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PAIR OF NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU CLARINETS, 2595

A rare, excellent condition pair of Noblet, Paris France, Plateau clarinets. These are entry level professional model Noblets, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau. The instruments have had one careful elderly owner, who bought them from new to help with fingering health issues.
The instruments are not exactly a matched pair: The Bb is a model 45, formerly known as the "Artist", this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. It has adjusting screws for the correspondence and also the ring finger touchpieces on the lower joint. All the key work, which is plated in Silver, is in very good condition, with no wear to the touchpieces, only very slight marks natural to normal use. The Grenadilla wood throughout is in excellent condition. The clarinet has fine condition fish skin pads throughout, it has just been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" with pads replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are D65108, which make this clarinet a very late example.
The A is an "Artist" model again this clarinet is made from Grenadilla wood, apart from the barrel, which is made of resin. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in very good condition, with no wear to the touchpieces, only very slight marks natural to normal use. The Grenadilla wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or damage. Like the Bb clarinet it has fine condition fish skin pads throughout and has just been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" with pads replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are B16718. There are 2 original Noblet m'pieces supplied. The case is a brand new "Bags" with over the shoulder carry strap. These clarinets continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole". If desied the pair can be split as follows: Bb in new single case with m'piece, 1295. A in double case with m'piece, 1345.00