Clarinet key earrings with brass embellishment
The clarinet I made these earrings from is one I picked up from a well-meaning person who thought it would be a good instrument to play for fun. The problem with these old Boosey-Hawkes Edgware instruments is that they are anything BUT fun to play on, in my opinion. They just don’t sound good, and their keys bend as soon as you look at them funny. They also play out of tune. They do make excellent lamps. My father actually played on one of these, and I still have his hanging around in a closet somewhere. It plays awful, too. Anyway, just a little history about the Boosey-Hawkes Edgware clarinet: Boosey-Hawkes was an instrument maker and music publisher based in England. Edgware is the name of the road that the factory was on. The Edgware clarinet was made to be a beginner clarinet, and a lot of them got sent to the United States during the 1950s and 1960s because the wind band was having a bit of a renaissance, and people like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were really popularizing the clarinet through their dance records. (Think of what Kenny G did for the saxophone back in the 1980s!) The Boosey-Hawkes instrument division got bought by a French company and there was a lot of drama that happened afterwards (let’s see… embezzlement, near-bankruptcy, mismanagement, and this is the short version!). Boosey-Hawkes clarinets are no longer made, but they still pop up from time to time at yard sales and in closets. I am not about to start talking about the difference between English bore and French bore clarinets, and how that relates to American clarinet playing, because I don’t want you to run screaming from the room. If you REALLY want to know, message me, and I’ll tell you, but you have been warned. The ear wires are made of sterling silver. The keys are nickel plated nickel silver. The embellishment is made of jeweler's brass.