This clarinet was made by The Pedler Co. in Elkhart, Indiana, 1940s. It is a Boehm System clarinet in B-flat, serial #E33169, made of hard rubber with nickel silver ferrules and keys. The barrel is made of rosewood with nickel silver ferrules and is stamped “Renault.” The bell is stamped:
Harry Walter Pedler (1872-1950) was born in England and immigrated to the United States in 1905 as a musical instrument maker. By 1919, Pedler established his musical instrument making firm in Elkhart, Indiana and continued there until his retirement in 1930.
This clarinet was previously owned and used by Harold I. Woolridge (1895-1971), after serving in the Sousa Band from 1924 to 1927.
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