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Make and Model lists and research / Re: Penzel Mueller Serial Time line
« on: August 05, 2017, 12:22:24 PM »
Just got my P-M in the key of A back. Serial # 8937. I do not know any history on it.

All about Clarinets / Re: "New" Penzel-Mueller in A
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:29:44 PM »
It should be coming back from repair soon!

All about Clarinets / Re: Searching for a new "seat"
« on: July 11, 2017, 10:44:15 AM »
I got a new horse! I am 52 years old and have never gotten to choose my own horse! I grew up in a horse family. I rode the family's horses until I was 12. Then Grandpa picked out an unbroke colt for me. I had Blue for 34 years, until he died at age 38. After he died, my mom found  a lovely old guy for me to use in mounted band, but he died after only 1 1/2 years. Other than that, I have ridden the horses we got for our kids. Chunk, the one we have now, is my daughter's. He hurt his back several years ago and it now hurts him to be ridden. We have had him for 12 years. He is going to live with a friend that has 2 acres and a horsy friend. He will be the personal jungle gym for 6 little kids. I hope he will be blissful in his senior years.

My new one, Chico, will get here Friday evening. We had to drive over 4 hours to try him out, so it is quite a process to get him home. One can't just stick a samp on their hiney and shove them in a mailbox.

I will attach some photos, I hope. The first is Blue and I when we both in our 20s. The bass drum horse was also ours. The next is Chunk, my daughter's horse, and I a couple of years ago. The last is my new horse, Chico.

One of my interview questions for all of the horses I tried was, "What is your favorite kind of music?". None seemed to have much of an opinion.

All about Clarinets / Searching for a new "seat"
« on: July 08, 2017, 07:53:59 PM »
As many of you know, I play in a horseback band. I have ridden many horses in it over the last 32 yeras, but the time has come to find a new one. In the past, we had several at home to choose from. I am now down to one and he has a bad back now.

Let me tell you, a good "seat" is hard to find and is a scary business.

All about Clarinets / Re: Catch of the Day
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:07:44 AM »

All about Clarinets / Re: The best clarinet you\'ve played
« on: May 09, 2017, 05:53:16 AM »
I believe it is.

All about Clarinets / Re: The best clarinet you\'ve played
« on: May 08, 2017, 07:29:29 PM »
It is a stencil. Phil reviewed it on the Clarinet Pages site. I would like to sell it, actually. I don't need 2 really good clarinets. I do love it, though.

All about Clarinets / Re: The best clarinet you\'ve played
« on: May 07, 2017, 09:05:42 PM »
I don't know that I am a good enough player to judge well. I sure know what I don't like, but the "best" I am not sure of.

My pre-1920 Jean Marbeau is wonderful. I played it for several years, happily. I am now playing a Selmer K series. We are still getting to know each other. I believe it is great, too. The "easiest" player I have is the Conn propeller wood, believe it or not. I have only used it twice, but it plays with almost no effort.

I just got a blue Dazzler, serial # E04161. Now I have red, white, and blue. My red one is a B serial.

The differences I can notice are that the blue one has black tone holes and a metal post insert to help line up the 2 halves. I do not have the white here to compare.

The red should be from 1974 and the blue from 1983. Both have original mouthpieces. I hope the blue mouthpiece is better than the red one. It is unplayable.

Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: April 09, 2017, 08:16:07 PM »
I've never heard of "Sonorous" clarinets before, but here's another. Very different but still odd. And someone cut it in two.


Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« on: April 09, 2017, 07:17:25 PM »
I want it. Sigh.

All about Clarinets / Re: clarinetti italiani?
« on: April 08, 2017, 08:26:59 PM »
This is the clarinet I bought the polishing wheel for. Those keys were flat grey with crusties.

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