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Offline DrDecay

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Totally New to Clarinets
« on: October 12, 2019, 01:05:43 PM »
This ebonite Pedler belonged to my mother.  She was born in 1931 and played this as a young girl in elementary thru high school.  Her parents purchased it for her as a "previously owned" clarinet so it is obviously old.  I personally know NOTHING about clarinets.  I plucked this from my mother's attic just this a.m. and told her I was taking it.  The serial number is: E2708.  If any of you have an educated guess on its manufactured date I would appreciate it.  Maybe I'll get it restored and learn to play.  I have always loved the mellow tones of a clarinet!

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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2019, 01:14:28 PM »
Welcome! So glad you found this community. If you love clarinets then you will love it here.

The other guys are better at exact dating, but I can tell you with almost absolute certainty that this clarinet was manufactured in the late 1910s-early 1920s.

The single post for the left hand pinky keys puts a strict upper bound of about 1923. The style of the case, with those little clamp things is 1910s-20s thing for sure. I'm going to spitball 1920 or so, and see what the other guys come up with.

It's probably a decent clarinet. However, these old, 100 year old clarinets often don't necessarily hold up to modern standards in terms of the science of construction. This has nothing to do with build quality - technology has simply improved over the years, for example the poly-cylindrical bore (basically gives better intonation and sound) developed after your clarinet was made.

Nevertheless, I wouldn't think twice about getting it restored, especially if you plan to play, and especially if there's a family connection it.

Realistic sale price for something like this won't be terribly high, unfortunately.

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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2019, 08:18:12 PM »
Welcome Doc. It wouldn't take much to get it playing again. It's "ebonite" or hard rubber, so that's good.

I bet Dave is very close with the timeline on it. We're somewhat biased toward vintage clarinets here but of course modern ones are fine too.  ;)
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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2019, 02:01:52 PM »
Thanks guys.  I would love to get this old rubber restored.  Especially since it was my mothers.  Is David Watson still your "go to" guy? 

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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2019, 04:49:53 PM »
Thanks guys.  I would love to get this old rubber restored.  Especially since it was my mothers.  Is David Watson still your "go to" guy? 

David Watson is me! I would always recommend myself :)

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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2019, 01:39:39 PM »
I have one that looks identical, but with a newer style case. SN E20716, dated to early 50's. I got it on a trade, re-padded and working ... and I love how it plays and sounds. Mine has the same distinctively old-style A/Ab assembly and the short barrel (because the upper joint is longer) relative to modern ones. Mine is from the later post-Harry Pedler company, labeled The Pedler Co. But I'm glad to see it's so much like an original "Harry" which has been known for good quality.

I'm one of the ebonite lovers of the group. It is a great material for clarinets, without the problems of wood. Same material as our favorite mouthpieces. The keys are unplated "German silver" (nickel silver) which is lovely.

It looks like the color of yours has held up well, not turned green. I'm sure Dave can to a great job restoring it.
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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2019, 01:43:13 PM »
Thanks for the endorsement, Windy! It means a lot.
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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2019, 04:50:20 PM »
I love threads like this. Good job, guys. Greetings from Jakarta.

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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2019, 04:10:19 PM »
Lovely historic instrument!
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Re: Totally New to Clarinets
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2019, 07:05:31 PM »
Good story. My mother also played in school (circa 1930) and I spotted her old clarinet high on a shelf when in Grade 3 (1963). Used it for a while, got a better one, then a Buffet in H.S.  Think somewhere along the line the old thing got traded in... too bad.
Then, in 1977 I became a Band Director and in the '80s asked my mom about that old clarinet and why she was in Band 55 years ago. She said "I just wanted to get out of Math". Some things never change.....
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