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PAIR OF SELMER, FULL MAZZEO, CENTERED TONE CLARINETS, £5995
Clarinets Direct is pleased to be able to offer another extremely rare pair of clarinets for sale. These instruments have a fine provenance: They were originally owned by Edward [Ted] Planas, who was a renowned clarinettist, designer, and acoustician, as well as a Selmer agent for many years here in the UK. After Ted's death they were bought by a collector who is now selling off part of his collection.
instruments demonstrate the most complete and full Mazzeo system that we have ever encountered.
For those unfamiliar with the Mazzeo system the mechanism
facilitates the production of a good throat Bb by
using additional key work to open the third trill key in conjunction with throat A.
Thus an excellent throat Bb can be produced by touching any of the rings from LH 2 down,
with the throat A key. This system can be disconnected at will by sliding down
a cylinder placed on top of the third trill key. In addition to all the usual Full Boehm refinements
this pair offer the following:
1. There is a low E/F#, B/C# articulated trill mechanism. 2. An extra LH low Eb/Bb lever.
3. An additional linkage to the first sliver key on the lower joint, and the low Ab/Eb key,
which allows for trilling E to Eb/B to Bb. 4. Finally a unique cogged wheel attachment
to the throat A key [only on the A clarinet] which is, we imagine, to facilitate a throat Ab/Bb
trill i.e. as called for in the 1st Mvt of the Mozart Quintet. This can be extended or disconnected at will
by turning the cogged wheel.