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SELMER, MARCHI SYSTEM, PAIR OF CLARINETS, £6995
These are an ultra rare pair of Selmer Paris, Marchi System clarinets, which are a commission sale for
Clarinets Direct. Selmer have made instruments with extremely short production runs:
Clarinets Direct recently sold a plateau Selmer C clarinet, which was one of only three ever made.
The Marchi system is comparable, as it is probably one of the rarest production line clarinets ever manufactured:
Some sources state that only 83 Marchi system instruments were made.
These instruments were a special order from Selmer. Indeed the Bb, which is unstamped, but with serial number,
was either a prototype, or according to the seller, kept in the Selmer showroom for prospective clients to play test.
For those unfamiliar with the Marchi, a fingering chart, with instructions in French, is included.
The second register key [using Marchi fingerings] makes it easy to play up to high G#,
the fingering chart runs out almost an octave higher at super G, three and a half octaves above middle C!
The Marchi system starts as a Full Boehm with all the extras,
and then adds vents, and new touch keys to facilitate extreme high register playing.
The main feature of the system allows for a second register vent, linked by double correspondence to the barrel.
This actually activates two different pads from one hole, one for the initial part of the third register,
[which on the Marchi system runs from G# above the stave through to C]
the second smaller vent is triggered from the G/D hole and helps sound the notes from top C# on upwards.