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Offline Windsong

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Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« on: March 10, 2021, 08:35:00 PM »
I received another Harry Pedler in the mail today;  this time a pre-serialized Hard Rubber 17/6 Boehm with the "Pedler Appliance" in fine shape.  It was made almost certainly between 1924-1928, and appears to be a semi-pro-level clarinet.  The old stickers on the case appear to pre-date WWII, and say Ohio University Band, so my take is that it was used in a collegiate capacity. I expected nothing from a clarinet sold in "as-found" condition, from a seller who confessed no musical instrument knowledge.  I bought it for parts, mainly, and for my "continuing education".

Upon close inspection, I saw it was marvelously intact, (with exception to one mildly tweaked trill key that I put into order directly) despite it having that ripe smell of a clarinet put away wet forever ago, and was rather dusty, so I assembled it, and slipped in a Harry Pedler mouthpiece, and was awestruck by the deep, clear sound it registered.  And by gum, it played all the way through, bottom to top, quite acceptably.  It has perhaps a tone that rivals only my pre-1928 Boehm 17/7 Pedler.  Cosmetically, it is quite nice, and the tone certainly is impressive.  I am thinking this may be my " steady" for a while.  It put a smile on my face, and felt right in my hands.

David--this one has the softer keys you are familiar with, but they are strong, and forged nickel.  I have found that Martin-era Pedlers have the strongest, most well supported keywork, followed by the Albert Pedlers, which are rather strong, too, but more malleable than Martin's products.

It came with a Selmer HS* MP, which I have no experience with, but understand many like them.  The table, tip and rails are nigh flawless, as is the chamber, but it is dirty and has tooth indentations, and needs some spiffing up, so trying that out will have to wait for a later date.
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Re: Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2021, 08:21:12 AM »
Need pics! ;D. I play on a HS* "oval table" (the markings are in an oval on the mouthpiece table).  I find it very resistant and fairly high pitched, which actually works well for certain clarinets.  Actually, I use it in a counterintuitive way- I mostly play it with my Yamaha CS, which is a very resistant clarinet and sensitive to mouthpieces such that one can easily play flat.  If I use too free blowing of a mouthpiece setup with the CS, I get a weird back pressure that is hard to control (for me) and partially I think this contributes to playing flat as I am continuously having to back off.  If I use this HS*, I can "lean into" it and really put a lot of focused air through it and get a really rich sound with no problems playing flat at all with a Vandoren 3 or 3.5.  I have to pull out 1mm at the original 66mm barrel after warming up, which I think about perfect.
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Re: Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2021, 05:48:47 PM »
Windsong,
I have a Student (silver clarinet) made by Pedler that is looking for a home. Would you like it for free?
If not, anyone else that sees this and wants it, can have it.
This was actually sent to me from a chap in England.

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2021, 08:31:17 PM »
How kind an offer.  Admittedly, I have no metal clarinets.  Is she playworthy, or more of a donor chassis?
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2021, 09:12:21 PM »
That's good to know, Mod.  I will certainly try it out on the fleet.  I am glad for perspective, and will check the table for markings. Here are some snaps, accompanied by a near-equal pre 1928 sibling--but with 7 rings, for comparison.  These two will show Harry Pedler's early professional Boehm keywork:  it is more utilitarian than elegant, but it is light and quick, and suitably solid.  These are both very good players, but are both in need of full, light restorations. 1919-1923 Pedler Boehms are a bit cruder, and if I ever get my hands on one, I will post up my findings.  Thus far, I only have Albert system clarinets from that time period.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2021, 07:31:28 PM »
Pre 1924 Harry Pedler professional model Boehm System 6 and 7 ring comparison:
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2021, 07:33:12 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2021, 07:34:02 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2021, 07:34:49 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2021, 07:35:58 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2021, 07:37:37 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2021, 08:18:06 PM »
Mod--here are snaps of the MP. 
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2021, 08:19:02 PM »
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Re: Feeding my Pedler Addiction
« Reply #13 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! 
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« Reply #14 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
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