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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000094.txt from 2004/12

From: Cricket <>
Subj: [kl] History of two old clarinets - old leblanc
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 15:40:15 -0500

Hi Don,

I wonder if you could help me then. I emailed Leblanc months ago now
asking about a serial number of an old Leblanc Bb clarinet I have. It
has an articulated G# key as well as an extra Bb vent key system - not
sure what to call it. It used to be my teachers and I bought it from
him some years ago as he was selling all his instruments - he was in his
70/80's and had had it many years and apparently it was second hand when
he bought it. The serial number is 5xxx I can email you privately if
you need the exact numbers.

Many thanks,

In message <003701c4da70$f363c1d0$6601a8c0@ABACUS>, DWH
<> writes
>Derek -
>If you'll send me the serial number from your old Normandy off-list, I'll be
>able to date it fairly close for you. Since it has a composite body, it was
>made by Leblanc, and they will not make a serial number list available to
>the public as Selmer and Buffet do. I used to work for a long-time Leblanc
>dealer, and still have my notes from dating Leblanc clarinets we had as part
>of a private collection.
>Don Hatfield
>> Hi. I've been playing on this old plastic Normandy for
>> the last 8 years (i think it's time to upgrade...) but
>> I've recently been curious about where this instrumnet
>> has been. First of all, it is atleast 40 years old.
>> Er...48, if you count the 8 years I've had it. A
>> relative gave it to me when I first showed some
>> interest in clarinet when I was in fourth grade. Every
>> one of the pads was completely rotted out, the cork
>> was in bad shape to say the least, but ever since I
>> got it fixed it's been the best clarinet I've played
>> on. He said he played it when he was my age (meaning
>> 10) so that would make it atleast 40 years old at the
>> time I received it (48 now). He said they had it just
>> "lying around", and no one is really clear on where it
>> came from. I have the serial number and I know it's a
>> Normandy, as it's inscribed on the bell. Is there any
>> way I can find out when and where this clarinet was
>> made? I'd like to know the history of this instrumnet.
>> There is also a metal clarinet as well, which I think
>> is about the same age, and I'd like to know the
>> history of this one too, alhtough I don't currently
>> have any info on it. Thanks.
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