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All about Clarinets / Boxwood clarinet
« on: September 09, 2012, 07:58:48 AM »
Has anybody played a boxwood clarinet?  I\'ve heard that the warpage of the wood makes most unplayable.

Did they make It in Bb?  Or just in C and D?

Also, how much is a typical one worth?

All about Clarinets / RE: Third Ring
« on: September 09, 2012, 07:55:57 AM »
Hey Barry,

      Thanks for the info!  I always wondered what use the ring had!

All about Clarinets / Dave LeBlanc\'s clarinet collectionui
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:55:23 PM »
Here is a list of all my clarinets in approximate order of acquisition.

19-- weymann varsity metal (non working)
2005 buffet b12 plastic
19-- (70-80?) conn alto plastic, with fourth left hand chalumeau lever
200- Borg wood grain plastic
19-- (50?) Lachapelle wood
19-- (30-40?) Lachapelle metal (non working)
1890-1920 three assorted penzel mueller albert system Eb wood upper section, hard rubber lower section, E clarinet wood lower section (junk)
19-- (40?) M lacroix wood (non working)
198- (?) Bundy semi plateau
19-- (30?) f. Barbier cousenon wood (thanks Phil!!)
19-- (80-90?) Vito resotone 3 upper section, v40 lower section (almost working)
19-- (70-80?) Bundy resonite (non working)
19-- (70-80?) Bundy resonite (work in progress)
1984 Artley 17s plastic (non working)
200- sky plastic (not sure if working)
19-- (30-40?) Paul Dupree grenadilla, with third ring ( work in progress)
19-- (40-50?) weymann varsity wood (work in progress)
1912? Brevetto Bottali plateau Albert system metal (non working)
19-- (60-80?) Bundy open hole alto (barely working)
19-- (70-90?) Vito alto clarinet, mismatched top and bottom sections (no working)
19-- (80?) Selmer open hole alto (should be working but doesn\'t)

Plus two flutes, five or so recorders, harmonicas, ocarina, Chinese folk instruments, etc

What do you think of my collection?  Insults and accolades are equally welcome!!

I think it would be fun if other list their collections for other
Members to check out!!

Dave Leblanc

All about Clarinets / Conn alto clarinet
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:23:51 PM »
My first alto clarinet is a Conn.  it is really annoying in that it has this crazy intonation problem but whatever.
This about this one is, it has the fourth left hand chalumeau lever (for Ab...I think, I forgot the name of that note).  Does this mean it is higher quality?  The only other time I saw this feature was on this awesome Yamaha bass extended to low C, which I had the good fortune of playing.

Dave Leblanc

All about Clarinets / Selmer open hole alto clarinet
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:20:23 PM »
Hey there!  I recently got a Selmer open hole alto clarinet (stupid thing doesn\'t play and I can\'t figure out why!!!  :(   ).
I\'ve heard that the Bundy open holes were lower class beginner models.  However, Selmer has quite a better reputation. M
Question here is, is this Selmer any better?  

Dave LeBlanc

All about Clarinets / RE: info requested on Martin Busine metal clarinet
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:13:44 PM »
From what I\'ve heard, unless you have a Selmer, Noblet, or he ultimate expression of metal clarineting, Pedler, metal clarinets are not that great.  Now Ive never actually played a metal one, despite the fact that I own a few (all no working...).  But an (literally) old friend of mine (last i checked, he was 93) absolutely despises these.  He condemns them to only the newest beginners.
Hat may be a tad extreme, but he has a point.  
Random research has turned up a few facts.  Signs of a good quality metal clarinet seem to be: three piece bodies or at least a removable body; double wall construction; and of course full boehms.  

Dave LeBlanc

Wow!  Thanks so much for your information!  I thought for sure this was some obscure brand haha.
This example does Not have a covered thumb hole; it is open as per normal.

Also, this guy had a removable bell... Odd

Well, holding it with the bell flat on ground, the body curves a bit to the left and then back to center, to make a somewhat serpentine look!  Haha.
All the keys do work freely, all that are missing are pads and a few springs.  
There is one broken key, the one that closes the pad on the very very bottom ( I forget what that key is called...)

Could I have some more information about this metal
Clarinet expert?  I\'d love to get in touch with him!

Dave LeBlanc

Oh yes, it does not seem to be silver (doesn\'t have the feel of silver, and my silver cloth doesn\'t shine it up).  So it is probably nickle

All about Clarinets / RE: Anyone have information on Pan American clarinets?
« on: September 08, 2012, 10:54:23 PM »
I do not know much about pan ams, save for the fact that hey were made by Conn back in the ...40s?  They had their really cool looking propellor wood ones (good information on clarinetpages.net) and they had I think hard rubber and also metal clarinets.  There is actually a metal conn Pam on sale now on eBay!

