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This is a very rare Hawkes & Son 1st Class Ebonite C Clarinet, in extremely good condition. This instrument was professionally owned, the current owner is selling off the vast majority of his instruments, apart from plateau models, as he is elderly and now semi-retired. Hawkes and Son, advertised this model, in their 1924 brochure, at 25, 11 shillings, and sixpence, it was therefore, an extremely expensive instrument of the period, costing more than the equivalent wooden clarinet.
The matching serial nos., on all pieces, are 11135, the ebonite has no cracks or repairs, it is in very good condition throughout. The Nickel Silver keys are in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has used fish skin pads which are all sealing well. The clarinet has been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" and regulation, as necessary. The instrument tunes well with a modern Zinner mouthpiece, which is supplied, along with the original Hawkes m'piece, which is obviously showing signs of wear. The clarinet is compatible with all French bore m'pieces, which means that usually the player can use the same m'piece they have on their Bb. It gives best results with a Vandoren "M" type m'piece, or a m'piece sourced from the USA, as so many of these are based on Zinner blanks. The case is amodern light weight Kinsman in very good condition.