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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000572.txt from 2001/07

From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Leblanc Barrels
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 05:07:11 -0400

Thank you to Robert (or Kelly) & David for their suggestions re Leblanc
barrels. I`ll be looking round the spare barrel boxes here, & I`ll explore
the barrels of JIm Pyne if I can get to know how to contact him.

What complicates things still further tho` is I`m told that my present set
up of Leblanc Opus is different from the old LL`s, enough to even make using
the same (my current) mouthpiece for <both> instruments incompatible.

I would think that this is a problem unresolvable enough to think that the
only recourse is to get rid of my LL`s forthwith. Any thoughts, or
agreements? Could Walter come in, or am I not being comprehensive enough
with my specifications?


Tony W.

----- Original Message -----
From: "David McClune" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Leblanc Barrels

I had a student a couple years ago who owned a LL model and Jim Pyne had a
barrel which worked pretty well on it. Write or call Mr. Pyne.

Good luck


>>> 07/19/01 16:33 PM >>>

I have found on my old Leblanc L300 that I have to use
barrel WITHOUT a large taper like the traditional
Leblancs had/have (acousticians please correct me if
this is wrong.) The Buffet, Yamaha, and Selmer
clarinets came with tapered bore barrels (I have tried
different barrels from each on my Leblanc, and
although I can get a different resistance and sound,
the scale suffers emmensely.

Try finding Leblancs such as LX, LL or L300 models in
pawn shops, and trying the barrels out on them. You
might also call notable repairmen in your area that
service Leblancs and ask about buying old barrels, or
getting a new barrel for the LX, LL, or L300 from a
mail order company. The LLs are still being made, as
far as I know. One last option...I'm not fond of them,
but the accubore barrels come in a Leblanc taper model
(or they did last time I tried them 3 or 4 years ago.)

Good luck!

Kelly Abraham
Woodwinds/Computer Geek
New York City (On hiatus in Buenos Aires)
--- Tony Wakefield <> wrote:
> Walter,
> This seems like a valuable piece of info indeed.
> What you have already
> written will certainly be an excellent basis for me,
> on how I may look at my
> students` instruments.
> And I have two Leblanc LL`s, quite old, which I have
> been frustrated with,
> due to the original mouthpieces and barrels going
> walk about (shame on me).
> Even with new barrels made, (not Leblanc) I just
> have not been able to
> temper the 12ths.
> If an old instrument has,or develops bad 12ths, is
> it possible to correct
> this - even to <some> degree, to enable a student to
> use?
> Best,
> Tony W.

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