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Offline KSCop

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I am officially an addict
« on: December 04, 2016, 06:45:38 PM »
I was just going through my collection and making plans on what horns to work on next. I realized I have way too many to be considered normal..

3 Alexandre Paris (all wood, none made in USA)
4 Normandy's (Normandy, Normandy Special, Normandy 11, Normandy 5P)
D. Noblet
Signet Soloist
1975 Bundy (my first clarinet)
Yamaha YCL-24
Yamaha YCL-20
Yamaha YCL-52
Evette (Sponsored by Buffet)
Strasser (SML)
Various Vitos (7212,7214)
Bundy Alto
Penzel Mueller Empire (on the way..)

And a few others I'm sure I'm missing..

Add those to my sax's

Yamaha YAS-23
York Alto (A. Santoni Stencil)
Elkhart (built by Buescher) Alto
Harwood Pro Alto
King 615 Tenor (Conn Stencil)

Houston we have a problem..

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Re: I am officially an addict
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2016, 07:21:23 PM »
Yeah, I'm in the same boat and I want to get back to dry land. See the only "problem" with vintage clarinets is there availability - they're literally only a mouse click or two away from appearing at the doorstep. My wife is not a fan of collecting things and I can totally see her point. I have vintage film cameras as well, and just like clarinets, they're all different but ultimately produce the same results.

        I'm getting to point of stopping or at least slowing down this runaway clarinet train. I always feel like I'm looking - just to see what's on the market and what certain instruments are selling for . . . . . that's a slippery slope.
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Re: I am officially an addict
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2016, 07:24:37 PM »
Ah, I see you made it over here! 8)
If you ain't got 'em, that's why you need 'em...

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2016, 07:38:56 PM »
Just wait till you find yourself with a double reed "horn"  :o
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2016, 08:50:18 PM »
Reminds me of me a couple of years ago...
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2016, 02:23:05 PM »
Just wait till you find yourself with a double reed "horn"  :o

Scary actually; I was just looking at one..

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2016, 06:22:48 PM »
Just wait till you find yourself with a double reed "horn"  :o

Scary actually; I was just looking at one..
Double reeds proved much too difficult to play.  I now resell these, but I did keep one antique oboe, in case I ever wanted to start...
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2016, 06:41:08 PM »
After further thought on this topic I have determined that clarinet addiction officially begins with the acquisition of an "Albert" or simple system instrument.
After a quick inventory, I have counted four of these relics in my collection - how'd that happen  ???
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Re: I am officially an addict
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2016, 07:40:36 PM »
OMG that's soo true!

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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2016, 04:42:30 PM »
LOL...I think I must have a larger 35mm camera collection than the Smithsonian does.
I sold all my large and medium format TLR cameras about 15 years ago to a budding photographer.  She made me a deal I could not refuse, and off they went.  Speed Graphics, Rolleicords and Flexes, Yashicamats, Mamayas, you name it.  The things I could not rid myself of were the spy cameras, the 35s and my bellows lense collection in various formats.

As for Albert and Müller system clarinets--yeah, it's an addiction.  Who cares if they're 20 cents off, here and there?  They are brillianly constructed pieces of history.  I will keep a handful of my no longer viable cameras, but I've decided to sell many recently, as I have no heirs passionate about them, and they are money in the bank. 

The difference between film cameras (no matter how top of the line they were), is that without film (Tried to purchase any recently? It exists, but not at the corner store or the drug stores, anymore), a changing bag, chemicals and a darkroom, they are only shelf items.  A clarinet, no matter how old it is, once tuned up will ALWAYS provide decent (if not good or excellent) sound, as well as aesthetic appeal.


Yeah, I'm in the same boat and I want to get back to dry land. See the only "problem" with vintage clarinets is there availability - they're literally only a mouse click or two away from appearing at the doorstep. My wife is not a fan of collecting things and I can totally see her point. I have vintage film cameras as well, and just like clarinets, they're all different but ultimately produce the same results.

        I'm getting to point of stopping or at least slowing down this runaway clarinet train. I always feel like I'm looking - just to see what's on the market and what certain instruments are selling for . . . . . that's a slippery slope.
I still find 35mm film at places like Walmart and occasionally Rite Aid.  Developing is another matter.  CVS does a decent job, but you don't get your negatives back.
Costco, on the other hand, ONLY gives negatives back and does not do prints.
The only place I've seen that *might* give prints and negatives is Walgreens, but I've never tried them.

Otherwise, it's off to some online store at right around $20/roll. 

It's definitely a rich man's game and costs a bit too much for me to risk having a roll of terrible pics.
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Re: I am officially an addict
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2016, 07:48:15 PM »
I'm sorry KSCop - I guess derailed your thread with the camera analogy. I didn't realize that there are other camera nerds here.

Most likely you'll end up with an Albert or Müller system - it's only a matter of time (like exposing film)  :P
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2016, 12:17:27 PM »
I've actually been looking at a couple of B&H horns. Missed out on one, but I'll end up with one eventually.

I did just take delivery on my Penzel Mueller. It plays, but is a little stuffy. It's on the list to refurb. I did see that that the MP I usually use wont fit the barrel. I'll have to set one aside for this horn and sand the cork a bit..

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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2016, 05:57:00 PM »
I've actually been looking at a couple of B&H horns. Missed out on one, but I'll end up with one eventually.

I did just take delivery on my Penzel Mueller. It plays, but is a little stuffy. It's on the list to refurb. I did see that that the MP I usually use wont fit the barrel. I'll have to set one aside for this horn and sand the cork a bit..

I bet that Empire will turn out to be a nice playing "horn" or "pipe" if you will.
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