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clarinette selmer Bb Balanced Tone

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I am looking for a vintage clarinette. Something with a nice hot and round sound... can someone tell me about the series "bt" balanced Tone...from 1933...serial n° : L3673
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I had a BT. I thought I would get a bigger sound than my Buffet R13, but my Buffet is from 1959 and has a larger bore than the later R13s. I must say that played back to back, my Buffet had a richer chalemeu register and a cleaner altissimo. I might be just some freak R13 that I have, or perhaps all of the R13s of that vintage play like it. Anyway, I sold the BT and now I play my R13. I've also got an old Buffet Albert System.

I miss the keywork on my old BT. It was a full Boehm, with an extra ring for the g/c key.

The BT was indeed a Paris made horn for the world market. I beleive it was the North American destributor (Selmer USA) that came up with the names "Balanced Tone", "Centred Tone" and the like. So a BT bought in Paris might not have a "BT" stamped on it, but it would be the same horn.
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