't say I've heard of that before. I'm sure you've checked, but it could be stuck on?

Whatever it is, that's a pretty premium style of metal clarinet. Adjustable barrels are hard to find on all but the highest quality metals.

Detachable bell is also a good sign - for some reason, the more pieces a metal breaks down into, the better it tends to be. Don't ask me why.

All about Clarinets / Re: need replacement lower joint for VSP
« on: May 21, 2022, 06:10:48 AM »
I feel like you'd be better off just getting an entirely new clarinet. The odds of getting a perfect match on a Frankenstein'd clarinet is pretty minimal.

Not impossible, but you'd basically find yourself trying every joint you come across until you magically find one that fits just right. I don't know if there's any real advice I can give, other than just keep trying.

All about Clarinets / Re: Metal clarinet barrel
« on: May 15, 2022, 06:49:38 AM »
I would be hesitant about that, as not all barrels are interchangeable - just like how wood or other barrels are not always even going to physically fit.

Certainly depends on the pricing. If you can get one for about $200 or less, then I'd say it's probably worth it, factoring in the cost for a servicing

While most Vito bass clarinets are strictly meant to operate in one piece, there are some that actually do come apart in the center.

They are not meant to, but with enough force you could separate the two pieces. Not sure why you would, but you totally could.

Awesome, glad to hear it.

Another (very expensive) option is Music Medic - they can turn just about any metal object brand new, with lots of time and money invested.

I can do the rest of the clarinet, but a stuck barrel is beyond me.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jeffrey Clarinet
« on: April 06, 2022, 09:35:44 AM »
That clarinet certainly went a long way from home

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Is this legit or a fake(copy)?
« on: April 04, 2022, 05:20:32 AM »
There’s any number of reasons why a clarinet might have a plastic bell. Sometimes there was surplus for another model or line, restamped.

Sometimes, to save costs (you need a rather large block of wood to make a bell), they went with another material.

Sometimes a different material bell was just a feature of a particular model. I wouldn’t read too much into it.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Is this legit or a fake(copy)?
« on: April 02, 2022, 07:16:05 AM »
Again, I don't think it what you would call a forgery or a counterfeit. There's absolutely no reason to counterfeit something like this. That being said, counterfeit clarinets are almost entirely of Buffet models, with a minority of Selmers.

Could be a replacement bell, for a variety of reasons. Doesn't make it counterfeit or a copy.

Revision: tone holes ARE brazed in. I was thinking of something else.

As far as synthetic pads, you can find them all over the place, including the ones I mentioned above. Valentino brand are probably the best of them all.

I see your concern with the thumb rest - tone holes on metals are often cast into the body itself, thus tough, if not impossible to unbraze. There's always the possibility of this clarinet having brazed-on tone holes, but I can't tell without it in-hand.

Yes, it will leave a blemish, but seems like a small price to pay if you intend on using this instrument with any level of comfort.

As for the tuning mechanism - beyond me. Acetone dissolves organic gunk, penetrating oil lubricates; longer sounds better.

I haven't heard or seen of red rot being any kind of problem for metal clarinets.

Your date seems right. Can't be later than 1923. The case looks like a 10's product as well.

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