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Annotated Checklist of Mazzeo System Clarinets

Rosario Mazzeo

In 1961, Rosario Mazzeo (1911-1997) gave Selmer the exclusive license to manufacture Mazzeo system clarinets.� The instruments utilize Boehm system fingering with several significant modifications.� All Mazzeo system instruments incorporate the following:

1.� New B-flat':� Played with a' key and any one or combination of left-hand second finger or right-hand first, second, or third fingers.� Same fingerings, minus a' key, produce a'.� Traditional b-flat' and a' fingerings also available.

2.� Left-hand thumb plateau key.

3.� Ringless bell:� Bell has less flare at bottom and no bell ring.

The following are featured on full and modified Mazzeo system models:

1.� E-flat'/b-flat'' may be played with thumb, first, and third fingers and d-flat'/a-flat'' key of left hand.

2.� B' to c-sharp'' keys articulated.

3.� Alternate left-hand a-flat/e-flat'' key available.

Bibliography:
Rosario Mazzeo, Mazzeo Clarinet Manual (Philadelphia:� Henri Elkan, 1960).

Rosario Mazzeo, The Clarinet:� Excellence and Artistry (Sherman Oaks, California:� Alfred Publishing Co., 1981).

Makers:

Buffet-Crampon & Cie
Chedeville, Edmond
Selmer, H. & A.
Selmer, Henri:� 1953; 1961; 1963/1967; 1967

Mazzeo System Clarinets
(in chronological order)

NMM 5828.  Clarinet in B-flat, Edmond Chedeville, Paris, 
ca. 1925

NMM 5828. Clarinet in B-flat, Edmond Chedeville, Paris, ca. 1925.� Four sections.� Stamped on barrel, top joint, and bottom joint:� EDMOND / CHEDEVILLE / PARIS; near top on top joint:� LP; near middle on bottom joint:� Bb; on bell:� B / [eagle] / PENZEL MULLER / NEW YORK (in oval cartouche along with PENZEL MULLER) / U.S.N.� Grenadilla, German silver ferrules.� Extensive custom modifications designed by Mazzeo ca. 1960.� Nineteen German-silver keys, seven German-silver rings.� Modifications include new b-flat' operated by a' key and right hand first, second, or third fingers; articulated b' to c-sharp '' keys; additional left hand a-flat/e-flat'' key; five right hand side keys.� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 591 mm.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.

NMM 6113.  Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1953

NMM 6113. Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1953.� Two sections (missing barrel and bell) which have been permanently screwed together.� Stamped on top joint:� DEPOSE / HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath with HENRI / SELMER) / FRANCE / Centered (in script) / Tone (in script); on bottom joint: HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath).� Number [asterisk] / P6999.� Unfinished experimental full-Boehm model.� Grenadilla, German-silver ferrule.� Most keys and all rings removed.� Toneholes for a' and register key have been plugged and redrilled in different locations.� Custom modifications include:� wrap around to side register key; extra long left-hand g-sharp' key; repositioned a' key; large left-hand thumb plateau key; elongated right-hand e-flat'/b-flat'' key; split touchpieces on right-hand f/c'' and e-flat/b-flat' keys.� Length (top of top joint to bottom of bottom joint, excluding tenons), 460 mm.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.

Lit.:� Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 6116.  Clarinet in B-flat, unfinished experimental 
prototype, ca. 1955

NMM 6116.� Clarinet in B-flat, unfinished experimental prototype, ca. 1955.� One piece body only.� German silver.� Tone holes not drilled through.� Five keys, four rings, one left-hand plateau key, twelve pad-covered tone holes, extra large right-hand thumb rest.� Length (from very top to very bottom), 487 mm.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.

Lit.:� Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 5832.  Clarinet in A by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1961

NMM 5832. Clarinet in A by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1961.� Four sections.� Stamped on top joint:� MAZZEO / SYSTEM / DEPOSE / HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath with HENRI / SELMER) / FRANCE / [star] / U. S. PATENT 2,867,143 (on back); on barrel:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath) / A / MADE IN FRANCE (lower) / 2 mm.L (on back); on bottom joint:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath); on bell:� MAZZEO / SYSTEM / HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath with HENRI / SELMER); on bell back: MADE IN FRANCE . Number S4783.� Grenadilla, German-silver ferrules.� Twenty German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver plateau key.� Modified Mazzeo system with custom modifications designed by Mazzeo ca. 1968.� Modifications include:� elongated left hand g-sharp' key; German silver plate attached to left hand thumb plateau key; c-sharp'/g-sharp'' key extension that is operated with right hand; left hand "Bis" key.� Rosario Mazzeo's U.S. patent #2,867,146 (1959).� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 640 mm.� Part of a set with No. 5831.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.

