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This is a Leblanc, Paris, BBb straight Contrabass clarinet, in metal, Model 342, range to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and it has come from a careful and fastidious owner, and is in superb condition throughout. Indeed it is hard to believe that this instrument dates to 1968.
The instrument is in excellent condition, with only slight surface marks to distinguish it from new. There are no dents or damage, and the plating is pristine throughout. The pads, which are tan leather, are all in very good condition. The springs are gold plated to preserve from rust. The serial nos., matching on all 3 pieces are 561. Having been completely "checked down" in our workshop this Contra will play perfectly out of the box. The corks and regulation are all in good working order. The case is also in extremely good condition. The mouthpiece is a used Precision, a student model, in very good condition. There are reeds and a ligature supplied, and a mouthpiece cap made from PVC tube.