Valette / G. Valette Paris

Thanks to Alan Kunze from Boise, Idaho, for giving me the opportunity to review his dad’s clarinet. Ray Kunze (Alan's dad) grew up, and played the clarinet as a young person in Milwaukee.


I previously reviewed two hard rubber G. Valette clarinets, one in A and one in Bb. They were both excellent, and so it is not all that surprising that this one is very good too.


Serial  #7839x The last number is illegible on both the left and right hand joints.

Barrel:  68.26mm That’s quite long!

Bore LH joint top:  14.9mm/14.75mm a few mm farther in

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  0 mm at the barrel, and 0  mm at the center tenon.



High register


Android ClearTune



F

0/-3



E

5



D

5/6



C

0



B

0/2



B-flat

3/4



A

6


Mid





G

-1



F

0



E

0



D

0



C

0



B

0


Throat tones





Bb

2



A

6



G

1



F

0



E

-1


Chalumeau





D

6



C#

7



C

0



B-flat

4



A

10



G

0



F

-7/-8



E

-4





Intonation summary: Truthfully, there are many Buffet R13s from this period that do not play as well in tune as this clarinet. It would be helpful to have a 66mm barrel for this clarinet, so that it could have room to push in when playing with other instruments that go sharp.


Key work quality: Typical for Couesnon in this period. The key work is not as sturdy as good quality modern clarinets.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone in Alan’s family that will value having this fine antique clarinet.


Condition issues noted:  The wood is in good shape, as are the springs and they keys. No cracks were found in the wood.



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Valette wood.zip
(2004k)
Phil Pedler,
Aug 3, 2018, 6:02 PM
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