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 Re: Pruefer Clarinet question
Author: Ursa 
Date:   2019-05-31 00:38

Pruefer built their own clarinets, and also built stencils. They are best remembered for the Silver Throat model range, and these were sold under several stencil marques.

Tony's comment above is spot-on. I have two Festival Six-20 sopranos; one is beautifully made, exhibiting sturdy nickel-silver keywork with excellent nickel plating; the other is made with flimsy brass keywork that's porous and has thin, flaking nickel plating.

The Silver Throat model and its variants have a following today as jazz and big band instruments.

Pruefer, and Conn, took clarinet design in directions not seen before or since. I would not consider a Pruefer appropriate for classical clarinet study or performance. Those wishing a vintage French-style clarinet from an independent American builder should look instead to Penzel-Mueller.

ADDENDUM: A very few Pruefer metal clarinets are extant, and these almost certainly stencil instruments.

Post Edited (2019-05-31 00:46)

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