No-name Malerne


Thanks to Tom Deats for giving me the privilege of reviewing this clarinet!


Serial  #4101, batch mark under keys, 706.

Only the bell has the Kohlert stamp. I think that this is a Malerne French stencil clarinet that is now wearing a Kohlert bell. Where have I seen the batch mark under the low C# key and RH bis key?

Barrel:   63.7mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.5mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.5mm

Malerne no-name


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 1.4mm  at the barrel and 1.5mm  at the center tenon.


High register


Android gStrings


F

0


E

0


D

10


C

10


B

10


B-flat

16


A

20 !!

Mid




G

-1


F

1


E

-2


D

2


C

3


B

0

Throat tones




Bb

0


A

10


G

1


F

-2


E

-2

Chalumeau




D

15


C

0


B-flat

5


A

6


G

6


F

-8


E

-11


Intonation summary: Except for the chalumeau D, this is great intonation. Notice that starting on high A it goes way sharp. I think this is because of using a modern mouthpiece with a narrow bore clarinet. Using a more appropriate mouthpiece could significantly help that upper part. That chalumeau D and the throat tone A could be lowered by adding material in the tone hole. With the current problems, this is beginner level intonation only. But with a different mouthpiece and good tweaking, this could become upper intermediate level in intonation.


Key work quality: excellent! While I was working on it I saw signs that made me think this was made for a pro-line. Earlier key work attributes include the throat tone G# without the adjustment screw, the single post for the left pinkie keys. Note the Malerne upper curve in the first right hand pad.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: beginning to intermediate players.


Condition issues noted: Small hairline crack not going all the way through in the barrel was filled and stabilized.



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