Penzel-Mueller Bel Canto

Many thanks to Jeffrey Girsch for giving me the opportunity to review this fine vintage PM clarinet.


The Bel Canto was PM's number 4 clarinet— a student model, priced at $179.50 around 1949. The bell is plastic.


Serial  #R-902-B

Barrel:   66.2mm

Bore LH joint top:  14.5mm

Bore LH joint at bottom:  14.5mm


Penzel-Mueller Bel Canto


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


For this test, I pulled 0mm  at the barrel and 0mm  at the center tenon.


High register


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F

-7


E

0


D

0


C

5


B

2


B-flat

2


A

0

Mid




G

-1


F

-4


E

-5


D

-7


C

0


B

-1

Throat tones




Bb

-5


A

0


G

-3


F

-5


E

-8

Chalumeau




D

-2


C

-1


B-flat

0


A

2


G

-12


F

-16


E

-3


Intonation summary: This is typical intonation for straight medium bore clarinets. The flat places were much improved when I used a 64.3mm barrel, but the nicely in tune low D down to A became sharp proportionately. The intonation is good solid intermediate level.


Key work quality: Rather good. Still beautifully plated, and sturdy enough that nothing was bent when it arrived. It would not be as sturdy as a Noblet, so the player should assemble with reasonable care.


This clarinet is most appropriate for: Any student from beginner to intermediate.


Condition issues noted: None.




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