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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 2004/12

From: <the.loquitur@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: metal clarinets
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2004 13:03:08 -0500

What other manufactures produced double walled metal clarinets? Does
a metal clarinet have to be double walled to be of excellent
construction?

Thanx,
Ed Stuart

On Sun, 26 Dec 2004 16:29:15 -0500, Jim & Joyce (lande@-----.net)
<lande_family@-----.net> wrote:
> From my notes, the following trade names have been used on metal
> clarinets that also were marked made in Italy
>
> Calvert
>
> Rene Lorein
>
> Otello
>
> Belvox
>
> Supreme
>
> Rene Duval
>
> Champlain
>
> Casal
>
> Rampone
>
> Star (6 stars on bell)
>
> Revelle
>
> Robert Martel
>
> Sherman
>
> Regal
>
> Paul Renne Paris
>
> V. Barcone & Son
>
> Argonaut
>
> LaMonte
>
> Warner
>
> Archie Rosate
>
> Orsi
>
> Velvetone
>
> U.S. Bandmaster
>
> Artisan Delux
>
> Rampone and Orsi are real companies and Rampone made a high quality, double
> walled metal clarinet. However, I don't believe that either made many, at
> least not under their own names. After 6 years of watching metal clarinet
> auctions on eBay -- perhaps 2000 a year -- I don't think I have seen but two
> or three metal Rampone clarinets and I don't recall seing an Orsi.
>
> The name Rene Duval appears in the New Langwell index as a firm located in
> Paris. No other information is available. I suspect that there is no
> connection between the French firm and many metal clarinet made in Italy and
> marked with the Rene Duval name. (I took apart a Rene Duval once and
> thought it was one of the cheapest made metal clarinets I had seen.)
>
> The rest of the names on the list are trade names. Importers used the
> names. There are no records about which makers were associated with which
> names and I suspect that several different makers may have supplied batches
> that carried the same trade name.
>
> Aside from the Rampone, I do not know of any Italian metal clarinets that
> were better than student grade. Many of the above trade names appear very
> commonly on eBay.
>
> Jim Lande
>
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