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Hey all, don't mean to double post but I didn't get any responses when I asked in the General Discussion area. I have a Brilhart Tonalin Personaline alto piece with a 5 digit serial number and the opposite side stamped "S4", except that it's upside down in relation to the serial number. Does anyone here know what the "S" in "S4" means, and why this would be stamped upside down?
 

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I saw your other post. I don't know a lot about Brilharts. I've heard of "Tonalins" and I've heard of "Personalines", but I've never heard of a "Tonalin Personaline". It actually says "Tonalin Personaline" on it? Or is it a white Personaline and you concluded that that made it a "Tonalin" Personaline?

In general S could indicate "short" (facing) or "small" chamber. I believe there was a small chambered Personaline, in fact I think on the forum somewhere it says that's what Eric Dolphy played. So I'm guessing that you've got a small-chambered Personaline that Arnold B. mistakenly or jokingly put the stamp on upside down.

Let me make way now for someone who knows something about this subject. ;)
 

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Thank you for the input, I'm glad somebody knows because I sure don't. It just says Personaline, but the piece is white like the Tonalins.
 

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The Personaline is a different model from the Tonalin and Brilhart. Also, according to a PM from Thuderwhale: All black personalines are plastic, and all white are HR. But, in the ebolin and tonalin line (both Great Neck and the newer ones), they're both plastic.

Now that I think about it Thunderwhale may have also been the one who told me Dolphy's Personaline was a small chamber. There's some discussion on the forum that Dolphy had it worked on by the late Frank Wells in Chicago.

Anyway, I think what you've probably got is a white hard rubber Personaline small chamber in a 4 tip.

There's more on Brilharts on Theo Wanne's website. To keep things interesting, some of it (the composition of early Tonalins and Ebolins) contradicts what Thunderwhale says above.
 

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Read the small print

As chitownjazz points out, there is good information on Theo Wanne's website. And even more if you read the small print in the advertisements. Halfway down the "page", just above the Level Air description, you'll find an ad which contains all the information about openings and facings. On the right, in the top, is the info for Personaline, and in the top at left is the info for the regular pieces.
BTW, Ebolin and Tonalin are plastic.
(And if anyone has a Personaline HR for tenor, with the Personaline in slant like in the ad, with an opening of 6 or larger, I am interested.:D )
 
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