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SELMER, PARIS, ARTYS Bb CLARINET, 1195

A fine condition Selmer Paris Artys Bb Clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by one careful clarinettist, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. In common with other Selmer designs dating from the 1990s, the Artys features a long reversed cone through the upper joint. This results in stable tuning, and the clarinet also features a dark, even tone, throughout the registers. The Artys is now no longer manufactured. Some cynics think this is because with its relatively reasonable price tag, for a Selmer Paris clarinet, it stole sales away from the more expensive models which continue in the Selmer line up.
The Bb clarinet, S/N N09621, is in excellent order throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine. The wood shows no cracks or damage, apart from a tight surface hair line crack, situated between the two top trill key holes. The crack does not go through to the bore, and could actually be just pronounced wood grain, see photo 3. The pads throughout are white leather, used, but in very good condition. The supplied barrel is 65mm in length. The m'piece is a Selmer HS*. The case is not as pictured, it is now supplied in a Boosey & Hawkes tan leather case.