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240

MATCHED PAIR OF ORIGINAL LOGO SELMER CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1995

An exceptionally rare and fine pair of original logo Selmer clarinets. These instruments are sold with a copy of all the receipts, which accurately date them to February 1925. The supplying dealer, Baxter Northrop, also has their stamp on the bell. This pair are possibly the finest condition early Selmer pair on the market in the world today. There has only been one former owner.
The Bb has matching serial numbers K1864. There are no cracks or damage, in fact the condition is very good, with only light surface marks to the wood, mainly on the barrel. The German silver keywork is in pristine condition throughout. The system is Boehm, but with articulated C#/G# and fork Eb/Bb. Note particularly the " Brevette SGDG" which is on both top joints. Both clarinets have a bore of 14.9mm. The A, has matching serial numbers A1070, which confounds many internet sites which state that Selmer S/N's started with a "K" prefix. Even more surprising the "A" and "K" prefixes would appear to have been stamped simultaneously. One neat idea would be that the "A" prefix was for an "A" clarinet, but I have seen early Selmer Bb's also with the "A" prefix. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. 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 the original Pouchette leather example from the 1920's in excellent used condition, with dust cover. The m'piece is a Vandoren 2RV.

 

241

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

A very fine Buffet RC clarinet in Silver 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. F488992 dating to 2001. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. There is a only slight wear to the Silver plating, mainly on the throat G# & A keys, the first LH ring and register key. 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 instrument features an adjustable thumb rest. The m'piece is a used Buffet, in excellent condition. The original case is also in very good shape, and comes with the keys. .

242

SELMER, PARIS, Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£1695

 

 

     

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, apart from a tight hairline surface crack to the bell, see photo 12. The workshop considers this crack so fine, and, as it does not go through to the bore, a repair is unnecessary. The Nickel Silver plate shows no wear, though the key work will be buffed and polished as part of our overhaul. NB The instrument was photographed prior to going through our workshop. The S/N is B6104 which dates to 1980. In addition a further series of matching serial nos. have been etched into the wood, possibly the clarinet previously belonged to a School of Music, or was part of a band inventory. 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 HS**, in good condition. The barrel is stamped 47 i.e. 47mm long. The case is the original, in very good condition.

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238

SELMER, PARIS, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

£2395

 

 

     

This is a fine condition Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The Selmer Paris Bass is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and automatic double overblowing vent for the second register. All Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; minor surface scratches and marks only. The bell and crook are both in excellent condition with no dents, just light surface scratches to the bell. The crook is a sleeved and adjustable. This Bass has just had a Pisoni Premium Deluxe Repad and overhaul, & is sold with a years' warranty. There is a floor peg to the bell, the matching serial nos. are Y2506 which dates to 1974. The Yamaha case is in good condition. The m'piece is used Selmer USA.

239

BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1745

This Buffet R13 Prestige clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a member of the English National Opera Orchestra, and is an exceptional example. The former owner hand selected it from many Buffet Prestiges. And it has been very 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: LH2 and RH1 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 63.5mm and 65.0mm. The m'piece is a brand new Vandoren B40. The case is a brand new " Gator" with pouches and carry strap.

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235

STRASSER MARIGAUX BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is an extremely interesting and rare Bass clarinet, in Grenadilla wood to low Eb. Strasser, Marigaux, and Lemaire were makers specialising in professional, saxophones, oboes and clarinets. Today, as Marigaux, they survive as one of the World's finest oboe manufacturers. Lemaire was the clarinettist and this instrument is a rare Bass clarinet, which is stamped "Strasser Marigaux". Sadly Lemaire was the first of the founders of the company to die, so it is likely that this instrument was manufactured after his death; i.e. it dates to the early 1960's. This must have been made as a professional model featuring as it does: Articulated C#/G#, alternative LH Ab/Eb and compensating low G/D hole.
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 is an old repaired crack to the upper portion of the upper joint: See photo 4, the crack has been pinned no less than 8 times, an excellent quality repair. There is also a smaller crack to the upper part of the lower joint, see photo 10. This has not been pinned, just filled. These are old stable repairs, which we have thoroughly checked in the workshop as part of the overhaul. There is also a dent to the crook. The bell is in good condition. 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 case is in fair condition. The m'piece is an excellent Selmer C*.

