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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000435.txt from 2003/10

From: "Ted Casher" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Unknown clarinet system
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 13:04:58 -0400

Sounds like the B-B clarinet. I saw one at Reginald Kell's home in 1954,
when I was taking lessons with him. This clarinet was suppressed by the
major clarinet makers, therefore; the manufacturer went out of business. The
instrument was derided because it was manufactured out of hard rubber. Or is
it the Stubbins system? The latter was a product of LeBlanc in the late
1950s. However, since you mentioned hard rubber and a low serial number, I
believe it was the B-B clarinet. Look up issues of Clarinet Magazine from
1953-4. Best of luck in your quest, and let all of us know how you made
out. Ted Casher
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Hansken" <>
Subject: [kl] Unknown clarinet system

> Hello List
> I've come across a rather interesting clarinet in my band instrument
> 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
> and determined that it is not a German system or Alberts. I don't know
> it is...I've never seen one like this before, but it looks pretty cool,
> I'm excited to get it in playing condition so if any of you can help me
> 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
> photos to help... so I'll do my best in explaining what the
> :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
> 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
> 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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