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thesaxman71

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Just decided to grab myself a B&H Symphony 1010 wooden clarinet.
having recently bought the clarinet i can say to play it is VERY good, big sound, nice leather pads all great, great condition, lovely wooden body and silver plated keys at least or maybe even solid silver, not 100% sure which, and this clarinet in general is much better than i thought.


1 question tho the LH C sharp key is not rounded but more tear drop pointed shape, and i recently seen another symphony 1010 for sale with a rounded C sharp key not pinted like mine, is this a different model symphony 1010 i have?
I would still like to get more information on this clarinet as you kind people here are much better than me at those kind of things. You will also notice it is in a very nice as new Buffet case.
also looking for a valuation.

pictures here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sb9mjvhnbf3m7od/mLFeTdyRVn
 
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BigMartin

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I've got a pair of these I bought in about 1980. I really should get them serviced. Many (most?) British pros were using them at the time. Pretty sure the keys are silver. Mine are still nice and shiny. Don't know about the pointy C#. Mine are round. I take it you know it's a wide bore instrument, so may not work well with standard mouthpieces. If you don't like the supplied one I believe Ed Pillinger makes them but they aren't cheap.
 

thesaxman71

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I've got a pair of these I bought in about 1980. I really should get them serviced. Many (most?) British pros were using them at the time. Pretty sure the keys are silver. Mine are still nice and shiny. Don't know about the pointy C#. Mine are round. I take it you know it's a wide bore instrument, so may not work well with standard mouthpieces. If you don't like the supplied one I believe Ed Pillinger makes them but they aren't cheap.
works great with my metal mouthpiece, big sound, i will try and post a recording of it.

so to clarify, the keys are silver or silver plated, i just looked and the keys all have numbers on them, maybe solid silver?
any idea on a valuation of this beauty?
thanks.
 

BigMartin

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I think they're solid silver. Last time I looked they were going for about £500 on ebay. Depends on condition I suppose.
 

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Yes, big rich sound. Check out recordings of Jack Brymer, I think he used them.
 

baritonesax

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I'm away from my 1010 this week, so can't check what range my serial number is in. Mine is a late (late 70s) 1010 with the Acton vent...can't see one on yours so maybe its an earlier model. If you Google "Clarinet BBoard" you'll find tons written about it there.

1010 was a big-bore hold out as the clarinet world turned to Buffet R13s and their ilk in the 60s and 70s. 15.2mm cylindrical bore with smaller tone holes to add some resistance. You will notice that a 1010 is quite a bit shorter than an equivalent French pea-shooter. You can't achieve acceptable intonation with a normal mouthpiece - so pick a mouthpiece you like, and get it reamed out to 1010 specs.

Big bore clarinets of any stripe make a lovely, broad tone, more characterful, and lesslimpid and sterile sounding than narrower bores. The cost of this broadness is that tuning can be distinctly wayward - even with a mouthpiece of the correct bore.

Big bore clarinets are not fashionable these days, so these great instruments can be had cheap. I can only be bothered to play big, or biggish, clarinets - 1010, 926s, 2-20, Selmer 9 - great for jazz, tougher for classical. Peter Eaton and Luis Rossi make "improved 1010s" for big money, Alastair Hanson for much less, but his aren't as big as 15.2mm - as his hopeless website won't even tell you.

Bill

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