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PETER EATON, ELITE Bb CLARINET, 2195

This Peter Eaton Elite Bb is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was formerly owned by Chris Gradwell, a well known professional, and has been played in many of London's finest Orchestras. The Elite is Peter Eaton's best regarded model and is based on the Boosey & Hawkes 1010, though it differs acoustically, in that it features a reverse taper in the upper joint for improved tuning, along with careful undercutting. The instrument cracked early on and was pinned and repaired by Eaton, there are 3 pins at the top of the upper joint, see photos, 5,6 & 11. This Bb has serial no. E61, and has used tan leather pads throughout, which are sealing well. The Silver plating is in good condition. The mouthpiece is an Eaton stamped "1010 1.29 21.5 " S/N 2024, which was Chris' preferred Eaton m'piece of many. There are 2 supplied barrels of 63mm and 65mm. The original Paxman case is used, but again in good condition.