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A very good condition Howarth S1 Bb clarinet in Cocobolo. The Cocobolo wood gives the instrument an immediate lively, and flexible response. This instrument is a one owner example, it has been used very carefully.
The Cocobolo wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches. There is no joint wobble. The tan leather pads are all sealing well, and the instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down", with pads replaced as necessary. The Silver plated key work shows little wear and there is no play to the mechanism. This model features a LH Ab/Eb key on the same rod as F/C, a clever design, see photo 7. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1376. The supplied m'piece is a professional Buffet, "C" in ebonite. There are 2 barrels, stamped 66mm & 64mm. The Paxman pouchette leather case and cover are in very good condition. The original invoice is included in the sale, when new the instrument was sold for 1750. These days a professional used Howarth clarinet is listed at Howarths for 1600+.