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Mystery Clarinet
« on: May 07, 2020, 08:44:14 AM »
Just received an old clarinet (Ebay find) that only has one marking on it: "American Student".  Any idea of the maker or vintage would be welcome.
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Re: Mystery Clarinet
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2020, 03:53:20 PM »
Hello!

Pedler made a clarinet marked "American"

Boosey & Hawkes made a clarinet marked "American Leader"

And I believe Cundy-Bettony made the "American Knight"

There's also the Conn "Pan-American"

Some pictures would be very useful. Make sure to resize pics to 600kb or less to post here.

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Re: Mystery Clarinet
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2020, 10:22:34 AM »
Finally got back to work on the American Student clarinet.


Here are a few detail photos.  Note that there the F/C# and Ab/Eb are on a common hinge rod with no post between them.


The keywork is not very well designed.  The long key shafts in the lower joint are rather easy to bend.  However, the spatulas are very difficult to bend.  Makes adjusting the key action down there a challenge, though I've gotten them working ok.  Likewise, the cup arms on the large lower joint keys are very stiff and not easy to adjust.  Having difficulty getting a good pad seal.  Might need to go to thicker pads.


But, hey, challenges are what help keep the old brain active!


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Re: Mystery Clarinet
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2020, 02:15:27 PM »
Interesting. The keywork reminds me of some of the lower-quality Pedler products which seemed to be notorious for having butter-soft keys
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