Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Clarinet in A

Maker:
Buffet, Crampon & Cie. (founded 1859)
Date:
1860–65
Geography:
Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Boxwood, brass with thin gold wash
Dimensions:
L. 70.3 cm (27-11/16 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-single reed cylindrical
Credit Line:
Purchase, Robert Alonzo Lehman Bequest, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.343
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 964
Technical description:
Stained boxwood with brass ferrules and keywork. Four pieces: mouthpiece, upper section with integral barrel, lower section, bell. Original named ebony mouthpiece marked for a ligature. Speaker liner projects almost to the centre of the bore. All toneholes under rings lined with brass. L4 levers on a single pivot. 17 keys, 6 rings.Playing accessories: one reed and a brass ligature. Upper and lower section cannot be separated.
Overall size: 701
Bore: 14.6; f-hole 15.1
Conical part: 200
Keywork:
L0:   T + ring F4/C♮6; speaker.
L1:   T + ring F♯4; throat A♮; throat A♭.
L2:   T + E♭4/ B♭5 corresponding ring.
L3:   T; cross E♭4/ B♭5.
L4:   C♯4/G♯5; F3/C♮5; E3/B♮4; F♯3/C♯5.
R1:   T + ring B♭3/F♮5 via correspondence; side E♭4/ B♭5; side F♯4/C♯6; trills 1-2.
R2:   T + ring B♮3/F♯5 via correspondence.
R3:   T + ring B♮3/F♯5 via correspondence; cross B♮3/F♯5.
R4:   G♯3/E♭5; E3/B♮4; F3/C♮5; F♯3/C♯5.
Keyhead type: modern
Keymount type: screwed-in pillars.
Marking: (stamped in an oval on all parts, except the mouthpiece) "BUFFET CRAMPON & CIE"; above the oval is a lyre and below, the monogram
"BC"
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