Serial #11661 Thanks to Leanne C for giving me the opportunity to review this instrument!
Bore LH joint top: 14.6mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.5mm I find this surprisingly narrow for the time and place this was made.
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 1.4mm at the barrel and 1.6mm in the center for this horn.
Intonation summary: I am surprised that I have to pull out so far with a barrel this long! This is good intonation. It would have been professional grade intonation when this was made, and nowadays intermediate intonation. I wonder what might be done with a different barrel.
Key work quality: The key work is really different, as I have described elsewhere. The made some very sturdy key work out of what appears to be inferior metal. The keys are more likely to break than they are to bend. I fear that the keys could cause problems.
This clarinet is most appropriate for beginning to fairly advanced clarinet players, especially anyone who will enjoy a vintage instrument made in America by German immigrants. This was probably Pruefer’s top of the line, or perhaps this was next to the Deepwood model.