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 Hawke's and Co. came to the surviving Martel brother after WW1 to help them design their own legendary Hawkes' Martels, as played by Reginald Kell, Charles Draper etc These evolved into the Boosey and Hawke's pre-war 1010 from which the genealogy of fine English wide bore instruments can be traced to the present day. The playing characteristics are unique and exceptional: Perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow.

This early example is stamped " Hawkes Excelsior LP Bb" and is in excellent condition with matching serial nos. 11147 on all main pieces. The serial number dates to 1925. Though there are surface scratches and minor marks the wood is in superb condition for a vintage clarinet, with an excellent interior bore shine. All Maillechort key work and springs are in excellent order. The clarinet has just been recently fully overhauled, in tan leather and we are happy to extend our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty to this instrument. The supplied  m'piece come from an original Martel Freres Bb of my own personal collection & it tunes perfectly at A=440. the m'piece has just been re-layed to 1.05 by 17mm. The case is worn but fully functional.