René Dumont #117
Serial #117, stamped rather crudely only at the bottom of the RH joint. Unfortunately this instrument needed lots of fixing of cracks and chips. The problems were so severe that I will be giving this away to a deserving student. It is hard to tell from this data which of the two R. Dumont instruments was made earlier. René Dumont clarinets are among the better French Stencil clarinets and definitely worth reconditioning. Barrel: 63.7mmBore LH joint top: 14.6mmBore LH joint at bottom: 14.6mmIntonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.For this test, I pulled 0 at the barrel and 1mm in the center for this horn.
Intonation summary: Excellent. Fantastic. This shows how good a straight medium-bore clarinet can be.Key work quality: This instrument has the hooks on the top two LH pinkie keys, and these are Buffet-like pin-in-hole style. The key work is not quite as thick as the Magniere. The thumb rest is the kind that has an upper and lower screw. My first guess for R. Dumont may have been right, that these were Thibouville products.This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone, beginning, intermediate to very advanced.Phil's other R. Dumont reconditioning— with this logo:
1Jan2014, #1923, for Adam Carter. Very nice instrument!
30Jun2014, #1529, for David Bode, who plays sax in these videos: 9 The Gio Rio, 8 Lonnies Lament, 3 Mullet Cuban This R. Dumont clarinet plays great, and it will be interesting to hear what David will do with it!