Penzel-Mueller A


This wonderful clarinet was sold to me at a bargain price by a member of the clarinetpages.info forum.


Serial  #8207 marked horizontally (unlike some PM clarinets) on both keyed joints, in the back and at the bottom. All four pieces have the logo stamp with the eagle.

Barrel:  I tested this with 64.1mm barrel. The original trade-mark stamped barrel is 67.39mm. A barrel made by a former owner was 68.43mm. He was trying a different strategy that I used to try to get this to play in tune.

Bore LH joint top:  15.1mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.8mm Wide bore and poly-cylindrical.


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


For this test, I pulled 2.16mm at the barrel, and 1.77mm at the center tenon.


High register


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F

-2


E

-1


D

0 with Eb key


C

0


B

12


B-flat

10


A

7

Mid




G

7


F

0


E

-3


D

4


C

0


B

1

Throat tones




Bb

0


A

3


G

-5


F

-1


E

0

Chalumeau




D

5


C

-1


B-flat

0


A

0


G

0


F

-17


E

-5


Intonation summary: This now plays at a 100% modern professional level intonation with a 64mm barrel. And it plays so freely. It’s beautiful. It had sharp throat tones before and other sharp notes. The method I used to get the throat tones and some upper register notes in tune was to introduce a gap at the barrel. But for some notes in the right hand, white poster tac was used to lower them. Two such places are visible in the pictures. I may have undercut a few other tone holes. Penzel-Mueller was a great company, but they probably didn’t make very many A clarinets. This one looks like it has stayed in a case since the day it was made. Given the intonation problems, it would have discouraged former owners from playing it. I use the second bell pictured when I play this clarinet because it seems better in tune for E/B than the original. It is narrower bore and a couple of millimeters shorter.


Key work quality: chrome plated, perfect condition, and nice sturdy quality.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Anyone who plays in an orchestra or in church groups with stringed instruments. An A clarinet will play very easily in guitar keys.


Condition issues noted:  None, other than the odd intonation when I received it.





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