Betz / Heinrich Betz

This clarinet is stamped Made in Germany.

Serial #4216 with VIII batch mark, for Fernando in Berlin.

Barrel: 63.3mm

Bore LH joint top: 15.0mm

Bore LH joint at bottom: 14/8mm

Approximate date of manufacture: 1940s.

Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.

For this test, I pulled 2mm at the barrel .5mm in the middle.


Pitch: Bb

Key System: Boehm System

Maker: Schrieber (?)

Brand Name: Heinrich Betz

Place of Manufacture: Germany

Approximate Date: 1940s

Body Material: Wood

Bore Type: reverse polycylinder

Key Metal: unplated, German silver(?)

Keywork Quality: decent, but soft

Serial Number: 4216

Recommended For: beginning to intermediate

Value: Up to $200

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Intonation summary: This will work well for a beginning to intermediate student horn. The sharpness in the lower throat tones will be hard to compensate for. But other than that, the intonation is quite good. It would be possible to add glue in tone holes to lower the E and F throat tones, as the corresponding notes in the high register are also way sharp.

Key work quality: The key work is nice. The metal seems somewhat soft, but that is offset by rather sturdy construction.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Beginning students.