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 Help Identifying a Woodwind & Co stencil stamped "France"
Author: silversonicbionic 
Date:   2019-07-25 05:47

I just got a used wood clarinet. It is stamped "The Woodwind Co New York" and the back of each piece is stamped "France". It came with a Steel Ebonite mouthpiece stamped G8 and has what looks like a Conn logo (trumpet in front of a lyre) and the letters NEMC underneath. Serial number is 154xx.

I was able to find some info on the mouthpiece. Most sources stated that the G8 was a more open mouthpiece for dance band playing, and I know that a lot of people really like the vintage Woodwind & Co mouthpieces. The mouthpiece plays pretty great- and doesn't have the stuffy index finger A and Bb thing. It is very similar to my The Wanne Gaia 5 (B45 lyre type opening).

The upper joint seals really well and sounds great. Nice open tone very similar to my vintage Centered Tone, but maybe a bit sweeter. The lower joint needs a couple pads (alt B/F#) and maybe another.

I am curious if anyone has any info on these instruments? It seems that maybe a French manufacturer stenciled these for Woodwind & Co? I am considering doing/getting an overhaul based on what I have heard from the instrument so far, but want to get some more info if it's available. I've been all over The Clarinet Board, SOTW and the like. I can find tons of info on the mouthpieces, but not much on the instruments. There are a few being sold on eBay and Reverb in the $200-$500 range, but it seems to play better than I'd expect for that price range.

I am wondering:
1. Who made it?
2. When was it made?
3. Does anyone have any input on the general quality of these instruments? Do they play in tune, etc....

Thanks in advance for your help!

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