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YAMAHA YCL64 Bb CLARINET  -SOLD

£695

A superb condition Yamaha Bb clarinet. 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. 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 Custom 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. The double bladder fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The instrument features an adjustable thumbrest. The matching serial nos. are 005349. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in excellent condition, as is the Yamaha hard shell case.

243

BUFFET DG, PRESTIGE, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1745

An excellent condition Buffet DG Prestige Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a professional player from Holland. The DG, named after Buffet's chief designer of the 1990's, Daniel Gautier, was one of their finest designs ever: The tuning of the RH 12ths is unsurpassed by any model in their current line up. The bore is slightly smaller than the RC, and less undercut, and the instrument responds with a dark and powerful tone, uniform across the range. No surprise therefore that this model is played by many of the players in the UK's top orchestras. The Silver plate key work is excellent throughout. The instrument has just been completely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe White Leather. The matching serial nos. are 403412, which dates to 1995. This instrument features unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood. Please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in pristine condition. There are 2 Buffet barrels, of 64.3mm & 66.5mm, but the former owner preferred to use a Zinner, 65.1mm, which is included. The original case is in excellent condition.

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON Bb CLARINET, CIRCA 1860-SOLD

£2495

This is the earliest, and rarest Buffet Crampon clarinet, that Clarinets Direct has been privileged to offer to the market. I am indebted to Professor John Playfair, for his initial work, in preparing this Vintage instrument for sale.
The clarinet is in Grenadilla wood throughout, including mouthpiece. To the best of our knowledge all pieces are matching and original. Only the barrel no longer has a Buffet stamp, but the tenon rings are a match for the other parts of the clarinet. The pad cups are of the "salt spoon" variety. According to Rendall, this style of cup was adopted circa 1820, and was superceeded after 40 or 50 years by the modern type flat pad cup. Thus we can confidently date this Buffet Bb to the decade commencing 1860.
The instrument itself, is in excellent condition for its age. It features a bore of 14.8mm, with the usual Buffet under-cutting. There is a short flare at the bottom of the lower joint. The overall diameter of this clarinet is some 1mm less than a modern Buffet, so the walls are approximately 0.5mm thinner. The tuning is A=440 Hz with modern Vandoren or Gigliotti m'pieces. With the original mouthpiece, which is very large inside, the pitch is closer to A=438. There is some narrowness to the twelfths, especially in the RH. We suspect that the bore at the top of the upper joint may have slightly closed up over time, which exacerbates this problem. As is usual with modern Buffets the barrel is of larger bore than the start of the upper joint. There are no cracks or damage to the main pieces, though the bell shows multiple cracks; 11 in total. In addition, the lowest ring tone hole of the lower joint has been re-lined in metal. In the past the bell tenon ring has been removed and replaced incorrectly, upside down. This may in part account for some of the damage. The keywork is beautifully crafted and features barrels fashioned largely from solid silver. This explains the oxidisation of the throat and register key barrels. Note the particularly fine double pillar mount for the G# throat key, see photo 4.
Please note that this clarinet has been photographed part way through a process of restoration. This accounts for the screw heads protruding from the pillars, tape temporary repairs to the tenon cork, and also for the fact that the key work has not been buffed. The instrument is now with one of the UK's top instrument makers and restorers, for a symapthetic and complete restoration. It is highly likely that the bell will have to remain "in situ", as we would not want to risk any further damage to the bottom tenon or bell. The clarinet plays superbly, with a freedom and evenness. Also a particularly light and sweet tone: Quintessential Buffet Crampon.

