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Offline Silversorcerer

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Re: Mystery Czech C Clarinet
« Reply #45 on: November 02, 2017, 03:29:01 PM »
Engineer, writer, and researcher? And head of the Czech railways?

This makes me wonder if the Czechs borrowed the idea of naming clarinets after national iconic people from the French. In his spare time he made and sold musical instruments? It seems a bit tenuous. Maybe it’s the wrong fellow?
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Re: Mystery Czech C Clarinet
« Reply #46 on: November 02, 2017, 06:11:10 PM »
Yes, it sounds a bit "French Stencily", but Jan Basta is well referenced as a builder of musical instruments. 

It could be the wrong bloke, but his lifespan fits the bill.  He began making clarinets in 1883, apparently. 
If he was, indeed, able to accomplish all of the aforementioned, he was quite the rennaissance man, indeed.
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Re: Mystery Czech C Clarinet
« Reply #47 on: November 03, 2017, 01:25:21 PM »
In the time of Amati (1600s), the closest thing to a real scientist was a musical instrument maker. Many of them wrote scientific and mathematical papers that were submitted in Latin to various societies active in research. A fair portion of the research was carried out in Monasteries.

Different times, but this practice persisted even until Gregor Mendel’s pea hybrid experiments in the 19th C. It very well could be the same fellow, but that seems like a very busy life. If Nicholas Shackleton could do all he did, it’s plausible that Basta could have also.
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Re: Mystery Czech C Clarinet
« Reply #48 on: November 03, 2017, 08:19:15 PM »
That raised tone hole (recently learned) was standard at least to about 1850 and appears on almost all of the clarinets I’ve looked at trying to match that 6 key one I have. It’s a bit odd considering the rest of the key work, which is definitely late 19th century.
IIRC "anachronistic" type clarinets like this, from looking at old catalogs, were made and sold for quite some time after they were obsolete.
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