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This is an excellent condition Selmer Paris Privilege Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument is Selmer's flagship model. Selmer Privilege clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide, featuring many improvements over other manufacturer's models. These include a metal tenon insert at the top of the lower joint and a sculpted rear touchpiece for the register key. Overall the impression is that the key work ergonomics are superb, and the design is built to withstand many years of professional use. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.6mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks, scuffs or damage. All the Silver plate key work is also in pristine condition. The look and solid feel of the key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The white leather pads, whilst used, are all sealing well, and will be good for many months to come. The lower pads feature metal reflectors for improved sound emmission. The original Selmer barrel is of 65.5mm. Additionally an unstamped custom synthetic barrel of 63.5mm is supplied. The matching serial numbers are QO 4972. The m'piece is a used Selmer C* & the case is in good used condition.