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144

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1095

 

 

     

An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has recently re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads. The matching serial nos. are 59838 which dates to 1959. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. This instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture. The case is the original leather pouchette type, worn but fully functional and the m'piece is a professional Meyer 4M in very good condition.

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MOUTHPIECES

£POA

 

 

     

Selection of mouthpieces for sale through Clarinets Direct.

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145

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET -SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook is in excellent condition & the bell has only a few slight "dings" which have no affect on the response, see photos 7 & 8. We have fitted a floor spike attachment. There is only slight plating loss to the Nickel Silver key work on the finger touchpieces ; the plating is around 90%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Repad and overhaul & is sold with a years warranty. The serial nos. are 15797. The case is used, with a good interior but some scuffs and marks to the exterior. All 3 latches function well. The m'piece is a brand new Vito. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design. It plays easily and is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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160

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET, T. LAMB COLLECTION-SOLD

£895

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Tony Lamb: Principal Clarinet of English National Opera. From time to time Tony sells part of his superb collection of 1010 instruments as he makes room for further acquistions; in the elusive search for the "perfect" 1010! All of Tony's clarinets are carefully selected and often undergo further expensive after market improvements by Jon Steward of T. W. Howarth & Co. Typically this involve correcting intonation faults and improving the evenness of the scale. Thus when his instruments are offered back to the market they are immeasurably improved on standard production line B&H 1010s.
Here we have a late 1960's pre-Acton Vent 1010 in superb condition. The intonation is excellent, fit to be played in one of the world's finest orchestras. The m'piece is a brand new Edward Pillinger custom 10EX model listing at £120. All pads are Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather in as new condition. The plating overall is excellent with only slight wear to the LH rings. There are NO cracks or damage to the wood, excepting a tight hair line crack to the longer of the 2 supplied barrels. The thumb rest has been up-graded to a Leblanc adjustable model, and the old screw holes have been filled. The case is a B&H of the period in good used condition. This instrument compares extremely favourably with an Eaton Elite Bb, which currently costs over £3000.

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161

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Eb CLARINET- SOLD

£845

This is an extremely fine single piece, wrap-around, Professional model Buffet Eb Clarinet, S/N 452M1 which dates to 1920. It was the former property of a professional player and is in good condition for its age. The wood shows no cracks or damage, only minor surface marks, excepting one repaired, sealed crack to the bell. LP is stamped on all pieces, i.e. this clarinet was made to play at A=440Hz. The instrument has just been fully overhauled in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, and is sold with our full years warranty. The m'piece is a later Buffet in ebonite, in good condition. The case is the original, which still latches well, the clarinet is clamped securely by two holders. A superb quality Eb with excellent intonation.

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162

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES STUDENT WOODEN CLARINETS-SOLD

£345

 

 

     

A very fine condition pair of B & H wooden clarinets. This pair is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the owner used them as her second study instruments in Music College. The Bb is a B & H model 77, with serial number 159606, this was a predecessor to the Edgeware. The A is an Edgeware, S/N 263441A. These instruments were manufactured as entry level wooden clarinets and the modern equivalent would be a Buffet E11.
The Nickel Silver key work is excellent throughout, as is the wood which shows no damage or repairs. The bell of the Bb model "77" is made of ebonite, all other pieces are wood. The Edgeware A has an upgrade to an Imperial 926 barrel which improves both evenness and tuning. [The Imperial 926 was the top professional model with this type of bore]. In addition, the mouthpiece is also a 926 No.2 which improves the response of the pair. Both clarinets are padded in tan leather and the pads and regulation are in excellent order. The case is the original and has been relined. The current owner is prepared to split the pair as follows: The Edgeware A in double case for £200. The 77 Bb in a modern Buffet single case at £145.  

163

CABART, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL A CLARINET -SOLD

£495

This is an excellent condition early Cabart A Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has 7 rings, i.e. fork Eb/Bb and the articulated C#/G# mechanism. All pieces are original , and matching, stamped "Cabart Paris", with the exception of the barrel. Cabart was a fine professional maker pre WW2, and this instrument will pair well with most modern French clarinets.
There is no damage to the wood on the main joints, though there is a tight surface hairline crack to the barrel. The key work is Maillechort, German Silver, and is in fine order throughout. The double bladder fish skin pads, while not new, are all sealing well. All touch corks are fine, though there are some tape repairs to the tenon corks. The joints are a good fit and there is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 123. The clarinet plays extremely well, very even and with a fine tone. The supplied m'piece is an original Cabart in ebonite, of very good quality. The case, though elderly, is in good condition it latches & protects the instrument well.

164

SELMER SERIES 9 ALTO CLARINET-SOLD

£1095

This is a very good condition Selmer Series 9 Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The Nickel Silver keywork is good and shows only slight wear, the plating is about 90%. The sleeved, adjustable, crook is in excellent condition, & the bell has only light scratches, mainly where it has been brought into contact with the bottom of the low Eb rod on the lower joint. The wood overall is in excellent condition, there are no cracks or repairs. The Alto has good condition Tan leather pads throughout, all are sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good, there is no joint wobble. This is a superb alto; Selmer is generally held to be the finest manufacturer in the world. The matching serial nos. are U1631 which dates to 1965. The case is the original Selmer, well used but in good condition. NB The pictured case cover is not sold with the Alto as the Zip fastner has failed.

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174

BUFFET C12, CONSERVATOIRE, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£895

An excellent condition Buffet C12 Bb clarinet. This instrument was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and as such, can still be dated on their current website, unlike the lesser E13 and other student models. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood. The Nickel Silver key work is in good condition with only plating slight wear to the LH 2nd ring and register key, the plating is 95%. We have just completely repadded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather pads [with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork] & the clarinet is sold with our "Clarinets Direct" 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are F312616 which dates to 1989, an excellent period of Buffet manufacture. The supplied m'piece is a used Buffet in ebonite. The original case is in good condition & is sold with keys.

176

J R LAFLEUR, LONDON & PARIS, PROFESSIONAL Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare Lafleur London & Paris Eb clarinet. Just as early Boosey and Hawkes pre-war 1010's were stamped London and Paris, I have seen professional Lafleur clarinets similarly stamped. I am not sure of the history of the Lafleur brand, but prior to their amalgamation into the Boosey and Hawkes group, they did seem to manufacture fine instruments. After their take over the Lafleur stamp seems to have been put on only poorer student models made by Boosey & Hawkes.
The wood condition overall is very fine, with only minor surface marks. There are NO cracks or repairs. The Nickel silver plate shows some tarnish and wear, it is about 65%. Please see the photos This Eb has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The m'piece is the original, on a Chedeville blank, just relayed by Ramon Wodkowski to approximate Vandoren 5RV Lyre dimensions. The case is the original, in good condition.

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179

G. LEBLANC, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1395

 

 

     

This is a good condition G Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass was Leblanc's professional model, 400, in the 1970's. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows some wear, principally on the main finger touchpieces, the plating is about 85%. The crook and bell are in good condition with only slight marks or scratches, there are no dents or dings. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout, apart from some screw holes where a metal bar was added in the past to keep the instrument locked together in a single piece. These screw holes we have filled. This Bass has had a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad in our workshop, & is be sold with our full 1 year warranty. In addition all the key work has been buffed to a nice shine. There is a floor peg attachment to the base of the bell. The matching serial nos. are 11637, which dates to the 1970's. The case is in good condition. The m'piece is a Conn, ebonite example, in good condition.

