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 Victory Clarinet
Author: Eileen 
Date:   1999-05-29 03:12

Has anyone heard of a Victory clarinet? It is very old, was my friends grandmothers. It is nickle plated I believe with the Pat#1,705634 and Model #MS792. The keys have the numbers 92 on each of them. The mouthpiece has Long Island City on it, but this may not be original to the piece.

I would appreciate any information I can get on this.

Thank you.

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 RE: Victory Clarinet
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-05-29 16:47

U S Patent 1,705,634 was issued 3/1929 to Bettoney [Harry], who made clarinets etc in Boston [later becomming Cundy-Bettoney] in the early 1900's. Its probably safe to assume that your cl was made after 3/1929 so as to bear the pat #, which corresponds to the time period when metal cl's were popular. He and others made insts for the armed services prob 1917 + which would account for the name. He also wrote and commented-on writings re: clarinets. I have a metal ser.AN 9803 [3-Star] and a wood ser's.3346 and 4166[upper joint] labelled USN [Navy?] both made by C-B. Hope this interesting history [to which, others please contribute] may help you. Don

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 RE: Victory Clarinet
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   1999-05-30 00:09

Victory was also the trade name for clarinets made by the Oliver Ditson Company. Ditson existed from 1888 to 1931 and was one of Americas largest WWI dealers, publishers, etc.

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 RE: Victory Clarinet
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   1999-05-30 15:50

Thanx, Mark - Its very possible that Eileen's cl WAS made by Ditson under patent license from Bettoney, however still after 1929. I'll review what writings I have of H B's [1950's Clarinet magazine issues] to see if more info is available. Not mentioned by Rendall. Don

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 RE: Victory Clarinet
Author: jim 
Date:   1999-05-30 20:09

I used to take notes on all of the eBay metal clarinet auctions and concluded that more than one company used that trade name. Some were identified as American Victory rather than Victory.

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