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A few years ago I took a keen interest in Harry Pedler's works, as some of you may recall.  It would be hard to walk away from that collection, but in terms of absolute rarity and connectedness to an instrument, I simply would have to be destitute to rid myself of my old low pitch Kolar Czech C.  It is an extraordinary, brilliant machine.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Help identifying a supposed 1800's clarinet
« Last post by Windsong on June 27, 2020, 09:19:31 PM »
This is a rare time in history, indeed, and the good lot of us have had to resort to more basic methods for a wide range of things.  That's good that you have mapped it, and are enjoying it.  I wonder how many instruments are simply scrolled away and written off for a slight handicap.  I must believe that the original keywork was damaged, or someone "cannibalized" the key for it's usefulness, or somesuch.  Developing a prototype that enables it to be actuated as intended would be a triumph, if not a rather complex ordeal, depending upon available resources and skills.  As it stands, it can still be used, and it's found a good home, I'll wager.
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TMHeimer, 
I have two C clarinets from the 19thC which use an EB mouthpiece.
Regards-
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All about Clarinets / Please post pictures along with your links!
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on June 27, 2020, 05:21:10 PM »
Hello all,

This is a PSA to request that anytime you post a link that redirects to an image, PLEASE ATTACH THE IMAGE TO THE POST AS WELL

This is a major problem with older threads that mention an eBay listing. After a while, all eBay links die and those images are gone forever. For preservation and posterity, from this point on PLEASE PLEASE attach images to your linked posts.
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Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on June 27, 2020, 02:44:17 PM »
Hello, I have just come upon, in my mom's attic, a Penzel Muller Pruefer (New York) clarinet, so have joined you as another newbie.  The serial number on this beauty is 3074. On the bell are also stamped the letters U S O M C , just above the serial number. It has a wrap around register key.  What do I do now ?
Thank you so much for all the information I have already gleaned from your site!
It will be marked USQMC, which stands for "United States Quartermaster Corps."

Sounds like it's probably from the 30s. Is it Boehm system? If so, it would be a relatively late example of wrap-around register on a Boehm.

Please post some pics if  you have a chance. If it doesn't work for whatever reason, please email me directly at daveleblanc@clarinetpages.net
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Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« Last post by sleiste on June 27, 2020, 02:30:52 PM »
Hello, I have just come upon, in my mom's attic, a Penzel Muller Pruefer (New York) clarinet, so have joined you as another newbie.  The serial number on this beauty is 3074. On the bell are also stamped the letters U S O M C , just above the serial number. It has a wrap around register key.  What do I do now ?
Thank you so much for all the information I have already gleaned from your site!
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So, the Noblet eefer also plays nicely (it took some work to get the setup right).  Nice tone and very good intonation. 

Having tried the Chinese eefer not so long ago, I feel like a vintage horn is the better approach for these pesky instruments.  That said, acquiring and refurbing even a modest Noblet was substantially more expensive than the Chinese option.

The manufacturing in China continues to improve, however, and the Chinese eefer I tested would be fine perhaps for a student or someone who didn't care much about intonation. I have been very positive about the Chinese-made-then-US-finished Kessler low C bass clarinets, and hope to see more instruments which are lower priced and very good quality in the future. 

Just my thoughts.  How do you all feel? 
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All about Clarinets / Re: Bore measurement
« Last post by windydankoff on June 25, 2020, 09:13:43 PM »
Yes! He's using a telescoping snap gauge, which is the most common machine shop tool to measure inside diameter (ID). Inside calipers are too flexible if you want precision. I have seen sets of discs of incremental sizes, but that would be expensive for lots of discs needed. Snap gauge is just right and satisfying to use when you get the hang of it. I get bore measurements consistent within .05 mm (about 2/3 of an average human hair). I use them for studying and adjusting barrels, especially, because I can't fit the prongs of the digital caliper into the bore - and clarinet joints, to determine "large" vs. small bore.

I got a set for about $16 from Harbor Freight. Even though I only use one of them, price was right. Quality is just good enough. I see there are some on eBay too.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Dad's Conn 448N
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on June 25, 2020, 08:44:22 PM »
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I would like to share a lovely Classic that I restored a while ago. It's not a Symphonie, but it's pretty close! The font on this and the original Symphonie are just about the same. Looks like they changed the font for the Symphonie 2 and above
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All about Clarinets / Re: Bore measurement
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on June 25, 2020, 06:58:18 PM »
Do you know what forum youre on!? Were all geeks here!!!

Great video. Ill have to watch the whole thing sometime
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