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152

CONN PAN AMERICAN Bb CLARINET IN COCOBOLO-SOLD

£695

 

 

     

An excellent condition Conn Pan -American Clarinet in Cocobolo wood which is having a full overhaul in Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and is sold with a year's warranty. This instrument was an ingenious solution by Conn to the scarcity of Grenadilla wood during the Second World War. The same wood was used in the manufacture of WWII  Bomber Propellers', hence the nick name; "Propeller wood clarinet". This is a wide bore clarinet; primarily aimed at the Jazz market, it plays with a warm and flexible sound. The main body of the wood is in fine shape for it's age with no cracks or damage. The keywork will be buffed in the workshop to a  nice shine. The  serial no. is 133076.  The m'piece is an acrylic original in good used condition. The case is also original, and though slightly stained to the interior is still latching strongly and protecting the clarinet well.

 

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153

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£645

 

 

     

A very good condition B&H 926 Bb, which has been exceptionally well cared for. The Imperial 926 was manufactured to the same standard as the Imperial Symphony 1010, both top of the range professional quality instruments. The instrument has just been overhauled by us in double bladder fishskin and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The bore and silver plate key work are excellent with no cracks, damage or wear. The matching serial nos. are 440217. The No.2 B & H original m'piece is in good condition. The case is a modern Buffet, in excellent condition.

154

HOWARTH S1 A CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

This is a near mint condition Howarth S1 A clarinet. This instrument was chosen new at Howarth & Co. in London after an exhaustive search and play testing session by the current owner. He selected a Buffet R13 as his Bb , but could find no finer A clarinet than this to match with it. The only reason I do not describe it as mint is that the pads are not brand new. Shortly after selecting this pair, the original owner began to concentrate more and more on piano, his first study instrument. Consequently his clarinets have sat unused and are now offered for sale through Clarinets Direct.
The unstained Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The pads are all sealing well, and the instrument has had a thorough check over in our workshop prior to sale. The key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The matching serial nos. are 1319. The supplied m'piece is the original Howarth, unused, and the tuning is excellent. This A will pair well with any modern French bore clarinet, The case is a modern leather Buffet in excellent used condition. .

155

G LEBLANC PARIS, ALTO CLARINET -SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is a very fine condition G. Leblanc Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The German Silver plated key work is excellent throughout with no wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, with only minor surface marks and scratches. The bell has a few minor dings but no dents, these are entirely commensurate with normal use and have no effect on the response, which is excellent. The crook is in good condition and shows no damage. The Alto has just been completely overhauled by us in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads , and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 5562. The case is the original with scuffs to the exterior and some tears to the interior lining, but still fully serviceable. The m'piece is a Selmer C with a tip opening of 1.6mm and lay length 20mm, in good condition.

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156

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET.T LAMB COLLECTION-SOLD

£895


Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Tony Lamb: Principal Clarinet of English National Opera. From time to time Tony sells part of his superb collection of 1010 instruments as he makes room for further acquistions; in the elusive search for the "perfect" 1010! All of Tony's clarinets are carefully selected and often undergo further expensive after market improvements usually by Jon Steward of T. W. Howarth & Co. Typically this involve correcting intonation faults and improving the evenness of the scale. Thus when his instruments are offered back to the market they are immeasurably improved on standard production line B&H 1010s.
Here we have a late 1960's pre-Acton Vent 1010 in superb condition, the original owner was Donald Watson, and this clarinet was played for many years in the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Tony Lamb is the second owner. All pads are fish skin in good condition. The plating overall is excellent. There are NO cracks or damage to the wood, the touch and tenon corks are also in good condition. The m'piece is a B & H 1010 No.2. The case is a single B&H but I can supply a good Orly double case if desired. This instrument would pair well with No. 28 on the clarinets page. This instrument compares extremely favourably with an Eaton Elite A, which currently costs over £3000.

150

BUFFET CONTINENTALE Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1495

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare single piece, Professional model Continentale Buffet Eb Clarinet. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought the Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of an Eb clarinet this goal was even more appropriate! This Eb clarinet has significantly improved tuning and response over the more usual R13 and RC Eb clarinets, what a pity Buffet Crampon no longer manufacture this model. The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in very good order throughout. The Nickel Silver plate is fine throughout, with no wear The S/N is 156334 which dates to 1975. The instrument has just been fully overhauled in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full years warranty. The m'piece is a Vandoren B40, in good condition. The case is the original, which still latches well, though the handle is missing.

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139

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

This is a nice condition Noblet, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass is Leblanc's entry level professional model. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows slight wear, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces, the plating is about 85%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, with only minor surface marks and scratches, though the screw holes for the marching band lyre fitting on the upper joint have been filled. The bell and crook are both in good condition with no dents, or plating wear. The Bass has double bladder fishskin pads, all in good condition. There is a floor peg attachment to the base of the bell. The serial no. is 5372, which dates to the 1970's. The case is BAM in excellent condition. The m'piece is an "as new" B44 Vandoren.

 

146

BUFFET E11 A CLARINET-SOLD

£475

 

 

     

An extremely good condition Buffet E11 A clarinet, which would pair well with any of the more expensive Bb's in the Buffet range. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional wooden model & this example has no damage or repairs to the wood. The Nickel Silver plated key work is pristine, with no wear. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and as such, it is not sold with our warranty. It has just been completely repadded by the seller in double bladder fishskin prior to sale. The serial no. is 355818. The supplied m'piece is the original Buffet in good condition, as is the case.

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147

BUFFET E13 A CLARINET-SOLD

£775

 

 

     

A superb condition Buffet E13 A clarinet, which would pair well with any of the more expensive Bb's in the Buffet range. The one former owner is a now retired semi-professional player, who has been a long standing customer of Clarinets Direct. His instruments are always kept to the highest standard, and sold with many expensive after market accessories: A Weinberg M1 Gold hand crafted mouthpiece, a Vandoren Optimum ligature, and additional Buffet barrel of 63.5mm [ extremely necessary with E13 and R13 A clarinets], a very fine fleece lined NAP, of Paris, waterproof case cover with pockets and carry strap, and a Ton Kooiman thumb rest. The original thumb rest is also supplied with screws, should the new owner prefer it. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional wooden model & this example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in pristine condition throughout. All matching pieces still carry an "as new" Buffet stamp. The instrument has seen virtually no use. The Silver plated key work is in good condition. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and as such, it is not sold with our warranty. The matching serial nos. are K110760. The supplied case is the original Buffet in excellent condition.

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148

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES EMPEROR CLARINETS-SOLD

£595

 

 

     

A very fine pair of Boosey & Hawkes Emperors just taken in part exchange by Clarinets Direct. The B&H Emperor was a top student model, which competed directly with the Buffet E13 in terms of quality. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition throughout. Clarinets Direct has just fully overhauled both instruments in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads. The pair are sold with a full years warranty. The Bb, serial number N144193, has Nickel plate, the A serial A427465, has Silver plate. The plating throughout is pristine, with no wear. There are 2 barrels for tuning purposes of 63mm & 67mm The supplied case, is a Buffet, which is worn but functional. The mouthpiece is an original B&H 926, No. 2: This is a significant upgrade for this pair, as normally the 926 would have been supplied with an Imperial pair, the professional model above the Emperor in the B&H range. This mouthpiece tunes and plays the pair extremely well.

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158

MATCHED PAIR OF EATON ELITE CLARINETS-SOLD

£3795

 

 

     

This matched pair of Eaton Elites are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was this pair that Colin Parr used for the last decade of his tenure as Principal Clarinet of the CBSO. These instruments can be heard on many of the finest Sir Simon Rattle CBSO EMI recordings which are justly renowned; particularly the Mahler symphonies.
The Bb has serial no. E140 and has Silver plate in very good condition. The wood is in overall good condition, though Colin tells me that there is a repaired, pinned crack, just above the throat "A" hole running up into the makers stamp, [ see photo 5]. The crack occured very early on after the initial purchase and after that the repair was stable, with constant heavy use, for over 10 years. The crack does not go through into the bore. All pads are Pisoni Tan Leather in good condition. Both instruments have been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" with any regulation and touch cork work done as necessary.
The A, serial no. E175, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 3 barrels of 63.0mm, [with a tight hairline crack] and two of 64.5mm with no damage. The m'pieces are both in MINT condition: A Morgan RM06, re-bored to the correct dimensions & a custom Pillinger S/N 1652, a copy of a pre-war 1010 model. The case and dust cover are used, but in good condition.

