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 Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Scottical 
Date:   2017-12-31 01:43
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Hello,

Any recommendations for a repairer in the United States who'd be comfortable adjusting/repadding a Ripa Ab sopranino (Boehm, 17/6, wood)? Instrument was purchased new in 2016.

Thanks!
S

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: LCL 
Date:   2018-01-01 21:16

Happy New Year!

I own a LeBlanc Ab that Morrie Backun did for me several years ago. I realize that he isn't in the USA!

Best Wishes

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Steven Ocone 2017
Date:   2018-01-02 04:36

I could work on it or recommend someone closer by (depending on where you live). And there are some other techs on this board that have had good reviews.

Steven Ocone
Ann & Steve's Music

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2018-01-02 05:53

LCL, having seen some YouTube vids of Morrie Backun working on clarinets, I'd bet he got a kick out of working on a sopranino. Though I wonder if his default toolkit extended to the smaller sized necessary tools. :-)

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2018-01-02 06:51

Nice little clarinet pipe. In my terminology that's a 'Piccolo' Clarinet. Sopranino (High Soprano) Clarinets are pitched in D / Eb / F / G. The last two have probably never been made although the one in F would be real handy to play the F Trumpet part in JS Bach's 2nd Brandenburg Concerto.

Skyfacer

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2018-01-02 07:37

> Sopranino (High Soprano) Clarinets are pitched in D /
> Eb / F / G. The last two have probably never been made
> although the one in F would be real handy to play the F Trumpet
> part in JS Bach's 2nd Brandenburg Concerto.
>

Actually clarinets in high F and G exist (although no Boehm instruments that I can find):

http://www.mimo-db.eu/MIMO/infodoc/ged/view.aspx?eid=OAI_IMAGE_PROJECTS_LIB_ED_AC_UK_10683_15060

http://www.mimo-db.eu/MIMO/infodoc/ged/view.aspx?eid=OAI_IMAGE_PROJECTS_LIB_ED_AC_UK_10683_16165

-Jdbassplayer

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Ebclarinet1 
Date:   2018-01-03 03:12

Were you able to buy your Ripamonti in the US or did you have to order it from Italy? Do they have a US dealer?

Eefer guy

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2018-01-03 10:44

Thanks for the links Jdbassplayer. I"d love to get my hands on that F sopranino. I reckon I could soon learn the non Boehm fingering. I'm actually going to perform the 2nd Branderburg Concerto sometime this year with our chamber orchestra (amateur) but on the F Sopranino Recorder played as an F pitched instrument not in C concert pitch as it usually is. This means I'll be reading straight off the F Trumpet notation as written.

Skyfacer

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Scottical 
Date:   2018-01-03 23:31

Thanks for the recommendations, all.

The instrument was purchased from Ripamonti at Midwest last December. Being the odd little horn it is, I've had to make opportunities to play it. I've played Eb parts in community bands, for example, by transposing down a fourth. I've also played Bb parts up an octave in outdoor music (marches, school pep tunes, etc.) by transposing up a second.

As far as nomenclature, if we follow the tradition of other wind instruments, a true "piccolo" clarinet would be pitched in Bb, an octave above the soprano. While such instruments had been used historically (I can think of one in a museum), they're now obsolete. Woodwind reference books seem to disagree on the nomenclature, too.

The instrument seems not to have been used in American professional bands since Patrick Gilmore's time. Sousa omitted it from his band on the basis that "it was too shrieking!" (his words). A.A. Harding had at least one A-flat player in his enormous concert band at the University of Illinois for a time. He seems to have been interested in obscure instruments, as there are records of heckelphone and tarogato players in his groups, too.

If you want to hear some altissimo on G sopranino, check this out, but don't have your volume up all the way!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUq4XSNraFo



Post Edited (2018-01-03 23:33)

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Ebclarinet1 
Date:   2018-01-06 01:26

I owned a LeBlanc Ab years ago but it was SO out of tune that I used it only once in public, to play that awful descending scale with the piccolo in Shostakovich 5. It is in a better range for Ab and is a better match for the piccolo there. When I had the instrument I used it in some clarinet choir groups too although most of the time the Eb and Ab parts were doubled or used as an alternative.

Think I'll approach Ripamonti with the idea of purchasing one.

Eefer guy

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: bmcgar 2017
Date:   2018-01-09 01:51

For those interested, the Thalia-Schrammeln quartet includes a piccolo clarinet, though I'm not sure what it's pitch in.

There's at least one CD, Music from Old Vienna," available through that behemoth online store that begins with "A."

B.

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 Re: Ab Sopranino Repair
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2018-01-09 16:04

bmcgar, that would be the high G clarinet, also known as "picksüßes Hölzl." The style of music is "Schrammelmusik" and is a Viennese folk style from the latter part of the 19th century.

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