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 Martin Freres LaMonte Paris
Author: Jim 
Date:   2002-02-21 19:04

Hello Everyone,

I started playing the clarinet after an 19 year hiatus (the last time being in 9th Grade band). I have been out of the loop for awhile and I need information regarding a clarinet that I borrowed from a friend.

The clarinet is a Martin Freres LaMonte model. I performed a search a few months ago and the only information available was a listing from a gentleman who claimed that the company went out of business during the late 60's early 70's.

An early "thanks" to those who can enlighten me.


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 RE: Martin Freres LaMonte Paris
Author: Mark Pinner 
Date:   2002-02-21 23:27

I cant tell you when they went out of business but Martin Freres came up with some interesting designs. Some hard rubber or plastic clarintes have an upper joint which is sleeved internally with metal for some reason. The weigh a ton and are not particularly brillinat instruments. There are other variants such as sleeved tuning barrells on some of the wooden instruments. Their flutes have an internally sleeved foot joint instead of the standard tenon fitting and again are very heavy. We see a lot of these horns appearing with Russian immigrants so they obviously did a lot of business there.

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 RE: Martin Freres LaMonte Paris
Author: David Spiegelthal 
Date:   2002-02-22 21:11

The Lamonte was Martin Freres student clarinet. The one I tried was rather awful. In fact, I have yet to try any Martin Freres model (wood or plastic)that played really well (admittedly, this is based on a sample size of only three clarinets).

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 Re: Martin Freres LaMonte Paris
Author: trac48 
Date:   2011-12-10 09:20

I have a Martin Freres clarinet. It is engraved with this info:

Martin Freres
LaMonte Paris

James Allen Oakley

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 Re: Martin Freres LaMonte Paris
Author: chris moffatt 
Date:   2011-12-10 13:39

The company did go out of business back in the sixties as I remember. By that time the "freres" were long gone. The company was reorganized in the late twenties but kept the name Martin Freres. As Dave S said the LaMonte was their student horn; that name was used for horns imported to the USA. I had one once - not a particularly good player with clunky keywork and indifferent intonation but at least it didn't crack right out of the store.

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