Lit.:� Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 6115.  Clarinet in B-flat by H. & A. Selmer (Bundy
division), Elkhart, after 1961

NMM 6115. Clarinet in B-flat by H. & A. Selmer (Bundy division), Elkhart, after 1961.� Four sections.� Stamped on bell:� [star] / BUNDY / [star] (in badge with [star] / BUNDY) / RESONITE / MADE BY / Selmer / [R within a circle] / Elkhart, Indiana; on top joint:� MAZZEO / SYSTEM / [star] / BUNDY / [star] (in badge with [star] / BUNDY); on back of top joint:� U.S. PATENT 2,867,146.� Number 202328.� Resonite, German-silver ferrules.� Basic Mazzeo system.� Seventeen German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver left-hand thumb plateau key.� Rosario Mazzeo's U.S. patent #2,867,146 (1959).� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 598 mm.� Mouthpiece of ebonite stamped:� HENRI / SELMER /PARIS (all in wreath) / HS [star] / MADE IN FRANCE.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.

Lit.:� Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 6114.  Clarinet in B-flat by H. & A. Selmer (Bundy
division), Elkhart, after 1961

NMM 6114. Clarinet in B-flat by H. & A. Selmer (Bundy division), Elkhart, after 1961.� Four sections.� Stamped on bell:� [star] / BUNDY / [star] (in badge with [star] / BUNDY) / RESONITE / MADE BY / Selmer / [R within a circle] / Elkhart, Indiana; on top joint:� MAZZEO / [star] / BUNDY / [star] (in badge with [star] / BUNDY); on back of top joint:� U.S. PATENT 2,867,146.� Number 261543.� Resonite, German-silver ferrules.� Basic Mazzeo system.� Seventeen German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver left-hand thumb plateau key.� Rosario Mazzeo's U.S. patent #2,867,146 (1959).� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 598 mm.� Mouthpiece of ebonite stamped:� Geo. M. Bundy (in script and underlined) / 3.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1998.

Lit.:� Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 5830.  Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, 
Paris, 1963/1967

NMM 5830. Clarinet in B-flat by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1963 (bottom joint), 1967 (top joint).� Four section.� Stamped on top joint:� MAZZEO / MODEL / DEPOSE / HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath with HENRI / SELMER) / FRANCE; on bell :� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath) / SERIES / [leaves] 10 [leaves] / B (in script); on bell back: MADE IN FRANCE ; on bottom joint:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath); on barrel:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath) / [star].� Bottom joint number T4778, top joint number V2848.� Grenadilla, German silver ferrules.� Twenty-one German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver plateau key.� Modified Mazzeo system with extensive custom modifications by Dennis Heaney, Santa Cruz, and Norman Benner, San Jose, ca. 1968.� Mazzeo called this:� "Famous California Custom Clarinet."� Modifications include:� elongated register key; brass plate attached to left-hand thumb plateau key; elongated left-hand g-sharp' key; leftward turning a' key; left hand "Bis" key; c-sharp'/g-sharp'' key extension that is operated with right hand; extra right-hand side key with overlapping extensions on other right-hand side keys.� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 594 mm.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.

Lit.:� Rosario Mazzeo, The Clarinet:� Excellence and Artistry (Sherman Oaks, California:� Alfred Publishing Co., 1981), pp. 119 (illus.), 153-161.

Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 5831.  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).� Four sections.� Stamped on top joint:� MAZZEO / SYSTEM / DEPOSE / HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath with HENRI / SELMER) / FRANCE / [star] / U. S. PATENT 2,867,146 (on back);� on barrel:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath) / FRANCE / B (in script); on bottom joint:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath along with HENRI / SELMER); on bell:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath along with HENRI / SELMER) / MAZZEO / SYSTEM / MADE IN FRANCE (on back).� Top joint number T4778, bottom joint number V2848.� Grenadilla, German-silver ferrules.� Twenty German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver plateau key.� Modified Mazzeo system with custom modifications designed by Mazzeo ca. 1968.��� Modifications include:� elongated register key; elongated left-hand g-sharp' key; brass plate attached to left-hand thumb plateau key; extra right-hand side key with overlapping extensions on other right hand side keys; c-sharp'/g-sharp'' key extension that is operated with right hand.� Rosario Mazzeo's U.S. patent #2,867,146 (1959).� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 600 mm.� Part of a set with No. 5832.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.

