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 old clarinet needs date??
Author: littledebbie 
Date:   2004-06-05 22:53

I was wondering if anyone knows anything about an old clarinet that was given to me. It appears to be silver. On the horn part it say: WOLVERINE-GRINNELL BROS-DETROIT MICHIGAN. I really don't know about clarinets--I play the organ, but I tried researching the company and only found pianos listed. I searced a serial # site for clarinets--no luck there either. It has a serial # of AB1454. I anyone can give me any info...I'd really appreciate it!

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 Re: old clarinet needs date??
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   2004-06-05 23:04

Grinnel Bros. was a very large music company in Detroit back in the early 20th century. They were not an instrument manufacturer, but rather resold instruments made & labelled with the Grinnel name.

It's well-nigh impossible to accurately date that type of clarinet.

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 Re: old clarinet needs date??
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2004-06-06 00:17

Early 1900's, '10-30 ? Being "from" Lansing MI [years ago] , we had a Grinnell Bros. store there also, so your inquiry rang the bell. We had a similar question in '02 and my, et al's, guesswork [search our archives] was that White-King, Cleveland; Bettoney, Boston; or Conn, Elkhart could have been the maker of this "stencil" clarinet. A few months ago, Jim Lande, our "resident" metal cl collector/expert , posted a lengthy listing of metals, so look for this, possibly contact Jim directly, he is very helpful and will be interested. Luck, Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: old clarinet needs date??
Author: Dee 
Date:   2004-06-06 13:00

It is probable that this is a student grade clarinet and is nickel plated. It is highly unlikely that a "stencil" clarinet would be silver.

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 Re: old clarinet needs date??
Author: Tim P 
Date:   2004-06-07 19:36

Has it just now started dating?? Why has it not dated before??
Is is looking for a long term relationship or just a date??

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 Re: old clarinet needs date??
Author: Henry 
Date:   2004-06-07 19:44

Yes, and what gender?

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