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I got this old clarinet and i need help figuring out what clarinet this it. I think is was made anywhere from 1920-1940. It was my greats aunts passed down to my grandmother then to me. On the bell it says Pan-American DIV.C.G.CONN, LTD.U.S.A. The serial number is 114551. It has a red inside of the case and the outside it brown but kinda looks like alligator skin.
For any other people who find this brand, here is the only reference I could find anywhere.....
A listing of musical companies by village name. Company was started in 1884, in a village called Villetoureix. 870 habitants !

As of 2020 906 people live there now...... :)
Here are some other photos. A wall hanger isn't bad either, it was made not far from where I live in France, in a small town of 900 people.... that kind of history is worth more than 50 bucks.... ;)
I will take some more photos later. Does the age make it worth anything more than 40 bucks ? :)
Not necessarily. That old and itís probably high pitch. Making it all but useless and worth less than $50.

However! Itís really pretty and one can always appreciate the high level of craftsmanship that went into these :)
Music Memes / A funny
« Last post by LarryS on August 27, 2020, 05:31:05 AM »
Found this today on Facebook

All about Clarinets / Re: Metal 4 piece
« Last post by LarryS on August 27, 2020, 03:14:53 AM »
Looks a nice horn. I love the metal ones
I will take some more photos later. Does the age make it worth anything more than 40 bucks ? :)
Unfortunately, I don't know this brand. However, I am 100% certain that this is EARLIER than 1920. There don't appear to be rollers on the RH pinky keys, meaning this is more closer to 1890-1900 or so.
All about Clarinets / Re: Metal 4 piece
« Last post by GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on August 26, 2020, 02:54:07 PM »
Looking for a little feedback on this.
I was playing this particular horn to see how in tune it was. The lower register is sharp almost to the next note and the upper register is pretty close to in tune. I had pulled the barrel probably 2 mm to get it to where it is. Putting very little pressure on the reed or it will become too sharp.
I tried a few mouthpieces and obviously some played better than others. I dont know if it makes as much of a difference but I remember reading that the large bore clarinets need a more open mouthpiece. I measured the bore and it comes out to .6" as best I could with the calipers. I do not know if a 'large bore' mp would help with this or if it is just a failing due to the metal.
Hello to all and thanks for the help !
I am the new owner of what appears to be a very old French clarinet, marked ROY Ch., Villetoureix, Riberac. (France)
All I could find about it was a 1920's book with the mention the company had started in 1884....
I can post other images. It came with a leather pouch, not a case! Appears to need pads and a new cork but otherwise a very nice old wooden model.
Does anyone have any ideas about it?

Thanks !

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