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BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET. TONY LAMB COLLECTION. -SOLD

£845

 

 

     

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. This instrument was initially bought by a semi-professional player living in Belgium, from Clarinets Direct. He now finds it necessary to sell on some of his fine collection, and this is the first of his instruments to be offered for sale.
Here we have a mid 1980's second generation 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 Lomax re-bored to 1010 dimensions. The banding at the top, in carbon fibre, is hard to explain: It is usually associated with a crack repair. However this instrument has been thoroughly checked over by many experts, including Jon Steward of Howarth's, and our own workshop. Nobody, and this includes the owners, has been able to find a crack. Possibly it has completely closed up: Certainly there is no sign of a crack in the bore. All pads are Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather in good condition. The plating overall is excellent with only slight wear to the E/B key. The lower tenon cork has been secured with sellotape , this aside all corks are good. 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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LEBLANC PARIS, INFINITE, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£895

A very good condition Leblanc Infinite Bb clarinet. The Leblanc Infinite is virtually identical in specification and design to the Leblanc Concerto: Whereas the Concerto was designed to play firmly down to pitch throughout all registers [aimed primarily at the USA market] the Infinite was designed to play slightly sharper in the altissimo register; perhaps a more traditional European model!
This instrument is one of Leblanc's top professional wooden models, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus and Concerto. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, separate pillar mounted Ab/Eb, and aged Grenadilla wood. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is very good. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The one former owner has had Eddie Ashton super pads fitted throughout, which are guaranteed for over 10 years of normal use. They are all sealing perfectly. The matching serial nos. are 78669. The supplied m'piece is a professional Vandoren 2RV in ebonite, in good condition. The case is the original, in excellent condition.

 

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GOULDING & Co. BOXWOOD C CLARINET-SOLD

£645

An exceptionally rare and fine Goulding & Co Boxwood C Clarinet. This instrument is in excellent condition, with all pieces matching and stamped: The bell reads "Goulding & Co. New Bond Street London" It has just undergone a full and complete restoration by Alan Hacker, who has long experience in this field. He assures me this instrument dates to 1811. It plays at modern pitch A=440 Hz. There are 5 main pieces with a modern copy of an original m'piece by Edward Pillinger, which uses modern Eb reeds. In total there are 5 brass keys. There are no cracks or damage to the wood. Unusually this instrument has been in one family from new. It has passed from generation to generation with the current owner a professional Opera singer. The wooden box is again original, though the latch has failed. This is a stunning clarinet; perfectly playable and also ideal for a collector.

55

SELMER BUNDY ALTO CLARINET-RESERVED

£495

This is a nice condition Selmer Bundy Alto 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 with no dings or scratches. The bell is also in good condition, it has only the slightest flattening to the base, and also light scratches where it comes into contact with the low E/B rod, the usual place to find scratches! There is only slight plating loss to some of the Nickel Silver ring finger touchpieces; the plating is around 95%. There is also a scratched number in the tenon ring at the top of the instrument, presumably for insurance or security purposes [see photo 3]. The Alto has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Repad and overhaul & is sold with our full years warranty. The serial nos. are 9467. The case is used, but with a good interior and exterior: All latches function well. The m'piece is the original Bundy in excellent condition, just relayed to 1.6mm by 19.5mm. it works well with a Vandoren No. 2 or Rico 2.5 reed. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design, it plays easily and is an ideal first Alto clarinet purchase. This instrument was taken by us in Part Exchange against a professional wooden Alto. The last former adult owner used it in a clarinet choir, and has maintained the instrument well.

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BUFFET R13, FULL BOEHM A CLARINET  -SOLD

£1495

An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13 A, which was probably a special order instrument from Buffet. 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 just been re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin Pads, in our workshop : It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are F150722 which dates to 1974. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. The Silver plated key work is in excellent condition, with no 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 an older double, which prorects the instrument well and the m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in good condition.

 

248

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1250

This fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one owner instrument.
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, first introduced in 1975, did find much more favour in the UK, than the R13: It had a more relaxed warm tone, which did attract many players.
This Bb has serial no. 174569 dating to 1977, thus it is one of the first RC's made, and additionally, has a UK stamp. Generally Buffet RC'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.

249

BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE A CLARINET-RESERVED

£1795

This fine Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one owner instrument, and was used through studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and thereafter professionally.
The R13 has been a phenomenal success story for Buffet Crampon. After the 1983 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional LH Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted, though this could be ordered as an optional extra on standard E13's and R13's.
This A, serial no. 329197, dates to 1990. It has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, with only light surface scratches. There is only slight tarnish to one of the long rods on the lower joint. All double bladder fish skin pads are in good condition. The clarinet was last serviced by Mike Huntriss a couple of years ago, since then it has had only light use. All tenon and touch corks are in good shape also. The key regulation is very good. There are 2 original barrels of 67.0mm, and 65.0mm. The case is a BAM in good condition, there are couple of minor tears to the interior, but all the zips are still functioning well.

