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 Symer Bocal?
Author: mschmidt 
Date:   2019-08-10 19:53

Two people (an English horn player and an instrument tech who knows the English horn player) have suggested/hinted that my favorite bocal might be a Symer bocal. Apparently, Symer put no distinguishing marks on his bocals. I selected the bocal from over a half dozen sent to me by the person who sold me my English horn, who posts here under the moniker "heckelmaniac." I prefer this bocal over the Tom Hiniker bocal that I also chose. Is there any way of finding out if my favorite bocal is in fact a Symer bocal?

It doesn't really matter too much if I know; my chances of finding another Symer bocal if I ever ruin/lose this one are slim. But I fantasize about acquiring the technical know-how to make identical copies of this one, and I'd like to know if I could call such a thing a "copy of a Symer bocal."


Still an Amateur, but not really middle-aged anymore

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 Re: Symer Bocal?
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2019-08-11 07:18

I don't know about the bocals you have, but my 20-year-old Symer has an "S" on it.

Bay Area, California

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 Re: Symer Bocal?
Author: mschmidt 
Date:   2019-08-11 20:01

That's good to know. I suspect now that my repairman's idea that Symer bocals were "unsigned" is false. I now think that it's probably an old bocal from some minor maker who managed to get bocals right without a lot of fanfare--which was my original thought when I selected the bocal in the first place.


Still an Amateur, but not really middle-aged anymore

Post Edited (2019-08-11 20:07)

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