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All about Clarinets / Sweet little Salt spoon Eefer
« on: November 16, 2023, 12:55:21 PM »
I received this Eb in the mail a few moments ago, and she plays.  The wood is an exceptional medium-dark grenadilla, and the bell is too, but it has an ostrich grain.
The G/D note pip works just fine.  It is a clumsy thing for me, but there is not much to it.  A lovely artifact, indeed.

I held my breath, hoping it would go unnoticed.  For a very low initial bid, it was mine.
I will need to talk to IC to see what they can do for me, regarding replacement pads.

Trading Post / WTB: 3 screw thumbrest
« on: November 14, 2023, 07:58:16 PM »
I am in search of "3 leaf clover" style 3-screw thumbrest for a German/Czech/Austrian Eefer. 

I would be most obliged if any of you might have one about or a lead on one.

All about Clarinets / Odd LJ vent
« on: November 12, 2023, 03:33:03 PM »
What do you suppose this vent is for on the LJ?  A tuning hole, perhaps?

All about Clarinets / Typical articulated C#/G# tenon?
« on: October 31, 2023, 08:43:47 AM »
This is a late 1930s unicorn Pedler, and my first articulated tenon cork replacement.  I was fascinated to find that extra meat has been left around the tone hole, perhaps to help prevent cracking.

My, what a fun cork this will be to cut!

Has anyone seen this tenon manufacturing technique?

All about Clarinets / Back from the dead
« on: October 19, 2023, 09:19:11 PM »
Weekend before last, I received a clarinet that an old friend found at a flea market for chump change.  He had no idea what he'd grabbed, but the preliminary photo got me excited.  It had been fitted with the wrong thumb rest, and an unsoldered key needed repair or replacement. (I lucked out on a rather sad but intact key from a prominent ebayer.  After a full spa day, the key looked too good for the others.
Allegedly, this clarinet survived a whole year, outside (in the broken case), in a chicken coop.  The wood was thirsty, but I have seen far worse.  The body was outstanding with no discernable damage or prior repairs, but the pads were revolting and the wood had grown some fuzz.  Remarkable what Murhpy's, orange oil, and almond oil can do.  Been a few years since I've done a resto.  Lack of practice hurts technique, but by gum--I still love to do them. 
Before and after:

All about Clarinets / Broken Hearted
« on: July 11, 2022, 03:33:48 PM »
Last week, whilst inspecting a home built in 1925, and never yet sold but when new, having been in the same family since then, I was in the attic, when--behind the asbestos-wrapped boiler pipes I caught a glimpse that had me do a double take.  The first take told my brain to pay attention, and the second one solidified it.  I knew immediately what I had just found.  So I reached over the boiler pipe into the eve of this massive three story home, and grabbed the handle of an all too familiar case. 

I rushed down, out-of the attic, and on bended knee, I said to the owner of the home, "Please;  I beg of you--sell me this.  Name your price, and it will have a good home forever."
She said, "Oh goodness!  Is that..?  It is!  That was Grandfather's!  We have been looking for over 50 years for that!  We thought it had been stolen or misplaced long ago!  No;  I think I'll give it to my grandson, who likes musical instruments." (Now, I should also point out that I also found a 1923 Buescher C-melody and a pre-1907 French Revalry Bugle, but it was this 1920s Martin that I had my heart set on.  Her instant but soft rejection to purchase it crushed me like being shot down from asking a cute gal to the Prom.   

Looking to have been in her mid 70s, I am assuming her grandson is likely in his late teens or twenties, but by gum--I will bet he has to gewgel it to even know what he now has. 
Ladies and gents--it was nigh perfect.  Not a scratch or a dent.  I'd have gone to $1500.00, and then I'd have had to back off, and yes--I know it is worth well more, but I will bet dollars to doughnuts she would have let it go for far less, if she hadn't been so set on keeping it.  So it goes...

All about Clarinets / A very early grenadilla Albert Harry Pedler
« on: January 26, 2022, 09:07:45 PM »
This is the first of it's kind for me. 
Model 1544. 
Missing a vital key. 
Two cracks in the barrell.
1919-1922 (diamond logo).

I have a few of the same in ebonite; a 152--absolutely excellent and cosmetically pristine, one 1544 in gentle shape, in need of a restoration, and one atrociously unfortunate 1554 horn that stayed whole, but that was sorely neglected. 

Seller states it's rare (and he is correct).

Grab it, folks, and best of luck with that missing key.
It can be scavenged from another Albert, or by the metallurgical master--created.
I am at my maximum capacity.


I have a 432 Hz Clarinet, so this drew me in.  I will wait to comment on my impressions until some of you...well, view the video. 


All about Clarinets / Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« on: March 10, 2021, 08:35:00 PM »
I received another Harry Pedler in the mail today;  this time a pre-serialized Hard Rubber 17/6 Boehm with the "Pedler Appliance" in fine shape.  It was made almost certainly between 1924-1928, and appears to be a semi-pro-level clarinet.  The old stickers on the case appear to pre-date WWII, and say Ohio University Band, so my take is that it was used in a collegiate capacity. I expected nothing from a clarinet sold in "as-found" condition, from a seller who confessed no musical instrument knowledge.  I bought it for parts, mainly, and for my "continuing education".

Upon close inspection, I saw it was marvelously intact, (with exception to one mildly tweaked trill key that I put into order directly) despite it having that ripe smell of a clarinet put away wet forever ago, and was rather dusty, so I assembled it, and slipped in a Harry Pedler mouthpiece, and was awestruck by the deep, clear sound it registered.  And by gum, it played all the way through, bottom to top, quite acceptably.  It has perhaps a tone that rivals only my pre-1928 Boehm 17/7 Pedler.  Cosmetically, it is quite nice, and the tone certainly is impressive.  I am thinking this may be my " steady" for a while.  It put a smile on my face, and felt right in my hands.

David--this one has the softer keys you are familiar with, but they are strong, and forged nickel.  I have found that Martin-era Pedlers have the strongest, most well supported keywork, followed by the Albert Pedlers, which are rather strong, too, but more malleable than Martin's products.

It came with a Selmer HS* MP, which I have no experience with, but understand many like them.  The table, tip and rails are nigh flawless, as is the chamber, but it is dirty and has tooth indentations, and needs some spiffing up, so trying that out will have to wait for a later date.

All about Clarinets / Repairing a Harry Pedler Albert trill key
« on: January 08, 2021, 08:17:32 PM »
My new challenge:  Bending back the low LH trill key on my new aquisition--a 1919-1923 Bb Albert system Harry Pedler.  For any of you who have ever played one of these, you know how awkward fingering can be.  Coming from anything else, it takes a lot of re-training of the mind.  After several days of scales, it becomes less awkward.  I have large hands, but it's as if these Harry Pedler Albert's were designed for hands much bigger than my own.  Clarinetists with very long fingers would appreciate these. 

I provide that "wind up" because, due to the extreme bend on this key, I am left wondering if it was deliberately bent.  Ergonomically, it actually allows for quicker engagement for larger hands.  In all likelihood, due to the inherent vulnerability of this key's location, it most likely was dropped, but who knows?  Regardless, since my plan is to restore it to its original form, I need to bend it back, and hopefully not snap it off.

These keys are reasonably malleable, so I think I will boil the key in water (so as not to burn the key with a butane torch, and also to keep the heat even) and bend it back slowly, by hand, and boil the key to re-fortify the grain.  This first photo is of the correct orientation of the network (I have a few of these clarinets now), and the second photo is of the damaged key that needs a 45° "retraining".  If anyone has a better idea for bending the key, please chime in.
(Photos to follow)

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