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 Mysterious small 4 digits stamp on top joint
Author: Hugues Fardao 
Date:   2021-01-21 00:51
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I saw on my Selmer clarinet a little 4 digit stamp on the top joint (see picture).

It's not the serial number, the serial is regulary stamped at the bottom of both joints. These numbers are different, smaller, and I saw them when cleaning the instrument when I received it at home.

What could it be ? Any suggestion ?

Thank you.

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Post Edited (2021-01-21 00:54)

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 Re: Mysterious small 4 digits stamp on top joint
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2021-01-21 01:17

That's either a factory number or the keywork mounter's number.

I had a P series Centered Tone with the date stamped on the replacement top joint in a similar fashion when it was transplanted back at Selmer's factory (and had * stamped above the serial number to denote that). Only I don't know the whereabouts of that one now as an elderly player badgered me into selling it to him back in 2000.

You'll most likely find a letter stamped on the underside of the RH E/B touchpiece as well.

On older Selmer saxes (Modele 22 to Balanced Action and Adolple Sax models) you'll also find a different number stamped at the bottom of the main body tube (between the RH3/E tonehole and joint ring) that bears no resemblance to the serial number.

Chris.

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 Re: Mysterious small 4 digits stamp on top joint
Author: Hugues Fardao 
Date:   2021-01-21 02:37

Thank you very much for those informations !

And I looked the keys, as you said there is a letter, a "D", engraved under the last RH key touchpiece.

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 Re: Mysterious small 4 digits stamp on top joint
Author: Hugues Fardao 
Date:   2021-01-21 15:31

The Clarinets Direct shop suggest it could be for identifying a new style of keywork.

A musician in a french clarinet forum suggests that this 4 digits could be a number stamped for identifying a clarinet that belongs to an institution : army, choir, music school, city band, or something like that.

Thierry Doublon, from Selmer Paris, said the same thing.

Anyway, that makes the story of my old clarinet more interesting. ;)

(EDIT : I learned today that the letter under the key is the initial of the name of the keywork mounter that worked on the instrument).

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 Re: Mysterious small 4 digits stamp on top joint
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2021-01-21 18:24

That all got dropped when accountants began running the place in the '70s as things became more rationalised.

Chris.

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