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Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 01:17:27 -0500
From: Steve Elson
Subject: [CB] contralto clarinet info

Thanks to Patrick for the heads-up about the Leblanc contralto clarinet.
I had my eye on it already and was able to nab it for what seems like an
excellent price. $1526. The seller then notified me that she has another
Leblanc contralto that she described as "not as nice as this one"
available. She said she was about to list it but wanted to know if I was
interested before she did so. I told her that I would mention it here
and see what happens. I don't know any details but have asked her for
more info so we shall see. Let me know if there is some interest, and
I'll follow up with more details as they become available.
Also, I will need to part with the USA Selmer contralto clarinet that I
got on ebay recently. It is in very, very good condition and as I don't
have a lot invested in it would be willing to sell it for a good
bargain. This is assuming that the Leblanc that is on its way here is as
good as I figure it will be.
I hope it is OK to mention these things on this list. Let me know if it
isn't appropriate.
Steve Elson


From: "Patrick.Scully"
Subject: Re: [CB] contralto clarinet info
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 22:46:40 -0800

Congrats, Steve on the Leblanc Model 350 contra alto clarinet purchase!

I was hoping somebody from would pick it up!  Given the $7000
price of new Model 350s, and the $3000+ typical price of used ones, your
$1526 purchase price leaves you plenty of room to get your Leblanc
overhauled and still be in pretty good shape on your investment.  Let us
know how you like it...and how it compares with your Selmer.



From: "Dave Spiegelthal"
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 09:39:56 -0500
Subject: Re: [CB] Silicone glue for pad installation

Lelia et al,
    I wasn't aware there was so much difference between brands of silicone glue
(aka "RTV" aka "silicone sealant"), but I've been using mainly the GE brand,
labelled "RTV clear household adhesive" or something to that effect, with no
problems.  There have been some valid concerns expressed about the acetic acid
vapors from the sealant possibly tarnishing the nickel or silver of the keywork
---- it should be possible to deal with that by polishing the keywork frequently
(maybe once a week) for maybe a month or two following use, after which the RTV
should have cured completely and no further tarnishing should be expected.
Perhaps Dr. Omar Henderson, a chemist/clarinettist and a sponsor of,
would have the real low-down on silicone glue.
     David Spiegelthal
                Calverton, VA


Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 09:14:18 -0800
From: "Chuck Guzis"
Subject: Re: [CB] Silicone glue for pad installation

On 1/21/2002,  Dave Spiegelthal  wrote:
>There have been some valid concerns expressed about the acetic acid
>vapors from the sealant possibly tarnishing the nickel or silver of the keywork

I'm not a reed player, but I am a household do-it-yourselfer, so I'd like to offer a possible solution to the acetic acid problem--neutral-cure silicone sealant.   Garden-variety RTV is what is known as  acetoxyl silicone or "acid-cure" and requires acetic acid in the formulation to "set".

However, there are some silicone sealants--GE Silglaze II and GE SilPruf come to mind--that cure without acid at a neutral pH.  In my experience, they stick and cure just as well as the acid-cure variety.

Might this worth a try?

Chuck Guzis


Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 12:32:59 -0800
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] New CB Clarinet mpc

While formatting the last few digests for the archives, I noticed
that Clark Fobes is now selling a "Debut" model contrabass clarinet
mouthpiece.  At $89 for a hand-finished contra mpc, that has to be
quite a bargain, especially compared to a "street price" of $114 for
a stock Woodwind contra mpc.



Grant Green
Sarrusophones, contrabass reeds, &
other brobdignagian acoustic exotica   
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