LEBLANC,PARIS, BBb CONTRABASS CLARINET, £5995
This is a Leblanc, Paris, BBb Curved Contrabass clarinet, in metal, with a matt black finish, range to low C.
On the original invoice, which is supplied, it is described as a Leblanc Paris BBb, which it is.
This model is commonly known as the "paperclip".
However the stamp on the instrument itself is "Leblanc Kenosha Wisconsin". Yet this instrument is identical
to the original Paris "Paperclip" BBb contra. When the instrument was being "checked down" in our Clarinets Direct
workshop we happened to have simultaneously an original Leblanc metal "Paperclip" to low C,
and the two instruments were made to exactly the
same pattern, apart from the finish.
The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct,
and it has had one careful and fastidious London collector from new, who specialises in buying
Contra-Bass instruments, more from his collection will be advertised shortly.
It was bought from Canada in 2009 at a cost of $12800 [approx. £7360], which, after UK import duties, shipping
and VAT would rise to £9126. The original invoice and warranty card are included.