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 La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Jody I. 
Date:   2007-10-10 23:04

I recently picked up an old Bass Clarinet. It looks to be in pretty good shape overall, but will probably need a repad and some minor adjustments. What I am really curious about though is the brand. It is stamped La. Chambre Paris on both sections and the bell. I have been unable to find any information about this manufacturer or brand anywhere. Does anyone here have any helpful leads???

The serial number on both sections match: L.A. 1010

The body is wood, although I don't know if it is rosewood or grenadilla.

Any insight would be very appreciated.

I am looking forward to beginning playing the BC again after more than 20 years.

-Jody

Post Edited (2007-10-10 23:05)

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2007-10-11 04:27

If you could post (or link to) some photos we can probably figure it out.

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Jody I. 
Date:   2007-10-11 04:58
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As requested, here are some pictures of the instrument. Please let me know if anything needs clarifying, or if other specific pictures would help.

-Jody

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Jody I. 
Date:   2007-10-11 04:59
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And here are a few more...

-Jody

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2007-10-11 17:44

It's yet another Robert Malerne stencil. Let's see if we can remember all the brand names we've seen on Malerne bass clarinets so far:

Malerne (of course)
Evette-Schaeffer
Linton
Olds
King
Conn (the later ones)
York
SML/Marigaux
Lyon & Healey
Gretsch
Boosey & Hawkes ("Edgware")
Henri Dubois
Lyons Monarch
Jean Cartier
Rene Dumont
Penzel-Mueller

I'm sure I've missed quite a few --- anyone out there have some others?

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Michelle 
Date:   2007-10-12 02:20

Buffet!

My Buffet Radio Model bass clarinet is a Malerne copy, so I've been told.

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Jody I. 
Date:   2007-10-12 22:48

Ok... so any ideas where I might be able to get a corked neck? This model doesn't take a standard all-metal neck at the fitting. It is in otherwise good shape, and it would seem a shame to think it can never be played just because of a neck.

-Jody

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Alseg 
Date:   2007-10-13 00:59

Umm....making things for Bass Clarinets, hmmmmmmmmm
Speegenth.....spiegen....aw, I give up.
Ask Dave.


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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2007-10-13 04:41

It's OK, I can't spell Alin Seagull's name either.

Jody, I have the same instrument (in the "Linton"-branded incarnation) with a neck, but I was sorta kinda planning to keep the neck with the instrument. However, I believe a Noblet corked neck will fit (possibly after some minor adjustment), but not positive of this. Or, you might be able to have a tech or machinist turn down the tenon of a Vito or Leblanc non-corked neck, add cork to the tenon, and use. Or, you might be able to pick up one of the MANY Malerne-stencil bass clarinets in ratty shape but with a decent neck on the unmentionable Internet auction site or elsewhere.

Or, that Dr. Zeegeuhl guy could probably make you an absolutely gorgeous wood neck, since it's just a long curved barrel, after all.....................

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Alseg 
Date:   2007-10-13 12:34

No way, Dave. The closest I have come to curved barrels was a Calabash Pipe (Quick Watson, the game is afoot).

Seriously, I was indicating that Jody could contact Dave Spiegenthal for repair. Others include Walter Grabner, Peter Spriggs, etc.

Alain C. Gaul (how teddibly French, oui)...and not divided into three parts.


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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2007-10-13 14:11

Great serious? funn, guys, but informative !, TKS. Don

Thanx, Mark, Don

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: C2thew 
Date:   2007-10-15 02:44

are the marlerne instruments good quality? this particular instrument resembles the kohlert bass clarinets, which i've heard are good bass clarinets.

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. they are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which was already but too easy to arrive as railroads lead to Boston to New York
-Walden; Henry Thoreau

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: David Spiegelthal 2017
Date:   2007-10-15 11:40

Jody's instrument is NOT a Kohlert stencil -- it is a Malerne. The big giveaway is the register mechanism design.

Malernes are OK student-to-intermediate instruments; Kohlerts are decent intermediates with no modifications or professional-grade after a few relatively minor mods. In my (not-humble) opinion.

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 Re: La. Chambre Paris Bass Clarinet
Author: mstweedy 
Date:   2018-01-07 21:31

Hi Jody,
I don't know if you're on this forum anymore but I know a lot about La Chambre Clarinets. I know the man that used to make them in the 60's but he went out of business. Sadly my father invested 25 grand into his clarinet business before it went under. Very sad story.

I have not seen Emil La Chambre since the 60's but I remember watching him make his clarinets in the garage he rented next to my house when I was a kid. My biggest regret is that my dad never got me one of his beautiful clarinets before the business went under.

Anyway, if you get this let me know. thanks! meghan

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