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A near mint condition pair of Howarth S1 clarinets. These instruments are sadly no longer made, and were hand finished and tuned to an extraordinarily high standard. They are equivalent, or superior to, a Buffet Prestige instrument. This pair are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and have come to us from a fastidious collector.
The unstained Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The tan leather pads are all sealing well, both instruments have had recent overhauls by Clarinets Direct. The key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1333. The A, matching serial nos. 1399. Unlike the Bb the A has a LH Ab/Eb key. The supplied m'piece is a Buffet C in ebonite in good condition.. The tuning is excellent with standard French bore m'pieces. There are 4 barrels: 2 for the Bb of 64.5mm and 65mm, and 2 for the A at 64.5mm & 65mm. The original case is in good condition, as is the Altieri case cover.