My sister played this in band during the mid 40's. We know that there are records of sales, like the one above and I'm wondering whether this is all there would have ever been. Makes the horn feel much lighter too. Keep in mind that Selmer Paris had their own Selmer Paris factory in addition to 2 other factories such as Barbier. The majority of the horns in this range which were sold in 1928, but clearly not all of them. Straight gauge steel needle springs, the throat Bb uses a needle spring which going width-wise instead of the normal flat spring seen on most clarinets. Have you learned what yours is worth? Rich man - selmer 100 serial 378000, 100.Next
I have answered questions about serial numbers and approximate years for manufacture for years based on a typewritten serial number list that was once distributed by Ralph Morgan. There has been no end to the discussions and arguments about serial numbers and models and years of manufacture of Selmer Saxophones and Clarinets for as long as I have participated on this forum and also the now mostly defunct 'Selmer' forum. For a french-based international family-owned enterprise. By the time he acquired Noblet, Georges Leblanc had gained a reputation as one of the finest woodwind makers in France. The early Signet Specials had a guide for the top trill key which was gone in 1955 but reappeared in 1960. Bruce Brennan, I don't see any boxes with red 'X's, I see.Next
I vividly recall seeing trade advertisements for the wooden Bundy well into the 1980s. Has original case, but replaced Belmont mouth piece. Looking for info on older Bundy's. They continued to be made up until the early 1960s. This thread mentions some sites that offer historical info about selmer, but I don't see any links. These early high quality Pedler clarinets used the thickest metal of any, ever. He became fascinated with the construction and design of musical instruments and learned their repair as a summer apprentice at the Frank Holton Company the Elkhorn, Wisconsin, brass-instrument manufacturer that Leblanc would later acquire , and then, while still in high school, augmented his family's income by operating an instrument-repair shop at his brother's music store.
Douglas Pipher decided to take on the challenge. We believe it's manufacture date to be pre-1931. I suspect we are destined to remain in ignorance. After the war few makers returned to production of metal clarinets, and even fewer after plastic clarinet were invented in 1948. Miller's untimely death put an end to those plans, but when the band was sent to newly liberated France, Vito paid a visit to G.Next
Selmer also made a clarinet like this about that time, but made fewer than Haynes, and Haynes produced only about 335 of them. Their web site is For appraisal of vintage instruments or historical information you may wish to contact the Shrine to Music Museum at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Current market rates for these horns do not support that monetary assessment. Ever-increasing production called for the factory's subsequent expansion in 1953, 1960 and 1966. The Rampone design was put forward by Conn with considerable success. Dividing the actual number 1537 by the alleged number 2249 revealed that the serial number range for 1927 was only 68% correct. They may be able to provide you with a list of licensed qualified appraisers who specialize in different areas ie: strings, winds, keyboard, primitive etc.
The workshop at the Leblanc headquarters in Paris became a meeting place of the great woodwind artists of the era. The first is, as others have pointed out, that there would be a difference between the manufacturing dates from Paris and Elkhart. But surely someone owns the history to this line of horns, and must know. That would likely be the most definitive source, more so than records kept in Elkhart. They simply didn't have the capacity for this. Leblanc Corporation, meeting the week after Vito Pascucci's death, named Leon Pascucci to the position of board chairman on August 28, 2003. Thanks for the list Tharruff, interesting stuff.Next
The needle spring is very short and breaks frequently. James Gray says he has found one that is 15. Another clue: the case which may or may not be original is made of molded plastic, something that you'd encounter in the '70s or later. Cherished, cared for and used with reverence, this bass remains in excellent condition. Your browser doesn't support iframes, so you're missing our banner How Old is My. After shipment to America by sea and later by air , the wood was allowed to stabilize under the new atmospheric conditions, and the instruments were restored to original factory specifications, reassembled, adjusted and thoroughly tested. The famous Committee trumpet, favored by Wallace Roney, Chris Botti and other top jazz artists, and the innovative Urbie Green trombone both carry the legendary Martin name, made in a progressive, modern plant.Next
We are researching the details for this beauty. Clearly the first step was to collect as much primary data as possible. I think it is likely to be the most accurate list of Selmer serial numbers 'unofficially' published. Next, they were grouped into serial number ranges of 100. And out of the hundreds of names that metal clarinets bear there might be something good--If it compares to what we know of Silver King, Selmer, Silva-Bet, Buescher, and Conn. Leblanc History The year 2004 marked one of the most significant milestones in the long history of Kenosha, Wisconsin-based Leblanc, Inc. Your clarinet case sounds like mine.Next