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 imported conn harmony clarinets?
Author: dan powell 
Date:   2001-12-04 02:06

does any one know who made the alto and bass wood clarinets that conn sold under there name in the us? they came from france

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 RE: imported conn harmony clarinets?
Author: willie 
Date:   2001-12-04 04:27

How old is the horn you're talking about? I have an old Conn Oboe from the early 30s that has the old Conn brass insert in the bell. Nowhere on it does it say Made in France, but suspected it was as the heavier stamped numbers are in an old font commonly used in Europe. There are also added numbers at the end that are in an american style and slightly smaller. None of the oboe players around here have ever seen keywork quite like it either. Then a friend found one on eBay that was just exactly like it. Same keys and case. It was made by Henry Farney (sp) in France. If ita an older horn, I think it may have been a stencil from this company.

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 RE: imported conn harmony clarinets?
Author: Mark Pinner 
Date:   2001-12-04 12:01

Might be Marigaux or Cuesnon who have made stencils for various makers.

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 RE: imported conn harmony clarinets?
Author: Don Berger 
Date:   2001-12-04 13:37

You might want to contact Debbi Reeves at the Shrine to Music, in V, SD, they are quite knowledgable re: Conns. I gave an old open-holed wood Conn alto to them last spring, and they may have researched it. I also have an 1940's ? wood bass [to low E only], will check it carefully for any "maker markings" have believed it is US made, havent seen any others similar! [in ahurry now] Don

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 RE: imported conn harmony clarinets?
Author: David Spiegelthal 
Date:   2001-12-04 13:39

They were made by Robert Malerne in Paris. Basically good instruments, although hampered by lack of tonehole undercutting, and a single register mechanism which, although it produces a very good throat Bb, results in very poor response and tone on the 'long' clarion B, C, and to some extent C#. I've restored (and modified) four Malerne or Malerne-stencil basses so far, and they've been consistent. Two of mine were labelled Conn, one was labelled Linton, and the other two had Malerne's name on them.

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 RE: imported conn harmony clarinets?
Author: dan powell 
Date:   2001-12-04 22:19

thank you david

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 RE: imported conn harmony clarinets?
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2022-01-16 05:42

back in jr high my school had a battered conn wooden alto with made in france. on it. no one played it and i was allowed to take it home a play around with it. i fell in love with its unique sound -lush and woody down low and like a sax up high. now at age 65 i am finally playing alto clarinet in ComUnity band and have a malerne but hard rubber not wood.

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