Moennig Bros Albert clarinet

Artist-model

Low pitch, Bb-flat

Moennig Bros Albert clarinet

The woodwind company Moennig Bros was started in 1926 by the brothers Fritz and Hans Mönnig, known as Gebrüder Mönnig Markneukirchen.
This small town in the south-eastern corner of Germany was an epicenter for musical instrument manufacturing at the beginning of the last century. Best known from clarinetists point of view are Penzel, Mueller and Uebel.
By 1928 Moennig Bros was one of the largest factories of its kind, and in 1931 they announced the delivery of clarinet number 20.000.
Markneukirchen supplied instruments to most of Europe and had a significant export to the USA.
Today, more than 100 different enterprises are involved in the making of musical instruments.


Here is what we have:

A low pitch B-flat Moennig Bros Albert system clarinet.
It’s made in grenadilla wood with no cracks in the body, but the barrel has been pinned and cracks sealed.
Manufactured in the 1930’s. All sections are original.
The instrument is 59,3 cm long from top of barrel to bottom of bell and the total weight is 634 grams. The bore seems to be tapered, from 13,75 on top to 14,50 mm on the center.
All new leather pads and new corks throughout the clarinet, including tenons.
All the keys have been cleaned and bent back in positions. Springs, rods and screws were cleaned from rust and subsequently lubricated and adjusted. Some swedged to fit. The clarinet is play tested with a Vandoren B40 mouthpiece.


The issues

The clarinet was in really bad condition. I found numerous tone hole chips, repaired most of them, if not all, and the pads are now sealing. The clarinet was laquered and the keys painted black.
The barrel had two deep cracks. One on either side. They have been pinned with each two carbon fiber pins and the cracks are filled with grenadilla dust and super glue. It may last forever, maybe not…
The original A-key is missing its spring. A new spring must be soldered on. I found a working replacement key, it’s a little big though – not a problem if you have a small index finger! To make the hinge rod fit, I have supplied teflon washers at both ends. The original key is of course attached and can easily be put back on if you’d like. You may need to have a spring soldered on or attach a rubber band.
A teflon washer is also included to the left-hand Eb/Bb key. Here, the posts were missing or destroyed and replaced with others from a junk clarinet.
If you see a rubber band on the Bb/F key is the reason the same problem I had on the A key, a missing spring. I was not able to find a replacement key.
The straight register key, which is original, feels a little bit too long. The reason could be the unoriginal posts holding it. The original posts had the key float a little higher giving more room between the thumb hole and the key.
As you now understand, some posts have been replaced. 5-7 I guess. 3 of them have been glued on because the threads in the wood have disappeared.
I’m aware that I have made some “cowboy” solutions here, but the end result is a fully operational Albert clarinet…


The Moennig Bros Albert clarinet comes in this case:

Moennig Bros Albert clarinet in caseCase for Moennig Bros Albert clarinet

It’s probably not the best Albert clarinet in the world, but it’s saved from the junk yard!
As said before, the clarinet is in full playing condition. To get it perfect you’ll need to get the two springs soldered on, and have the register key shortened a bit.
This Moennig Bros clarinet is best suited for an amateur musician or a clarinetist who wants to try what it is like to play Albert with the different fingering and the characteristic fat sound.
Selling as cheap as possible. Just trying to get my expences covered.
A reasonable offer might be accepted…


The price is DKK 1.200,- (EUR 165,-) 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. The Moennig Bros Albert clarinet is sold as it is, very old, no guarantee or money back.

Moennig Bros Albert system clarinet


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