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157

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS -SOLD

£2495

An exceptionally rare and fine pair of Buffet clarinets. These instruments have a larger bore of 14.9mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing pair, with excellent intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint: this does result in exceptionally even response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise.
The Bb has serial number 275E dating to 1890. There are no cracks or damage, in fact the condition is superb. The German silver keywork is in pristine condition throughout. The barrel is not original, it is a modern Buffet of 65mm. All other pieces are matching & original with Buffet stamps. Note particularly the " Brevette SGDG" which is on both top joints. I cannot see a serial number on the A, but in every detail of stamps and keywork it is the twin of the Bb. The barrel is a more modern Moennig Buffet of 67mm length. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free, with the exception of an old repair to the bell, see photo 8. The German Silver key work is excellent throughout. All pads are new Pisoni Deluxe Tan Leather & both clarinets are sold with our full years warranty. The case is an original Pouchette leather Buffet example from the 1960's in excellent used condition. The m'piece is a brand new Edward Pilinger copy of an original Buffet m'piece with the importer's stamp Carl Fischer. The lay has been accurately copied to 1.01mm by 17mm.

167

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. This is a BC 20 Bb serial no. F98037 dating to 1967, and is in very fine condition. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. There is only very slight wear to the Nickel Silver plating, on the low F/C touchpiece, and RH rings. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a used Vandoren 5RV in good condition. The used case is in good condition.

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168

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A very fine Buffet RC clarinet in Nickel plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA, different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. The RC, introduced in 1975, did find much more favour in the UK, than the R13: It had a more relaxed warm tone, which attracted many players.
This Bb has serial no. F177049 dating to 1977. Generally Buffet's from this period are considered the best of their production. The Prestige range had not been introduced yet; which considerably downgraded the quality of the standard, R13 and RC, and furthermore, Buffet considered the RC of this period their best model, and charged more for it than the contemporary R13. Boosey & Hawkes had also not yet taken over Buffet and forced a large increase in production. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. There is a no wear to the Nickel Silver plating, which is in pristine order. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45, in excellent condition. The original case is also in very good shape.

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169

SELMER PARIS Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1595

 

 

     

This is an extremely fine Selmer Paris professional Eb Clarinet. Selmer Eb clarinets are probably the most popular choice amongst professional players worldwide due to their fine ergonomics and excellent intonation. The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in very good order throughout. The Nickel Silver plate shows some wear mainly on the rings and G# key and register key, overall the plating is about 95%. The S/N is A4610 which dates to 1978. The instrument has just been fully overhauled in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full years warranty. The m'piece is a Selmer C*, in good condition. The case is the original, which still latches well, though there are some tape repairs to the exterior.
NB This instrument has been photographed prior to going into our workshop: More detailed pictures of the key work will be posted shortly.

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170

NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

£1395

This is a superb condition Noblet, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass is Leblanc's entry level professional model. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows minimal wear, the plating is about 98%. The crook and bell are in perfect condition with no marks or scratches. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent order throughout. This Bass will have a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad in our workshop, & will be sold with our full 1 year warranty. In addition all the key work will be buffed to a nice shine. NB The instrument has been photographed prior to going into the workshop. We will also fit a floor peg attachment to the base of the bell. The serial no. is 6144, which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original in good condition. The m'piece is an "as new" B30 Vandoren. The former owner, an amateur player, has taken exceptionally good care of this Bass.

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LEBLANC, CLASSIC, Bb CLARINET     -RESERVED

£745

This is a Leblanc, Classic clarinet: This model was one of a range of clarinets Leblanc produced in the 1950's targeting a specific market. This instrument is of medium bore at 14.85mm and was designed for a "focussed, sweet tone" for classical playing.
This clarinet is in excellent used condition. It is a "top of the range" Leblanc, the specification includes: Offset trill keys, balanced key action, separate post mounted, C#/G# keys and Ab/Eb keys. There is no damage to the Grenadilla wood, which is in good order throughout. The German silver key work is in excellent condition, with no wear. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork to avoid water tracking into those holes. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 7229, which probably date to the early 1960's. The case is used, but in good condition. .

 

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BUFFET E11 EVETTE ETUDE Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£395

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet Model E11, Evette Etude: The Etude is an E11 with the main body pieces made from Grenadilla wood, whilst the barrel and bell are made from resin, with a wood effect. This is partly to guard against splitting, as the barrel tends to suffer most from the effect of the moisture in the players breath. It is also to offset the weight of a completely wooden clarinet for the younger player. The Nickel Silver key work is in good condition throughout, with only slight wear to the LH rings, E/B, and F/C touchpieces [see photos 6 & 7]. This clarinet has had a complete overhaul in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 205291. The m'piece is an original Buffet, virtually unused. The case is the original in good condition.  

187

MATCHED PAIR FRANK HAMMERSCHMIDT BOEHM CLARINETS     -SOLD

£3995

It is a delight to be able to offer this incomparable pair of custom made, Frank Hammerschmidt, Boehm system clarinets for sale. Bb & A, bore size 15.00mm, silver plated keys, with offset C#'G# hole. Adjusting screws for lower pad regulation.6 Barrels: 59.0mm, 60.2mm, 62.2mm, 63.0mm, 63.2mm, & 64.5mm.

4 mouthpieces: [All measurements in 100/mm:mm] 80/27; 88/23; 96/24 [ 1010 curve] 90/24 [Viotto facing]. {For those unacquainted with Viotto's work he is widely held to be the finest mouthpiece maker for German style lays.} NB These m'pieces work with German style reeds.

These instruments were bought new in late 1999 for DM14,600. The condition is pristine with just wear from careful normal use. A couple of pads have been replaced with tan leather, the remainder, possibly original, are white leather. I feel these clarinets would benefit from some minor regulation and re pad work, but they play superbly as is. The bore shine is immaculate as is the Silver plate. The intonation and response are impeccable. There is no finer pair of clarinets currently made.

 

188

MATCHED PAIR, FULL BOEHM SINGLE PIECE BUFFET CLARINETS IN COCUS-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

An extremely rare & fine matched set of custom made early Buffet clarinets in Cocus wood.  These instruments date from circa 1930, and are Full Boehm's in the original case. All necessary pad replacement & tenon cork repairs have been carried out at our workshops in order to put this pair into good playing order. NB These clarinets were photographed prior to going into the workshop.

Bb Clarinet, S/N 6616/3969, has a bore of 14.85mm. The pads are a mixture of white and tan leather. The former owner is a noted collector of early instruments. There is an expert repair by Jon Steward of T W Howarth & Co. to the top of the main body. Originally the outside of the clarinet was chipped and a section of wood has been replaced: The chip did not go through to the bore, which is original. I have tried to photograph the repair, see photo 4, but the work is superb. There is also a small surface hairline crack to the rear of the instrument underneath the thumb bush, again the crack doesn't go through to the bore. The Maillechort key work throughout is in fine order. The large bore m'piece tunes both instruments well with the original 64mm barrels. If the purchaser wishes to play with standard French bore m'pieces then longer barrels of 66mm would be advisable.

