Meliphone

This clarinet was stamped on the bell as made for the Woodwind Company of New York, and it was made by Couesnon. The Woodwind Co. was a good company which ordered a clarinet that they could be proud of. The Woodwind Co. probably named the instrument, saying it would have a sweet mellifluous sound. I am guessing this instrument dates from the 1940s or earlier.

The clarinet has no serial number, but does have a typical batch number.


Typical of many Couesnons, there is no bevelling around the C#/G# hole. I can't figure out why they would do this. Perhaps it was deemed too easy to crack a joint in the production process at that point.



















Also typical is the chiselled out area under the right pinkie keys. And the G# throat tone key does not have an adjustment screw.










Serial # none.  Batch number U1. All parts marked with the Meliphone brand name.
Barrel: 67.1mm
Bore LH joint top: 14.9mm wide
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.6 poly-cylindrical

Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.
For this test, the barrel was pushed in all the way.

High register



F
5

E
10

D
10

C
10

B
15

B-flat
5

A1/5
Mid



G1/5

F0

E0

D0

C0

B0
Throat tones


B-flat-1

A-2

G-2

F-2 (loud)

E0
Chalemeau


D0

C5

B-flat0

A5

G0

F-15

E

Intonation summary: Very nice intonation. This instrument shows that even at this early date, companies were experimenting with poly-cylindrical bores.

Key work quality: Not designed for marching band. Good quality nickel silver.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Beginning students and adults who want an interesting vintage instrument.

Meliphone








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Phil Pedler,
Jun 14, 2011, 7:08 AM
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