250

NORMANDY, BY LEBLANC, PLATEAU Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

The Normandy Bb clarinet was a range of student clarinets made by Leblanc. This clarinet was based on the Noblet professional model, it has a bore of 14.85mm and a cylindrical taper in the upper joint. This is an extremely rare plateau clarinet, i.e. all touchpieces are covered hole. The Nickel Silver key work shows some wear, mainly to the "ring" finger touchpieces. We have just entirely re-padded in finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, with the exception of the C#/G# and register key which are in cork. The clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are 34863. There are no cracks or damage to the body; apart frome some minor chips to the outer edges of the upper joint tenons, which have no effect on the response. The instrument is made of resonite, and the bell is a replacement stamped "Buffet Evette", again in resonite. The lighter body of the resonite, compensates for the increased weight of the plateau key work. This clarinet would suit a doubler on sax or flute, or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open tone-hole ring keys. The case is of aluminium in good condition, and the m'piece is a used Noblet. This instrument responds extremely well for a plateau; with none of the usual "stuffiness" in the RH lower register.

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251

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£1745

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This Eb was formerly owned by a member of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine throughout. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout. This Eb has had a recent complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad with a top London repairman, & is sealing perfectly. The key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble. The case is well used, but still latches and functions well. The m'piece is a B&H, ebonite example, in good condition. This Eb plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation.

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CORTON Eb CLARINET

£345

 

 

     

This is a nice condition Corton Eb Clarinet, in grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Corton instruments were made in Czechoslavakia, I believe by Amati, and sold by Boosey and Hawkes in the UK as student model wooden instruments. The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in very good order throughout. The Nickel Silver plate shows slight wear, mainly surface scratches, and slight dullness: Overall it is in good condition. The instrument has recently been overhauled in in white leather pads, which are in excellent condition. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C, in near new condition. The case is a Leblanc, which latches securely and protects the instrument well.

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263

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£745

A very good condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet, which has seen virtually no use. It was bought from Howarth & Co. of London approximately 5 years ago as part of a pair of E13's & owned by an adult player. He then purchased a set of RC's, and sold the E13 A. This instrument has been exceptionally well looked after and kept only as a spare. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model & this example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in fine condition. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have "as new" matching Buffet stamps. This clarinet has fish skin pads in overall very good condition; with normal use they should be fine for several years. The matching serial nos. are K153473. The supplied m'piece is a Buffet & the case is in excellent condition.

264

SELMER BUNDY Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£425

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Bundy Eb Clarinet in Resonite. There are no cracks or damage to the body; only slight surface marks. There is very little plating loss, mainly to the tenon rings.  This instrument has had a full overhaul in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads & is sold with a years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The serial nos. are 1621. The case is in fair condition, it  protects the instrument well.  The m'piece is a Buffet Evette in good used condition, which tunes this Eb clarinet very well.

 

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265

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL 7 RING Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

 

 

     

This is a rare 7 ring Buffet pre-R13, i.e. this clarinet features a fork Eb/Bb. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The instrument has just been fully re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin Pads, by Clarinets Direct, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 40458 which dates to 1952. The upper joint has cracked in the past and the crack has been pinned, please see photo 5 which shows the pins around the upper joint stamp. This is the reason for the additional tenon ring at the top of the upper joint, which acts as a band, to further reinforce the crack repair. We have thoroughly checked this old repair for seal, and the wood is stable. All parts are original Buffet with matching stamps. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. The mouthpiece is the original Buffet C Crown in ebonite, in good condition. The case, which is a more more modern replacement is also in good shape.  

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YAMAHA YCL 34 II Bb CLARINET  -SOLD

£445

This is a good quality, entry level, wooden student clarinet, by Yamaha. This model competes against the Buffet E11. The Yamaha 450, which superseded this, has a controversial "Backun" tuning groove at the top of the bell, which some feel makes the low E and F too sharp. This instrument is in excellent shape, with no cracks or repairs to the wood. The Nickel Silver plating is in good condition, with only slight wera to the throat G# key and RH rings. We have just completely overhauled in Pisoni Premium Deluxe double bladder fishskin pads & the instrument is sold with full 1 year warranty. The case is original, in good condition, and the m'piece is an upgrade to a Special " The Masteller", Battle Creek B.

