DeShayes Paris C clarinet

Thanks to Pamela G. for giving me the opportunity to review her Dad’s clarinet.


This is an excellent C clarinet!


Below the oval A.DESHAYES logo has a very stylized D A stamped on top of one another. And I think I have seen this same sort of hat-shaped logo elsewhere. Where?!


Serial  #none

Barrel:  54.7mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.5mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.5mm



Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.


For this test, I pulled  1 mm at the barrel, and 0  mm at the center tenon.



High register


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F

0 variable



E

0 variable



D

0



C

0



B

6



B-flat

0



A

-2


Mid





G

0



F

-4



E

-10

-5 lipping up and playing at piano


D

-3



C

0



B

0


Throat tones





Bb

-2/-3 at forte

Side Bb is good for forte playing.


A

10 / 4 with resonance fingerings



G

0



F

-7 / -1 with side key



E

0


Chalumeau





D

0



C#

20-30!

Play with the right hand 3rd finger down.


C

4



B-flat

7



A

2



G

-3



F

-10



E

-11





Intonation summary: This is excellent intonation for a C clarinet. The bit of flatness around mid-register E is typical, and makes it so that the Chalumeau A is not so terribly sharp. The Chalumeau C# is the most problematic note. I have lowered the key now. Adding the 3rd RH finger is a good option when playing a slow enough passage. Various things can be done, but the strength of the tone will be reduced. I did not pursue tweaking any further. But still, this clarinet is amazing!


Key work quality: Very good chrome plated keys.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Professional wanting to play Ravel’s Bolero.


Condition issues noted:  I fixed two cracks in the barrel, one at the bottom of the LH joint, and a very slight one at the top of the RH joint.





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