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LOUIS A CLARINET, 895

This is an early English clarinet which is strongly associated with possibly the finest ever French makers: Martel Freres. Each Louis instrument was completely hand made and undercut in their Chelsea workshop. The finishing alone took 2-3 days. Charles Draper personally endorsed these makers, and the clarinet is stamped thus. Perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow, superior to much on the mass produced market today.
The clarinet is in excellent condition. We have just entirely re-padded the instrument in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is one sealed crack to the barrel and a tiny hair line stress crack to the receiver tenon of the bell. This apart, the wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs are surface scratches. There is no joint wobble. The key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. This clarinet has had hardly any use. The supplied m'piece is the original and the tuning is excellent. With a bore of 14.8mm this A will pair well with any modern French bore clarinet, and also work as a match with a Boosey and Hawkes 926 Imperial, a 926 m'piece also tunes the Louis very well. The case is a modern B&H single A example in excellent used condition.