A Clarinet, S/N 6617/3697, has a bore of 14.80mm. An excellent instrument with no cracks or damage: Again the pads are a mixture of tan, and white leather, and though elderly, are sealing well.  These, stained cocus wood instruments, play with a delightfully sweet and vibrant tone. They are perfectly playable as modern instruments at A=440 Hz, or they would make a fine acquisition for a collector. The original leather case has a temperamental central lock and outer latches therefore the next owner will have to factor in the cost of a replacement case. I do have another earlier Buffet triple case, for Bb, A and C clarinets, which still latches well, though the interior is worn. I would be happy to substitute this case, if desired.

 

 

 

189

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£475

A near mint condition Buffet E11 clarinet. The only reason I do not describe it as mint is a tiny chip to the lower tenon of the upper joint, see photo 4. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional wooden model, and this example has matching serial nos. 507919. The clarinet is not stamped "Made in Germany", therefore it is the most recent E11, which is now made in an adjacent factory [ Ex-Leblanc] to Buffet Crampon's main site. The Silver plated key work is pristine, with no wear. This clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Double Bladder Fish Skin pads and is sold with our full 1 Year Clarinets Direct warranty. The register key and C#/G# pads are in cork, to compensate for any water tracking into these holes. The supplied m'piece is the original Buffet in good condition. The case is a modern hard shell example also in good condition.

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191

SELMER RECITAL Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1950

This is a mint condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is pristine, and has just been overhauled by Mike Huntriss. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.4mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in perfect condition. All Silver plate is excellent, as new. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. The supplied barrels measures 62.5 mm & the matching serial numbers are D0513. The m'piece is an as new Vandoren 5RV. The case is the original Selmer in excellent condition.

     192   YAMAHA, YAS275 ALTO SAXOPHONE-SOLD          £545
This is a YAS275 Alto Sax. This model is widely regarded as the best student Alto money can buy. This saxophone is the earlier version, "Made in Japan", not the less good "Made in Indonesia" model currently available , which is made under licence for Yamaha. This earlier Japanese made Alto, has thicker alloy, which is both both more robust and creates a much better sound.
This example is near mint: There are only the merest light scratches to the lacquer which is 99%. All pads are in excellent shape. There are NO dents or dings whatsoever. The Yamaha 4C mouthpiece also has some very light scratches to the top of the beak, see photo 3, but the tip and rails are "as new" The serial nos. are 038485. The case is pristine and there is a sling provided.

193

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

An excellent condition  Buffet R13. This clarinet belongs to a Dutch professional player and has been exceptionally well maintained. It is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and as such is not subject to our usual warranty.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free.  The  Nickel Silver plate key work is excellent throughout. The bell is a replacement a brand new E13 example: There is no difference at all between a modern R13 & E13 bell. This instrument has recently had a full repad in Pisoni premium deluxe White leather, all pads are in excellent condition. The clarinet has had a full check up and regulation in our workshop, with touch and tenon corks replaced a s necessary. The matching serial nos. are 298117 which dates to 1987. The barrel is also an upgrade to a Moennig 65mm.   Please go to www.buffet-crampon.com for more details The  case is a modern example in very good condition.   The m'piece is a used Buffet 125G

198

BUFFET R13 Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1495

This is an excellent condition single piece, Professional model Buffet R13 Eb Clarinet. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct: It has been exceptionally well maintained by a careful professional owner and is offered to the market is superb condition. Sadly the modern Buffet R13 Eb is now made in two pieces as a cost saving exercise, shorter wood billets are cheaper! What a pity Buffet Crampon no longer make this model: The nearest equivalent today would be the far more expensive Prestige. When this instrument was made it was the finest professional model Buffet manufactured, with unstained hand selected wood.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in very good order throughout. The Nickel Silver plate is fine throughout, with only slight wear to the rings. The S/N is 160947 which dates to 1975, an excellent period of R13 craftsmanship. The instrument has an "Artist Quality" set up: Cork on the upper part and fish skin pads on the lower. There are many supplied accessories: A Vandoren 5RV m'piece, in "as new" condition, also a Pomerico Crystal "Beverelli Professional 8", this has a tiny nick to the top tip rail, but plays perfectly. A Vandoren Optimum ligature, with all 3 plates included. The original barrel, of 42.0mm, has lost the upper tenon ring, & has a crack. But a far superior "Guy Chadash Buffet" Eb barrel of 41.5mm is supplied: this barrel features a reverse tapered bore to improve intonation throughout. There could be no better endorsement in that Buffet Crampon manufacture these under licence from Chadash. The case is a modern Buffet, in pristine condition, with both keys!

178

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1295

This matched pair of Imperial 1010 Clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The pair have been semi-professionally owned by a single owner and well maintained; the condition is very good.
The Bb has serial no. 183978 and has Silver plate in very good condition. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. All pads are Tan Leather in good condition. The pair has had a thorough check up in our workshop prior to sale.
The A, serial no. A 183986, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all the pads and corks. As usual the A has seen less use than the Bb. There are two barrels of 64.3mm and 64.7mm. The supplied m'pieces are the original, which is showing its age, and a newer Peter Eaton, stamped, "Elite 1.26 , 21.5" S/N 3057. The original case, which has been relined, is also in good condition.

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180

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£945

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. This is a BC 20 Bb serial no. F153373 dating to 1975, and is in excellent condition. The wood is very good throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. There is no wear to the Nickel Silver plating, which is pristine. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is an ebonite Buffet C in good condition. as is the case.

184

SELMER PARIS PRIVILEGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£2195

 

 

     

This is a mint condition Selmer Paris Privilege Bb Clarinet, less than 1 year old. This instrument has been professionally owned and played orchestrally and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has decided to move on to Wurlitzer and Hammerschmidt instruments. Selmer Privilege clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide due to their fine ergonomics and excellent intonation.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in pristine condition. All Silver plate is excellent, as new. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. The instrument features an additional LH Ab/Eb key. Note also the fine metal lining to the lower joint upper tenon, see photo 3. There are 2 supplied barrels of 65.5 and 66.5 mm. The matching serial numbers are 005074. The m'piece is a Selmer C85 120, in new condition. The case is the original Selmer with carry strap and pouches.

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186

SELMER SINGLE PIECE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET SOLD

£995

 

 

     

An extremely rare and unique Selmer Professional full Boehm clarinet, so rare in fact that I have never seen another. This instrument features all the "bells and whistles": articulated C#/G#, low Eb, fork Eb/Bb and alternate LH Ab/Eb lever. The German Silver key work is excellent throughout, with no wear at all. We have just entirely re-padded in double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are M5708 which dates to the late 1944. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout: It is natural, unstained, Grenadilla of the finest quality. There are 2 supplied barrels of 66.8mm and 64.8mm respectively. The case is the original in good condition, though two supplementary catches have been fitted in addition to the original locks. The m'piece is a Meyer No.4.

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SELMER, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET-RESERVED

£995

This is a very good condition Selmer Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The Nickel Silver keywork is good and shows only slight wear, the plating is about 95%. The sleeved, adjustable, crook is in excellent condition, & the bell has only light scratches, mainly where it has been brought into contact with the bottom of the low Eb rod on the lower joint. The Alto has just had a complete overhaul with finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather pads throughout, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The wood is in overall excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. However it is likely that this instrument was previously owned by either a school or college: Someone has etched an additional serial number, 12467, onto all the pieces, including crook and bell. This has caused some surface marking to the upper joint. In addition a metal bracket has been fitted to the two joints, which, in effect, turns the alto into a single piece instrument. This may well have been done to stop mis-assembly and damage. Hence the one piece case; which is in very good condition. This is a superb alto; Selmer is generally held to be the finest manufacturer in the world. The matching Selmer serial nos. are V2161 which dates to 1967. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in excellent condition.

