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This matched pair of rare Leblanc LL clarinets are in excellent condition. Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the Leblanc manufacturing scientific principles even further. They were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinetist who took the top prize at the Paris Conservetoire as a young man. Although he could have had a great career as a performer, Leon chose to stay with the family business and apply his musical insight to instrument manufacture. He dedicated his life 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 consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was some feel the pinnacle of this achievement.
These are a one owner professional pair, and have been extremely well looked after. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The Bb has matching serial nos. 41677 and has Nickel Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pads are brand new Pisoni Premium Deluxe fishskin. Both instruments have been completely re-conditioned by Clarinets Direct and are sold with our full 1 year warranty.
The A, serial nos. 39900, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel Silver plate throughout is in good shape. The m'piece is a Leblanc, in excellent condition. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes of 1960's vintage in good condition.