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JACQUES ALBERT FILS Bb CLARINET, 945

A superb Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family. These makers were so successful that their name became synonymous with the finest Simple System clarinets in most of the English speaking world. Jacques Fils was also recognised as one of the outstanding makers of Boehm system clarinets in the 1930's, and he also produced several experimental designs, including the Degrez system, and a dual functios speaker key Boehm clarinet. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having been owned by a British professional player.
The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with a natural patina associated with its age. The wood is in amazing condition for a pre-WW2 clarinet, with no cracks or repairs, only light surface marks. The fish skin pads are used, but sealing. the instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" with pads replaced as necessary. This instrument was made in the late 1920's or very early 1930's as Albert had moved to London by 1933 and this clarinet is stamped "Made in Belgium". The supplied m'piece is a modern Pillinger of 926 bore, with a KC125 facing, this tunes the Albert very well. The case is  is a modern example in good condition.