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Offline BaritoneJack

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Re: The 'Official' ClarinetPages Vito Reso-Tone thread.
« Reply #90 on: December 02, 2021, 02:05:25 AM »
Jack,
If it's stamped 7212 below the serial number, it's from the second run through of the numbers.  It would be from 1995.  My son played one through 4 years of marching band and they are rugged and sound great.

Good morning, Mechanic - many thanks for the correction;  I've been reading through this thread, and must admit I found the proliferation of serial numbers, prefixes and resets pretty baffling - so I'm pleased that I can now put a date on it.  Re. the sound;  my teacher is very happy with the sound I'm making - and, come to that, so am I!  :)

The first instrument I bought (after having a loan baritone horn from the band for a couple of years) was a Boosey & Hawkes Regent - Regent being the B & H student range when their pro line were the Imperials.  I bought the Regent from a band in Stockport which had been one of their loan instruments for years - and it looked it, too!  The chairman of the band offered me a choice of three;  two in quite reasonable condition, and the very scabby Regent.  I tried the first two - one was no great shakes, the other sounded pretty good, but as soon as I tried the Regent, I said to her "That's the one!"

It was 44 years old, the silver plate was worn away in places, there was a load of black tarnish on it, the valves had patches of brass showing through where the plating was worn or corroded away - yet the sound it made still put the other two in the shade!

My MD asked to try it out, so I had the chance to hear what a really good player could do with it (it was great - a very bright 1950s sound, thanks to its medium bore), and he said to me he'd forgotten that the Regents were actually very well made, with the costs being kept down by a basic specification, rather than being cheap because they were nasty.

When I bought a new one from John Packer, I gave the Regent to the band as a loan instrument, and it was promptly loaned out to a new beginner, who got on very well with it, too.

Thanks again, Mechanic, and best regards,
Jack
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Re: The 'Official' ClarinetPages Vito Reso-Tone thread.
« Reply #91 on: December 02, 2021, 02:23:45 AM »
The Vito clarinet started out as a metal clarinet, but the plastic clarinet was more popular because it was less expensive.

Wouldn't you know it?  I'd never heard of such a thing as a metal clarinet before reading this thread - and this morning I find an advert for one on Ebay!

Not a Vito, though; the ad reads as follows:
"Vintage metal clarinet.  Jefferson USA is marked on the bell, the clarinet is in one section. Please see photos for condition. The clarinet is in B flat I presume. I am a cornet player.  Does not come with a mouthpiece, but a standard B flat mouthpiece fits."

I wonder how the metal construction would make it sound?
Jack
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Re: The 'Official' ClarinetPages Vito Reso-Tone thread.
« Reply #92 on: December 02, 2021, 01:48:58 PM »
The Vito clarinet started out as a metal clarinet, but the plastic clarinet was more popular because it was less expensive.

Wouldn't you know it?  I'd never heard of such a thing as a metal clarinet before reading this thread - and this morning I find an advert for one on Ebay!

Not a Vito, though; the ad reads as follows:
"Vintage metal clarinet.  Jefferson USA is marked on the bell, the clarinet is in one section. Please see photos for condition. The clarinet is in B flat I presume. I am a cornet player.  Does not come with a mouthpiece, but a standard B flat mouthpiece fits."

I wonder how the metal construction would make it sound?
Jack
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125026224776?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140131123730%26meid%3D7bcf4bc6c8cd46adb5feca024b2c48cd%26pid%3D100167%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D304187916217%26itm%3D125026224776%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D5411%26algv%3DDefaultOrganic&_trksid=p5411.c100167.m2940

The clarinet in question is a low-end student model. These were mass produced with mostly questionable quality. In fact, so many metal clarinets were so bad in the 30s-50s that to this day, older players look at metal clarinets with disdain.

There are a few brands that are excellent, though - for example, the Silver King is probably the best (and most expensive!) I sold one a year or so ago for a client, racked up $1300 for a freshly restored Silver King.

You can typically find the common metals for $50 or less. They aren't worth much more and tend to be good lamps.

In terms of sound quality - find yourself a nice one (ie Silver King) and I think you'll find a very powerful, focused tone with more projection and a "jazzy" sound that you're more used to with saxophones. I love them myself.
David Watson of the original The Clarinet Pages
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Re: The 'Official' ClarinetPages Vito Reso-Tone thread.
« Reply #93 on: December 02, 2021, 05:47:21 PM »
DaveLeBlanc: "You can typically find the common metals for $50 or less. They aren't worth much more and tend to be good lamps."
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« Reply #94 on: December 12, 2021, 08:10:57 AM »
Hi folks.  Yesterday afternoon, I greased up some cork, stuck some black things together, blew into it and wouldn't you know it....a noise came out. Does this make me a musician?  I hope so.  This is the first instrument I've ever owned (besides a kazoo).  I had no idea what I was buying at the auction house, but it looked cool and came in a velvet lined case.  SOLD!  Needs some work (new corks), but all the keys (?) seem to work.  I really like this.  It makes such a nice sound, think I'm going to enjoy this.

Quick review:  Vito (oval) Reso-tone  #3 .  Model # 7212, ser. # E09624 .  Carlton mouthpiece.