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This pair of E J Albert simple system clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have not been used for some years as the last owner, who is a young jazz player working here in London, inherited them from a member of his extended family. E J Albert was one of the most respected makers of the early 20th Century. He was one of three sons of the founder of the firm: Eugene Albert. E J Albert was active from 1895 through to the 1920's with his workshop in Brussels. Jack Heyworth, of Liverpool, Paris, and London, acted as his UK agent.
The Bb has German Silver keys in superb condition. The instrument has just been fully restored by Clarinets Direct, with tan leather pads fitted throughout, and all keys polished. The wood is in excellent condition, for an instrument which is probably around 100 years old. All main pieces are matching and stamped, apart from the bell which is a "Hawkes Excelsior Sonorous", which we have adapted to fit.
The A has wood again in excellent condition. The German Silver keywork throughout is in pristine condition. Unlike the Bb it has not had a re-pad but it does have white leather pads throughout in excellent condition. Indeed, the condition of this pair is outstanding. There is no play in the mechanism, and no joint wobble. The original 2 barrels have smaller tenons than standard today. We could ream them out to accept modern m'piece tenon sizes, but, as the pair may be bought by a collector, we thought it best to leave that choice to the new owner. The m'piece supplied is an early T W Howarth, which, with an additional non-original barrel, tunes the pair nicely at A=440. Therefore they are perfectly usable for a modern Jazz player, looking for a superb pair of original Alberts. The case is a much worn Boosey and Hawkes.