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Author Topic: Dating an E.J. Albert?  (Read 26 times)

Offline jonathanpiper

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Dating an E.J. Albert?
« on: July 06, 2021, 04:04:44 PM »
Hello all,

First time poster here, seeking some help from the experts! I'm trying to pin down some information on an E.J. Albert clarinet, insofar as that's possible. I'm attaching a few photos of the instrument.

The inscriptions appear pretty consistent with other E.J. Albert clarinets I've found, and the overlapping tone hole on the upper and lower joints matches at least one other example I've seen. There's no serial number that I can locate. Does that combination of characteristics lead to any probable date range? Are there any other characteristics I should look for?

Apologies for having posted this in the "All about Clarinets" forum earlier - this one seems far more appropriate.

Thank you in advance!
Jonathan

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Re: Dating an E.J. Albert?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2021, 09:14:53 PM »
Very neat! That's gone some pretty nice, advanced keywork with plenty of rollers. I'd say 1870-1890; any earlier than that and rollers weren't too common.

I'm leaning towards the end of the century, myself.
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