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JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY, £1195
An exceptionally rare and unique Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family: Jacques Fils.
The clarinet is part of the collection of an American, who tells me that the instrument dates from 1925-1930.
This instrument appears to be one of the earliest instruments to feature a dual function register key,
which opens a dedicated Bb hole, and automatically defers to the register key, when the LH Thumb is depressed.
The mechansim is ingeniuos and remarkably well thought out; typical Jacques Albert Fils.
There are 3 adjusting screws, including one atop the register key to keep the mechansim in regulation.
The whole design is much improved over the later Rosario Mazzeo design, equal in quality
to Selmer's Omega design as seen on the Centered Tone.