Wurlitzer Lyric Custombuilt

Thanks to Terence R for giving me the opportunity to review this instrument.


This clarinet is stamped ‘France’. It shows some traits that I associate with Thibouville/Couesnon and one that I associate with SML. The left pinkie C#/G# tone hole has no bevelling. The throat tone F# key is made with the spring that is reversed from normal, pointing upward. There is a hole in the key to accept the spring. And associated with SML, there is a very narrow center tenon.

Serial  #U2391B  written vertically like a Penzel-Mueller. There is a batch number under the keys on both keyed joints: 5Y

Barrel:   61.4mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.7mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.7mm


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 1.1mm  at the center tenon.


High register


FMIT and Android CarlTune


F

-11


E

-2


D

1


C

0


B

3


B-flat

1


A

11

Mid




G

0


F

0


E

-14


D

-2


C

0


B

0

Throat tones




Bb

-2


A

-5


G

0


F

-8


E

-4

Chalumeau




D

16


C

6


B-flat

15


A

?-5?


G

0


F

-6


E

-10


Intonation summary: This is OK intermediate intonation. When this clarinet was built, it would have been quite acceptable. The low A can be undercut to improve it and the clarion E.


Key work quality: Standard quality for the day. A bit soft now.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Any beginning to intermediate student, and especially one who will assemble and disassemble carefully.


Condition issues noted: No issues were found in the wood. The keys look great.


Wurlitzer Lyric Custombuilt


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Wurlitzer sound test.mp3
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Phil Pedler,
Nov 28, 2013, 1:58 PM
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