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This is a very good condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet. The instrument has been professionally owned and played by a well known London Jazz player, who bought it from Leslie Craven, Principal Clarinet of WNO. Les has not only personally tuned this clarinet, but also re-layed the supplied J & D Hite m'piece. Unfortunately the owner now faces a large inheritance tax bill, and a large part of his excellent selection of clarinets, and saxophones, must be sold. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.4mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood is in very good condition, apart from a small chip to the exterior edge of the top tenon, see photo 4. This has no effect on the response. All the Silver plate key work is also in very good condition. The pads, whilst used, are all sealing well, and will be good for many months to come. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The supplied barrel is of 62.5 mm & the matching serial numbers are D1448. The case is in fair condition.