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LEBLANC, PARIS, LL Bb CLARINET, 845

A fine example of a Leblanc LL  clarinet. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for fine quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Bb is in excellent condition and has just had a full overhaul in fish skin pads in our workshop, & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is no damage or repairs to the Grenadilla wood, which is in fine order throughout. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 41586. The keywork is in Nickel Silver plate, which is in excellent order throughout. The case is the original, in fair condition: There are some scuffs to the exterior, but it latches securely, and protects the instrument well. The supplied used Vandoren 5RV Lyre m'piece is in excellent condition.