Henry Gunckel 7 ring
Thanks to Steve Asmus for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet.
Serial # no longer visible, it probably had one. All the logo stamps have also been nearly sanded away. The Gunckel Trumpet logo is barely visible at the top of the LH joint. The RH joint has a stamp that says
B and LP. And at the very bottom of it there is “FRANCE” in typographical (opposing) quote marks. I think this is a sign of the Thibouville brand. The bell has the Gunckel name partly visible. Because of the LP designation and straight register key, I would date this clarinet as from somewhere between 1915 and 1924.
Barrel: 58.8mm wood, 62.0mm hard rubber.
Bore LH joint top: 15mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.74mm
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 my own 65.85mm barrel and pulled 2.2mm at the barrel, and .85mm at the center tenon.
Intonation summary: With the right barrel, this would be in the lower intermediate category today. The person who played with this clarinet using the shorter barrels was playing with a different mouthpiece, a soft reed, a loose embouchure, and probably was in a band where the brass were way sharp.
Key work quality: standard for the time. This clarinet has the 7th ring for the LH ring finger. This allows one to play Eb/Bb with the 1-3 forked fingering. The way this ring is integrated is different than some/most other makers. There is a long post that connects that ring to the C#/G# left pinkie key.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: a beginning player.
Condition issues noted: Some springs could be replaced. This clarinet seems finicky to work with. The ring finger tone hole was broken off long ago and replaced with a metal sleeve, which is actually the thumb tone hole sleeve from another clarinet. Even though I undercut this, it still is not playing in tune.