Thanks to Harold Edwards for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet.
This is the same clarinet that Kenny Davern used to play on this recording:
Davern was also using a Vandoren 5JB mouthpiece.
Serial #E39355, which Harold told me puts its manufacturing date in 1964.
Bore LH joint top: 15.13mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 15.02mm
Photo gallery link: https://plus.google.com/photos/114842293643045325718/2016030602
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 1 mm at the center tenon..
Intonation summary: For a wide bore clarinet, this is quite good. Compare with a Boosey&Hawkes. Still, this has the terrible sharpness that is typical in the low register. With a jazz set up, one might be able to lip down to get better in tune. But this is a real disadvantage, because so much jazz music hangs around the low register. It's like Harold said in his e-mail, “It is the artist and not his tools that makes music.”
Key work quality: Very thick. I get the impression that the metal itself is not so great, but the thickness makes up for any softness.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: Jazz players who want to sound like
Condition issues noted: none. Great condition.
Information from Gary Kern: