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All about Clarinets / Re: 30 dollar train wreck
« Last post by GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on October 16, 2020, 11:38:46 PM »
Good thing I'm not being paid by the hour, I don't think I could justify the bill  :-\ .  I managed to get the inside posts out and hit it with some alum. So far I had to punch out 4 of the screw pins once I cut the keys. I tried heat and wd40 but it didn't get into it.
Does anyone have experience with replating keys?  The keywork is missing a fair percemtage of its plating. Either doing it yourself with some system or I'm pretty sure its more professional to send them out to a shop to have it done. I know there is a do it yourself electroplate kit and a wipe on solution but are thin at best.
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All about Clarinets / Clarinetist with Conn 448N question
« Last post by dulcettones on October 16, 2020, 07:10:51 AM »
This is my first post, so apologies if I'm breaking protocol by posting in the wrong place...I wasn't sure if I'm supposed to introduce myself or not?
So I've been playing clarinet on and off for years, but recently returned to more consistent practice now the kids are a little older.
The clarinet I have played longest is a vintage Conn 448N, which I love—I've also just purchased a vintage Buffet R13 which plays beautifully too—although I have discovered a hairline crack in the upper section of the instrument, where it joins the lower section. This was disappointing given the price of the instrument. I'm taking it to the repair shop today to make sure it's not going to cause me problems going forward.
I also play a vintage Conn 10m saxophone.
But I have a question re. my Conn 448N—the instrument has always played a little sharp. I'm told this is because it doesn't have its original barrel. Does anyone know where I might find the right barrel? (other than eBay of course)
Thanks, Mark
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All about Clarinets / 30 dollar train wreck
« Last post by GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on October 15, 2020, 07:47:38 PM »
On so here it goes.
I picked up a kind of rough looking piece of wood with some keys attached to it. It was a little more run down than I thought. It came with the bell but no barrel so no biggie. I was kind of figuring on just using it for parts even though it was missing the lower b-f key.  What kind of surprised was that I can't find any cracks in the wood, nothing that would be considered a crack as opposed to grain.
With that in mind I figured I might as well have a go at saving it. I've had to cut 5 of the screws that were really stuck and stripped the whole body of posts. Only problem is I broke the threaded bit of the right pinky levers (b c)in the inside post.  What I need a little help with is can I unscrew those inside posts or am I going to have to get the threads out some other way?
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Make and Model lists and research / Re: Help with info on old Leblanc clarinet
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on October 15, 2020, 04:49:50 PM »
It’s the LeBlanc LL, I believe late 1950s to early 60s

Some call it the “top hat model.”

I think I sold a restored one for like $350 a few years back
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Make and Model lists and research / Re: Need help identifying instrument
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on October 15, 2020, 04:48:53 PM »
That’s a set of Bb and A clarinets.

Can’t tell the age for sure, but likely 1920s from the case style.

Each are Full Boehm, with low-Eb extensions.

With better pictures we can determine age and this value
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Make and Model lists and research / Need help identifying instrument
« Last post by newmoon on October 12, 2020, 01:21:22 PM »
I have found this in the attic. It is a Selmer from what I can see. That is all I know. Please enlighten me guys!

Barbara
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All about Clarinets / Re: Case linings
« Last post by windydankoff on October 12, 2020, 12:17:04 PM »
Very nice! You sum it up nicely. As long as the case doesn't smell bad, go for it!
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All about Clarinets / Re: Barely legable serial numbers
« Last post by windydankoff on October 12, 2020, 12:15:27 PM »
Whatever you got, it will be worth more centuries from now if nobody tampers with the SN.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Case linings
« Last post by GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on October 11, 2020, 08:07:42 PM »
I grabbed some cotton velvet off eBay. Wasn't too pleased with the thickness of the material but it still looks nice and has some softness/padding to it. I also do like the older style cases. Does anyone else redo their interiors?
I like the run down beat up look of the exterior to give it a sort of providence. When you open it there is something that looks good and taken care of.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Barely legable serial numbers
« Last post by GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on October 11, 2020, 07:59:45 PM »
That is a good idea. I'm going to be taking the less invasive approach for now.
I realize this is a subjective question but what would.you consider historically valuable?  Obviously small production and very old instruments in good condition would apply. Certain brands maybe?  Special models?
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