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Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Tony Lamb: Principal Clarinet of English National Opera. From time to time Tony sells part of his superb collection of 1010 instruments as he makes room for further acquistions; in the elusive search for the "perfect" 1010! All of Tony's clarinets are carefully selected and often undergo further expensive after market improvements usually by Jon Steward of T. W. Howarth & Co. Typically this involve correcting intonation faults and improving the evenness of the scale. Thus when his instruments are offered back to the market they are immeasurably improved on standard production line B&H 1010s.
Here we have a late 1960's pre-Acton Vent 1010 in superb condition, the original owner was Donald Watson, and this clarinet was played for many years in the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Tony Lamb is the second owner. All pads are fish skin in good condition. The plating overall is excellent. There are NO cracks or damage to the wood, the touch and tenon corks are also in good condition. The m'piece is a B & H 1010 No.2. The case is a single B&H but I can supply a good Orly double case if desired. This instrument would pair well with No. 28 on the clarinets page. This instrument compares extremely favourably with an Eaton Elite A, which currently costs over 3000.