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All about Clarinets / Re: Tarogato Discussion
« on: March 14, 2022, 08:30:09 PM »
Who needs all those keys?


Wow.  Playing by position instead of keys - kinda like a trombone.

All about Clarinets / Re: Improving an old Edgware
« on: February 25, 2022, 07:16:45 PM »
I have read Clark Fobes work on tuning the clarinet.  Other than making new barrels for 3 of my clarinets, this is my first attempt at further improving intonation of a tone hole.  So far, so good!

All about Clarinets / Improving an old Edgware
« on: February 19, 2022, 05:33:12 PM »
My clarinet, which I've had since 1950, is a Boosey and Hawkes Edgware.  I recently took an online tone improvement class (clarinet mastery).  Now that I'm playing with much better intonation I've realized that this clarinet played flat.  So I made a shorter barrel for it which improved overall intonation greatly.
A few days ago I realized that D4/A5 was playing very sharp.  Today I modified the tone hole to make it smaller, and now those notes play slightly flat.  Big difference!  I'll let it break in some and then may enlarge the hole ever so slightly to bring it up in pitch a little.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: February 19, 2022, 05:25:32 PM »
I've been interested in Penzel-Mueller for a while (I got a P-M clarinet years ago, before you could research these things on the internet, but never took learning to play seriously until recently).  I have read through this thread a few times as a guest. It seems generally assumed that Penzel-Mueller stopped in the late 1950s or 1960. I found these interesting P-M price lists on Reverb (I don't collect memorabilia and it's not my item): https://reverb.com/item/35945607-penzel-mueller-1968-and-1970-price-list

The price lists are labeled "68" and "70" and the seller calls them from 1968 and 1970. That might be a leap, but the address on the first page uses a 5-digit zip code. ZIP codes were introduced in 1963 and not everyone used them right away, so it roughly supports the seller's dating, or at least says that Penzel-Mueller still existed in the mid 1960s. They advertised a line of several clarinet models and were importing/representing Borgani saxophones and a variety of other instruments.  An image of the 1970 pricelist is attached.

The lists are also marked "E. Chiassarini Division" - not sure if P-M was a division of Chiassarini or the other way around. I can't find much about Chiassarini other than that an Evaldo Chiassarini imported reeds in the 1920s.

I have a later PM Jean Aubert model that is hard rubber and was apparently made in Paris for PM.  Phil Pedler reviewed it and initially thought it wasn't a PM, but then found a clear more modern PM logo on it. 

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 22, 2022, 12:30:47 PM »
My strap helps me completely with my condition, which seems to be tendonitis around the Metacarpophalangeal (MP) Joint (where thumb joins the palm). It helps enough that the condition is slowly healing. Since it was caused by excessive downward force, the strap relieves the cause.

Like I said above, I prefer my homemade strap with a section of elastic, and an open hook. The elastic make it feel more natural, taking about half the weight. It also helps keep the simple open hook from falling out.

Both of my hands hurt constantly in every joint - definitely osteoarthritis.  I've had more steroid shots in many joints than I can count.  Just today, I started using Voltaren on my hands, and the first application helped a little.  I've tried many supplements without much success, even the ones that my hand Dr. Recommended didn't make much difference.  Another clarinetist on The Clarinet Transformation Community mentioned Voltaren so I'm trying it.  So far, so good, but they claim it takes a week to see Substantial improvement.

If I hadn't already bought the Ton Kooiman rests, I'd try a strap.  But, I love gadgets and cool tools, so I reckon I'll win the race to see which guy dies with the most tools!  😁😁😆

All about Clarinets / Re: I'm leaving for a while
« on: January 21, 2022, 12:28:37 PM »
Bueno Suerte, Dave!  Try to stay dry!!!

I bet a ship would be a neat place to practice!

All about Clarinets / Re: Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 18, 2022, 01:47:56 PM »
Two related topics:

I use a Jazzlab Harness for playing my Saxophone.  Takes the load off my neck.  Would likely work with a Clarinet, but is probably overkill.


I have arthritis in my hands, and using a standard clarinet thumbrest is quite painful.  A neck strap might help, though I doubt it because there would still be quite a bit of pressure on the base joint of my thumb since the rest would still be resting between the tip and 1st joint.  So, I use a Ton Kooiman thumb rest, which has truly eliminated the pain.


I've forgetten whare I bought the Etude thumb rest, but it is available in the USA.

All about Clarinets / Re: Edelweiss
« on: January 18, 2022, 01:25:57 PM »
Well played Larry!

It may help for you to keep your fingers closer to the keys.  Not a problem with this piece, but when fingering faster it pays dividends.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:33:21 AM »
That's a gorgeous barrel!
Thanks.  Have some Cocobolo that I bought years ago when I was doing lots of wood turning of Pens and Bowls that I sold on Etsy and at craft shows.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 06, 2022, 08:55:38 AM »
I've solved the intonation problem by making a new barrel.  It's about 1.5 mm shorter than the original.

Now all of the tones play reasonably in tune, though the low E is still Al little flat.  Another smidgen shorte might help, but that's more trouble than it's worth.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 02, 2022, 04:12:02 PM »
If the low E is flat, I suppose you could pull the bell out a little, or even better figure out where the best tone is, and put a small spacer on the tenon so you don't have to guess every time you pull out.
I've seen somewhere recently that a hole in the side of the bell will change pitch.  Can't recall where, or whether it raises or lowers pitch.  Any thoughts on that?

Make and Model lists and research / Re: McIntyre Ecole
« on: January 01, 2022, 05:57:10 PM »

All about Clarinets / Re: For windy
« on: January 01, 2022, 03:40:02 PM »
To be brutally honest with you I just can't be bothered doing endless boring exercises. I just like to mess around and play by ear. And I wish I'd got a sax instead...

That's how I was until I took an online intonation course from Michelle Anderson of Clarinet Mastery.  After a few minutes each day for 30 days, my playing has improved considerably.  Now my wife only closes the door when I'm working on a horn that isn't yet right and squeaks!   My playing has also gotten much easier and more enjoyable.

All about Clarinets / Re: Extra key - Penzel Muller Artist
« on: January 01, 2022, 03:31:09 PM »
I've started working on the tuning of this PM Artist. With the barrel that came with it, it played very sharp and alternating between G4 and G5 would not play either in tune.  So, used my adjustable barrel and got those tones to play ok about 3 - 4 mm longer than the original barrel.  Went out to my shop to make a new barrel, only to discover that the original barrel from my 1888 Buffet is the right length.  Bore a mm or so small, but test played the PM Artist with it, and obtained much better tuning.  Then I bored that barrel out to 15.2mm to match the mouthpiece and upper joint. VoilĂ , this horn now plays about as good as it gets.  Only remaining issue is that E3 plays flat.  I suspect that's because the Bell that came with this horn is a mis-match.  It's a Chedeville low-pitch.  The Artist is also marked LP.

Looking at the Bell/lower joint junction from inside, they two bores seem to match although one of them is apparently slightly out of round.

Any suggestions about what to do?


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