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MATCHED PAIR OF J A FILS BASSET CLARINETS by PLANAS, £4495
Direct is fortunate to be able to offer to the market these rare and completely unique instruments.
Jacques Albert Fils was the last, and most successful member of the legendary Albert family of
makers, considered the finest makers in the World during the inter-war years.
This pair has an amazing Provenance, some of which is known to us: Owned by
the late John McCaw [ Principal Clarinet of the LPO and later the Philharmonia Orchestra]
as an enhanced Boehm pair of Jacques Albert Fils clarinets, they were sold to Paul Allen
[English National Ballet] in the 1970's. Paul was studying with Stephen Trier [Bass Clarinet of the
LPO & Professor at the RCM], who then subsequently bought this pair, and had them modified by the legendary
Edward [Ted] Planas into Basset clarinets. Ted was responsible for many Basset extensions,
indeed, gifted his design of Basset extension to Selmer Paris. Stephen used
the Bb for the Bb Basset obbligato in "Titus" from "Idomeneo" at Glyndebourne, and the A was used for Mozart's Quintet and Concerto.
Lastly the pair have been owned by myself for the last 10 years and used for the Mozart Quintet and Concerto.