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GEORGE LEBLANC, PARIS, LL BASS CLARINET, £1895
This is an extremely rare
top of the range G Leblanc, Paris, LL Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, later designated
model 325S. This model features a fork Ab/Eb in the RH which neatly does away with the necessity for another touchpiece for the LH
little finger. 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 LL, named for Leon Leblanc [the son of the founder of the firm] was such a succesful design
that it continued to be made right up until the moment the company was bought by Buffet.
The LL models demonstrate excellent evenness and intonation throughout the entire range.
It is a one UK owner
professional instrument, and has been extremely well cared for.
The case still has the name plate of the supplying dealer Bill Lewington,
who was, for many years, the main UK agent for Leblanc.