Civil war era metal Albert Eb
Pictured is a Sterling clarinet, which was a Selmer stencil.
My recent favorite 23Feb2014 is the Kohlert!
Fingering Charts for Albert System clarinets:
Woodwind.org charts See about half-way down the page under Albert and Oehler System clarinets. Another fingering chart in Dutch is found on the Grampa's Clarinet page.
Note in these two 1930 ads from Metronome Magazine that the Pedler Premiere metal clarinet is an Albert system, and the Penzel Mueller ad shows a Boehm system clarinet! It is news to me that Albert System clarinets were made for distribution in the USA at such a late date.
Most of clarinetpages.net is about Boehm System clarinets.
This information from Wikipedia:
The Albert system refers to a system of clarinet keywork and fingering developed by Eugène Albert. In the United Kingdom it is known as the simple system. It has been largely replaced by the Boehm system (clarinet).
The Albert system is still used, mainly by clarinetists who perform Eastern European and Turkish folk music, Klezmer, and Dixieland styles. Often these musicians prefer the Albert system due to the ease of slurring notes provided by unkeyed tone holes.
The system is a derivative of the early 19th century 13-key system developed by Iwan Müller and as such is related to the (somewhat more complex) Oehler system used by most German and Austrian clarinetists.
Also from Wikipedia is this information about Eugene Albert:
The Albert system was an improvement on the 13-keyed system made by Ivan Müller.
Ivan Müller, sometimes spelled Iwan Mueller (1786 Reval, Estonia–1854 Bückeburg), was a clarinetist, composer and inventor who at the beginning of the 19th century was responsible for a major step forward in the development of the clarinet, the air-tight pad.
Müller was born in Reval (present-day Tallinn), at that time a city with a strong Baltic German community in the Governorate of Estonia, part of theRussian Empire. He became a chamber musician in Saint Petersburg before he was twenty. At the same time, he was constantly striving to improve the clarinet, with new types of keywork. At the time, the standard clarinet used flat brass plates covered in soft leather to cover the toneholes. Since these leaked air, the number of them had to be kept to a minimum, which meant that notes outside of the main scale of the clarinet (accidentals) had to be obtained by complicated fingerings which were difficult to play quickly and rarely were in tune. Clarinets would have five or six keys, the bare minimum to obtain an acceptable chromatic scale.
Müller's solution was the stuffed pad, originally made of kid leather stuffed with felt. These pads would "bulge", such that in combination with countersunk tone holes, would close the keyholes sufficiently tight to permit the use of an increased number of keys making the "clarinette omnitonique" possible.
In addition to the fingering system and felt pads, Müller is also known as the invertor of metal ligature (that replaced twine, string and wire, widely used in the past and still used today in German-speaking regions), which are used today in almost all single-reeded woodwind instruments.
In 1809, Müller performed to great acclaim on a clarinet made to his own specifications. Müller moved to Paris, got a wealthy patron in the form of (Mr.) Marie-Pierre Petit, and started mass-producing clarinets.
In 1812, Müller presented his new 13-key clarinet with air-tight pads to the Paris Conservatoire, but they weren't impressed. Nevertheless, Müller's new clarinet with fully chromatic range became popular and became the standard clarinet for much of the 19th century. It was further developed into theÖhler system, the prevalent system in Germany today. He was also, before the famous Hyacinthe Klosé, principal clarinet at the Théâtre Italien in Paris.
Charles-Joseph Sax (1 February 1790 – 26 April 1865) was a Belgian (he lived in Dinant) musical instrument maker. His son was Adolphe Sax who invented thesaxophone, the saxhorn and the saxotromba.
Sax was a great instrument maker, and made sure his son had a good education and a leg to stand on for his future. He was a careful, strict, and kind father to his son, Adolphe Sax, and played a big part in his son's successful career.