Laube

Laube




Other clarinets were made stamped P. X. Laube, including a metal clarinet in three pieces. Both this and the metal one are marked “La Couture Boussey  (Eure).” This seems to clearly be a Couesnon-made clarinet. All the marking is on the bell. So if the bell were lost, this would become a no-name clarinet.



I thank Roland J for letting me review this interesting clarinet.





Serial  #23, marked twice in the LH joint and once at the top of the RH joint. There is a batch mark of 34D or D34 on the keyed joints.
Barrel: 63.9mm
Bore LH joint top:  14.4mm
Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.7mm  The disparity is not poly-cylindrical but for some other reason.







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 0  at the barrel and 1.2mm  in the center for this horn.
High registerAndroid DaTuner
F-1
E-1
D0
C-2
B13
B-flat10
A10
Mid
G1
F0
E-3
D-5
C0
B-2
Throat tones
Bb3
A0
G0
F-8
E0
Chalemeau
D17
C16
B-flat19
A12
G4
F-3
E3


Intonation summary: It is a pity that a clarinet that plays this nicely would have intonation that I can only approve for a beginning player. There is not much that can be done to improve it.

Key work quality: Typical of Couesnon. This key work is OK, but requires that the player be careful in assembling and disassembling.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: A careful beginning student who likes the idea of playing a vintage wooden instrument.



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