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 what is it?
Author: Bob 
Date:   1999-09-30 06:38

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From what I can make out on the bell ,Guy Humphrey Paris is inside an oval above that are two letters (part of words?} "L" and a "B"??? above that appears to be a banner with letters inside it. That is all I have to work with. I am curious as to the age of this instrument, or anything else. I have had it for 40 years and it was old when I got it. From what I understand it is what was called a "stencile clarinet" but as to who made it and it's age I am at a loss... in spite of it's age It puts a lot of so called "quality" clarinets to shame as far as tone, and ease of play and the softer the reed the better


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 RE: what is it?
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-09-30 11:31

Bob wrote:
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From what I can make out on the bell ,Guy Humphrey Paris is inside an oval above that are two letters (part of words?} "L" and a "B"??? above that appears to be a banner with letters inside it.
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Probably mean Low-Pitch, Bb Clarinet
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From what I understand it is what was called a "stencile clarinet" but as to who made it and it's age I am at a loss... in spite of it's age It puts a lot of so called "quality" clarinets to shame as far as tone, and ease of play and the softer the reed the better
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We'd call it a "stencil" clarinet - the name was used for clarinets distributed by music companies in the US. It may have been made by a manufacturer of very good clarinets, but there's no way to check on the pedigree.

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