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Over the years I've accumulated several of these & I think there's another one somewhere - anybody know much about them / what era they're from?


I don't really play clarinet; I think most of these showed up in sax cases.
 

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There is some info here on the clarinets. The mouthpiece logos may or may not change at the same time.
 

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They are clarinet mouthpieces from Leblanc, one of the most famous brands of clarinets .

They are nothing special , they are rather plentiful and not exceedigly sought after. In any woodwind shops there will be lots of them resting in peace ( or pieces) in a drawer where they probably will be forever with very little chance to ever awake any interest.

They are probably of the ’60. Vito Pascucci was the owner of the brand at some point. This will probably be made after he acquired the company in 1946. I wouldn’t attribute particular significance to the term “ Paris “ .
 

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They are clarinet mouthpieces from Leblanc, one of the most famous brands of clarinets .

They are nothing special , they are rather plentiful and not exceedigly sought after. In any woodwind shops there will be lots of them resting in peace ( or pieces) in a drawer where they probably will be forever with very little chance to ever awake any interest.

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Thanks. Figures, seeing how I accumulated three or four without even trying.
 

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FWIW I dug out my clarinet & played the two with cork on ‘em - as well as I could using soprano sax reeds which is all I could find. This worked out better than I expected, especially given I haven’t played the thing in several years.

One of the Leblancs is stamped 2, the other what looks like 3L. They are both broad and dark. The 3L especially. It’s more resistant, but the tip is rounder than the other so the soprano reed wasn’t working as well on it. I am not a big fan of shrill clarinet tones, so I found the upper register on that one very nice.

I compared them against an old Vandoren 2RV, which I think is what became the current 5RV. It gets a brighter, rounder tone than either Leblanc, but the #2 plays like a dark version of the 2RV.

The 2RV incidentally has a nicked up facing but still plays easily. That’s the keeper, but but I’ll probably keep one of the Leblancs too, after I get some proper reeds to try out on them.
 
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