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Mazzeo System Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1963/1967
NMM 5831. Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1963 (top joint), 1967 (bottom joint). Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.
Four sections. Stamped on barrel: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (within a wreath) / B (in script). Stamped on top joint: MAZZEO / SYSTEM / DÉPOSÉ / HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (HENRI / SELMER / PARIS within a wreath) / FRANCE / [five-point star]. Stamped on bottom joint: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (within a wreath). Stamped on bell: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (HENRI / SELMER / PARIS within a wreath) / MAZZEO / SYSTEM. Top joint serial number: T4778; bottom joint serial number, V2848. Selmer-Mazzeo model 15M Custom Modified. Grenadilla body, German-silver keys, rings, ferrules. 20 keys, 5 rings, 1 left-hand plateau key, rod/pillar mounts. Boehm-Mazzeo System with custom modifications designed by Mazzeo ca. 1968. Key modifications: extended brass thumb plate over plateau key for left hand; right-hand, side key for throat B-flat; elongated and angled register key; elongated, left-hand, g-sharp1/a-flat1 key; extra right-hand side key with overlapping extensions on other right-hand side keys; c-sharp1/g-sharp2 key extension operated by right hand; articulated, left-hand b1/right-hand c-sharp2 modification to hold c-sharp2 while depressing the b1 key; additional a-flat/e-flat2 key for left-hand, little finger. Rosario Mazzeo's U.S. patent #2,867,146 (1959). Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 599.0 mm. Part of a set with NMM 5832.
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