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 A Robert, Paris
Author: Soopy 
Date:   2018-08-29 00:13

I have just joined the forum. I always wanted to play the clarinet and did have a few lessons, about 40 years ago!

So when I saw one, which appears to be complete, in a nice looking case at the local vide grenier, I am in France, I bought it.

It is marked on each section with a stamp A Robert, Paris. It needs new pads and a spring is broken but otherwise looks good.

How do I find out which key it is in, A or Bb?

I am intending to replace the pads but will need help with the spring.

Does anyone have any advice for me? I understand these are fairly rare and I would not like to do anything wrong to it.

Thanks

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 Re: A Robert, Paris
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2018-08-29 00:20

A photo and measurements would be helpful. A Bb is about 26 inches with mouthpiece and the A about 27.

Welcome aboard!

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 Re: A Robert, Paris
Author: Soopy 
Date:   2018-08-29 01:50
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As requested, some I took earlier.

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 Re: A Robert, Paris
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2018-08-29 16:49

I had an A. Robert Bb which I sold a few years ago. It played and tuned surprisingly well, and I now regret that I sold it. The current owner still plays it, and if he ever decides to part with it then I have first refusal on it.
Mine had an interesting history. I bought it from the estate of a doctor in Albany, Western Australia. He went to France during WW1 as a medical officer with the Australian forces and bought the instrument back with him. He again went to Europe as a medical officer during WW2 and came back with another A. Robert Bb. He was an enthusiastic amateur orchestral player and continued to play well into his 90's. I had the first instrument that he brought back, and the whereabouts of the second one is unknown. He was a generous man and may have given it to a student. A. Robert clarinets were made at Chateau-Thierry from around 1900 to around 1925. They are fine instruments and play well when properly set up.

Tony F.

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 Re: A Robert, Paris
Author: Brad Behn 
Date:   2018-08-29 17:41

If the mouthpiece is a Robert, you've got something with GREAT potential.

Brad Behn
http://www.clarinetmouthpiece.com

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