Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count the many of the World's foremost players
amongst our clientele. One such is the current owner of
this rare and fine Fritz Wurlitzer Schmidt Reform Boehm system clarinet
. This clarinet was originally bought new from Fritz Wulitzer in the 1960's
by the eminent Dutch player George Pietersen [Solo clarinettist of
the Concertgebouw Orchestra] for a pupil.
Fritz Wurlitzer has a reputation second to none: He is considered the pre-eminent German maker,
he was succeeded by his son Herbert, and these days the firm of Schwenke and Seggelke
are generally accepted as the most highly regarded clarinet makers in the World.
Unlike many modern manufacturers who claim to make a Schmidt Reform Boehm, this
clarinet is the genuine and superb article.
The clarinet features: A booster mechanism for throat Bb. An additional vent for the D/A twelfth,
working off the LH 3rd ring. An additional vent for RH middle finger B/F#, a much neater system
than the B&H 1010 Acton Vent. A compensating low G/D pad. A hole in the bell to improve low E/B.
RH rollers between Eb/Ab and low F/C. All of this results in a clarinet of superb evenness and
unmatched security of intonation. Indeed the problem confronting the player
used to the inherent shortcomings of the standard Boehm, is learning not to adjust
embouchure pressure to correct the non existent faults on this instrument!
This late Fritz Wurlitzer instrument features a small bore of 14.60mm,
something which his son Herbert continued with in his own designs. Consequently the clarinet can be
played very successfully with modern Vandoren French bore m'pieces, especially those in the "M" range.
The Bb has serial no. 2097 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout.
The wood is excellent condition, without mark or blemish.
The pads are white leather, used, but all sealing. The instrument is stamped " Fritz Wurlitzer, Erlbach, Made in Germany".
There are 3 mouthpieces: 1. An original Fritz Wurlitzer in Coccobolo.
2. a Herbert Wurlitzer, in "smoky" acrylic, K4. 3. And the best, on a Zinner blank stamped, H93.
The original case shows some stains, but is in excellent used condition for its age.