194

LEBLANC, VITO, BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc Vito Bass Clarinet model 7168 in Resonite to low Eb. This model has the low Eb key mounted on the body, which improves durability and lessens key maintenance problems. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which is in fine condition throughout. The crook & bell are both in excellent condition. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is no plating loss to the Nickel Silver key work it is in pristine condition. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Repad and overhaul & is sold with a years warranty. The serial nos. are 6372D. The case is used, but again in very good condition. The m'piece is a brand new Vito. The Bass plays easily and is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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195

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL A CLARINET-SOLD

£945

A superb condition Buffet A clarinet, which would pair well with any of the professional Bb's in the Buffet range. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The German Silver key work is also pristine throughout, and in perfect regulation. This excellent clarinet has just has an "Artist Quality" full overhaul: Cork pads on the upper joint and finest Valentino pads on the lower. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 24539, which dates to 1938, an excellent period of hand manufacture. The tuning and evenness are vastly superior to any modern Buffet R13, or RC A. One would have to purchase a Prestige or more expensive Buffet model to source similar quality today. All parts are original, excepting the barrel, which is a more recent Buffet Prestige A barrel of 63.5mm. The m'piece is an ebonite Buffet C crown, in good used condition. The supplied case is an original Buffet in excellent condition.

196

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£745

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet Master Model E13. The Nickel Silver key work shows only slight wear, it is around 90%. We have just re-padded in double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are D21340 which dates to the early 1970's. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost identical to an R13 on quality, but at less cost. There are no cracks to the wood, but there are a few minor scuffs and surface scratches. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections, whereas the wood for this clarinet is unstained. The case is the original, which is worn but functional, and the m'piece is a Vandoren 5RV Profile 88 in ebonite.

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197

BUFFET, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

£1095

 

 

     

This is an extremely interesting and rare Bass clarinet. Evette and Schaeffer instruments were made as Buffet Crampon student models, yet this Bass has key work and, more importantly, an acoustic design only found today on top professional Bass clarinets by Selmer and Buffet. In other words: a double overblowing mechanism. This feature allows for 2 dedicated speaker holes for the upper register: an initial hole which works from B up to D#, then a second register key is activated by the E touchpiece for the remainder of the clarion register. See photo 11. The ergonomics of the Bass are a little crude: Selmer did the design better, as does a later Prestige Buffet. But nevertheless this Bass plays excellently with a strong tone across the registers. It also features a compensating G/D vent, just like todays top instruments.
This Bass has had a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad in our workshop, & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All the German Silver key work has been buffed to a nice shine, and is in very good condition. The wood overall shows surface marks and scratches, in addition there are repaired cracks to the lower portion of the upper joint. These are old stable repairs, which we have thoroughly checked in the workshop as part of the overhaul. There are also dents to the crook and bell. In short this instrument is in poor cosmetic condition; but plays superbly, with an excellent tone. We have also fitted a floor peg attachment to the base of the bell. The serial no. is K247, which probably dates to the early 1950's. The case is in fair condition. The m'piece is an excellent Selmer C*.  

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203

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1995

This is an excellent condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass has been carefully professionally owned, most recently by a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Bass was Boosey's top professional model: It features, double overblowing mechanism, articulated C#/G#, and alternative LH Ab/Eb. Exactly as a comparable professional Selmer model. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine throughout. The crook and bell are in good condition with only slight marks & scratches, there are no dents or dings. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout, apart from a missing rear sling hook attachment. This Bass has had a recent complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad with John Coppen, & is sealing perfectly. The key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble. There is a floor peg attachment to the base of the bell. The matching serial nos. are 283769, on all main pieces including bell. The case is extremely well used, but still latches and functions well. The m'piece is a Conn, ebonite example, in good condition.

204

BUFFET, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 CLARINET -SOLD

£695

 

 

     

A mint condition vintage Buffet Evette and Schaeffer E13. The German Silver key work is excellent throughout, with no wear. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are B8294 which dates to the 1950's: A fine period of quality hand finished manufacture. The wood is in excellent order throughout, with no cracks or damage. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. The case is the original in brown leather, which is showing its age, and the m'piece is a Vandoren ebonite model.  

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205

LEBLANC PARIS, PETE FOUNTAIN, Bb CLARINET, THE BIG EASY -RESERVED

£995

 

 

     

This is a Pete Fountain, Leblanc, Jazz clarinet: The "Big Easy". Pete is probably the best-known clarinettist in popular music. As the king of Dixieland he has lent his name for over 30 years to the Leblanc France 1611 model, with a 15.00mm bore, that puts Pete's distinctive "fat" sound within the reach of other players! Sadly Leblanc no longer manufacture: This example is probably the last chance to own a "new" Big Easy.
This clarinet is as new, the condition is mint. It was recently bought by a professional player who could not get on with the articulated C#/G# mechanism; consequently the instrument is up again for sale. This model features 18 keys and 7 rings, thus we have forked Eb/Bb as well. It is a "top of the range" Leblanc, the specification includes: Offset trill keys, balanced key action, separate post mounted, C#/G# keys and Ab/Eb keys. Gold plated leaf and needle springs, tapered tone holes and a reverse cone upper joint, Grenadilla wood body and Nickel Silver plated keys. There are two barrels of 64.5mm and 66mm. As the name says: This instrument is a delight to play, superbly engineered, and excellently in tune.

 

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209

KOHLERT/HACKER Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

This is a unique clarinet, extensively customised by Alan Hacker. Originally the bell had a "Kohlert" stamp; in fact the instrument was made by Kohlert, and the "Simun" stencil is of a German musical instrument dealer. The instrument's range was originally down to low Eb. The clarinet has been shortened to low E, with the bell replaced with a " B&H Symphony 1010" example, which has a hole through the bell and lowest tenon for tuning the lowest pitches, see photos 11 & 12. The low "E" hole has itself been moved up the instrument, again for tuning purposes. The key work is German Silver in very good condition. All pads, which are predominately white leather, are also good. The clarinet features 7 rings, i.e. with a fork Eb/Bb. The instrument is wide bore, and the supplied mouthpiece, a 1010 BM 2 works very well. The response is free and even. The case is a modern "Rosetti" in excellent shape.

208

MARTEL FRERES a PARIS Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is the quintessential French clarinet; possibly the finest ever French makers were Martel Freres. Each instrument was completely hand made and undercut, this last process alone took 2-3 days, until a perfectly even scale was achieved. Hawkes and Co. came to the surviving Martel brother after WW1 to help them design their own legendary Hawkes' Martels, as played by Reginald Kell, Charles Draper etc These evolved into the Boosey and Hawkes pre-war 1010 from which the genealogy of fine English wide bore instruments can be traced to the present day. The playing characteristics are unique and exceptional: Perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow.
This example is stamped " Martel Freres a Paris" and is in excellent condition with matching stamps on all pieces. The barrel upper tenon has been relined in metal, see photo 3. There is a minor chip to the bottom of the bell, just where it meets the ring, photo 4. This aside, the wood is in superb condition for a vintage clarinet. All Maillechort key work and springs are in excellent order. The pads are tan leather throughout in very good condition. There is no joint wobble. This is without a doubt the finest condition Martel I have seen. The intonation is excellent, spot on A=440 with standard modern French bore m'pieces. It is supplied in an excellent modern BAM case.

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210

MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC LL CLARINETS -SOLD

£1495

 

 

     

This matched pair of rare Leblanc LL clarinets are in excellent condition. Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the Leblanc manufacturing scientific principles even further. They were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinetist who took the top prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man. Although he could have had a great career as a performer, Leon chose to stay with the family business and apply his musical insight to instrument manufacture. He dedicated his life to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
These are a one owner professional pair, and have been extremely well looked after. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The Bb has matching serial nos. 41677 and has Nickel Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pads are brand new Pisoni Premium Deluxe fishskin. Both instruments have been completely re-conditioned by Clarinets Direct and are sold with our full 1 year warranty.
The A, serial nos. 39900, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel Silver plate throughout is in good shape. The m'piece is a Leblanc, in excellent condition. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes of 1960's vintage in good condition.  

