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Help identify a wooden clarinet

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Emma, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. I have a Bb Clarinet which I was told is Wooden, it kind of looks wooden but I'm not 100% positive?
    It has a Bell with no metal rim. Came with an Orsi hand crafted mouthpiece and a BAM case.
    Can anyone help identify this?
    There are no markings that I can see on it or serial number.
    Plays very nicely though.

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  2. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Looks wooden to me. @Steve might have a better opinion about who made it, etc.

    A lot of serial numbers are stamped near the tenon rings (i.e. the things that you attach the parts together). Occasionally they're in a sneaky place, like under one of the left or right hand keys (the fat end of the big keys).

    The mouthpiece may or may not have value above your horn. Hmmm. We need a mouthpiece Content Expert ...
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2017
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  3. Thanks for your help - I have had a good look around it for numbers but can't find anything. The previous owner said she bought it around 12 years ago (not sure whether she bought it new or not) and said it cost around £1000. So I'm interested to try and find out it's make/model.
  4. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    Going back around to mouthpiece, I think it's a Zinner, not an Orsi. You might have an Orsi ligature or mouthpiece cap. Again, results may vary, etc., but some of the Zinner mouthpieces seem to be pricey. Looks like it's Ebonite, rather than wood.

    Orsi is also known for, "If you've got enough cash, we'll build it." So, I gave a little thought to maybe it being a custom clarinet built by Orsi. I think that's a bit unlikely because a) it'd have been more expensive, new, and 2) high-end manufacturers like stamping their name on everything.

    Is your goal reselling or just using? If it's the latter, how's it play?
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  5. Hi Pete, I was wanting to sell it so was trying to get a guideline price for it. I sent pictures to Orsi and they confirmed it was theirs - I wrote back to ask for a value and they haven't replied.
    The mouthpiece has got Orsi stamped on the front and Zinner Hand crafted up the side.
    The lady bought it from a shop in the U.K. So I wonder whether she bought it new or second hand.
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  6. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

    I see you have it up on ebay and you're listing it as an intermediate horn, so I suppose you'll find out what the open market thinks the value is.

    It's very doubtful that the manufacturer will give you a value estimate. If they do and it's high, take it, and RSVP here that Orsi does such a thing. Note that it is a a bad sign if they pay you to keep it.

    I still think it's odd that Orsi's not stamped on the clarinet. RSVP if Orsi does give you any other info on it.
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