Pedler & Co
Many thanks to Benjamin C for letting me review this clarinet!
Bore LH joint top: 15.0mm
Bore LH joint at bottom: 14.8mm
This is a great wide bore clarinet, and seems to be one of Pedler's better models.
Intonation summary: Wonderful intonation! This is still strong intermediate intonation by today’s standards, and in the day when this was made, it would have been professional standard.
Key work quality: This has chrome-plated student-clarinet quality keys. The plating is not great quality and flaking away, but the key work seems sturdy enough. Benjamin estimated from family history that it came from the 30s or 40s, and I think that is right. I would say 1935-45. Interesting things about the keys are
- The separate posts for the right pinkie Ab/Eb key,
- the special over-the-top adjustment for the F/C key— making sure it will shut fully for E/B,
- the larger than normal pads for the top of the right hand joint,
- three different sizes for pads on the left hand joint.
This clarinet is most appropriate for: almost anyone, including intermediate and advanced players.