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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000203.txt from 2003/10

From: "Don Hatfield" <dhatfield@-----.org>
Subj: Re: [kl] LeBlanc barrels
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 10:18:24 -0400

Is this like the Monty Python sketch with the comy chair ("Confess, I say!")
I have a Noblet that I don't play often, but the original barrel is quite
good and tunes great, it is a .66, if that will help your decision. My
Noblet is about twenty years old, BTW (and I know because I managed to get
the serial number/date from them after pestering them for a month on a daily
basis by phone, although I was working for a LEblanc dealer at the
time...but have since been unable to locate the serial number info they gave
me, darn it).

> I'm considering putting a replacement barrel on the Noblet. Probably an
> "original" Accubore, the one with the ribs. However, I see that these
> come in varying lengths. International Music Suppliers list them as 60,
> 62, 64, 65, and 66mm. I know, of course, this will affect tuning.
> Problem is I haven't the vaguest notion of the length of the original
> barrel, and the specs on LeBlanc's website are about as useful as their
> offer to tell you how old your instrument is based on the serial number
> (no, I never heard).
>
> Anyone (1) want to admit they own a Noblet and (2) have a hint?

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