Selmer Pre-Centered Tone

Thanks to Victoria M for letting me review this fine instrument!
Victoria says this was played by her 86 year old father in the early 1930s. When you get a good clarinet, there is no reason it cannot be used for 3-4 generations!

Serial  #L416 Both keyed joints have a batch mark: 8435.

Barrel:   66.5mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.9mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.7mm Can it be truly poly-cylindrical?!

Selmer Pre-Centered Tone


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 1mm  at the center tenon. Probably should be pulled more in the center than that.


High register


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F

-6


E

0


D

0


C

6


B

0


B-flat

-1


A

3

Mid




G

0


F

2


E

0


D

4


C

0


B

0

Throat tones




Bb

-1


A

0


G

-2


F

0


E

-3

Chalumeau




D

1


C

4


B-flat

8


A

7


G

1


F

-6


E

-5


Intonation summary: Terrific! This would have been professional quality in its day, and it continues as almost that quality today. The one place I would fault it would be low C to A.


Key work quality: Very nice.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: anyone, beginner to pro. If I had had a Selmer this good when I started college, I would be playing it still. Lovely tone quality. A vintage treasure.


Condition issues noted: I fixed some cracking in three places in the bottom tenon.



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