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This Opus Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us from a Dutch collector, who was the original, and sole owner. The Opus was Leblanc's flagship model of the 2000's. It was described as the "ultimate orchestral clarinet" by Leblanc, and was designed by Tom Ridenour. Offering a polycylindrical bore of 14.61mm, an inverted taper barrel, and a high placed speaker tube, the intonation was excellent, much improved on the Buffet R13 Prestige, its leading competitor. Again according to Leblanc: "Its mature rich tone possesses great evenness, directnesss and power." Like the Prestige the specification includes, aged, unstained Grenadilla wood, and auxiliary LH Ab/Eb key. The model found much favour with many of Britain's leading young players.
The Silver plating overall is very good, with no loss. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks, repairs, or damage. The instrument has had a full overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads in our workshop and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 3 interchangeable barrels of 63mm, 64mm, and 64.5mm. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer Focus in very good condition. The original Leblanc case is in fine condition.