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Messages - DaveLeBlanc

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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.

Didn't JTL get bought out by somebody near the end, and became a stencil co?

Another bump.

I'm back, sort of, but won't have access to any tools or equipment for another couple months. Will try to get back in the saddle ASAP in service of the clarinet world.

In the meantime... who else!?

All about Clarinets / Re: Post counter is working again
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:57:45 PM »
Thanks, Mr Air, you are a true hero!

All about Clarinets / Re: 1917 Buffet Crampon Boehm A LP
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:57:22 PM »
70 bucks is a true steal. Great pickup

All about Clarinets / Re: A very early grenadilla Albert Harry Pedler
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:56:53 PM »
I ain't about to mess with any clarinet with a missing key. Simply not worth the time, effort, money, and stress, in my opinion.

But, like a Christmas tree, you can just rotate the bald spot to the back, right?

Sweet. Always wanted one of these for my mini-museum. One day.

All about Clarinets / Re: I'm leaving for a while
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:55:08 PM »
Back in the sack, my friends!

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Is this legit or a fake(copy)?
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:54:17 PM »
Looks legit. Very unusual to have any type of copy/counterfeit of a clarinet that is NOT a Buffet.

If it's got a metal sleeve, then it is a Silver Throat style clarinet, which was produced most often by Pruefer and Malerne, if I recall.

There's a whole Silver Throat thread here: https://clarinetpages.info/smf/index.php/topic,524.0.html

I love Leblancs. The thing about these is that they almost always are significantly cheaper than any comparable Buffet or Selmer. Brand name goes a long way, and some people lose, while others, such as us, stand to gain.

On any given wooden clarinet, the barrel is the most likely to crack completely through. Can't tell you how many woods I've gone through where the body is relatively decent, but the barrel looks like George Washington got to it with his cleaver.

$1,600 is sky-high for an LL. They are good, yes, but I can't imagine anybody in their right mind paying such top-tier prices for this clarinet.

1/3 that is the average that I've seen.

The Clarinet Cafe / Re: A funny
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:47:04 PM »
Good renaming!

All about Clarinets / Re: Increased condensation with synthetic reeds?
« on: March 31, 2022, 01:46:42 PM »
Same problem here. I can't imagine the porosity of cane vs plastic makes that BIG of a difference considering the very small surface area, but I certainly do see a difference.
It's kind of annoying, but it's a sacrifice I am willing to take.

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