Mystery Vintage Clarinet
Hi folks! Just finished this old Buffet for a customer and am completely confused as to its fingering system: it seems to be mostly Albert with some Boehm. Has anyone seen anything like this before or know anything about its origin? It plays and sounds great and I am surprised that I've never run across one before....
11/14/2014 08:37:28 am
Yes, there are a few of these "hybrid" clarinets kicking around. No idea why! Mostly they seem to have been made by Buffet Crampon, but there was one just recently on eBay that was labeled "Buffet a Paris" (not resembling any logo of any Buffet I've seen) and came in a vary Italian looking case w/ the name of a 19th century Italian instrument dealer stamped in the lid.
11/14/2014 02:25:47 pm
yes, I saw that and bid out of curiosity :) Would love to know more about the idea behind this: transitional system? system in its own right? who's idea? So much to learn...
4/17/2015 01:16:16 pm
Check out the New Martin Freres ompany website, they have some old catalogs somewhere on there that show these came in two flavors...this style and then the "reverse"...
5/12/2016 04:52:14 pm
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