Rampone Delux Cazzani
Thanks again to Deone B. for the opportunity to review this!
Serial #049, batch mark: dots followed by 19
Bore LH joint top: 14.65mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.65mm
Deone sent me this interesting tidbit: Cazzani is a family that the Rampones married into (also from Quarta Sotto, IT) who were clock makers and repaired brass instruments. I suspect that this led to Rampone Cazzani becoming more involved with Adolf Sax and perfecting and focusing on the sax.
Intonation summary: Amazingly good. This trades sharp first chalumeau notes (the normal) for flat E in the clarion register. The tone hole for that E is not undercut. None of the right hand tone holes seem to be undercut. I will do a little to improve the clarion E. The flat A and Bb in the throat tones are because of how loud I was playing. The flatness for the last three high register notes is more of a problem. Anyway, this is what I call good intermediate intonation.
Intonation results above reflect the changes after I undercut the A/E tone hole and the A G# throat tones.
Key work quality: It’s OK for this time period. I noticed that the register key was bent and when I bent it back it moved too easily.
Pads: LH joint all 10mm except one 8.75. (Greenback medium) RH joint has two different than the other Rampone: 17.5mm x 3, 15.5 x 1, 11.5 and 10.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: Beginning to intermediate players. This clarinet has a lovely tone— perhaps because of the 14.65mm bore.
Condition issues noted: I filled a slight chip in the middle tenon.