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KARL HAMMERSCHMIDT, PROFESSIONAL BASS TO LOW Eb, £1695

This is an extremely rare and fine Karl Hammerschmidt Bass clarinet to low Eb. It was formerly the property of "Croydon Music Service" and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Bass features a double overblowing vent, LH Ab/Eb lever and an articulated C sharp/G sharp mechanism. In other words a similar specification to all top professional models manufactured today. The Silver plate keywork throughout is in excellent order, with only slight wear. There is one old, repaired crack, to the upper joint which runs between the 2 speaker key holes. It has been pinned, glued and filled and is an old stable repair. The matching serial nos. are 1062, and from the style of case we would imagine this instrument dates to the 1960s. All pads are brand new finest Pisoni tan leather, the instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The key regulation throughout is also precise and even. The case is the original, in fair condition, there is some wear to the interior and scuffs to the exterior. It still latches well. The m'piece is a brand new "Ebolin". There is some flattening to the bottom of the bell, which was due to the lack of a floor spike. We have fitted a new spike attachment to the bell which should stop this recurring. This Bass plays very well, even throughout the entire range, with fine response in the upper register and excellent tone. It would make an ideal purchase for a professional on a budget, or enthusiastic amateur.