Trotts / Leon Trotts

Thanks to Mike Tafoya who gave me this clarinet, so that I could get it into the hands of a young player. And I have a band director in Mobile, Alabama, who has a student needing it.




Leon Trotsky was a Russian revolutionist. His real name was Lev Davidovich Bronstein. At the height of his power, Trotsky was a leader in the Politburo and Commissars of Military and Naval Affairs. But things didn’t go so well for him in opposing Stalin. He was assassinated in Mexico City in 1940. Surely it is an oversight that the Wikipedia article about him fails to mention about his playing the clarinet! I'm sure his musical friends would have called him Trotts.


Aww, come on now! Surely his biographers should mention that he had a line of clarinets made by the Couesnon factory in France!


The trail on other men going by the name of Leon Trotts has gone cold. If you search on that name, Clarinetpages will be in the top page of results!



Serial  #160    (very low!)

Barrel:  64.1mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.8mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.75mm


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  2 mm at the barrel, and 2  mm at the center tenon.


High register


Android ClearTune



F

0



E

0



D

7



C

7



B

4



B-flat

6



A

0


Mid





G

4



F

9



E

2



D

17



C

10



B

-3


Throat tones





Bb

-14 / 0 with side key fingering



A

2



G

8



F

1



E

-3


Chalumeau





D

0



C#

0



C

1



B-flat

12



A

10



G

22



F

13



E

10





Intonation summary:  Wow, this is as sharp as an ice axe! This can be used for a beginner. Using a longer barrel or tuning rings to extend the length would help.


Key work quality: Just like all Couesnon clarinets. A young student who uses this should be the kind of person who was careful with his toys. The keys should hold up fine, but they are not like modern student clarinets.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: a beginner who wants an interesting and rare vintage clarinet.


Condition issues noted:  3 cm crack repaired on the bell.










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