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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000580.txt from 2000/09

Subj: Re: [kl] New vs. old
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 19:34:55 -0400

In a message dated 9/16/00 4:11:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< The wrap around octave key was just such a change. I don't know who did
it first, but within a year of its appearance, two different
manufacturers made their products that way, despite the fact that it
never materially improved the instrument. The theory was that the
register mechanism would not get filled up with water if it were to be
on top of the clarinet. In practice is was a non-problem. So go find a
wrap around octave key today. >>

A "modern" change? There are two clarinets picture in "A Pictoral History of
Civil War Era Musical Instruments and Military Bands" on Page 30. One is in
the key of Eb and was made by Martin & Son, Paris, c.1860s. It's rosewood
with 12 nickel silver keys and two rings, and can be found in a collection
owned by Jack Silver. Quite prominate in the picture is a wraparound octave
The other is a rosewood clairnet with 12 nickel silver keys and two rings
in the key of Bb, made by Joseph Wallis, London, c.1860s. Again it can be
found in a collection owned by Jack Silver. Again, the wraparound octave key
is present and prominate in the picture. Maybe I misunderstood the post of
something, and if I did I apologize, but from reading posts it had been
appearing that this was a "modern" invention.


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