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Offline LarryS

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Rare paperclip bass
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:37:57 AM »
This is a photo that was uploaded to Facebook and I'm sharing it here.

It is a very rare paperclip bass clarinet, photo courtesy of Frank Diaz

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Re: Rare paperclip bass
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2020, 02:52:04 PM »
Those are extraordinarily rare. In fact I've never seen one of those in real life; only in antique pictures. I wonder where they all are now...
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Re: Rare paperclip bass
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2020, 08:02:18 AM »
I've seen one in person, the very first one ever made. It went to low B, but the rest only to C. I've seen a few others around, but never for sale. I wish I knew where they've gone!

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Re: Rare paperclip bass
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2020, 10:33:46 AM »
Just my opinion but they probably never made many just by looking at it. It looks to have its own kick stand, a metal rod to support it. Also it looks like it is (un)necessary complicated.  That being the linkages and that would lend to the fragility of the instrument.  If it didn't play as well I doubt it would justify the manufacturing costs. It seems to me at any rate to be more of an oddity. Rarity would then seem be the reason for its worth.
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Re: Rare paperclip bass
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2020, 09:20:47 AM »
Just my opinion but they probably never made many just by looking at it. It looks to have its own kick stand, a metal rod to support it. Also it looks like it is (un)necessary complicated.  That being the linkages and that would lend to the fragility of the instrument.  If it didn't play as well I doubt it would justify the manufacturing costs. It seems to me at any rate to be more of an oddity. Rarity would then seem be the reason for its worth.
Two hundredths of a dollar. 
I don't know if this helps, https://www.jasonalder.com/cbclresearch/

It has a peg just like all the other paperclip model instruments do. It is indeed complicated... Cyrille Mercadier said it's the most complex register system he's ever seen, and it took him a whole day just understand it. Whether that's necessary or not... I couldn't say... The linkages are the same as the other paperclip models, which does have the potential for problems, but the Leblanc keywork is solid. So once it's been done by a good tech it should last. It would definitely be worth something if they ever actually appeared for sale. Not only for rarity factor, but they sound good, and are super compact. A low C bass clarinet the size of an alto sax!

Thanks for the link... that's me... I'm not going to be covering these paperclip basses as a primary part of my contra research, but I do plan on doing a separate article on some history of Leblanc and the contras, and this paperclip bass will fit into that a bit.

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Re: Rare paperclip bass
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2020, 09:40:38 AM »
Thanks Jason! Noting the depth of your work, I'm thrilled to have you participate in our forum.
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Re: Rare paperclip bass
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2020, 02:12:23 PM »
I saw a recent photo of one on Facebook, being restored
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Re: Rare paperclip bass
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2020, 03:10:13 PM »
I saw a recent photo of one on Facebook, being restored
Really? wow. That's awesome. Although I LOVE bass clarinets, that's one restoration that I am NOT interested in doing...
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