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Henry Gunckel Albert system Bb-flat clarinet

Henry Gunckel was not a clarinet manufacturer. More like a distributor. They mainly traded French brands such as Buffet, Thibouville and Couesnon. That is, the clarinets came from different factories, but had printed Gunckel’s name and logo on it. That would be, for example, Paris or France.
Gunckel also operated in other countries, and specimens of the brand: Gunckel Germany and Gunckel Czechoslovakia have been seen.

This clarinet is made of grenadil wood. It is 59,4 cm long from top of barrel to bottom of bell. The bore is 14,50 mm and the total weight is 639 grams.
There is no serial # to determine the year of manufactory, but the separation of the G# and A-key was not common after 1930.
It´s a low pitch Bb-flat clarinet which is stamped on the lower part.
The clarinet pitches perfectly at A=440 with a modern mouthpiece. I play one fom Vytas Krass.
The case is unfortunately not original, but does the job…

This Henry Gunckel clarinet has recently been serviced in America. Everything works perfectly. All pads are new, sealing completely. The clarinet is ready to play.


There is a possibility this Henry Gunckel Clarinet hasn´t been played for many years.
Just in case, and to avoid any cracking I will ask You to “warm it up” gently. Play it for about half an hour every day for at least a month. Not more. The wood needs to be reminded it´s actually a clarinet, getting used to changes in humidity again.

This has become a very fine clarinet with a wonderful and wooden Albert sound. It plays beautifully without any trouble.

Test sample presenting the Henry Gunckel clarinet

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The price is DKK 3.000,- (EUR 409,-) plus shipping.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if You are interested or have any questions.
– And please remember I´m not a professional repairman. If there are issues I can´t handle, I take it to a professional.
This Henry Gunckel clarinet is sold as it is, very old, no guarantee or money back.


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