020 8581 1113 or 07787 770071
MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC OPUS CLARINETS, £3895
This exceptional pair of clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
Their sole and former owner, is one of Britain's leading professionals,
this pair were his main instruments for over a decade as co-Principal clarinet of
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These
instruments were the finest in the modern Leblanc range and were manufactured
until the sale of the Leblanc Paris factory to Buffet, in 2009. They are of
polycylindrical bore design at 14.61mm and were designed to be
better in tune and more stable than their direct competitor; the
Buffet Prestige R13. Leblanc engineering has always been of a high
standard and these clarinets feature integral raised and tapered
tone holes; Inverted taper bore barrels of the Moennig pattern; 18
keys, i.e. LH Ab/Eb, and unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood.
All in all a thoroughly modern design with many novel features.
Quite rightly the Opus quickly gained a large following amongst top professional
players. This particular pair were hand selected from the distributor, Arbiter, here in London
from an entire batch before distribution to UK dealers, they are truly outstanding examples:
demonstrating a near perfectly even scale and exemplary intonation throughout the entire compass.