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Neat. If you ever need a piece of fine frosted (ground) glass, it is easy to grind it yourself. I have done this to make a replacement ground glass for a camera.  You just need two flat pieces of glass (even picture frame or window glass), and some abrasive of the desired grade. I used 600 grit silicon carbide from a local tool shop that supplies jewelry makers, rock hounds / polishers, etc; you can also buy grit online.  A pound of SiC grit cost $8 and is a lifetime supply. You mix a little bit of grit with water between the two pieces of glass, and grind them against each other patiently - there are videos demonstrating it.

Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: December 17, 2021, 12:51:30 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.

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