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I found a G. Penzel "Pacemaker" clarinet Serial 5584B - I did some Google Search only to find Late 1800 instruments. Anyone have an info - it seems like a heavy duty - OLD clarinet but not THAT OLD.

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G. Penzel later was a partner in Penzel-Mueller, one of the fine American makers of clarinets. They formed their partnership in 1899 (according to the Langwill Index, citation below), so that's an old clarinet you have there.....

Penzel, Johann August (d Lubeck 31 October 1873). WWI fl Lubeck 19c.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Hennings 1951.
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Penzel, Christoph Friedrich (d ?1896) WWI fl Markneukirchen late 19c.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: 4/716.705,20.691.
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Penzel, G.L., & Bro. WWI fl New York 1882-1998.
Established 1881 in Germany by the brothers Gustav Ludwig ('Louis') (b Germany 4 October 1855; d New York 27 May 1920) and Gustav F. ('Frederick') Penzel; 1882, on immigration, transferred to New York; 1898 joined by their relative E.G. Muller; 1899 succeeded by PENZEL & MULLER. Specialist in flute (4k-6k models) and clarinet, especially German system.
MARK: [a] (American eagle with downturned wings) / G.L. PENZEL / & BRO. / NEW YORK '(eagle), G.L. Penzel, New York' ADDRESS: 1882-84: 216 Sixth Avenue; 1885-99: 368 Bowery.
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Penzel & Muller (Mueller) WWI fl New York 1899 pl 1950.
1899 established as partnership between G.L. PENZEL and Edward Georg Muller (b Germany 1869; d New York 6 November 1956); from 1920 as 'Penzel & Mueller'; 1920-55 Mueller served as company President, retiring 1925 from production work and building the firm into the leading American maker of standard WWI lines; his sons Walter and Gustave were also active in the firm. From c1920-1935 the firm owned the A.G. BADGER CO.; 1946 the firm Of CLOOS was acquired. Employed trade name 'Empire State'; see also LAUBIN, PRUEFER, W.S. RICHARDS.
MARK: [a: 1899-1920] (American eagle) / G.L. PENZEL & MUELLER / NEW YORK / [b: from 1920] PENZEL-MUELLER / NEW YORK
ADDRESS: 1899: 368 Bowery; 11)01-216 Cooper Square: 1921-70 31-11, 33rd St, Long Island City, NY.
INVENTION: application of "Nicolene' (nickel-silver alloy) for WWI keys.
PATENT: 1899 (US) #023422 (G.L. Penzel and E.G. Mueller): improved 'simplesystem' clarinet mechanism.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Farrar in NAMIS 7.3, 8.1(1989). AMIS committee (private communication).
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Penzel, J.C. BI fl Leipzig 1842-1880.
1842 established by Johann Christoph (b Elster/ Adorf 15 March 1817; d Leipzig 5 May 1879) as successor to C.F. SATTLER, whose daughter he had married. Trombone specialist. 1879 his son Christoph Hermann Robert (b 1947; d 1880) became his successor, but only survived him by one year. Both SCHOPPER and (2) 0. ULLMANN were each later to call themselves his successor; however the former opened nine years, the latter 23 years after Penzel's death, both at different addresses.
MARK: 'J.C. Penzel, sonst C.F. Sattler'
LOCATION: tenor trombone: D-Leipzig: 3303; bass trombone: D-Berlin: 28 [X].
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Heyde 1980b.
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Penzel, Karl Robert WWI fl Adorf 1897-pl930.
1900 advertised as maker of flute, oboe, clarinet.
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Penzel, Ludwig WWI fl Markneukirchen ?20c.
A 'trommelflote' reported.
 

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I have a G. Penzel Pacmaker, s/n 5229B, so it's slightly older than yours. You can read a review of it on Clarinet Pages at http://www.clarinetpages.net/vintage-odd-brands/penzel-g-penzel-pacemaker. Phil thinks it is newer than I do; it seems to me that since Penzel-Mueller was formed in 1899 (some say 1920), that a G. Penzel horn would predate that, but who knows?

Anyway, the horn has been rehabbed and plays very nice with a Portnoy BP02. Good looking wood, too.
 

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it seems to me that since Penzel-Mueller was formed in 1899 (some say 1920)
actually both dates are true. Penzel company was established in 1882, and in 1884 E. Mueller who was Penzels cousin joined company. Company was renamed to Penzel-Mueller in 1890, BUT when Pruefer joined company in 1914 it has been known as Penzel-Mueller-Pruefer. Louis Penzel died in 1920, Pruefer retired from partnership, and Mueller renamed company back to Penzel-Mueller.

I have a G. Penzel Pacmaker, s/n 5229B, so it's slightly older than yours. You can read a review of it on Clarinet Pages at http://www.clarinetpages.net/vintage-odd-brands/penzel-g-penzel-pacemaker. Phil thinks it is newer than I do; it seems to me that since Penzel-Mueller was formed in 1899 (some say 1920), that a G. Penzel horn would predate that, but who knows?
Phil has to be right if you look at the features they are missing on horns produced by PM in 20s, 30s and 40s.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-...AAAAC8s/fEC0rdDD5YA/w408-h306-no/dscn0462.jpg

Perhaps G. Penzel is descendant/relative of Louis Penzel? Or G.Penzel is what came out of ashes of Penzel-Mueller bankruptcy in late 1950s.
 

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Perhaps G. Penzel is descendant/relative of Louis Penzel? Or G.Penzel is what came out of ashes of Penzel-Mueller bankruptcy in late 1950s.
looks like he might be K. Gerhard Penzel, german bow maker of father and son “K. Gerhard Penzel und Roland G. Penzel” (and since Roland joined business in 1970s, it would have been just G. Penzel prior). Family business owned by the branch of Penzel family which stayed in Germany.

Now the horns are likely a stencil, but who was actually making them? Schreiber? Pruefer? ?
 
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