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Offline abellows

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Martin Freres "Grand Prix"
« on: November 30, 2016, 05:24:56 PM »
   I just picked a Martin Freres made in France, Grand Prix,  Boehm serial #0112. Has anyone redone one of these? Or has any idea about manufacture year?

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Re: Martin Freres "Grand Prix"
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2016, 07:09:22 PM »
Nice low number - tough to pinpoint year of manufacture.

I wish DanCiarcia was still hangin' around here - he was the Martin Freres expert. Maybe try this email: research@MartinFreres.net

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Re: Martin Freres "Grand Prix"
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2016, 10:27:40 PM »
Too bad about Dan.  A couple of years ago he made a very wonderful Eb barrel for me.  A while ago I asked if he could make more but he said that they no longer did single orders, which was quite unfortunate because he gave me a great price last time!
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Re: Martin Freres "Grand Prix"
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2016, 06:45:43 AM »
I had a Martin Freres Grand Prix Eb clarinet a few years back, and it was a well-built and beautiful little horn.  Great tone and intonation.  We couldn't place a date on it easily, but given a wrap-around register key (on a boehm instrument) and some other clues, we estimated 1890 - 1920.

We also determined that Grand Prix would have been the top of the line at the time.  Wow, I miss that little horn!