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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 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 intonation is excellent, fit to be played in one of the world's finest orchestras. The m'piece is a brand new Edward Pillinger custom 10EX model listing at 120. All pads are Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather in as new condition. The plating overall is excellent with only slight wear to the LH rings. There are NO cracks or damage to the wood, excepting a tight hair line crack to the longer of the 2 supplied barrels. The thumb rest has been up-graded to a Leblanc adjustable model, and the old screw holes have been filled. The case is a B&H of the period in good used condition. This instrument compares extremely favourably with an Eaton Elite Bb, which currently costs over 3000.