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I recently bought a set of Leblanc LL full Boehms. I paid nearly $2500 for them. They, like yours, are in excellent condition.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: October 08, 2022, 01:55:15 PM »
OK,  I've got a couple more numbers for your list. First is 14293 which is an Artist's Model A clarinet. It came with two barrels, each of which is clearly labelled Artist's Model A. One of the barrels is marked USN. I can find no other marking on the instrument or the second barrel. The serial number is stamped at the bottom of both the upper and lower joints. The clarinet has the smaller "Artist" engraved below the New York stamp.

The second instrument is number 17509. This is a Bb clarinet with one barrel. The "Artist" on this one is larger and engraved just below the eagle. The serial number on the upper joint is stamped vertically between the second and third posts of the right hand trill keys. The serial number on the lower section is also stamped vertically below the forked B/F# post and under the right hand little finger F#/C# key.

All about Clarinets / Re: Cader Idris
« on: October 07, 2022, 07:48:14 PM »
You do sound good today. If I might suggest, try to play more "fluidly." Imagine singing the words and make your clarinet sing the words for you. I think you'll be amazed how much more musical your playing will become.

All about Clarinets / Re: Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: October 07, 2022, 07:39:15 PM »
My experience is as a classical style player of about 65 years. I'm unaware of any classical players who use a double embouchure. I'm 99% sure that Pete Fountain used the "traditional" embouchure.

I've been playing woodwinds for over 65 years. I started with sax and then added oboe. Besides being a music educator, I performed regularly as a woodwind doubler for concerts and theater. Of all of my doubles, flute is the one that requires my constant attention. A good head joint is of the utmost importance. Over the years I've worked myself up to a couple of Murumatsus. I just went through trying several less expensive flutes looking for something that would serve me well for less money. I tried a Powell, a Azumi, and a Gemeinhardt. None of them had the fullness that the Murumatsus provided. The bottom line is, however, there are no easy instruments. Some are easier to produce a starter sound, but there just isn't an easy instrument to master. After 65 years, I'm still working to master any one my instruments.

Bass recorders are in the F, but read C music. The F recorders use a different set of fingerings than the C recorder. The C instrument's fingerings are similar to flute or sax. The F instruments are similar to the lower register of a clarinet.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 19, 2022, 09:56:21 PM »
I use an older Woodwind G7. The sound is quite bright and I doubt I'll ever use it. I'd hate to part with it, but it should be used.


Make and Model lists and research / Re: Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 18, 2022, 02:19:55 PM »
You're right. It's a treasure both as a gift from a friend and a great player. It plays much freer than my primary instruments (Leblanc LLs).

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 16, 2022, 01:01:02 PM »
One additional note - this instrument is market "Providence, R. I."

Make and Model lists and research / Pruefer Clarinet
« on: July 16, 2022, 12:53:29 PM »
Recently a good friend (age 92) closed his music store and gifted me with his father's Pruefer clarinet. His dad played in the Calumet & Hecla band from about 1915 - mid 1930s. I have found a couple of pictures of the band with Sousa conducting and with Herbert L. Clarke as the featured soloist. The clarinet has 7 rings but not an articulated G#/C#. Also, it has the wrap around register key with the tone hole on the front rather than rear of the instrument. It's a low pitch Bb clarinet and plays great. I believe the serial number is 4866. I'd love any information about the instrument an the company that made it.

You could try getting in touch with Sue Shockey in South Bend. Her email is susan.shockey@gmail.com

I love my LL, but I also have a pre-classic A that plays wonderfully. I've just bought a matched set of LLs which I'll be able to try when I get home later this week. I can hardly wait. I also have an LL Eb as well as a top end alto and bass.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: French Engineer?
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:44:08 PM »
I needed an inexpensive Eb clarinet and bought one of the Chinese instruments on eBay. I decided to return it and ended up getting a refund and the instrument. It made a really cute lamp.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Vintage Buffet R13 - barrel help
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:38:35 PM »
Your assumption is correct. Wood barrels can warp over time. Having a replacement barrel is not uncommon. If you're happy with the performance of the instrument, you're all set. If not, try some other barrels. Have you checked to see if it plays in tune? You may want to get a shorter or longer barrel.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Help Choosing a Brand
« on: February 20, 2022, 09:07:27 PM »
This is an interesting clarinet. I'm surprised to see that it's a composite rather than resotone instrument. I would have thought is newer than 1968. I'll be interested in hearing more about your purchase.

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