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This very fine pair of instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner is a professional player based in the South West. He has taken excellent care of these instruments, and has had Andrew Roberts fully overhaul them, as well as modify the register key touchpieces. Andrew was an enthusiastic endorser of the Leblanc range as introduced in the 2000s. The Opus was the model at the top of this range. Leblanc offered this clarinet as an improvement over the Buffet R13 Prestige, with a higher placement of the speaker key tube for improved stability of intonation. 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.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Bb and A are truly special and matched in that they share the exact same serial nos. 66610! The Silver plating overall is very good, with only tiny amounts of wear. The pads are all in excellent condition, as is the regulation, and all touch and tenon corks. Both clarinets have Ton Kooiman adjustable thumb rests fitted. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 2 interchangeable barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] of 65.7mm and 65.0mm. The mouthpiece is an "as new" D'Addario, X10E. The case is a BAM, in excellent condition.