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MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC PROFESSIONAL CLARINETS, £1295.
This matched pair of Leblanc pre-LL clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician,
took the manufacturing of clarinets with scientific principles even further.
Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory.
Leon was a gifted clarinetist who took the top prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man.
Although he could have had a great career as a performer,
Leon chose to stay with the family business and apply himself to instrument manufacture,
and bring acoustical, mechanical,
and musical improvements to woodwind instruments.
Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade,
Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements.
"Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science,"
he declared (Music Trades, July 1996).
As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before.
The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability,
and mechanical innovation, throughout its history.