Draft fingering, but several times I must change from this. For ex. I think I get a nice low "C" with a "standard" fingering", like on a modern clarinet.
in 3 peaces, at a fleemarket. First I thought it was a flute,
it was so slim...
Is it from Italy, Germany, India or even Pakistan? I do not know. (I apologize for my bad english)
The contact with
professional technicians in fields such as mouthpieces, woodwork and repairing
damage to wooden parts have been important. I have also received a lot of
information from various forums about how to repair damages to the woodparts.
My thought was to "fix" the clarinet (maybe not renovate with professional
requirements?) and without to change the clarinet, only just as little as
possible. For example, I have not put cork on the joints(tenons), which would
have improve the clarinetit, insead I use waxed thread, on the advice of the
Music Museum in Stockholm. I've oiled it, lubricated and polished the keys
The clarinet is perhaps(?) anachronistic then I do not think it was made at the time when they made clarinets with only 5 keys, because the screws which are holding the keys, were first invented in 1860, and they ended up producing such clarinets about 1840. So there are many questions.
The clarinet came to Sweden with great-grandfather Dormond from Switzerland and I bought it from the little girl Dormond at a fleamarket in 2013. . (Google transl. I´m sorry for my english)
I want to thank
Brad Behn who inspired me to continue trying to get the old clarinet, "allowing
both high and low tones
intonation ". I also thank Eberhard Frost for interest in my search with the clarinet.
the barrel part 2 part 3
In the find there were no mouthpiece or bell. The keys are made of brass and the knob for R littlefinger was also missing.
I thought I would restore it to a state where I could play on it. This meant that I had to make a bell and obtain or purchase a mouthpiece with the right diameter, 13 mm. First I started looking for something that would resemble a bell and I found a winners trophy a nickel silver(brass) with the right shape and size, but perhaps a bit too short. Later I made another bell in wood too...
Then I began
to look for mouthpiece on a website with chinese (?) mouthpieces. I found
one for ess-clarinet(China) that I thought would be entitled diameter and
it is about 14 mm(inside) and 19 mm outside, but it was about 15% too short.
The joint to the bell is 19 mm
I want to show some pictures first of the clarinet to show how it roughly looks like in parts.
Part 3 for low tones. It is little darker in color then the rest(may bee it is more oiled) With 3(5) keys.
I made rings of brass from a turkish waterpipe but they were so thinn so I made them double... The knob for little finger, I made of carrubber...
Part 2 of the clarinet with 2(of 5) keys.
The mouthpiece :
As the volym inside the mouthpiece is too big and after having read the book: "Horns, strings and harmony by A. H. Benade, I made a rod of plastic and stainlesse thread, to place in the middle of the mouthpiece, with an extra ring of wood.
The ess-mouthpeace is inside diameter 14 mm/outside(tenon) 19 mm to compaire with the F. Arthur, Uebel, Markneukirchen, wood-mouthpiece for Bb-clarinets, that is 15 mm inside and 22 mm outside(tenon).
Ess-mouthpiece (19 mm outside) rod barrel (19 mm inside) F. Arthur Uebel, Markneukirchen
(unused) u too big...
Inside the mouthpiece, you can see the rod You can see the extra length(space) to make the mouthpiece longer
The rod should
bee around 5 (-7?) mm in diameter... I do not knew if the original mouthpiece
had a cylindrical or a
conic bore and if it was the same (13 mm) bore as the barrel, so I had to try diffrent sizes and shapes of the rod,
because without rod the intonation is real bad.
After some experiments with diffrent chapes I think the orginal mouthpiece was slightly slimmer and a lille conical
than I had calculated. Curiously became the intonation better with a thicker rod too...
Another problem is the fingering, when there is some(?) to experiment with, to get a precise tone(note).
I first started doing a bell of brass, but the "winners trophy(brass") was too short so I had to solder an extra tube on to it. Of the two, the brass and the one of wood, I like the sound of the brass bell. The sound is a bit harder, maybe a little more "jazzy". The one of wood gives a kind and soft tone. I figured after seeing the pictures of different types of bells in Benades book, that a narrower and not as curved bell, could be a bit longer and curvier bell can be shorter. Yes, it seems as if the (intonation?) low notes are almost the same for the different two bells.
I have taken
a break during the summer and autumn of my work with the clarinet, then I
think I more or less reached the target with my work. A playable clarinet.
A soldering work remains to be done in brass bell when the joint to the clarinet is about 1.5 mm too wide. I will solder an extra tube inside the joint to the clarinet, maybe 2 mm longer too.
the fingeringpicture too)?
The note C and here E
The note C and here E the lowest. Still I do not know whitch they are?
If You find out....please...