I have a quote on the vintage page saying that Monopole what a Couesnon brand name for their professional model clarinet. This Monopole does not say Couesnon anywhere on it. I think it more likely an SML product. It is stamped
The side-ways serial number is just like another clarinet I have reviewed: The first Penzel-Mueller Empire, which was serial number H14625B, identically marked. Is there a link somehow to Penzel-Mueller??!
Serial #H14550B Thanks to Harold for letting me recondition and review this.
Bore LH joint top: 15.2mm Wide!
Bore LH joint at bottom: 15.0mm
This is the second clarinet to win my **PHIL'S FAVORITE** award!
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 .8mm at the barrel and 1mm in the center for this horn.
Intonation summary: This is wonderful intonation for a wide bore instrument. The Monopole lives up to its reputation as a professional instrument.
Key work quality: Excellent. Very nice nickel keys, like the best of this period. The rings are wide and comfortable. Left pinkie keys are not pin in hole type. (Not that that makes any difference, really.) The third ring is so close to the post holding the right pinkie keys that one has to take off the ring cluster before removing the bottom screw on that post.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone, but especially intermediate or advanced, even professional.
Thanks to Harold for these pictures.