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LINTON, ELKHART, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb, 845

This is an unusual Linton Bass Clarinet in ebonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This model has the low Eb key mounted on the bell, and features, an articulated C#/G, LH Ab/EB lever and a compensating low G/D vent. Normally one would associate all of these features with a Bass clarinet aimed more at the professional end of the market. It could be that this instrument was made as an entry level professional model, in either the late 1930's or, more possibly post WW2, when there were problems in the USA obtaining wood for instrument making. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which shows surface marks and scratches commensurate with much use. The crook & bell are both in similar condition, there are a number of "dings" to the crook, as well as, many surface scratches to the bell. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. The German Silver key work is in good condition. The Bass has Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads thoughout in excellent condition, the current owner has had a minor service done on the Bass, with pads replaced as necessary, prior to sale. The serial nos. are 1555. The case is used, but again in good condition. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer Bundy in very good condition. Despite the Bass clarinets cosmetic appearance it plays easily and would be a good option for a professional player on a budget.