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211

SELMER, PARIS, BASSET HORN in F -SOLD

£3495

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C. The Selmer design of Basset Horn differs radically from that of Buffet and Leblanc in that it is basically an extended Bb instrument. Thus it can be played with your usual Bb clarinet m'piece. Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets.
This instrument is a one owner example and is in very good condition. It goes without saying that Basset Horns do not get heavy use, and this example, amateur owned, has been exceptionally well maintained. The Nickel Silver keywork is good and shows only slight wear, the plating is about 95%. There are two crooks both in excellent condition, one for use at A=440 the other A=442. The bell shows no damage, only light surface marks. The Bassset Horn has leather pads throughout in very good condition, the key work is also well regulated, with no play or slackness in the mechanism: This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. The wood is in overall excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. Selmer is generally held to be the finest manufacturer in the world of harmony clarinets, and this instrument would retail today new for £9700. The matching Selmer serial nos. are B1782 which dates to 1982, when it was bought new from T W Howarth in London. The m'piece is a Vandoren B45 Lyre in excellent condition. The original Selmer case is also in good used condition.

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159

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS 

£1995

An exceptionally rare pair of Buffet clarinets. These instruments have a larger bore of 14.9mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing pair, with excellent intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint: this does result in exceptionally even response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise.
The Bb has serial number O463 dating to 1900. It is in very good condition, but with the following faults: 2 repaired, sealed cracks to the upper joint. One running down through the first two trill key holes and the other crack at approximately 180 degrees to this, but not running near any holes [see photos 2 & 3]. The original barrel has a sealed repaired crack and the original bell, also has 2 repaired cracks. Despite these the instrument plays excellently. The stamp reads "Buffet Brevette SGDG" There are new tan leather pads throughout, all cork and touch corks are tight, the key regulation is excellent and there is no joint wobble. Please note the thread repair to the middle joint tenon. The mouthpieces are Edward Pillinger copies of an original Buffet wood m'piece. The first is relayed to 1.08 by 17mm, the second 1.05 by 17mm.
A, S/N 940C1, dates to 1906. Is is in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks or repairs to the wood. Some of the key work on the lower joint has been replaced with more modern Buffet key work. The correspondence arm is modern Buffet, also the lowest pillar has been replaced with a modern Buffet pillar of "anchored type". The instrument is padded throughout in white leather pads, the finest Pisoni, in superb condition. The bell on the A is stamped "Cundy Bettoney" an American importer's stamp. The top joint is also stamped LP. The barrel is of more modern Buffet type re-bored to the correct dimensions for this type of early Buffet. Both instruments play at A=440 Hz with the supplied barrels, of 66.3mm and 66mm. The case is a modern Buffet, in good condition with keys.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE CLARINETS

£3495

THE A IS RESERVED. THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE WITH M'PIECE & 2 BARRELS FOR £1750. This matched pair of Buffet R13 Prestige clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This fine pair have been professionally owned and played by a member of the English National Opera Orchestra, and are exceptional examples. The former owner hand selected them from many Buffet Prestiges. And they have been exceptionally well maintained.
The Bb has serial no. 336852, dating to 1991. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows wear commensurate with careful use: The rings are worn, as are the RH low Eb/Ab key and low F/C. The plating is about 95%. All pads are Pisoni Tan Leather in good condition. There are 2 supplied barrels of 64.0mm and 65.0mm. Both instruments have been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" with any regulation and touch cork work done as necessary.
The A, serial no. 308529, dates to 1988. Despite the difference in years of manufacture this pair was bought as a "Matched Pair". It has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, as the instrument has seen less use. There is only slight tarnish to one of the long rods on the lower joint. All Pisoni Tan Leather pads are in very good condition as are the corks. There are 2 barrels of 63.5mm, and 65.0mm. The m'piece is a brand new Vandoren B40. The case is the original Buffet, with combination locks, in pristine condition.

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213

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has just been re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and is sold with our full `1 year warranty` The matching serial nos. are 44684 which dates to 1954. This is one of the first R13s made, and when one plays it and appreciates the excellent intonation, sound and response, it is easy to see why this model began to dominate the market, as the preferred choice of all serious clarinetists. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. The case is a B&H leather pouchette type, worn but fully functional and the m'piece is a the original Bufet C Crown in very good condition.

214

BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£945

A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout. There is one old repaired, pinned crack to the upper joint above the A key hole, the crack does not go through to the bore, so pinning would seem a bit excessive, but at least one can be secure in the knowledge that the repair is completely leak proof, see photo 5. We have entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads. The clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are 49359 which dates to 1955. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold  standard  of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com  more details The case is worn but fully functional The mouthpiece is an ebonite Buffet C in very good condition.

215

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS -SOLD

£2995

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare pair of superb condition early Buffet clarinets. These instruments have a larger bore of 14.9mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing pair, with excellent intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint: this does result in exceptionally even response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise.
The Bb has serial number 500L dating to 1898. It is in very good condition, and amazingly has no cracks. The wood shows some surface scratches and marks, but for a clarinet of this age, it is in remarkable condition. This pair have been photographed prior to going into our workshop. Therefore some protruding rods can be seen. We will fully overhaul the pair in finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather. The excellent quality key work; mainly German Silver, though some of the key barrels are actually solid silver, will be buffed and polished. The stamps read "Buffet Brevette SGDG". All pieces are matching and original. The key regulation is excellent and there is no joint wobble. The mouthpiece is a brand new Edward Pillinger copy of an original Carl Fischer Buffet m'piece. The original lay, accurately copied, is 0.98mm by 17.5mm.
A, S/N 84J, dates to 1896. Is is in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks or repairs to the wood, the surface condition is superb. The instrument has abviously had very little use. The keywork is also pristine. The pitch is exactly A=440 Hz. The case is the original Buffet, in good condition, and it still latches perfectly!  

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216

SELMER PARIS, ARTHEA, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Paris Arthea Bb Clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by one careful adult owner, a peripatetic teacher, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is pristine, and has recently been overhauled by John Coppen, in Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather pads. Selmer clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and this makes Selmer's amongst the best tuned instruments on the market today.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in perfect condition. All Silver plate is excellent, as new. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. The supplied barrels measure 66.0 mm & the matching serial numbers are P08377. The m'piece is a brand new Selmer C85 120. The case is also an "as new" Selmer.

 

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206

ANONYMOUS PROFESSIONAL A CLARINET-SOLD

£395

 

 

     

A superb condition Anonymous A clarinet. It always comes a surprise that such a well made quality instrument could fail to be stamped. In the 1920's and 1930's it was common practice for manufacturers to send out instruments for dealers to stamp with their own brand name, the practice is sometimes referred to a "stencilling". I have seen a Couesnon brochure of the period, the largest manufacturer of that time, in which they advertise the fact that they can stamp whatever the trade customer would wish on a finished instrument. I also have a copy of a letter E J Albert of Brussels sent to the French manufacturer Thibouville, asking for 6 pairs of his best clarinets, without stamp, and requesting the Albert design. It is likely therefore that this instrument is of that type: Indeed it has the look of Thibouville manufacture.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The German Silver key work is also pristine throughout, and in perfect regulation. The internal bore is large, at 15.00mm, similar to a pre-war B&H 1010. This excellent clarinet has just had a full overhaul Tan Leather pad and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The m'piece is a Vandoren 5RV Lyre 1010 in very good condition. The original double case, is lacking a handle, and worn, but it still latches and protects the instrument well.

