Interesting stories, items for sale and “things” running through Bob’s Brain
Metal Clarinet Lamp
I recently purchased an old metal Cavalier Clarinet which I thought was quite interesting. The instrument was black, green and pretty disgusting looking. After boiling in water, baking soda and aluminum foil to clean and disinfect it, I stripped all of the keys and buffed and polished them and the body. I reassembled it into a pretty nice looking lamp which is presently looking for a new home. Check it out.
Metal Cavalier Clarinet Lamp $295.00
EVETTE & SCHAEFFER Bb CLARINET
Evette & Schaeffer was the student line of clarinets manufactured by Buffet many years ago. Some of the instruments were made directly by Buffet and some were made for
Buffet by other manufacturers in Europe such as Malerne. This particular instrument
was manufactured in 1951 and can almost be considered “new/old stock”. It was played for a very short time before the student changed to another instrument,(Oboe), and it sat in a case unopened for 60+ years.
The instrument has been totally restored, including a complete re-pad and all new cork.
The bore has been oiled and the dark brown grain wood meticulously cleaned and polished. There are a few minor marks on the side of the trill keys which could not be polished, however the instrument appears almost brand new. The instrument is offered at $475.00 and would be considered a “step up” grade clarinet for a young player or excellent instrument for a doubler.
Evette & Schaeffer Bb Clarinet $475.00
I recently purchased some used woodwind instruments which I have restored and either sold or made available on my web site. In this purchase was an Amati Oboe which looks brand new, but doesn’t play very well. I spent a considerable amount of time working on the mechanism which improved it, but not to the level that I would feel comfortable selling it to anyone. A friend of mine who is a professional oboist made some adjustments which improved it further, but still not to an acceptable level. The other challenge to this instrument, (and I know this only makes sense to you Oboe Geeks out there), is that it has an automatic octave system, which means that there is no left hand octave key. This system is used more in Europe than in the US.
What to do….What to do……..
I still haven’t decided whether I am going to sell it or keep it.