Dear Mr. Friedland,
A while back you received a note from “GK” regarding a “Leblanc Dynamic 2′ which was onced owned by Jack Maheu.
You were correct in describing Jack as “a very well known clarinetist.”
For the past 44 years, Jack has and continues to be my inspiration and mentor and I consider Jack to be one of the finest jazz clarinetists ever.
The Leblanc “GK’s” father had is likely the last Leblanc Jack played on.
Jack played a Leblanc for many years (since the early 50’s) until sometime around “1980ish” when Jack eventually switched to a Buffet.
I remember it was during this time when I would go to Syracuse, NY to hear Jack and we would “talk shop” and he was asking about the Buffet I was playing on. It was comical because at the same time I was thinking about switching over to a Leblanc!
A number of years later when Jack came back to the area he showed up with a Buffet. Jack was still using a Buffet in 2003 when we played together in Syracuse and as far as I know since talking to Jack last week, he still has it.
As far as what to do with the Leblanc?
Please reconsider turning this fine instrument into a lamp. This clarinet has produced some of the most beautiful sounds ever heard.
Please consider having the horn rebuilt. Someone at some point will want to recapture some of the beautiful sounds that this instrument has produced and everytime it’s played, every sweet sound that comes out of that bell, regardless it’s from Jelly Roll Morton or Mozart will be a living and ongoing tribute to both your father and to Jack Maheu.
Just some thoughts from a fellow clarinetist.