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Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« Last post by Windsong on November 27, 2023, 07:42:15 PM »
No kidding!?  Well, that is really good.
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Trading Post / Re: Flute-shaped antique IVORY BC 'Clarinet'
« Last post by mechanic on November 27, 2023, 05:50:25 PM »
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Make and Model lists and research / Leblanc clarinet
« Last post by John on November 27, 2023, 10:10:35 AM »
I would like some information on a LeBlanc clarinet Serial number 101
It plays very well with a deep rich tone.
The top joint has a metal badge with the head of a French war president, just guessing.
Year of manufacture and where would be good,

Thanks

John
Spain
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All about Clarinets / Re: Sweet little Salt spoon Eefer
« Last post by Windsong on November 22, 2023, 05:28:51 PM »
Well, by gum--I just glimpsed in one of my photos, a stamp that had evaded my notice until just now:
On the barrel, it says France.   It does not say "Made in France", which would have been the new mandatory for all US imports in 1907.  Further, because it is in English, it was clearly intended for an English speaking market.
All sections are marked:
 HP
  E
This narrows things down a bit, and I can be reasonably well assured it was made prior to 1907.

The keywork speaks to Couesnon.  Following 432hz, 442hz would have seemed HP, I suppose.  Couesnon were established in 1827, and ran a huge operation.

(No additional photos of barrel and clover thumbrest permitted)
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All about Clarinets / Re: Sweet little Salt spoon Eefer
« Last post by Windsong on November 22, 2023, 05:07:51 PM »
Well, by gum--I just glimpsed in one of my photos, a stamp that had evaded my notice until just now:
On the barrel, it says France.   It does not say "Made in France", which would have been the new mandatory for all US imports in 1907.  And because it is in English, it was clearly intended for an English speaking market.

This narrows things down a bit, and I can be reasonably well assured it was made prior to 1907.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Sweet little Salt spoon Eefer
« Last post by Windsong on November 21, 2023, 06:42:47 PM »
And a few more...
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All about Clarinets / Re: Sweet little Salt spoon Eefer
« Last post by Windsong on November 21, 2023, 06:36:07 PM »
Yes--that certainly seems to be a high likelihood!

And the manufacturer was clever.  The heavy keys are very nice Nic/Sil (but file marks are left on the undersides), and the springs are excellently crafted and very responsive.  This is excellent news, because they would be quite troubling to remanufacture--at least for me.  The post screws are the best I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and the body is exceptional.  If clearly not made of the finest wood, at least they chose well for strength.  (The springs bear directly on wood, and wear is virtually non-existent.  No cracks (yet) at all, and socket rings are present and tight.  There are a couple solid, tiny blemishes, near the top of the LJ--about a third the size of a pea, each, and close to one another. Upon initial inspection, I supposed that it must have been pinned.  However, I see no other indicators of a split, and reckon that there were some surface imperfections that were filled in--due to a "seconds" blank.

In any event, I have decided not to restore her.  She is clean, and just fine as--is.  I have given her a decent cleanse and lube, and someone else can either do the same or better in another 100 years.  She's still drinking on some almond oil, but she's been wiped down, disinfected with orange oil,  (she was filthy, like window decor in a coal pricessing plant).  I have also gently cleaned and disinfected the pads with vinegar, and a quick swipe with isopropyl.  Afterwards, I conditioned the pads with leather lube, in an attempt to preserve them more for historical reference than for playability.

Now I am off to find some Coats and Clark matress thread in crimson, and the elusive replacement thumbrest, and I will call it a day on this little gem.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Sweet little Salt spoon Eefer
« Last post by modernicus on November 20, 2023, 04:13:02 PM »
Anachronistic style clarinet made sometime in the early 20th century?
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All about Clarinets / Re: Recommended mouthpiece upgrade?
« Last post by Windsong on November 19, 2023, 06:00:15 AM »
You speak the truth, Larry.
When I see a clarinetist put on a flawless performance, I say to myself:  This person is preternatural!
This is why I never tried to be a concert musician.  I do not have the skill or temperament; plain and simple. 

Truth is, most people do not.  I would much rather noodle around with jazz and blues, and traditionals, where human error is more permissible, and even endearing.
Don't beat yourself up over it.  There are some days where we fire on all 8 cylinders, and some days where nothing seems right.
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