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A rare, good condition Noblet, Paris France, Artist Plateau B flat clarinet. This is an entry level professional model Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau.
Unlike some of the cheaper models in the range, this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in excellent condition, with no wear to the touchpieces. The wood throughout is in good condition, but there is a tight surface crack to the upper joint, which runs from the LH register key pillar up to the top tenon, see photo 11. It is a surface crack only, it does not enter the bore, or run near a tone hole, nevertheless, we have filled and sealed it in our workshop. The clarinet has just been overhauled in Premium fish skin pads & the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 91200. The used case is in good condition, with slight stains and 1 tear to the interior, it protects the instrument well. The mouthpiece is a used Vandoren B45 in good condition. This clarinet continued to be made by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".