This is a rare and unique Basset Horn by F A Uebel of a pattern which is much like
todays more recent designs by Buffet and Leblanc. Previously Clarinets Direct had always
understood that F A Uebel made Basset Horns only of the small bore type,
i.e. basically as extended clarinets. These featured clarinet size mouthpieces slightly
bored out to suit the extended range and compass of an F Basset Horn.
F A Uebel was acknowledged as one of the finest Basset horn makers in the world, and,
in fact, supplied Basset Horns to the clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
This instrument then is of a completely different type; in that it features a mouthpiece
of 97mm length which takes Bb clarinet reeds. The bore, at 17mm is also
similar to modern Alto clarinet bore. The stamp reads " F A Uebel, Marknuekirchen" and "B & S".
This instrument is in superb condition: NO cracks, or damage,
with pristine silver plated key work throughout. There are a few slight
marks to the outer edge of the bottom tenon of the lowest tenon, apart from this the wood condition is perfect.
The mechanism is enhanced Boehm, with an automatic register key,
which features a dedicated Bb tone hole and overblowing vent. The instrument is also part plateau.
The range is to low C, with compensating open tone hole on the bell. The three lower pitches
are fingered using the standard Uebel triangle formation underneath the thumb rest.
The design is beautifully simple and ideally weighted. The Basset Horn features, a grub screw into
most pillars to stop lateral movement and poor regulation, the build quality and
workmanship are much superior to contemporary mass manufacture.
The Basset Horn has recently been entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads
which are all as new.
Interestingly the instrument is stamped "Made in Germany", therefore it is possible that
this Basset Horn was made prior to the partition of East and West Germany i.e. before 1949.
The matching serial nos. are 900-57631
This instrument will play perfectly out of the box.
A comparable Selmer retails today new for £9700.
The original m'piece and case are in excellent condition. In addition a pristine custom made
Edward Pillinger mouthpiece ebonite copy of the original is supplied with a 1.20mm facing
similar to a Vandoren B40.