Selmer 1930's Brevete A

Thanks to Peggy K in DE for giving me the opportunity to review this interesting vintage clarinet.


The original owner was probably a male. He was not averse to taking a grinder to two keys to make them shaped to the right length for his left pinkie finger. Only a technically proficient player would do something like that. He probably wanted the exact same position as on his Bb. And only a guy would do such a thing. And he reduced the length of the original barrel, and roughed up the barrel ring in the process. This artist was not a careful craftsman, and he probably did all his own work on this clarinet.

This came to me with a Geo H. Tieck mouthpiece. I assume that was a pro mouthpiece in the day, but exactly when?

This bears the stamp on the bell: 

Baxter-Northrup Co. 

Los Angeles

Selmer 1930's Brevete A

Picture gallery link: 
https://goo.gl/photos/MNnATf3iG8pDjuXn9

Serial  #8019

Barrel:  67.7mm But this original barrel seems to have been shortened a bit from the top.

Bore LH joint top:  14.67mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.9mm


Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.


For this test, I used a 66.2mm Noblet barrel, I pulled 0mm at the barrel, and 1.5 mm at the center tenon..


High register


Android ClearTune


F

3


E

0


D

-5 no Eb key, 1 with it


C

11


B

5


B-flat

3


A

4

Mid




G

0


F

-2


E

0


D

-3.5


C

0


B

0

Throat tones




Bb

-1


A

3


G

-1


F

7


E

0

Chalumeau




D

10


C

10


B-flat

3


A

9


G

-3


F

-14


E

-16


Intonation summary: This is not a wide bore Selmer, and this plays with quite good (modern) intermediate intonation. This would have been professional intonation back in the day.


Key work quality: Very nice. This has the cool but pesky extra key for left hand forked fingerings for Eb/Bb. They are a bit sharper than the regular side key fingering (which I used in the intonation test). Those notes are nice and clear. I prefer the way the 1 + 1 fingering sounds on this horn compared to the 1 +3 fingering.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Very good community orchestra players, like Peggy.


Condition issues noted:  None.





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