Geo Bundy articulated C#/G#
Thanks to Sean Potter for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet. It is odd that the left hand joint has a very plain straight line logo that says “Geo BUNDY PARIS,” while the bell has the more standard cursive and tilted logo for the Bundy wooden clarinets. This is very understandable, since this clarinet would probably been a limited edition or a special order. The serial number might be just 4 or 40-something. The logos and serial number— like the rest of the wood, shows a lot of wear and distress, perhaps from marching band.
Serial #40 ?
Bore LH joint top: 14.8mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 15.1mm
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 2.8 mm at the barrel, and 2.7 mm at the center tenon.
Intonation summary: Really quite nice. Definitely professional level in its day, and still better than intermediate intonation today, when pulled out like I did. I did not use tuning rings.
Key work quality: Would have been fine in its day. But this clarinet was abused and will need more frequent trips to the shop than a clarinet without the C#/G# articulated key.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: A very person who will value this clarinet, and save it for when he/she needs an articulated key.
Condition issues noted: Phil’s Fiction: This clarinet was owned by Buddy, who was an amazing clarinetist in high school back in the 1940s. His parents bought it for him for the Christmas of his Junior year. It was in used condition, but in good shape. Buddy’s family were truck farmers up in Maine, and Buddy inherited the farm. He was always a jack of all trades, and could fix anything. So whenever the horn needed a pad, he would travel the town 50 miles to get one at the music store and put it in himself. When they didn't have just the right one, he'd make the closest size work. When the Maine winters caused the left hand joint to crack, he machined a ring himself to clamp it together. And when the register key broke, he silver soldered it himself. Not bad. It's in almost the right position. The town band played way sharp, so he cut the barrel down. Who cares if his work was a bit crude. He could always make it work!