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This is a good condition Noblet, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the previous owner, a professional, has upgraded to a Selmer low C Bass. The Noblet 60 Bass is Leblanc's entry level professional model, featuring a single register key, and range to low Eb.
The Nickel Silver plated key work shows normal wear to the ring key touch pieces, the plating is about 90%. The plating on the crook is good, but it has one small pin head ding. The bell is in excellent condition, with no dents or flattening to the base. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is extremely good condition, but there have been some modifications and improvements to the instrument: This instrument used to have a floor peg holder attached to the rear of the lower joint, this was removed, and the four screw holes which where left have been filled. A new floor spike attachment, with extra long length spike, has been fitted to the bell. In addition the former owner had John Coppen fit an additional sling hook, now there are two, to facilitate playing with a double hook sling. She also had John Coppen re-pad the Bass as necessary: The pads are a mixture of John's new superpads, and original tan leather pads. In addition we at the Clarinets Direct workshop have just thoroughly checked over the Bass, and regulated the key work as necessary. The marching band lyre attachment has also been removed in the past, and the screw holes left unfilled. The thumb rest has been replaced with a Ton Kooiman adjustable model for improved comfort. The serial no. is 8641, which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original in fair condition; there are some scuffs to the exterior and wear to the interior, but it latches and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a new Tom Garret professional model. This instrument responds easily and readily, and would make an ideal first professional Bass clarinet purchase.