217

BUFFET E11 CLARINET -SOLD

£545

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet E11 clarinet. The only reason I do not describe it as mint is the wear to the logo transfers. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional wooden model, and this example has matching serial nos. 697276. There is no damage whatsoever to the wood, the condition is excellent. The Silver plated key work is pristine, with no wear. This clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Double Bladder Fish Skin pads and is sold with our full 1 Year Clarinets Direct warranty. The register key and C#/G# pads are in cork, to compensate for any water tracking into these holes. The supplied m'piece is the original Buffet in good condition, as is the case.  

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218

BUFFET MASTER MODEL, ME13, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£745

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer, Master Model E13. The German Silver key work shows is in excellent condition throughout. We have just re-padded in double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are K7199 which dates to the late 1950's. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost identical to an R13 on quality, but at less cost. There are no cracks to the wood, but there are a few minor scuffs and surface scratches. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections, whereas the wood for this clarinet is unstained. The case is the original, which is worn but functional, and the m'piece is the original Buffet in ebonite.  

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226

BOOSEY & HAWKES EMPEROR A CLARINET  -SOLD

£345

This is a Boosey and Hawkes Emperor A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Emperor was a top of the range student model; the equivalent of the Buffet E13 model. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla. The Silver Plate key work is also pristine throughout. The pads are double bladder fish skin which, whilst not being new, are all sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are A558889, so this is one of the last Emperor's manufactured. There are 2 supplied barrels of 65.5mm and 63.5mm. The m'piece is a B&H original in very good condition. The double case is a Buffet in brown leather, which is in very good condition.

227

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£795

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook & the bell have only a few slight "dings" which have no affect on the response, see photos 2 & 7. We have fitted a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only slight plating loss to the Nickel Silver key work on the finger touchpieces ; the plating is around 90%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Repad and overhaul & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The serial nos. are 10065. The case is used, with a good interior but some scuffs and marks to the exterior. All 3 latches function well. The m'piece is a used bundy 3 in good condition. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design. It plays easily and is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase. .

229

LEBLANC, VITO, BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£775

 

 

     

This is a good condition Leblanc Vito Bass Clarinet model 7166 in Resonite to low Eb. It was originally sold by ourselves to a semi-professional player, who is now retired, and used mainly in pit band work. It has been carefully maintained. This model has the low Eb key mounted on the bell. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which is in fine condition throughout, with only minor surface marks. The crook is in excellent condition, and the bell shows only some minor dents to the base. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is slight plating loss to the Nickel Silver key work which is about 90%, mostly to the finger touchpieces. The Bass has Tan leather Pisoni Premium Deluxe pads in good condition. The serial nos. are 3908B. The case is used, with some tape repairs to the corners, but again in good condition. The Bass plays easily and is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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230

G RUDOLF UEBEL FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£545

A rare and fine G. Rudolf Uebel Full Boehm Bb clarinet to low Eb. This clarinet was probably made prior to the 2nd WW as the rear of the clarinet is not stamped GDR, and the key work has not the utilitarian look of his later instruments. This is a much more French influenced design; as can be seen by the use of two separate holes for the articulated C#/G# mechanism. We have just completely repadded in pisoni Premium Deluxe double bladder fish skin pads. The instrument is sold with full 1 year warranty. There are no repaired cracks or damage, apart from light surface scratches. The German Silver key work is in fine order throughout. The barrel is an unusual design, with a tenon at the bottom. There are two barrels, the one which tunes best is shorter & made of ebonite and measures 61.5mm. The m'piece is of ebonite, but unstamped. The case is an older Buffet pouchette double. .

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K HAMMERSCHMIDT, KLINGSON, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£995

Karl Hammerschmidt is one of the iconic clarinet makers of the 20th Century. Austria had perhaps no finer maker, and only the Wurlitzer clan of Germany can lay claim to being comparable, or superior, depending on your preferrence for Viennese or German styles of playing. These days, Karl's nephew, Frank, carries on the family tradition of hand crafted excellence in clarinet making.
This is a superb handmade clarinet in Grenadilla wood, stamped "Klingson". If you are loooking for something approaching the "authentic Viennese sound", given that this is a Boehm system clarinet, then perhaps this is the clarinet for you.
This instrument is in good condition: NO cracks, marks or damage, fine key work throughout. We have just completely overhauled in Pisoni finest Tan Leather pads. This instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty, and 3 month buy back scheme, unique to Clarinets Direct. The Portnoy BPO1 m'piece is in excellent condition.

 

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LOUIS A CLARINET-SOLD

£895

This is an early English clarinet which is strongly associated with possibly the finest ever French makers: Martel Freres. Each Louis instrument was completely hand made and undercut in their Chelsea workshop. The finishing alone took 2-3 days. Charles Draper personally endorsed these makers, and the clarinet is stamped thus. Perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow, superior to much on the mass produced market today.
The clarinet is in excellent condition. We have just entirely re-padded the instrument in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is one sealed crack to the barrel and a tiny hair line stress crack to the receiver tenon of the bell. This apart, the wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs are surface scratches. There is no joint wobble. The key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. This clarinet has had hardly any use. The supplied m'piece is the original and the tuning is excellent. With a bore of 14.8mm this A will pair well with any modern French bore clarinet, and also work as a match with a Boosey and Hawkes 926 Imperial, a 926 m'piece also tunes the Louis very well. The case is a modern B&H single A example in excellent used condition.

 

222

ARMSTRONG BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a mint condition Armstrong USA Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body; pristine condition. The Nickel Silver plating is 100% with no wear at all. The crook and bell are both in excellent condition, with no damage or marks. The Bass has tan leather pads throughout in "as new" condition. The serial nos. are 6031725. The case and mouthpiece are also unmarked. The original manual and warranty card [unused] are included, so that the new owner can take advantage of the manufacturers' warranty. It plays easily and is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

 

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224

BOOSEY AND HAWKES PRE-WAR 1010 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£745

 

 

     

This is a late 1930's pre-war 1010 Bb in good condition. The serial number is 35538. We have just entirely overhauled the clarinet in fish skin pads and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The key work overall is excellent, with little wear. The wood overall is also in good condition. What appears to be a crack to the right of the upper joint stamp, is in fact just pronounced wood grain. There is however a tight hairline surface crack to the top of the lower joint, which does not go through to the bore. See photo 12. In addition the barrel is not original, it is a Leblanc Normandy re-bored to the correct dimensions. The bell is also a later Boosey and Hawkes Imperial Symphony 1010 example. The m'piece is a B & H BM 2 1010 which has been relayed to 1.1 by 18mm. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is a modern hard shell example in fair condition, with sticker!

219

BUFFET FULL BOEHM, R13, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1395

 

 

     

An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is a rare and highly prized Full Boehm model with all the " Bells and Whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. All pieces are matching and original. The instrument has recently been re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin Pads. In addition it has had a thorough check down in our workshop: It is NOT sold with our warranty, but all necessary pads have been replaced. The matching serial nos. are F70859 which dates to 1962. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. The German Silver key work is in good order with no discernable wear. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. This instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture. The case is the original, slightly worn, but fully functional, and the m'piece is a Selmer Golden Tone in good condition.  

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220

YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL A CLARINET, YCL65-SOLD

£795

A superb condition Yamaha A clarinet, which would pair well with any of the professional Bb's in the Buffet or Yamaha range. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerabily cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the late 1970's and early 1980's, when Yamaha made their first serious foray into top of the range professional clarinets. The wood was computer controlled, kiln dried, to assist in avoiding cracking, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. The A clarinets had improved response and intonation over Buffet as well. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. Eddie Daniels, the world's foremost jazz player was such a convert: Perhaps surprisingly he preferred and endorsed the YCL64/65 range to the YCL84/85 which were Yamaha's most expensive Custom models. Though the 64 and 65 were sold as professional clarinets, unlike the modern 650, which is a Buffet E13 rival. The modern equivalent of the YCL64/65 is todays Yamaha CX or above.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work is also pristine throughout, and in perfect regulation. This excellent clarinet has just had a full overhaul and is sold with our 1 year warranty. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 000165. The m'piece is a Vandoren 11.1 in very good condition, as is the original double case.

