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Make and Model lists and research / Re: A baffling Selmer
« Last post by Windsong on May 19, 2024, 03:07:21 PM »
Thanks Dave.  Here are more photos, now that I am back from the mountains.  Reception was not good, and transmission of files, random.

It certainly looks like 1930s keywork to me.  I picked it up because I was thinking 1937 or so.  It is a cherry.  I came home, plugged in my favorite MP, and she played, top to bottom.  Very nice sound.  Mellow; not authoritative, but controlled.  Not as loud or bright as a PM, but easier to tame.  This would have been like Benny's early horns.
Make and Model lists and research / Re: A baffling Selmer
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on May 19, 2024, 06:10:59 AM »
In my opinion there's about a zero percent chance it was manufactured that late. That it doesn't have a "series" number or other model designation also indicates it must be an older model.

I agree with your thumbrest assessment - it's gotta be from the 30s or 40s, no later. Serial number lists are sometimes very suspect. I had a Selmer alto clarinet once that had a serial number that indicated 1898, but it was actually made around the 1960s.
Make and Model lists and research / A baffling Selmer
« Last post by Windsong on May 18, 2024, 07:13:12 PM »
I bought a nice French-made Selmer for a song at a curiosity shop today--serial: X56xx 

It's my first Selmer, so I have no experience with them, but I have reason to doubt the prevailing serial number lists on-line, because keywork does not jibe with the time it was supposedly manufactured--1972.  I also notice there is no series listed on the instrument (series 9, 10, etc.)

The wood is fantastic, very tight-grained (heavy!) and crack free, and everything is present, aligned and operational, including the lig, MP and cap. 

It does NOT have nickel capped tenons.
It has an original, 1910-1940s era thumbrest, a stamped trill key guide, and only 3 trill posts on the top joint (but 2 posts for the lower joint trills.)

Keywork is nice, but not special or unique.  It's typical, nickel silver.

I have a very hard time believing it was made in 1972.

What do you think?
(Photos forthcoming when possible)
BIGmouthPiece Version 5 is now available. Attached is the updated doc.
All about Clarinets / Re: What is this?
« Last post by Windsong on May 12, 2024, 05:03:42 PM »
Looking good!  That is a nice, rather advanced Albert, with useful extras.  Glad you were able to get the new pads in.
All about Clarinets / Re: What is this?
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on May 10, 2024, 11:27:31 PM »
Yes, that fingering system is a variant on the classic Albert system. This one looks to have a few more bells and whistles than usual; I see at least a left hand Ab/Eb key, which is pretty neat.

Also, it's quite interesting that clarinet uses friction fit rods, I've only ever seen that in various bassoons.
All about Clarinets / Re: What is this?
« Last post by Snorky on May 10, 2024, 08:52:56 PM »
Well, finally here it is. My measurements were off on many keys due to no cup depth, meaning very little to no, sides, just a small depression. But after much tweaking and shellac, it seemed to be playable. I could not play it because my hands/fingers were quite literally too large for the body. The owners hands were only marginally better. But it played, but we discovered that the fingering system was ?????. Meaning not Boehm. :( He is going to go to an accomplished friend of his to test drive it. I have gotten a couple of larger pads in case I need to fix something. It was a real eye opener and interesting - but no more of these  8) thanks for all the help. Jeff
All about Clarinets / Re: Corton 14/60 clarinet question
« Last post by 350 Rocket on May 10, 2024, 07:26:21 PM »
I know that Corton saxophones were made by Amati in what was then Czechoslovakia. If memory serves, Cortons were marketed by a UK distributor, but that's about all I have.

It's no guarantee that Amati made Corton clarinets, of course, but it's the most likely source.
All about Clarinets / Corton 14/60 clarinet question
« Last post by philpedler on May 10, 2024, 06:49:55 PM »
A reader of the clarinetpages.net site has asked this question:

5/4/2024 13:46:05   I have a Corton 14/60 clarinet, I am interested in what kind of wood it is made of, what year it was made and the price with the country of manufacture    dima   Ukraine

I don't remember anything about a Corton brand. But I am from the States, and Dima is from the Ukraine.

Does anyone have info on this?
All about Clarinets / Re: 1917
« Last post by philpedler on May 10, 2024, 06:46:47 PM »
Thanks for this information! It's good to have the year the standard was set.
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