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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000431.txt from 2003/10

From: "John Hansken" <hanskenj@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] Unknown clarinet system
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 23:39:42 -0400

Hello List

I've come across a rather interesting clarinet in my band instrument repair
tech class that neither I nor my professor has ever seen before. Now I've
worked on some Mazzeo, Plato and regular Bohem system clarinets, I've looked
and determined that it is not a German system or Alberts. I don't know what
it is...I've never seen one like this before, but it looks pretty cool, and
I'm excited to get it in playing condition so if any of you can help me out
with what the key mechanism system or direct me to where I might look that
would be appreciated greatly.

Unfortunately the manufacturer markings have worn off. I can't seem to send
photos to help... so I'll do my best in explaining what the characteristics
:P.

Here are the noticeable differences from the "normal" Bohem system

1) We believe it to be made from hard rubber and it has silver plated
keys....weird... and the serial number is 1480.....yes only four digits.

Upper Joint

2) it has a regulation screw that closes the pad between the 1st and 2nd
fingers (as in where the fingers are placed on the tone holes) of your left
hand, which is activated from the 3rd finger of your left hand.

3) the Eb/Bb fork key also closes / covers a small pad (about 6mm... maybe
smaller) between your 2nd and 3rd finger of you left hand.

Lower Joint

4) the C# / G# key is on the lower joint. The tone hole is located no on the
side towards the back but rather in front going through the socket and
tenon. It can also be activated by the right-hand form a fork key that has
been placed between the 1st and 2nd finger of your right hand.

5) it has a left hand Eb on the lower joint

Hope someone can shed light on what system this clarinet is...

John

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