King Strasser

Many thanks to Gary Kern for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet.


This is not the same clarinet as the plain Strasser which I already reviewed. That instrument was probably made in the 1940s, and the King contract probably came around 1956-62. The difference in the key work is very plain. The newer key work is softer and, to compensate for that, they used a thicker style of key work. Still, this has very nice intonation.


Serial  #13620

Barrel: 63.65  mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.87mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.87mm

King Strasser


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 1.5mm  at the barrel and 1.8mm  at the center tenon.

High register


Android nTune


F

-5


E

0


D

-2


C

2


B

3


B-flat

10


A

14

Mid




G

7


F

3


E

-2


D

-2


C

0


B

-0.5

Throat tones




Bb

0


A

5


G

0


F

0


E

6

Chalumeau




D

10


C

3


B-flat

10


A

11


G

-7


F

-10


E

-2


Intonation summary: Very good intermediate intonation by today’s standards.


Key work quality: The key work is thicker and clunkier, and not as nicely finished. So I suspect this was a student level instrument.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: This is still a nice student instrument.


Condition issues noted: The lowest tenon was chipped ⅔ away. I spliced on material from a hard rubber Chinese clarinet.





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