Antique Musical Instruments/Vintage composite eclipse clarinet

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I work on clarinets but can not find info on a clarinet that came in. It is composite and the bell is marked eclipse seems to be composite but the key lay out is vintage and nickle.
It only has a serial number at the bottom of the lower joint marked 56640

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I don't normally respond to woodwind question because that is not my area, but I will use my records of makers to make an educated guess on this one.  The only makers I know of that used Eclipse as a model were Slater (but I believe he only made brasswinds) and Leland.

Samuel Leland was located on Worchester MA.  First they sold pianos, then they acquired former Fiske employees and started making brass instruments.  They started using the Eclipse name after 1885.  After, Samuel's son Frank took over the business, he expanded into include all wind instruments.  They terminated operations in 1915.

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Kenton Scott

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Please note: My area is BRASS instruments, not other wind, string or percussion instruments. I will provide information on antique, obscure and out of production BRASS instruments. 1) Please don't ask for evaluations, I'll not provide them on this site. 2) I am often asked very similar questions, so I'd invite you to first check on Horn-u-Copia.net. Much of the information I have garnered about this topic, I have posted on this WEB site.

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I perform in several historical bands, have informally researched the area, repair brass instruments, and operate a Forum dedicated to the topic at http://horn-u-copia.net

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B.S. Ed, M.S.

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