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FRANK HAMMERSCHMIDT Bb CLARINET, 1495

Clarinets Direct is delighted to be able to offer this extremely rare custom made, Frank Hammerschmidt, Boehm system clarinet for sale. Frank Hammerschmidt has one of the most enviable reputations Worldwide of clarinet makers: His clarinets manage to achieve a rare synthesis of German/Viennese dark tone with Boehm system fingering. They are amongst the most expensive and sought after clarinets.
This Bb features a bore size of 15.00mm, silver plated keys, with offset C#/G# hole, and adjusting screws for lower pad regulation. The pads are tan leather in excellent condition. There is no wear to the Silver plate, which is pristine throughout. The wood is without marks or damage, apart from a slight scuff to the bell edge, which is made without metal rim. Frank does not serial number his instruments. There are 2 barrels of 60.2mm & 61.2mm. The intonation and response are impeccable. The instrument will play with standard Vandoren m'pieces, but it would be advisable to try a Viotto or other German/Austrian sourced m'piece to make the tone more Viennese. There are few finer clarinets currently made.