Lit.:� Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 5863.  Clarinet in C by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1967

NMM 5863. Clarinet in C by Henri Selmer, Paris, 1967.� Stamped on top joint:� MAZZEO / MODEL / DEPOSE / HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (in wreath with HENRI / SELMER) / FRANCE; on barrel:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath) / 9;� on bottom joint:� (mark obscured by post) / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath); on back of bottom joint:� U. S. PATENT / ONE OR MORE / OF FOLLOWING: / 2,867,146 / 3,035,473 / 3,150,553 / 3,204,512; on bell:� HENRI / SELMER / PARIS (all in wreath) / MAZZEO / SYSTEM.� Number V1840.� Grenadilla, German-silver ferrules.� Nineteen German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver plateau key.� Modified Mazzeo system with some modifications.� Modifications include:� left-hand "Bis" key; c-sharp'/g-sharp'' key extension that is operated with right hand; no alternate left-hand a-flat/e-flat'' key.� Rosario Mazzeo, U.S. patents #2,867,146 (1959), #3,035,473 (1962), #3,150,553 (1964), and #3,204,512 (1965).� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 515 mm.� Rosario Mazzeo Collection, 1995.

Lit.:� Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 5834.  Clarinet in B-flat by Buffet-Crampon and 
Cie., Paris, 1970

NMM 5834. Clarinet in B-flat by Buffet-Crampon and Cie., Paris, 1970. �Four sections.� Stamped on barrel, top joint, bottom joint, and bell:� [lyre] / BUFFET / Crampon & Cie (in script) /� A PARIS (in oval cartouche with BUFFET / Crampon & Cie) / BC [monogram] / MADE IN FRANCE; on barrel near bottom:� B67; on top joint below signature:� BC20.� Number F114269.� Grenadilla, German-silver ferrules.� Twenty-one German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver plateau key.� Extensive custom modifications by Dennis Heaney, Santa Cruz, and Norman Benner, San Jose, ca. 1970.� Mazzeo called this:� "Famous California Custom Clarinet."� Has all features of modified Mazzeo system.� Modifications include:� elongated register key; German-silver plate attached to left-hand thumb plateau key; elongated left-hand g-sharp' key; leftward turning a' key; left-hand "Bis" key; c-sharp'/g-sharp'' key extension that is operated with right hand; extra right-hand side key with overlapping extensions on other right-hand side keys.� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 601 mm.� Part of a set with No. 5833.� Rosario Mazzeo Collections, 1995.

Lit.:� Rosario Mazzeo, The Clarinet:� Excellence and Artistry (Sherman Oaks, California:� Alfred Publishing Co., 1981), pp. 119 (illus.), 153-161.

Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

NMM 5833.  Clarinet in A by Buffet-Crampon and Cie., 
Paris, 1970

NMM 5833. Clarinet in A by Buffet-Crampon and Cie., Paris, 1970.� Four sections.� Stamped on barrel, top joint, bottom joint, and bell:� [lyre] / BUFFET / Crampon & Cie (in script) /� A PARIS (in oval cartouche with BUFFET / Crampon & Cie) / BC [monogram] / MADE IN FRANCE; on top joint below signature:� BC2 (last number illegible under post).� Number F114707.� Grenadilla, German-silver ferrules.� Twenty-one German-silver keys, five German-silver rings, one German-silver plateau key.� Extensive custom modifications by Dennis Heaney, Santa Cruz, and Norman Benner, San Jose, ca. 1970.� Mazzeo called this:� "Famous California Custom Clarinet."� Has all features of modified Mazzeo system.� Modifications include:� elongated register key; German-silver plate attached to left-hand thumb plateau key; elongated left-hand g-sharp' key; leftward turning a' key; left-hand "Bis" key; c-sharp'/g-sharp'' key extension that is operated with right hand; extra right-hand side key with overlapping extensions on other right-hand side keys.� Length (top of barrel to bottom of bell), 636 mm.� Part of a set with NMM 5834.� Rosario Mazzeo Collections, 1995.

Lit.:� Rosario Mazzeo, The Clarinet:� Excellence and Artistry (Sherman Oaks, California:� Alfred Publishing Co., 1981), 153-161.

Deborah Check Reeves, "The Mazzeo System Clarinet:� An Historical Review," The Clarinet, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 1999), pp. 62-64.

Link to Rosario Mazzeo Collection page.

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