Stratford

Thanks to Richard Groomer for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet.

Serial #121989

Barrel: Comes with two! 66.6mm and 60.5mm

Bore LH joint top: 14.95mm

Bore LH joint at bottom: 15.03mm

OVERVIEW

Pitch: Bb

Key System: Boehm System

Maker: Boosey & Hawkes

Brand Name: Stratford

Place of Manufacture: England, UK

Approximate Date: 1950s-1960s

Body Material: Wood

Bore Type: polycylinder, 14.95mm/15.03mm

Key Metal: plated steel

Keywork Quality: good

Serial Number: 121989

Recommended For: Intermediate to advanced

Value: up to $300

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I found the original mouthpiece to be unplayable for me. It was probably designed for someone playing double lip with a soft reed— a totally opposite approach to mine.

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

For this test, I used the long barrel and pulled almost 1 mm at the barrel, and the same at the center tenon.

Curiously enough, the bell has a series of exterior grooves on the flange of the bell. This is an unusual feature, as most clarinets of any time period have a metal ring around the flange to stave off cracks. This feature does nothing for the for the sound or tone, but certainly looks unique.

Intonation summary: This is quite good intonation for a large bore clarinet, but does not come up to today’s professional standard.

Key work quality: I don’t normally like B&H key work. This has the same key work, but it is made of much better steel than found on some of their cheaper clarinets. This clarinet should stay in regulation. This clarinet has the flat key cups on the inside. For the lower register, the medium thickness pads worked well, and the thin pads for the upper register.

This clarinet is most appropriate for: Good intermediate and advanced players.

Condition issues noted: None. Excellent.