Advertising and Web Hosting on Woodwind.Org!

Woodwind.OrgThe Clarinet BBoardThe C4 standard

  BBoard Equipment Study Resources Music General    
 New Topic  |  Go to Top  |  Go to Topic  |  Search  |  Help/Rules  |  Smileys/Notes  |  Log In   Newer Topic  |  Older Topic 
 F.E.Olds bass clarinet. Help needed
Author: Anton 
Date:   2020-04-07 03:24

Hello. I absolutely can't find an information in the net regarding my F.E.Olds "Special" wooden bass clarinet. Could you please tell me the "history" of it and the year it was produced. It is written "France 3478" (serial number?). Thanks in advance for any help! I can send photos if needed.

Post Edited (2020-04-07 08:43)

Reply To Message
 Re: F.E.Olds bass clarinet. Help needed
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2020-04-07 16:39

If it says "France" I would highly suspect that it was a Malerne bass clarinet as they were well known for making stencil instruments. The last comment on this thread seems to confirm that as well:

The later Olds bass clarinets were made by Amati in Czechoslovakia.


Post Edited (2020-04-07 16:40)

Reply To Message
 Re: F.E.Olds bass clarinet. Help needed
Author: bradfordlloyd 
Date:   2020-04-08 02:04

I used to own an FE Olds bass clarinet. Not a bad horn, but I found the intonation troublesome and struggled with anything on the higher end of the range. It was the lack of the register extension on the neck that was the culprit in both cases.

I agree with JDBassplayer that this is a Malerne-produced instrument. Malerne stenciled many of the bass clarinets in the mid-late 20th century, and the keywork bears a distinctive look.

Reply To Message
 Avail. Forums  |  Threaded View   Newer Topic  |  Older Topic 

 Avail. Forums  |  Need a Login? Register Here 
 User Login
 User Name:
 Remember my login:
 Forgot Your Password?
Enter your email address or user name below and a new password will be sent to the email address associated with your profile.
Search Woodwind.Org

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

The Clarinet Pages
is sponsored by:

For Sale
Put your ads for items you'd like to sell here. Free! Please, no more than two at a time - ads removed after two weeks.

Retailers and manufacturers of clarinets, both modern and early replica

Accessories that every clarinetist needs - reed makers and shapers, ligatures, greases, oils, and preservatives ... and more!

Major events especially for clarinetists

Great reeds available from around the world

Mouthpieces & Barrels
Fine makers of mouthpieces and barrels, from wood to crystal to hard rubber and plastic

Services and products too varied to categorize! Repair, recording, news

Instrument repairs, restorations, adjustments, and overhauls.

Music & Books
CDs, Sheet Music, and some of the greatest reference books ever written!

     Copyright © Woodwind.Org, Inc. All Rights Reserved    Privacy Policy    Contact