Penzel / G. Penzel Pacemaker

Thanks to Gary Kern for giving me the opportunity to review this clarinet!


New information from Gary:
This was part of the description of a G. Penzel Pacemaker with a serial number only 50 higher than mine:
The guarantee card reads: "PMBb Clarinet Pacemaker - 5279 -" Back of card reads: "Penzel Mueller & CO., Inc 
36-11 Thirty Third Street Long Island City 6, N.Y."

So the G. Penzel Pacemaker was apparently made by Penzel-Mueller.  

The company 70th anniversary brochure does not picture or mention Mr. Penzel. The chrome plated keys on this clarinet would seem to point to a rather later date in Penzel-Mueller's history. The serial number is written vertically like on other P-M clarinets.

Penzel Pacemaker







Serial  #5229B

Barrel:  62.1mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.7mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.9mm


Intonation results taken when playing loud and not lipping. See how to interpret these results on the Model Comparison Page.








For this test, I pulled1.4mm  at the barrel and 1mm  at the center tenon.


High register


Android CarlTune


F

0


E

7


D

7


C

16


B

14


B-flat

17


A

11

Mid




G

3


F

0


E

-5


D

-5


C

0/-2


B

-15

Throat tones




Bb

0


A

4


G

-3


F

2


E

0

Chalemeau




D

13


C

5


B-flat

-1


A

2


G

-17


F

-14


E

-22


Intonation summary: The low register D and corresponding A could be lowered by closing the tone hole with glue or wax. The exceptionally flat low E/B could be fixed with a hole in the bell.  For a clarinet of this 1930s/40s era, this is OK intonation. The clarinet comes with a lyre holder built right on the center tenon. I think this may be an indication that it was a student level instrument and that they knew it would be used in marching.


Key work quality: Good quality chrome plated keys.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone, including intermediate to fairly advanced.


Phil's other Penzel Pacemaker Reconditioning:
17Jan2015, #U3668B, For Teresa Y. Slight chipping stabilized at the top of the LH joint. The post for the C#/G# was very stubborn for me to get set properly. Intonation not great.



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