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An exceptionally rare and fine vintage Selmer clarinet. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, their current owner is a collector. As a Full Boehm instrument it features all the extras: Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G#, and low Eb.
The Bb has matching serial numbers 8369, which probably dates to late 1930. This was the point at which Selmer began to stamp their clarinets with the more modern logo. The clarinet has been recently fully overhauled in fish skin pads, all of which are in fine condition. For Vintage instruments the grenadilla wood is in very good condition. There is only one small stress crack, which has been glued, and is in fact very common with this type of Full Boehm design. Because the upper tenon of the lower joint is metal lined, often a crack occurs between the top two tone holes of this joint where the wood is very thin. Fortunately the crack is cosmetic only, as the metal lining seals the tenon, see photo 7. Apart from this there are only light surface marks. The German silver keywork is in very good condition throughout. The case is an original Pouchette leather example from the 1930's in excellent used condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer B.