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All about Clarinets / Harwood LP A
« Last post by GrumpyMiddleAgedMan on April 01, 2021, 03:52:35 PM »
Picked up a Harwood Professional, didn't notice but it was an A key.  It is in ok shape, going to need standard tune up.  Probably paid too much for it but its something new for me.
Register is a top side, bell marked in circle harwood professional j.w.j.s.m.co under which is made in czechq-slovakia and what im guessing is the serial # 1368 or there abouts.  Don't see any other markings on the body other than  A LP, and barrel is marked with the makers mark in circle.  Wood is fairly light, doesn't seem to be stained too dark, and IMO the grain isn't too dense.  Has the feel and look more of a student instrument than a professional.  Bell is stuck right now but that will be taken care of and some of the rings are loose, also will be taken care of.  Came with a chipped MP which was dried out which was stuck as well.  It looks  like it was hanging in a window or something by the driedoutness of the MP rubber.  Minimal rust and discoloration of keywork so I'm guessing it is not too old.
Is this a stencil?  I am not sure.  Kind of interested if anyone has heard of them, quality of instrument, desirability etc. If anyone could give me a hand with basic info I would be most appreciative.
Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on March 31, 2021, 08:05:55 PM »
Here is another, pretty extraordinary find;  a LP refer for under 150 bucks that can be put back into playing condition.  I believe the build date to be early 1920s, due to relatively advanced Albert keywork and LP:  Fairly prided, but who made it?
Very very interesting. I've yet to see any stamp that writes out the "flat" instead of just using the "b."
Trading Post / (Listed) Vintage e flat Penzel-Mueller Clarinet
« Last post by Nautiotter on March 31, 2021, 05:52:13 PM »

Vintage e flat Penzel-Mueller clarinet. I haven’t played it in 20 years but it played beautifully when it was last played. Does not come with a ligature.
Oh, his son didn't learn the complete process from him?  That's a shame.  I remember watching and reading a few news stories about Laubin over the years and was really fascinated.
Edit: didn't he have an apprentice or assistant as well?
Trading Post / Re: Good stuff on ebay
« Last post by Windsong on March 30, 2021, 08:18:20 PM »
All about Clarinets / Ode to a great oboe maker, inspiring article in NY Times
« Last post by windydankoff on March 30, 2021, 07:34:54 AM »

I love this passage:
“There is something that strikes a chord deep in your body when you play a Laubin,” said Sherry Sylar, the associate principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. “It’s a resonance that doesn’t happen with any other oboe. It rings inside your body. You get addicted to making that kind of a sound and nothing else will do.”

... and don't miss the Comments
I certainly do.  I get a big kick out of studying the many different, evolving techniques for the different systems.  I admire simple flawless mechanics.  It is my oponion that we are ridong the backside of the curve of greatness in mechanical innovation, and because mechanical study and design was such a large part of my life in so many capacities, and for so long, I enjoy celebrating bygone efforts.  Keep 'em coming!
All about Clarinets / Re: Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« Last post by Windsong on March 29, 2021, 08:01:12 PM »
Yeah...it's pretty gross!  But the important parts are all fantastic.  It's a smaller chamber than I play these days, and looks similar in structure and baffle to the 2V I have.  I suspect it will play as you mentioned.  I do not know if that is a part number or a model number.  (The whole number is 32100).  I plan to lightly sand the outer areas with 1200 grit sandpaper, and then gently hand buff it, to clean it up, and recondition it.  I will not disturb the facing or inscriptions at all
All about Clarinets / Re: Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« Last post by modernicus on March 29, 2021, 07:51:26 PM »
Nice, wonderful instruments.  I saw a gorgeous Pedler up for auction the other day and thought of you guys educating me on them on here.  I wouldn't have thought too much about them in the past, so there's a problem... ;). The Selmer mouthpiece is slightly different than mine- looks very well played! 
You're welcome- if you guys like to see 'em, I'll keep the pics and descriptions coming!
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