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 king of swing era clarinets
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2021-10-02 21:21

i just got back from overhauall a conn 424n 1940 clarinet. wow this thing has the sound and volume of this era in spades! came with a execellent vintage woodwind steel ebonite b7 mpc but really came to life with the bay artist mo-m mpc. holy cow is this thing fun to play. good for serious music? doubt it but i have buffet-leblanc and selmers for that

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 Re: king of swing era clarinets
Author: LFabian 
Date:   2021-10-03 09:00

I too had the same exhilaration as you putting on a vintage mouthpiece on a vintage Selmer Q. The Bay mouthpiece was customized for Dixieland. Very fat sound with a Bay ligature.

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 Re: king of swing era clarinets
Author: johnwesley 
Date:   2021-10-04 09:36

Artie Shaw played a Conn 444 back in the day, but in later years preferred Buffet. Always sounded great. I have a feeling Artie could make a a Christmas wrapping paper tube sound good. He was phenomenal.

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 Re: king of swing era clarinets
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2021-10-04 17:38

the 424n is supposed to be a plain version of the 444n i read. i agree shaw was the best-better than goodman

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 Re: king of swing era clarinets
Author: tyleman 
Date:   2021-10-07 18:02

Super20dan wrote:
"i agree shaw was the best-better than goodman."

Always a good way to start a monumental argument! ;-)

I tend to view instrumentalists as different flavors, rather than one is better than another. I'm glad we had Goodman AND Shaw, and Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, Barney Bigard, Edmond Hall, et. al. They ALL brought something different to the party.

I tend to prefer Artie's playing to Goodman's, to be honest. I also liked his bands better, too.

Speaking of swing-era clarinetists, Woody Herman played a Penzel-Mueller, which are damn fine clarinets.

Years ago I owned a Conn 424n, but ended up with a very nice Selmer BT. I sold both, the Conn to a superb clarinetist in New Orleans who may still be playing it.

If you like Artie's playing, checking out French clarinetist Hubert Rostaing, who took the place of Stephane Grappelli in the post WWII Quintette of the Hot Club of France with Django Reinhardt. They made some wonderful music and Hubert was very impressive.

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 Re: king of swing era clarinets
Author: Mildred48 
Date:   2021-10-09 08:26

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".

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 Re: king of swing era clarinets
Author: johnwesley 
Date:   2021-10-09 19:23

Arthur Jacob Arshawsky (Artie Shaw) May 23, 1910 - December 30, 2004 was the most married American clarinetist.

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