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NOBLET ALTO CLARINET  -SOLD

£995

This is an excellent condition Noblet, Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This instrument has just finished being used as part of the Mozart Requiem orchestra in the high profile Michael Finnissy performance project at the University of Southampton. See the BBC link below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-15751924 . As part of this it was used for several performances and TV broadcasts.
The Nickel Silver plated key work shows only slight wear: mainly to LH 1 and 2 , and RH 3 the plating is about 95%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, with only minor surface marks and scratches, it is in fine condition. The bell and crook, which is sleeved and adjustable, are both in pristine with no dents, or plating wear. The Alto has just been completely overhauled by us in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tamn Leather pads , and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. is 4435, which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original in good condition. The m'piece is the original Noblet in very good condition. An as new Neotech sling is also provided.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES CLINTON SYSTEM CLARINETS -SOLD

£995

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare pair of Clinton system, Barett action clarinets. George Clinton`was responsible for improving the invention of Apollon Barret, whereby the lowest trill key on the upper joint can produce both Eb/Bb and F/C, depending on whether the first 2 fingers of the LH are used or just the LH index. This system was extremely popular in the UK until the 1930's when the Boehm gradually won over the majority of players. Essentially this is a much improved Simple system instrument.
The pair is very remarkable: The Bb S/N 15474 is stamped "EXCELSIOR SONOROUS CLASS" HAWKES & SONS MAKERS LONDON. The A has S/N 13603 and is stamped "Made by Boosey & Hawkes Ltd LONDON". Therefore we can with some degree of accuracy surmise that this pair was made in 1930, the point that the Hawkes and Boosey companies joined together.
Both instruments are stamped LP i.e. A=440Hz. The original mouthpiece is wooden, playable, but obviously worn. The instruments can also be played with modern m'pieces with the barrels pulled out, but ideally need a copy made of the original m'piece or B&H 926 type bore m'pieces. They are both in good condition, with no cracks or repairs to the wood. Both clarinets have a wooden surround mount for the LH index finger. This is dual function: 1. To stop the index catching the pad cup below, and 2. to facilitate fingering the A key. It could be that this was a custom addition by their former owner. Also both instruments have had the top 2 trill keys lengthened by approx 1 cm. Additionally the A has had an extension to the 2nd trill key soldered on: I suspect the former owner had small hands. See photo 10.
Though I am sure these instruments were bought as a matched pair there are some differences between the lower joints. The A has a wooden surround mount for the RH index, and a metal bar to stop mis-assembly and damage to the C#/G# key, when the joints are put together. The Bb doesnot, in fact it looks as if the metal bar may have been there at some time in the past, but is no longer. the pads throughout are a mixture of white and tan leather, sealing well. The German Silver key work throughout is of excellent quality. All pieces are matching and correctly serial numbered. The case is custom made and in excellent condition. It has a canvas cover, which is worn and with loose stitching but serviceable..

 

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221

COUESNON, MONOPOLE, PROFESSIONAL Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

This is an extremely rare Couesnon, Monopole, Eb clarinet. Couesnon were at one time one of the largest instrument manufactures in the world. They were rather like a French equivalent of Boosey & Hawkes, in that their biggest customer was the French military. They were also well known for Brass instruments. I believe they ceased manufacture in the 1960's. At their peak the Couesnon Monople was endorsed by the eminent French clarinettist Auguste Perrier, and the Monopole Conservatoire model was considered one of the finest French clarinets in the inter-war years.
The wood condition overall is very fine, with only minor surface marks. There are NO cracks or repairs. The German silver key work is in excellent condition. This Eb has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The m'piece is the original, on a Chedeville blank, and plays with good intonation at A=440Hz. The case is the original, in poor condition, it will serve for shipping only. The new owner will have to factor in the cost of a replacement case. .

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF PETER EATON ELITE CLARINETS-SOLD

£3950

 

 

     

This matched pair of Eaton Elites are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Initially they were owned by Howard McGill, perhaps the UK's most successful session player. More recently they have been owned and played by a Winchester based professional player. The condition of these instruments is superb, near mint. The A is in mint condition. The Bb shows only slight wear to the plating; mainly on the rear thumb bush, and register key.
The Bb, serial no. E483, has wood throughout in pristine condition. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is 99%. The A, serial no. E490, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 4 barrels of 63.0mm, ,61.4mm, 61.8mm, and 63.8mm all in perfect condition. The m'pieces are both in MINT condition: A custom Pillinger A 4X 55, with R128 facing, & an Eaton, 1.21. 21 A X. The Orly case is used, but in good condition.

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LEBLANC PARIS, LL, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£745

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the use of scientific principles in manufacturing clarinets even further: Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is in mint condition. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 21951, which dates to 1964, and has Silver plate in pristine condition. The clarinet features 7 rings rather than the more usual 6, i.e. with the fork Eb/Bb. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pads are brand new Pisoni Premium Deluxe fishskin. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is the original Leblanc, in excellent condition, as is the case, which comes with keys.

 

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PAIR OF BUFFET E13 CLARINETSSOLD

£695

THE A IN DOUBLE CASE IS SOLD, THE Bb IS RESERVED.
A very good condition pair of Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer E13 clarinets. These instruments are a one owner pair, and were bought new from T W Howarth & Co. Ltd in 1982, they must have been one of the last pairs of Evette Schaeffer's manufactured by Buffet before the fully automated machine production of E13's became the norm.
The unstained Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The pads, which are mainly double bladder fish skin, are all sealing well, both instruments have had a thorough check down in our workshop: The majority of the pads were replaced on the Bb, but the A had seen far less use; only a couple of pads needed replacing. The key work on both clarinets has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. Some of the pads prone to attracting water are in cork: The register keys on both clarinets, as well as the C#/G# keys and the lower trill keys. The key work shows little wear or play to the mechanism; in stark contrast to more recent E13 manufacture. The Nickel Silver plating throughout is excellent on the Bb which has matching serial nos. are K58799. The A, which has pristine Silver plate has matching serial nos. F52536. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren 11.6 in excellent condition. There is also a bespoke custom case in magnificent burgundy leather, which has the original owner's initial W.E. in gold, it is in very fine condition. .

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VANDOREN 5RV Bb CLARINET MOUTHPIECE-SOLD

£50

 

 

     

An excellent condition Vandoren 5RV Bb clarinet mouthpiece. This mouthpiece was introduced initially as the 2RV in the 1930's when Vandoren was first established. It has remained one of the most popular models in their line up ever since. With a tip opening of 1.05mm and a length of 17mm, it is responsive and extremely easy to play. Ideal for the developing player or the player who wants to "take it easy". This example is compatible with all main stream French bore clarinets: Buffet, Selmer Yamaha etc. NOT Boosey & Hawkes clarinets.  

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SELMER HS** Bb CLARINET MOUTHPIECE-SOLD

£30

 

 

     

A good condition Selmer HS** Bb clarinet mouthpiece. This mouthpiece was introduced by Selmer for the Jazz player in the 1960s. It features a wide tip opening, for the day, of 1.20mm. This example is compatible with all main stream French bore clarinets: Buffet, Selmer Yamaha etc. NOT Boosey & Hawkes clarinets.  

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BUFFET CRYSTAL Bb CLARINET MOUTHPIECE-RESERVED

£100

 

 

     

A rare, and no longer manufactured, Buffet Crystal Bb clarinet mouthpiece in mint condition. This example is of medium tip opening and length, and is compatible with all main stream French bore clarinets: Buffet, Selmer Yamaha etc. NOT Boosey & Hawkes clarinets.