Re: Full Boehm Bb-clafrinet recommendation
Is there Selmer literature of the time that says that? I recall it only as being Selmer's top line clarinet at the time - much like the Mk VI saxophones. Not marketed as "intended for jazz", but as a professional-quality instrument - classical or otherwise.
apparently there were things written by Selmer in their 1960 catalogue to attest this ( sorry it is this small the picture)
"..Sortie des clarinettes Série 9 et Série 9*.
La Série 9 correspondait au musiques symphoniques alors que la Série 9* était plus adaptée au jazz et à la musique de variété.
I don't read french very well
but if you go to selmer.fr
and read up on their original Series 9 / 9* brochure
it says something like the following on the last paragraph
Series 9 * more for the symphonie player and the Serie 9 for the jazz musician
"..QUELLE SELMER PREFEZ-VOUS
les grands clarinettistes jouant selmer ne cont pas toujours d'accord sur la reponse a donner a cette question. Certains jouent la Series 9, d'autres Series 9*, mais tous reconnaissent que leur choix contribue pour une bonne part a leure reputation musicale.
Au cas oi vous n'auriez pas la possibilite d'essayer les deux modeles, nouse nouse permettrions de vois conseiller la Serie 9* (uniquement en No 1) pour la musique symphonique et la Serie 9 pour la musique de jazz et les varietes..."
but i was always led to believe the 9 was the larger "jazz" bore (and measured so) and the 9* was a smaller "symphony" bore (and measured so).
Other people like Kim Slava mention this too
" The Selmer Series 9 clarinets preceded this Selmer 9-Star.
And the Series 9 (1960's) clarinets replaced the "Centered Tone" model.
Up through the Series 9, the Selmer philosophy was to use a large diameter tone hole with no undercutting (straight sided tone holes) and an almost purely cylindrical bore. The larger tone holes do produce a more robust tone, but the twelfths are "short" and tend to be very sharp in the fundamental when playing pianissimo. The Series 9 (no star) was recommended for Jazz, while the Series 9* was recommended for symphonic work..."