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ANONYMOUS PROFESSIONAL A CLARINET, 395

A superb condition Anonymous A clarinet. It always comes a surprise that such a well made quality instrument could fail to be stamped. In the 1920's and 1930's it was common practice for manufacturers to send out instruments for dealers to stamp with their own brand name, the practice is sometimes referred to a "stencilling". I have seen a Couesnon brochure of the period, the largest manufacturer of that time, in which they advertise the fact that they can stamp whatever the trade customer would wish on a finished instrument. I also have a copy of a letter E J Albert of Brussels sent to the French manufacturer Thibouville, asking for 6 pairs of his best clarinets, without stamp, and requesting the Albert design. It is likely therfore that this instrument is of that type: indeed it has the look of Thibouville manufacture.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The German Silver key work is also pristine throughout, and in perfect regulation. The internal bore is large, at 15.00mm, similar to a pre-war B&H 1010. This excellent clarinet has just had a full overhaul Tan Leather pad and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The m'piece is a Vandoren 5RV Lyre 1010 in very good condition. The original double case, is lacking a handle, and worn, but it still latches and protects the instrument well.