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Offline bbrandha

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Just got a Semer Series K!
« on: March 21, 2016, 07:52:44 PM »
I've been playing it this evening, so I actually got a horn that plays right out of the box!

It is an enhanced Boehm with a Backun barrel.

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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 08:33:52 PM »
That is always a plus and usually a surprise. I have had some very pleasant surprises in that way, usually expecting the worst.

I think my G.M. Bundy Paris is a budget series K. It was a great playing clarinet for about two weeks after which the old pads and corks began to crumble. Oh well, it will once again be a great player once I do the necessaries. I think the series "K" is for "KILLER CLARINET".  :)
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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2016, 09:08:33 PM »
I REALLY like this clarinet!

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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2016, 03:57:43 PM »
I had a K-series, with articulated C#.  It was a wonderfully smooth playing clarinet but I had to sell it, unfortunately.  I really wish I kept it...
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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2016, 08:50:47 PM »
Any photos yet? You are too busy playing it?  ???
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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2016, 08:49:21 PM »
Sorry! Didn't know anyone was that interested. I have been playing with it. It is very sharp, but tunes with the barrel pulled way out. That makes the barrel wobble. I am going to mess with mouthpieces and such before I make any decisions about it. It sure plays easy!

I took some pictures and will post them tomorrow. They are too big and I am too cranky to fight them now.


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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2016, 04:40:51 PM »
I just wondered ..... I know you are still playing it;- when you get a break, or just get tired.... I'm sure it would make some good clarinet porn.
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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2016, 06:36:07 PM »
I can tell you that it came with a 64 mm custom Backun barrel. It needs it! I just tried several other barrels and it is WAY flat. Every.single.note.

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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2016, 06:40:42 PM »
Resizing. Bleh.

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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2016, 06:47:39 PM »
Aha!

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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2016, 06:51:30 PM »
Stupid resizing. Stupid. I'm gonna forget what I already posted.

You can see the repairs on some of these. Someone really loved this clarinet!

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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2016, 06:52:31 PM »
There were 3 pictures on that last one. Hmm.

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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2016, 10:17:39 AM »
So that's an H. Selmer.

I had a Henri Selmer that was also a K-series, but with the HS Paris logo...  Are those two clarinets contemporaneous?
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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2016, 01:20:55 PM »
7 rings! 
7 rings!   ;D

And you got a working articulated C#. Way cool, I love the 7 ring Eb optional fingering.

I have a G.M. Bundy Paris with similar keywork, but it is still in line for overhaul and the C# mech is loosey-goosey. I think someone played that one to death at least once.

The pin repair looks very stable. I kind of like to play something with a few scars;- got a few myself.....

 
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Re: Just got a Semer Series K!
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2016, 02:56:27 PM »
For comparison, here are my two G.M. Bundy Paris models. The 7-ring (labeled Sponsored by Selmer) looks a lot like your Selmer, bbrandha. It is not playable yet, unfortunately, but your reports are indeed inspiring. Above it is a 6-ring model that got me addicted to clarinets before the old brittle bladder pads gave up the ghost.

G.M. Bundy Paris clarinets are generally rumored to be series K Selmer clarinets that had cosmetic flaws of some kind. My 6 ring has what appears to be a factory done bell tenon graft and the 7 ring has a few filled grain flaws on the joints and a light colored area in the wood, so the rumors are quite plausible. The 6-ring Bundy Paris played so well for me that I really should put it back into playing order. It only needs new pads and corks.

The 7-ring one has a loose post into the metal ring that is going to be tricky to secure and it also needs some of the other posts to be locked down to keep them from swiveling. It actually played OK mostly but is leaky around the C# key and tenon area and I discovered that the C# key spring in is also broken off. It was sold for parts so my investment in it so far is pretty low.
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