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Offline DaveLeBlanc

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My Mazzeo Clarinets
« on: October 08, 2012, 06:21:33 PM »
For a long time, I\'ve been wanting mazzeo clarinets!  So I finally got not one, but two, for the grand total of 20 dollars (10 dollars each - WHAT A DEAL).  Unfortunately, one had a nonoriginal lower stack, one had a nonoriginal bell, and neither of the Mazzeo mechanisms work. :(

But oh well.

One of the Mazzeos is clearly marked Mazzeo Model with a Bundy insignia below it.

However, the other one is marked only with Mazzeo Model (no Bundy), and the back of the clarinet has a US Patent Number.
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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2021, 03:40:12 PM »
i became intrested in the mazzeo and scored a bundy minus its bell for 10$. it arrived and to my delight its in playing condition . no work needed. now i wonder if the sound would be different with the mazzeo bell? after playing it for a while i decided the mazzeo system is a dud and no wonder it never took off. if you are a proficient player it adds no advantage. if a struggling novice -it could help but would end up being a crutch. still its a welcome addition to my collection

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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2021, 05:34:06 PM »
What is the Mazzeo mechanism supposed to help with?
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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2021, 08:10:29 PM »
it allows you to play between A and or Bb and b natural with out crossing the break and offers various alt fingerings

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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2021, 01:04:32 AM »
It's one of several mechanisms that is supposed to help the throat-tone notes to sound in tune. As we know, all have failed. The McIntyre system being the most infamous failure; the Mazzeo lasted for maybe 20 years but wasn't popular enough to last.

The Mazzeo was superior to McIntyre in my opinion as it was MUCH lighter - McIntyre nearly doubled the weight of the upper joint in metal keywork. Mazzeo just added one extra key and was a better, more efficient solution to the issue than McIntyre
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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2021, 04:32:38 PM »
yea the throat Bb is still stuffy but the b natural using the mazzeo key is really good and clear

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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2021, 04:00:04 AM »
Where is the different mechanism? I don't see anything different in the keys...
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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2021, 06:41:23 AM »
the mazzeo mechanism is located into the jump / trill keys

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Re: My Mazzeo Clarinets
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2021, 02:00:03 PM »
the mazzeo mechanism is located into the jump / trill keys
and you can also disable it if you don't like it!
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