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 LeCouture clarinet--Help!
Author: Frank 
Date:   2000-08-06 14:12

Anyone know anything about a Paris made clarinet named LeCouture? Looks fairly old and of good quality.

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 RE: LeCouture clarinet--Help!
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2000-08-06 17:13

Since La Couture and several other centers in France are, according to Rendall, principal, historical "markets" for clarinets etc, I would conclude its use is as a "stencil", a good name by an ?unknown? maker. Since we have a number of European reader-posters, please help us out. Don

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 RE: LeCouture clarinet--Help!
Author: Eoin McAuley 
Date:   2000-08-07 23:21

La Couture is a small town outside Paris. It was the birthplace of the French woodwind industry and was the centre of clarinet manufacture for many years. All the major French makers had workshops or factories there and some still do. I think Leblanc are still based there. There is a museum of woodwind instruments.

Don is probably right about the name "Couture" being used on clarinets by unknown makers. It has even been used on instruments which are stamped "Made in England"!

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 RE: LeCouture clarinet--Help!
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2006-08-19 00:07

Now it's my turn to open an old thread!

Look at the photos:


I reckon it's a Malerne, though I would like to know if I'm right in thinking this.


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 Re: LeCouture clarinet--Help!
Author: Alseg 
Date:   2006-08-19 01:01

Didn't Coco Channel make them?
oops...wrong couture. [whoa]

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 Re: LeCouture clarinet--Help!
Author: beejay 
Date:   2006-08-19 22:22

To nitpick, the name of the town is La Couture Boussey


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 RE: LeCouture clarinet--Help!
Author: Vytas 
Date:   2006-08-19 23:09
Attachment:  MalerneStandard.JPG (185k)

Chris P,

Yes, it's R.M.R. Malerne "Standard" from the 40's

BTW "pillars with very wide flanged bases" on clarinets is the SML keywork trademark.

Vytas Krass
Professional clarinet technician
Custom clarinet mouthpiece maker
Former professional clarinet player

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