On an interesting side note, conn also made Pam oboes!  These were propellor wood construction, most likely made at the same time as the propellor wood clarinets.

Dave LeBlanc

All about Clarinets / RE: New Mouthpiece!
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:32:49 PM »
No, this is unbranded, all I know is that some Chinese company STL sold it!

Yes, actually, come to think of it, it does sound a bit more hollow than the other mouthpieces do.  I kinda like it!

All about Clarinets / RE: New Site!
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:31:23 PM »
Wow that is pretty cool!  This should keep our spammer population down to nothing!

All about Clarinets / Crazy Plateau System Albert System Metal Clarinet!!!!
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:30:26 PM »
Hello all.  Today I have for you the most interesting clarinet I have ever seen in my life.  This is a Plateau System, Albert System, Metal Clarinet.  Now metal clarinets are a little unusual.  An albert system metal clarinet is more unusual.  A plateau system metal clarinet is even more unusual.  However, once you put all those together, you get this clarinet I have here.  


I dont speak Italian, but it looks like it means something like, \"primary premium fabricated by AM Bottali in Milano, Italy.\"

Odd brand, yes.  Odder still is the construction.

It is a complete plateau system, with plateaus keys on every hole except the thumb hole.  
Sadly, it is not in playing condition and will probably never be able to be restored, due to the fact that it is significantly bent in the middle.
But, it is still something!

Does anybody have any information at all about this instrument and others of this type?

A clue to the year may be the fact that it is the early style albert system, with no rollers.  This may date it as early as 1920, I think.

Dave LeBlanc

All about Clarinets / \"Bundy\" Semi Plateau/Mazzeo Clarinet
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:14:07 PM »
I had this thread on the old site, and I am bringing it back up.

So, basically, I have a strange clarinet.  It is unmarked, but it came in a Bundy case.  The odd thing about this instrument are the three plateau keys.  There is one plateau key on the third hole on the upper section; one on the lowest hole on the bottom section; and one on the thumb key.
Now these are not the usual plateau keys we see on full plateau system clarinets; rather, they are more along the lines of the first key on a bass or alto clarinet: it has a small hole in the middle.

Now, Bundy did in fact make a partial-plateau system clarinet, but the only one I have found a reliable picture of contains only the lower plateau key.  Mine has three plateau keys.

Any ideas?

Dave LeBlanc

Pictures are attached for your perusal.

All about Clarinets / Third Ring
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:40:28 PM »
Hi all, I\'d like to start up a discussion about the \"third ring\" found on some clarinets.  The one I am referring to is the ring that covers the third hole on the upper section, normally left free.  
I believe that the third ring is found usually on more \"higher-end\" normal clarinets, stubbins clarinets, and full boehms.  I find that there is a small pad attached to this third ring right underneath the second hole, which can be depressed by pushing down the Eb lever.  I think this is to make it more in tune or something.
Question to the people: does this make any appreciable difference?  Or does it just make the instrument look cooler?

Dave LeBlanc

All about Clarinets / New Mouthpiece!
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:25:06 PM »
Following Phil\'s example, I myself also obtained a new mouthpiece.  BUT.  I am a total cheapo so I went on eBay to find myself a nice and affordable mouthpiece.  I ended up spending $9.99 on a Chinese-made mouthpiece.  Chinese-made??  Blasphemy!  
BUT.  It is surprisingly a very good mouthpiece.  The main reason I bought it is because it is a clear plastic one (from a distance, almost looks like a Pomarico crystal!).  I wanted something fun to have and fun to look at.  I did not have any hopes for this Chinese mouthpiece (we all know what they say about Chinese clarinets and accessories...).  But I found that it plays better than my other two \"daily players\", the stock Buffet B12 and Geo M. Bundy 3.  I got the Bundy to replace the B12, and I found that I could reach higher notes without as much work.  
The chinese one bests even the Bundy.  I can reach an even higher range, and the mouthpiece plays a lot louder and a lot brighter than the other two.

Not bad for 10 dollars.

All about Clarinets / New Site!
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:20:36 PM »
Congratulations Mr. Phil Pedler on your new site!  This looks absolutely great!  Really neat and organized, very fresh.

I hope we can quickly get back to our earlier point, with lots of people posting, commenting, and helping each other out.

Dave LeBlanc (Your previous Moderator, and soon-to-be-current moderator)

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