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Clarinets Direct is Europe's leading specialist clarinet dealer. We are fortunate indeed to be able to offer these rare and fine Fritz Wurlitzer Schmidt Reform Boehm system clarinets. For many players these instruments are the ultimate Boehm system: in tune, made with consumate craftsmanship and offering a uniquely characterful tone, which contrasts sharply with some modern mass produced instruments. 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, these clarinets are the genuine and superb article.
These clarinets feature: 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. 2022 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout, with only one slight patch of wear to the register key. The wood is excellent condition, without mark or blemish. The pads are used, but all sealing. The instrument is stamped " Fritz Wurlitzer, Erlbach, Made in Germany".
The A has serial no. 2123 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is again in excellent condition. The pads are used, but all sealing. The instrument is stamped " Fritz Wurlitzer, Erlbach, Made in Germany". There are 8 mouthpieces: 1. 5 original Fritz Wurlitzers in ebonite. 2. A Herbert Wurlitzer, marked F M3 3. And 2 which appear to be moldings,possibly copies of the original Fritz Wurlitzers. The original case shows some stains, but is in excellent used condition for its age.