254

SELMER 10G Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£895

 

 

     

An extremely fine Selmer 10G clarinet. The Selmer 10G was named for Anthony Gigliotti, onetime principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gigliotti had become frustrated with certain shortcomings in the R13 design in the late 1960's and went to Buffet Crampon with modifications, Buffet weren't impressed, but Selmer were. The result was the 10G: an improved, "Americanised" R13, with warmer sound and better intonation. Hans W Moennig and Ralph Morgan were also major contributors to the design.
This Bb, S/N Y1836, dates to 1974 and has Silver plate in superb condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. We have just fully re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original Selmer and comes with dustcover. The m'piece is a used Selmer HS*, again in very good condition.

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255

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£645

This is a late 1010 Bb in good condition, featuring the Acton Patent Vent. The clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct and has been played professionally in The Netherlands. The matching serial numbers are 505260. The clarinet is padded in white leather pads which are all in good condition. The Silver plate key work overall is excellent, with no wear. The wood overall is also in good condition with no cracks or damage. The m'piece is a B & H BM3 1010. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is a modern hard shell example in good condition.

 

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YAMAHA YCL34IIS, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£419

This is a good quality, entry level, wooden student clarinet, by Yamaha, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This model competes against the Buffet E11. The Yamaha 450, which superseded this, has a controversial "Backun" tuning groove at the top of the bell, which some feel makes the low E and F too sharp. This instrument is in excellent shape, with no cracks or repairs to the wood. The Silver plate keys are in pristine condition, with no marks or scratches. All double bladder fish skin pads, whilst not new, are also in good condition. The case is original, and the m'piece is also original, a Yamaha 4C, both are in fine condition.

 

257

SELMER, PARIS Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1895

This is a superb condition Selmer Paris professional Eb Clarinet, sold with original warranty card. 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 no wear, it is in excellent condition, there are two barrels, of 44.6mm and 45.6mm length. The S/N is C2655 which dates to 1983. The instrument has just been fully overhauled in the Clarinets Direct workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is a Selmer C*, again in near new condition. The case is the original, and has the original keys, unused, still in the cellophane wrapper. The next fortunate owner of this clarinet will be purchasing a fine instrument which, so far, has had hardly any use.

 

258

MATCHED PAIR of MARTEL FRERES CLARINETS-SOLD

£1995

These are the quintessential French clarinets; possibly the finest ever French makers were Martel Freres. A matched pair are ultra rare, I have never seen an A with a Martel Freres stamp, unlike the much more common Hawkes' " Martels". Each instrument was completely hand made and undercut, this 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.
These are, I believe, middle period examples as they are stamped " Martel Freres a Paris", which probably date to the 1920's. Both Bb and A are in very good condition. The key work, which is in German silver, is without mark or blemish. All pieces are matching and original, and are stamped. The wood overall is in excellent condition for vintage instruments, however there is one crack, which is at the top of the Bb clarinets's lower joint, see photo 12. This does go into the top of the first tone hole of the lower joint. We have filled and sealed the crack, and this crack repair is also guaranteed for 1 year. The clarinets have been completely overhauled, in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and come with our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty. The supplied m'piece is a new Edward Pillinger F2 with a DOV121 facing which tunes at A=440. The original case still latches and protects these rare clarinets. The outside of the case carries many old cruise ship labels, as well as the name of the original owner, Dr P S Corbet.

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MATCHED PAIR OF HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS-SOLD

£3295

A mint condition pair of Howarth S1 clarinets. These instruments are a one owner pair, used by a young professional lightly, before her career direction led her to concentrate more on period instrument performance.
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, both instruments have had recent overhauls by John Coppen. The key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1466. The A, matching serial nos. 1508. The supplied m'pieces are the original Howarths, unused. The tuning is excellent with standard French bore m'pieces. There are 3 barrels: 2 for the Bb of 63.5mm and 66mm, and 1 for the A at 66mm. The original case and cover are in perfect condition.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a Selmer CT clarinet, which is the jazz model most associated with Benny Goodman. this particular instrument was formerly owned by an American clarinet student, who having graduated from the Eastman School of Music in the early 1960's, promptly gave up playing and concentrated on his conducting career. Consequently this Bb clarinet has seen little use and is in very good condition for its age. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla. The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout. The clarinet has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are R8463, which dates to 1959. The m'piece is a Vandoren 11.6 in very good condition. The case is a brand new Stagg.

