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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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All about Clarinets / Re: Odd LJ vent
« on: January 06, 2024, 01:43:41 AM »
Ugh, but the PAIN of seating a flat-bottom pad is brutal!

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Help and info about other instruments / Re: Tongue drum
« on: January 06, 2024, 01:29:12 AM »
I can't load the video here, but is this a steel drum of caribbean fame?

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All about Clarinets / Re: Intonation problems
« on: January 02, 2024, 10:26:06 PM »
Besides a shorter barrel, sometimes these old boys are just not that well in tune.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B16 Clarinet ?
« on: January 02, 2024, 10:25:48 PM »
I would never buy anything from Aliexpress, especially when it comes to musical instruments.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Buffet B16 Clarinet ?
« on: January 02, 2024, 03:26:36 AM »
Everything looks wrong with this.

From the top:

The material looks wrong. Buffet doesn't make fake wood-grain like what appears to be the case here. This is a feature of many Chinese clarinets.
The logo looks wrong. Buffet logos have a very specific look to them. The transfer-stamp is not that bright, and the devices are not that thick.
The serial number looks wrong. The font type used here is extremely non-standard, and the location is also not where you'd expect.
The case looks wrong. Although I'm sure it's a nice case, this is not a standard Buffet case that I know of.

Overall, this appears to be a counterfeit Chinese clarinet. No idea if the quality of the instrument itself is good or not, but you should NOT purchase this for the simple reason that it is almost certainly a counterfeit product.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: December 28, 2023, 10:22:52 PM »
Perhaps the raised section is supposed to make it easier to cut the hole, i guess it's easier to measure and cut a square than a circle.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Odd LJ vent
« on: December 28, 2023, 06:27:39 AM »
I would love for you to try it, Phil.
PM me the necessities, and I'll send her off to you.
It is playing closer to 448, now that I have oiled and cleaned everything, and conditioned the ancient pads.  But she plays.  While the fingering is odd to me, I have gotten the hang of most of it.  Some notes are simply missing, and you have to make them with tone hole "shading".
It is most certainly a Couesnon stencil, or "second".

Speaking of tone hole shading, I wonder why early clarinets didn't pull the recorder trick of having the little double-holes that assist in shading the hole.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: December 25, 2023, 11:07:17 AM »
Ah yes, reminds me of those sopranino recorders that somehow still break down into 3 pieces.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Cracked Barrel - Noblet Artist
« on: December 25, 2023, 11:06:46 AM »
There was an (unproven?) hypothesis that the reason some clarinets had wood bodies but composite/plastic/whatever bells were due to the scarcity of wood in the WWII era.

Because you needed a solid piece of (expensive) grenadilla wood that was at least as wide as the flare of the bell, there was an awful lot of waste, and wood was needed for the war effort.
No idea if that's true or not, but this is the second piece of war-related wood mythology I've encountered.

The other is, of course, the "propeller" wood Conns of the 1950s. The legend was that the clarinets were made out of salvaged wooden propellers from WWII aircraft, again due to the scarcity of wood.

The reality was the clarinets were made of a laminated sort of wood, which led to the pretty finish. Which, presumably, was due to a scarcity of wood - so now we come back full circle, to the propeller clarinets being made of an alternate to standard wood due to scarcity of wood either related to the war (or maybe just a cost-saving measure?)

Anyways, where I was going with this is that bells and barrels were often not made of wood as a cost saving measure, as many don't believe the material of those pieces matters for over all tone.
Now, I can agree with the bell not mattering - I'm sure any piece of junk with a proper flare and length would do the truck.

You can sometimes find the same clarinet sold as different models, with each level up providing an additional wood piece. The Normandy "Special" was one clarinet that played this game, allowing customers to pay up to $250 in today's dollars for a wood bell upgrade. Yikes!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Thoughts on current instrument market?
« on: December 21, 2023, 08:54:20 AM »
Thanks for sharing your story! Nothing like "filling in a gap" to turn into a lifelong passion.

In middle school, the band was missing a bass clarinet. It looked big and the music was easier, so I volunteered. Most times you had to rent instruments from the school for like $100/trimester or whatever, but since I was a "needed" instrument, I got it for free. Oddly, this continued all the way to college, when bass was always a "needed" instrument so I always managed to finagle my way into a free bass.

Eventually, I decided that if the college band needed a bass, then they'd REALLY need a contra alto. So, I got myself one of those. This was also how I managed to get my paws on a beautiful Selmer rosewood contra for a few months, for free of course, courtesy of the university. I could have bought a car for the price of that thing.
When I returned it, I had polished the keys, oiled the wood, and gilded the logos, least I could do for such a pretty instrument.

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All about Clarinets / Re: The very first CSO?
« on: December 21, 2023, 08:49:24 AM »
Larry, glad you remember my analysis on a fictional cartoon character's mystery instrument!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: December 21, 2023, 08:33:47 AM »
As I understand, the location of the C#/G# is really tough to properly place on a two-piecer. Most clarinets  you see have the tone hole at the extreme lower edge of the upper tenon, sometimes so close to the edge that undercutting isn't even possible.

Obviously, a one-piece body allows tone holes to be placed anywhere necessary for best tone. To literally bridge the gap, the articulated tenon places the C#/G# hole where it WOULD be on a one-piece - which is right at the join between the upper and lower tenons.

Clarinets have been known to explore the most complex methods for solving some simple issues - e.g. McIntyre, Mazzeo, etc.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Odd LJ vent
« on: December 21, 2023, 08:29:24 AM »
Yea aren't they funky! Enjoy the contortion you'll need for your pinky to properly fit over it. ha

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All about Clarinets / Re: Cracked Barrel - Noblet Artist
« on: December 21, 2023, 06:47:48 AM »
A trick I found when using super glue to repair through-the-bore cracks is to use a piece of painter's tape on the inside bore. The glue penetrates all the way through, but the tape prevents it from oozing out into the bore itself.

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Trading Post / Re: Interesting auctions
« on: December 19, 2023, 10:52:41 AM »
Whoa, is that a double wall too?!

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