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 Bundy with plateau thumb hole.
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2017-03-20 13:19

Recently I bought a wood Bundy on EBay. The price was pocket change, and when it arrived it looked like a piece of firewood covered with verdigris. It cleaned up amazingly well and after a repad, recork and some TLC it looks as good as it ever did. Curiously, it has a plateau key on the thumb hole, sealed with a cork pad. Apart from that its stock standard. I'm amazed at how well-built it is, certainly a bit further up the food chain than the plastic Bundy. With my Fobes SF CF+ it tunes as well as any instrument I've ever tested. Altogether a pleasant surprise. Can anybody shed any light on the plateau thumb key? I've never seen a plateau key in isolation like this.

Tony F.

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 Re: Bundy with plateau thumb hole.
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2017-03-20 16:33

Selmer briefly offered a Bundy with the Mazzeo throat Bb mechanism. It also had a left thumb plate and a straight conical bell. Some people removed the Bb mechanism to avoid the changes in fingering, but signs of its presence should be visible on various keys.

Ken Shaw

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 Re: Bundy with plateau thumb hole.
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-03-20 16:43

The plateau could be replaced with a standard ring. But I, for one, am not sure a plateau cover on the thumb would be a bad thing. Failure to keep the thumb hole completely covered when your left hand is moving around in technical work is a major cause of squeaks for both young students and many of us older players with stiffer fingers.


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 Re: Bundy with plateau thumb hole.
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-03-20 17:51

Vito/Holton also offered similar clarinets with plateau thumbplate and RH3 fingerplate for players with smaller hands. Maybe a LH3 fingerplate as well.

Former oboe finisher
Howarth of London
1998 - 2010

The opinions I express are my own.

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 Re: Bundy with plateau thumb hole.
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2017-03-21 02:12

Tony, how old is that Bundy?
I have an old Bundy Alto Clarinet (bought in Woodstock NY 2-3 years before Woodstock became famous for that event")
This Bundy is marked as "made in France" and has a proper double octave mechanism.
So maybe you have a French made instrument.

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 Re: Bundy with plateau thumb hole.
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2017-03-21 04:27

This is a soprano clarinet, serial number is 82083 marked on the upper joint only. I suspect that the bell is Bakelite and it's marked Selmer USA. It tunes and plays well with a Selmer HS*.

Tony F.

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