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267

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

This is an excellent condition "Golden Era" R13. The matching serial nos. of 164329 date this clarinet to January 1976. This was just after the introduction of the Buffet RC, and at this period, before the Prestige range was introduced, the R13 and RC were the finest professional models Buffet Crampon made. B&H had not yet bought Buffet and forced over production: the factory was free to make quality instruments with hand selected, unstained wood.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free.  The  Nickel Silver plate key work is in fine condition throughout, with no wear. This instrument has just had a full repad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, in our workshop. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty.   Please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details The  case is the original in fair condition: the interior is good, but the outer corners of the case show use.   The m'piece is a rare and desirable "Ithaca" New York handmade professional model by Charles Bay in excellent condition. It is stamped "103 33 SM SB".

 

252

SELMER PARIS, BASSET HORN in F -SOLD

£5795

This is a unique Selmer Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C. This instrument was originally owned by Edward [Ted] Planas, for many years a Selmer agent in the UK. But Ted was, of course, so much more than that. He was the UK's leading clarinet acoustician and specialist maker, responsible for so many designs, including the Selmer Basset clarinet extension, and custom work for most of the top UK players. His own Basset horn features a brilliant re-thinking of the lower note key work touchpieces: There are alternative fingerings for all the lowest pitches from, Eb-C, excepting Db, which is fingered by the RH little finger only. Low D has 3 alternatives, low Eb & C have 2. In addition, Ted has added a useful articulated mechanism for C#/G#.
After Ted's death the instrument was bought by Julia Rayson, who used it both orchestrally, and, as a soloist, in the Mendelssohn Concert Pieces. She felt that the brilliance of Ted's design, was that in the standard repertoire, fingering alternatives existed for all fast low passage work, so that all sections could be played with confidence. 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 in very good condition. The Nickel Silver plated keywork is excellent and shows only slight wear, mainly to the custom keys which have been added. 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 scratches through assembly. The Bassset Horn has leather pads throughout in very good condition, [ a couple are cork] 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 X1959 which dates to 1972. The m'piece is a Selmer E in excellent condition.

 

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LEBLANC, SONATA Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£575

 

 

     

A good condition Leblanc Sonata Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is Leblanc's intermediate wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence, and even has gold plated needle springs, like the more expensive models in the Leblanc range. This model plays so well that it easily competes with the Buffet E13 model, and even the class above. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is very good. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The matching serial nos. are B99974. The supplied m'piece is a professional K10M Woodwind Co., Leblanc in ebonite, in good condition. The case is the original, in good condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES 926 IMPERIAL CLARINETS-SOLD

£1295


This matched pair of Imperial 926 Clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The pair have been professionally owned and excellently maintained; the condition is near mint.
The Bb has serial no. 527289 and has Silver plate in very good condition. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. All pads are Pisoni Tan Leather in good condition.
The A, serial no. 502867, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all the fishskin pads and corks. This instrument was entirely re-padded less than 3 months ago. There are 3 barrels of 65.0mm, [with a tight hairline crack which does not go through to the bore] 66.4mm and 67.0mm. The supplied m'piece is a custom Pillinger DOV 121 facing. The case is a new "Tom and Will" double with zip and shoulder carry strap.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13. This is a rare model in that it features 7 instead of the more usual 6 rings: This enables the LH fork fingering for Eb/Bb, which is an extremely useful alternative to the first side key fingering. 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 44778 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 the original Buffet, worn but fully functional, it sports the original advertising slogan " The Sweetest Clarinet Ever Made". The m'piece is an excellent Blayman, Steel Ebonite on a French blank, in very good condition.

274

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£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 surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has just been re-padded throughout in cork, with the exception of the lowest 4 pads which are in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and is sold with our full `1 year warranty` The matching serial nos. are 56567 which dates to 1957. 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 modern Buffet in very good condition.

