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a very early C soprano clarinet
« on: December 01, 2022, 08:41:25 PM »
I just got a very early HP C soprano clarinet. It has no manufacturer or serial number, just an HP above a C. It's marked on the barrel and bell. It has only 2 rings on the right hand and 13 keys. It is complete, including a mouthpiece, but no case. Any idea where I can find an old style case for this.

I'm debating whether I should leave it as it is to sell, repad and recork it so I can play test it or whether I should completely refurbish it. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2022, 02:45:49 PM »
The designation of "high" pitch standard - HP, vs. LP standard, would be typical of the late 19th or early 20th century. Can we see photos?
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2022, 08:00:53 PM »
Thanks for your response. I'll try to post pictures tomorrow.
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2022, 08:30:04 AM »
I just got a very early HP C soprano clarinet. It has no manufacturer or serial number, just an HP above a C. It's marked on the barrel and bell. It has only 2 rings on the right hand and 13 keys. It is complete, including a mouthpiece, but no case. Any idea where I can find an old style case for this.

I'm debating whether I should leave it as it is to sell, repad and recork it so I can play test it or whether I should completely refurbish it. Does anyone have any ideas?

It's worthless.  Don't waste any time or money on it.

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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2022, 03:35:25 PM »
Dibbs, I wouldn't say WORTHLESS. There's definitely a market for museum-pieces, although one can not play that in almost any context, it is really neat as a historical object. I have a variety of worthless clarinets that have good monetary value due to rarity or other features, despite not being able to function as intended, in a ensemble setting. I guess you could always solo with these though
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2022, 09:45:52 PM »
I'm thinking I'll repad it. Do you think I should do a full refurb? I have ordered a case for it.
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2022, 01:49:34 PM »
I'm thinking I'll repad it. Do you think I should do a full refurb? I have ordered a case for it.

I would personally go ahead and do the works, IF  YOU LIKE IT. I would gladly display that in my little clarinet museum as a really cool historical object. If you can do it yourself, then you'll save yourself the $200+ that anybody else would charge you for the service.
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2022, 09:46:33 AM »
I've been trying to attach a few pictures, but have had no success. I'm using a Mac. What am I missing?
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2022, 09:53:19 AM »
Obviously I figured it out. So here are a couple more.
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2022, 10:19:19 AM »
Let's see if I've figured this all out now.
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2022, 09:02:33 AM »
Nice, I'd say that's definitely mid-19th century; the lack of rollers on the lower pinky keys sort of gives an upper bound of about 1890 or so.
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2022, 07:39:43 PM »
Thanks for the update
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2022, 04:10:20 PM »
If you can do it yourself, I'd do it for self gratification, not for money.
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2022, 12:20:14 PM »
Absolutely! The keys will buff to a dark and lovely shine. I would do it to enjoy the process, and honor the past ... and for the anticipation!
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Re: a very early C soprano clarinet
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2022, 01:14:36 PM »
A half decade ago that would probably sell for $200 restored. These days, I have no idea. I haven't sold a thing on eBay in almost 2 years.
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