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Rare instruments for hire:
1. Matched Pair of EJ Albert clarinets. [Please double click title to view a photo gallery.]
Bb S/N 8345 & A S/N 3528. Both instruments are Boehm system but with 7 rings, an additional R.H. trill key link to the throat A Key, an additional low G vent, i.e. like a modern Selmer Paris Bass clarinet and a roller on the L. H. Ab/Eb key. Superb condition with excellent evenness and intonation at A = 440.
2. Matched Pair of Albert Basset Clarinets. [Please double click in order to view photo gallery.]
Originally made by Jacques Albert Fils, and modified by Ted Planas for Stephen Trier. Excellent condition and intonation at A= 440. The supplied mouthpiece is a Pillinger F1 bore [copy of 1930 Louis interior] with a DOV124 facing. The pair feature 7 rings with fork Eb/Bb, articulated C#/G# key and additional L.H. Ab/Eb lever. The three lower pitches are played by R.H thumb buttons on the rear and there is a floor spike as well as a sling hook.
3. Pair of Hawkes Excelsior Sonorous Martels [Please double click in order to view photo gallery.]
These are a very rare and fine pair of Hawkes & Co. Excelsior Sonorous Martels.
This is the type of clarinet most closely asociated with Reginald Kell who reputedly recorded the
Brahms Quintet with the Busch String Quartet at Abbey Road, on a borrowed instrument of the 4000 S/N series.
I have been lucky enough recently to play test the pair Reg used and I can confirm that this pair are of comparable
quality. The m'piece which tunes this pair well, has no makers stamp but plays very easily with Vandoren 3 or 3.5 reeds.
In addition there is an original G. Howarth m'piece supplied but there is damage to the tip rail.
1. Albert pair, starting from £75 per week with longer periods attracting discounts of 10-25%. A security deposit of at least £500 required.
2. Albert Basset Clarinets. Single instrument from £80 per week with negotiable discounts of 10-25%. A security deposit of at least £1000.
3. Hawkes Excelsior Sonorous, starting from £75 per week with longer periods attracting discounts of 10-25%. A security deposit of at least £500 required.