|Brilhart mouthpieces. An attempt at a Time Line|
Below is my best guess on the production year based on information collected for over 4400 Brilharts with serial numbers.
I have not included clarinet or baritone pieces, Streamlines and Tonalites. Nor the pieces Made in England.
NB! Streamlines and clarinet pieces did NOT have Great Neck printed on them
Start- and end-serials for each period are those I have in my files, not necessarily the exact numbers where the period changed.
Before 1951, there were separate and parallel serial numbers for alto and tenor and for HR, Ebolin and Tonalin (and Tonalite).
In February 1951, Personalines were introduced, and at the same time they started all over with the serial numbers, the so-called small font.
All the mouthpiece types were now numbered within the same line.
NB! The Level-Air metal mouthpieces changed to date-based serials after the Selmer take-over and Selmer continued with this kind of serial numbers for the Level-Air only until they stopped production, probably in the 1980's.
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|Simple, arial-like font|
|Large, old-fashioned font|
|Selmer serial (Date of manufacture. MMDDYY)|
My lists have almost continuous serial numbers between the end of Great Neck period and beginning of Mineola.
The mystery about the missing Hard Rubber mouthpieces.
For Ebolin: Alto: 108xxx - 113xxx, (5000 missing), Tenor: 78958 - 79806 (848 missing),
and for Tonalin: Alto: 95495 - 98394 (appr. 2900 missing), Tenor: 76806 - 76836 (30 missing).
But when it comes to hard rubber, the gap is much bigger.
Alto 8362 - 43899 (more than 35.000 missing) and Tenor: 7900 - 37097 (appr. 29.000 missing).
Is the explanation that Brilhart had problems getting hard rubber blanks during WW II. ??
|Overall time line|