This is a good condition R Malerne, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood to low Eb.
Malerne was active in Paris from the 1930's through to the 1950's, though
a respected French maker his instruments are not top professional models, but rather
more accurately described as intermediate clarinets.
This Bass clarinet has seen much use:
The main body of the wood does show surface scratches and marks.
Overall the wood is in good condition, with only one tight surface crack to the receiving tenon of the lower joint.
As this tenon does not form the interior bore of the instrument this crack has no effect whatsoever on the response.
The German Silver key work is in superb condition throughout, with no wear, it
is in fine regulation.
The sling hook holder on the rear of the upper joint has been repositioned
to the lower joint, just above the thumb rest, and the screw hole has been left unfilled.
The instrument has just had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather repad and overhaul
& is sold with our full years warranty.
There was formerly a floor peg attachment at the bottom of the lower joint, but
we have fitted a new floor peg assembly to the bell.
The crook and the bell both have dents, the most severe of which is to the bottom of the bell [see photo 8],
the new floor peg attachment will stop this problem recurring.
The serial nos. on the lower joint are 3003, the upper joint has serial nos. which are
very difficult to read. But it would appear that the serial number is different, though
both joints are clearly from the same model of Bass clarinet.
The case is a modern "tenorman" gig bag in brown leather, with zippable padded pockets,
and the Leblanc ebonite m'piece is in very good used condition.
In summation, this Bass plays with a warm even tone, and would suit a player looking for
a value for money wooden instrument.