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This Eaton Elite Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has an impressive provenance: The instrument was made for Ian Herbert, ex-Principal Clarinet of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as a back up for an earlier pair of Eatons. As a spare it has seen very little use and has been extremely well maintained. The Elite is a wide bore instrument, but unlike the B&H 1010 clarinet it is based on it features a reverse cone to the bore of the upper joint for improved intonation.
The Bb has serial no. E512 and has Silver plate in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in fine condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pads are Tan leather, in very good condition. The m'piece is a Peter Eaton stamped 1.22 21R, with S/N 4284. This instrument demonstrates an exceptionally even and well tuned scale. The case is a Howarth of modern light weight type, in good condition.