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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001512.txt from 1998/04

From: "Jason Cable" <>
Subj: Re: [klarinet] Selmer Clarinet Question
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 06:10:47 -0400

My Bb is marked "LI". Any ideas. Serial is L1431. According to dates
of Selmer Serial numbers on Sneezy it was made in Dec. of 1931. Very
large bore compared with my Series 9 Selmer--S2235--from about 1962, in
which the bore compares with that of my friend's R-13.


>Bill Hausmann wrote:
>> >2. How rare is it to have a Selmer Paris clarinet from 1931 (Serial
>> >L1xxx) that is in near perfect playing condition?
>> >
>> I don't know, but it is definitely cool! I would assume that
>> of that vintage would be large-bore models, relative to today's.
> I have a matched set of Bb and A Selmer clarinets that are stamped
>"*BT*" (Balanced Tone?). The Bb is serial number L7557; the A is L7337
>and I purchased them new in 1938. They were played by me until 1940 and
>by my son for a couple of years while he was in high school. Just last
>year I repadded and recorked them and they play just as they did 57
>years ago. I believe Selmer lists them as being made in 1937. It may be
>of interest by some that I vividly remember the cost; $156.00 a piece.
> I just measured the bore of the Bb upper section. It is 0.598" at
>top and necks down to 0.575" at the bottom. How does that compare with
>today's models?
>Dick Damon
>Port Townsend, WA
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