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Pan American Propeller Wood Clarinet

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Pan American Propeller Wood Clarinet

This striking Pan American “Violin Finish” clarinet (made by Conn) was mistakenly described on eBay as made from pear wood. It is more commonly known as a propeller wood clarinet. This particular instrument was dirt cheap and at this point unplayable without an overhaul. This instrument was an ingenious solution by Conn to the scarcity of Grenadilla wood during the Second World War. Unsubstantiated sources say the same wood was used in the manufacture of WWII B24 Liberator Bomber Propellers’, hence the nick name; “Propeller wood clarinet”. That has since be debunked. They came in plastic or Cocobolo plywood. Bill Hausmann says...

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Meet the Romero System Sax and Clarinet

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Meet the Romero System Sax and Clarinet

Taken from the Woodwind forum where my friend and admin Pete contributed to this. A few days ago, I came across a couple of saxophones that I had never seen or heard of before and they looked really, really interesting:https://www.acimv.fr/nouvelles-news/instruments-volés-stolen-instruments/ (really big pics)’’     I had heard of the Romero System before, but only on clarinets. Then I looked back to see where I heard of them from. Hey, it’s Gandalfe’s website. However, the article was written by Terry Stibal (SOTSDO), a gentleman who was a clarinet Content Expert here until he passed away in 2015. I thought the keywork was extremely interesting...

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The Mysterious Mazzeo “System” Clarinet

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The Mysterious Mazzeo “System” Clarinet

My late, great friend Terry Stibal once waxed poetic with me about a very unique clarinet system. He was a professional musician and band founder of the Sounds of the South Dance Orchestra in Texas.  All players of the clarinet family have always envied the facility of the flute players as they effortlessly flip around on their instrument, making repetitive octave jumps with great facility and ease. Of course, clarinet players achieve the same facility, but only with much, much more practice, because the clarinet is cursed with the dreaded “break”.For the clarinet family has been cursed by the science of...

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The Clarinet Deal of a Lifetime

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The Clarinet Deal of a Lifetime

I have spent a lot of time helping family and friends find the perfect instrument within the constraints of their budgets. New musicians, young musicians, adult newbies and returning musicians all need a good or better instrument. On occasion I have even wowed the jaded professional who thought they’d never buy another instrument. I wowed them with a stellar instrument that they thought they could never afford and one which completed their stable of doubles (instruments besides your primary that you are called upon to play). Today I’m writing you about a clarinet deal that might be the best you’ll...

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