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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001048.txt from 2001/02

From: "Keith" <>
Subj: [kl] RE: klarinet Digest 27 Feb 2001 05:08:35 -0000 Issue 2923
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 01:12:26 -0500

> Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 20:13:18 -0500
> To: <>
> From: "Rebecca Hawkins" <>
> Subject: Albert System Clarinet Repair
> Message-ID: <001001c0a05b$5ec041a0$cb33d7d1=cjgv001>
> Hello! I am a member of the Band of the US Air Force Reserve,
> stationed at
> Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. I am also an aspiring jazz clarinetist (I
> perform with the traditional jazz group "Dixie Express", part of
> the Band of
> the AF Reserve). Recently I purchased an Albert System clarinet
> on eBay that
> is in need of an overhaul and a little "TLC"... the body is in fairly good
> shape, no cracks or anything, but it does need all the pads and corks
> replaced, as well as a little work on the keys. I was wondering if anyone
> knows of a technician who specializes in Albert System repair,
> preferably in
> the Southeastern US. Any advice will be much appreciated!
> Thank you!
> Rebecca Hawkins, A1C, USAF
> Band of the US Air Force Reserve


I recently restored an Albert clarinet (made by Jacques Albert) in similar
condition to the one you describe. It does not require a specialist in
Alberts, just a competent clarinet technician. The only specialty might
arise if the pads are of very different construction to modern pads, but I
think that by the time of the Alberts, pad construction was pretty much
settled into today's design. I'm out of town at the moment, but I think mine
has leather-covered pads. What is the make of yours?

One nice thing about Albert clarinets (and I learned on one, back in
prehistory :-)) is the pure tone you get on the C above the stave ... much
better than on a Boehm. The register key doesn't clog up with water, either.

Keith Bowen

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