Mazzeo system

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The Mazzeo system is a key system for the clarinet invented by Rosario Mazzeo in the 1950s,[1] and is a modification of the Boehm system. Exclusive mass-production rights were given to the Selmer company, although only 13,000 were made.[citation needed] Many are now in museums, but some are in private collections or can be found for sale. Selmer's "Bundy" line of Resonite student instruments included a Mazzeo model.

The differences between a Boehm system clarinet and a Mazzeo system clarinet are

  • The throat B using the A key and any one or combination of left-hand second or third finger or right-hand first, second, or third fingers to operate a linkage opening the third right-index-finger trill key, rather than using the inadequately vented register key to obtain that pitch; the same fingerings, minus A key, produce A; traditional (Boehm) B and A fingerings are also available;
  • A left-hand-thumb plateau key;
  • A ringless bell with less flare.

Full and modified Mazzeo clarinets feature

  • An E/B key playable with the thumb, first, and third fingers and D/A key on the left-hand side;
  • An articulated B to C keys;
  • An alternate left-hand A/E key.


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