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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000174.txt from 2010/12

From: "Vann Turner" <vjoet@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Robert Martel Clarinet
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 16:15:15 -0500

Hi Ken,

I've been watching ebay for a Martel, nothing urgent just curious about
them. A very fine repair person (whose name I'm not including for he
sometimes posts to this list) wrote this sentence in an email to me
discussing vintage instruments:

"I also have a clarinet that will play circles around an R13...sleek and
built for speed...Martel."

If you want the name and email address, Ken, send me a private email and
I'll foward you that information.

Best wishes!
Vann Joe Turner

>I got an old clarinet in unplayably leaky condition because of its
> trademark, which is ROBERT MARTEL in a "frown" curve at the top, PARIS
> straight across the middle and SUPERIEURE in a "smile" curve at the
> bottom The left ring finger hole and the right index and ring finger
> holes are severely undercut.
>
> Is this the same as Martel Freres (which is what Reginald Kell
> played)? If not, is it worth restoring?
>
> Also, in a 1990 thread,
> http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/read.html?f=1&i=26512&t=26477,
> Graham noted that the bore was larger than the current Buffet bore and
> needed an English-style mouthpiece to play in tune. Presumably
> Pillinger will know. Anyone else?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Ken Shaw
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