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SELMER, PARIS, SIMPLE SYSTEM Bb CLARINET, 1795

This is an ultra rare and extremely desirable Selmer, Paris, Simple System clarinet specifically designed for the early 20th Century Jazz clarinettist. The tone, tuning and response of these models was far in advance of standard Simple System clarinets of the period, and they are now highly sought after by Jazz players keen to recapture an authentic Barney Bigard sound. The last owner of this clarinet is a professional player from the Netherlands, who has recently featured as the soloist in Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto".
The Bb has German Silver keys in very good condition. And for a simple System the key work is advanced: It features a LH fork Eb/Bb, 4 trill keys, an articulated C#/G# key which has an alignment mark on the back of the joints so that the central tenon hole is assembled properly. There were originally both LH and RH levers for Ab/Eb. In the past the LH touchpiece has been removed. If so desired the original key can be re-made at an additional cost of 200. The work will be undertaken by Jon Steward, the acknowledged foremost clarinet technician in the UK. The clarinet has just been completely re-padded in finest Pisoni white leather pads. The wood is in overall good condition, for an instrument which is probably around 90 years old. There are surface marks and scratches commensurate with use. There is an indentation to the wood around the LH thumb hole and the top of the ebonite bush to that hole is visible, see photo 11. There are, however, no cracks or repairs to the wood. The Bb has matching serial nos. K7824, which probably dates to the late 1920's or possibly 1930. The case is the original in fair condition, it still latches but there is a crack to the upper lid. The mouthpiece is a fine sounding Yamaha Custom in ebonite which has been re-layed to 1.18mm by 22.8mm