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 Marcel Deleau clarinet
Author: Penguin 
Date:   2017-03-25 09:43

Has anyone heard of this brand, and is it worth restoring? My dad recently picked one up (he couldn't wait for me to send him mine), but it needs a tune up.

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 Re: Marcel Deleau clarinet
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2017-03-25 10:36

Marcel Deleau (C clarinet, probably 50's Baxter Nortrup import) Is it a Bb or C instrument ?

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 Re: Marcel Deleau clarinet
Author: Wes 
Date:   2017-03-25 22:10

Yes, I have a wood Marcel Deleau C clarinet I bought at United Band in downtown Los Angeles in the 1950s, used. The brand was imported by the Baxter Northrup Music store, then also in that area. It can be considered an intermediate model. Baxter Northrup later moved to Van Nuys, being owned for a while by the studio player, Ben Kanter. United Band also moved out of downtown Los Angeles.

I took it to the late Glen Johnston for some tuning and adjustment work. He drilled a small vent in the bell to help the middle B and low E tuning. While it is a good clarinet, I've found very little use for a C clarinet, usually transposing c parts because the instrument was at home and not available. It has a Mitchell Lurie M3 mouthpiece on it. The original case is also here, a square clunky case with the instrument sections mounted on short dowels.

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