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Author Topic: Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism  (Read 3947 times)

Offline Paul

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Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism
« on: May 21, 2016, 03:21:12 PM »
I found this on Ebay...Maybe someday I will find a lower joint for it, or maybe i will just display it in a box up on the wall. I believe Leblanc made clarinet's with this mechanism form 133 to 1959.

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Re: Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2016, 03:25:32 PM »
more photos

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Re: Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2016, 03:26:49 PM »
Another...I will get the hang of this yet.

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Re: Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2016, 05:29:52 PM »
The wonderful Stubbins mechanism!  LeBlanc corp, including LeBlanc, Noblet, Normandy, and Vito used it for a limited time.

My daily player is a Noblet with Stubbins, with a Selmer 10G bell for good measure.

I've found that this helps the Bb stay in tune and also sound less "airy".  I'm not sure why it went out of favor - it was such a good idea that really helped the throat tone notes.
Several other methods were devised for it - most famous are the Mazzeo (on Selmer instruments) and the McIntyre System (a private company that soon went bust...).
The Mazzeo does the trick but has a weird fingering mechanism.  The McIntyre was just straight crazy. The Stubbins, however, was amazing.

It's a real shame there's no lower section for your instrument.  But toss it on a different lower joint and you've got yourself an excellent daily player/practice instrument!
David Watson of the original The Clarinet Pages
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Re: Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2016, 06:08:24 PM »
Thanks...That's what I am thinking too. Hopefully the bore will not be to different.

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Re: Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2016, 07:06:15 AM »
I think you could find a lower joint that would work for it if you keep a vigilant look out. Chances are probably best the closer you can get to that serial number. I've seen a few of those marked Stubbins but I haven't paid too much attention to the mechanism. It looks like it would be worth exploring.
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Re: Leblanc throat B-flat mechanism
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2016, 01:56:48 PM »
I would definitely recommend a Stubbins in your arsensal, Silversorcerer.

You can find Stubbins in your choice of quality, since every branch of the LeBlanc brand utilized the mechanism in their lineup.
David Watson of the original The Clarinet Pages
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