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 Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: roxwrites 
Date:   2008-03-16 19:36

I'm posting here in the hopes of finding some info on an instrument I found at a thrift store. It's nothing I've run across before (I've mostly played Buffet R-13s) but I absolutely love this thing. It's just mysterious!

It's clearly marked "Eric Pettersen - Stockholm" on all parts, and has a silver band at the top of the upper joint with Mr. Pettersen's signature on it.

The serial number is 867.

The clarinet has many interesting and different features, including rollers, silver-plated keys, beautiful lines, and a warm, rich tone.

It also came with leather pads, which I've had replaced, as they leaked like mad. No damage or cracks; it's clearly been lovingly cared for, and I love playing it.

Haven't been able to find a single trace of this manufacturer on the internet, so I'm hoping with all this specialist knowledge here, someone can help me out! I'll play it regardless of its provenance, but I'd like to at least find out a year it was made, something about the company, etc.

The case gives no clue -- it's actually quite a shabby little case, and I think it's a replacement.

Any assistance would be much appreciated. I'm just diving back into playing after about a 20-year break, and rediscovering how much I love it.

-- Roxanne

Writing as Rachel Caine: http://www.rachelcaine.com

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: mankan 
Date:   2008-03-16 20:53

Maybe a little help from Sweden

The name of the clarinet-manufacturer is Eric Petterson. I´ve not played any of his instruments but what I´ve heard, theyre really good. They rarely appear at our E-bay (blocket) and are sold at a medium price, maybe 1000 dollar.
Ackording to wikipedia Eric Petterson was a clarinetist and manufacturer of clarinets with the trademark EP. He had a music-store at Linnégatan in Stockholm in the 1950:s. In 1974, the aged Eric Petterson handed it over to the french company Robert Malerne.

Thats all I know.

Magnus Börjesson
Örebro
Sweden

mankan

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: roxwrites 
Date:   2008-03-16 21:13

Thank you SO MUCH! That is very, very helpful -- I really do love the instrument, and I'll take extra care with it. That helps me narrow down the time of manufacture, which it wonderful news.

I truly appreciate it!

-- Roxanne

Writing as Rachel Caine: http://www.rachelcaine.com

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: BobD 
Date:   2008-03-17 21:28

Impressive bio Rachael.

Bob Draznik

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: DAVE 
Date:   2008-03-17 21:35

Can you post some pics?

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: Alphie 
Date:   2008-03-18 22:57

Eric Pettersson used to play in my orchestra in the 1930th- 1950th. His clarinets are according to himself more or less exact copies of the Klosé/Buffet instruments from the end of the 19th century with the difference that he put rollers for C5/Eb5, raised the tone hole for c#/g# for better stability and intonation for F6, a few stop screws for some rods that tend to turn and an F#/G# trill key on request. He also made a mouthpiece to go with it by the name of “Conbrio” that is according to himself “a middle way between the French and the German form.”

All instruments were hand made to most parts and made in a small workshop in Stockholm with much love and care. Take good care of it.

Alphie

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: modernicus 
Date:   2014-12-29 19:20

Sorry to dredge an old thread but I just bought one of these at auction and am waiting for it to arrive. Unfortunately it doesn't look to be in great shape but hopefully restorable. Mine isn't as fancy as they get apparently, just standard Boehm17/6 configuration but gorgeous wood and silver plated keys. Probably sort of old as I could see a shared A/G# post in a picture. I'll clean it up a bit and post some pics when it arrives. I recognized it as something interesting immediately as the RH pinky keys had an unusual shape- I was glad to find the info here about it!

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2014-12-29 20:38

It's always great when people rediscover a more or less unsung clarinet maker of distinction. This one is especially interesting because he shows how deep the desire has been to incorporate elements of the French and German instruments into a single clarinet model.

Do you know if the Petterson instrument you bought has one of his original "Conbrio" mouthpieces? If it does please try to show some photos of it here (along with the clarinet) and let us know how it plays. Does it , for example, require narrow reeds like Vandoren White Master? There is still a lot of interest in putting features of the Boehm and Oehler mouthpieces into a single hybrid, and it should be instructive to see how this designer/maker went about that task.

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: modernicus 
Date:   2014-12-29 22:28

Unfortunately, it doesn't have a Conbrio mouthpiece with it (if it ever did). Apparently there is an Arlie Richardson Accu-Rated with it, which sounds like it may be a rare and good mouthpiece in its own right. Possibly this one was never intended to be played with a Conbrio...



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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2014-12-30 00:49

The Richardson Accu-Rated pieces play bright and edgy, and rather loud, for my tastes.

It would still be interesting to see some photos of the Pettersen clarinet.



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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: roxwrites 
Date:   2015-04-22 01:50
Attachment:  clarinet_in_case1.jpg (245k)
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Hey, if anybody wants image of my Eric Pettersen, here they are!

Writing as Rachel Caine: http://www.rachelcaine.com

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: roxwrites 
Date:   2015-04-22 01:51
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Here are a few more showing closeups of signature and such ...

Writing as Rachel Caine: http://www.rachelcaine.com

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: roxwrites 
Date:   2015-04-22 01:52
Attachment:  clarinet_mouthpiece.jpg (395k)
Attachment:  clarinet_serialnumber.jpg (266k)

Last set of pics from the Pettersen ...

Writing as Rachel Caine: http://www.rachelcaine.com

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: James S 
Date:   2015-04-22 05:32

If I ask super, super nicely, can I buy it? :D

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: modernicus 
Date:   2015-04-27 03:20

I got mine and have played it some after doing some work. Mine Isn't as cool as this - plain vanilla 17/6 Boehm with no extras. Higher serial number. It has a big bore and is sharp playing as heck if you let it! It's responsive and flexible with a free-blowing quality as one might expect, though. Very fun to play. Key fitting is superb. What length of barrel does yours have? I thought perhaps mine has been shortened to 64mm. Also, the original bell is gone.



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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: modernicus 
Date:   2015-07-29 06:22

Some sad realizations with my Eric Petterson- I think it was like roxwrites', but somebody drilled off the raised C#/G# tone hole to make a more "normal" countersunk tone hole. The tuning is so sharp on this note, it is absurd and wildly off from the rest of the instrument. I also realized that while most of the keys have excellent fitment, the topmost RH pinky keys have some substantial uncharacteristic radial play on the rod screw. Yep, I you guessed it. I think there is a high probability the roller keys were replaced with more "normal" Boehm keys. So, somewhere along the line, it seems some very foolish person may have attempted to "normalize" this unusual clarinet for some mysterious reason. Roxwrites, if you have the inclination, could you provide me with some height measurements of the raised C#/G# tone hole? Maybe someday I can put this thing back the way it was meant to be...



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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: Awful player 
Date:   2017-11-29 14:12

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 Re: Eric Pettersen clarinet?
Author: Niclas.e.gustafsson 
Date:   2017-12-01 23:49

I have one too. With regular boehm keywork im sorry to say. Nice tone but awful intonation. It plays really high and uneven. 20 cents too sharp or more compared to 442hz.

I tried to sell it for $50 bucks, but no one wanted to buy it. Now maybe i think i should keep it and try to restore it and have it intonated.

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