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272

MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC OPUS CLARINETS-SOLD

£2595

An excellent matched pair of Leblanc Opus Paris clarinets in Silver plate. These instruments were the finest in the modern Leblanc range and were manufactured until the sale of the Leblanc Paris factory to Buffet. They are of polycylindrical bore design at 14.61mm and were designed to be better in tune and more stable than their direct competitor; the Buffet Prestige R13. Leblanc engineering has always been of a high standard and these clarinets feature integral raised and tapered tone holes; Inverted taper bore barrels of the Moennig pattern; 18 keys, i.e. LH Ab/Eb, and unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood. They also feature reflector pads at the bottom of the lower joint. All in all a thoroughly modern design with many novel features. Quite rightly the Opus quickly gained a large following amongst top professional players.

There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is good but there has been some loss to the plating mainly on the Bb, S/N 79088 which has seen more use: The A, C#/G#, & register keys are all slightly affected. The worst key is the F/C on the lower joint, see photo 10. It appears to be a problem in the plating process as most of the loss is not due to fingering contact. Both instruments have had a full check up in our workshop prior to sale; with pads replaced as necessary. The majority have been replaced on the  Bb, less on the A. The, A S/N 72700, has no plating loss. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 4 interchangeable  barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] of 64.4mm [ shortened from a 66mm], 64.9mm, 65.9mm and 67.0mm. The mouthpieces are Vandoren B45 & M15 both  in good condition. The case is a modern example, it is used, but in good condition. These instruments are a one owner pair; the former property of a professional, they have been exceptionally well cared for.

 

273

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET -RESERVED

£1195

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition "Golden Era" R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The matching serial nos. of 114664 date this clarinet to 1970. This was prior to the introduction of the Buffet RC, and at this period, before the Prestige range was introduced, the R13 was the finest professional models Buffet Crampon made. B&H had not yet bought Buffet and forced over production: the factory was free to make quality instruments with hand selected, unstained wood. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free.  The  Nickel Silver plate key work is in fine condition throughout, with very little wear, only to the LH ring touchpieces. This instrument has double bladder fish skin pads which are in good condition overall, though some will need replacing in the next few months. There are two supplied barrels, the original which is 65mm long and a Moennig of 66mm.   Please go to www.buffet-crampon.com for more details The case is of modern pouchette type in excellent condition.

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275

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET -RESERVED

£845

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which is largely unmarked. The crook & the bell have no dents or dings. We have fitted a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only very slight pitting to the Nickel Silver plating on the finger touchpieces ; the plating is around 97%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 38173. 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 Vito in good condition. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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276

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£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 clarinet serial no. F65992 dating to 1961. This, therefore, must be one of the earliest BC20's manufactured, right in the middle of Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era" . Most unusually for a BC20, the key work is solid German Silver, not plated. This has been polished in our workshop and is in very good condition. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs, excepting the bell, which has two cracks which have been filled and sealed in the past, see photos, 8 & 9. 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. This tunes the instrument right down to A=440Hz, despite the F prefix this instrument does not want to play at A=442! The used case is a modern Buffet in black leather in good condition.

277

NORMANDY, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£550

The Normandy Bb clarinet was a range of student clarinets made by Leblanc, and this example is a commission sale. This clarinet was based on the Noblet professional model, it has a bore of 14.85mm, it is an extremely rare plateau clarinet, i.e. all touchpieces are covered hole.
The Nickel Silver key work shows only slight wear, mainly to the middle, and index finger touchpieces of the RH. Though the pads are not new, all are sealing well at the moment, a few will need replacing in the next months, but the majority will be good for some time to come. There are no cracks or damage to the body; which is in good condition. The instrument is made of resonite, with the body parts being molded. The serial nos. are very close but not the same; the lower joint is stamped, 20372, and the upper 20193. The joints are an extremely good match, and fit together perfectly. The last owner was a younger player who struggled to cover the open holes on a normal clarinet. Consequently an additional hook has been added, rather like a smaller thumb rest, on the back of the lower joint, and to this support, a sling was attached.
This clarinet would suit a doubler on sax or flute, or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open tone-hole ring keys. The case is the original in good condition, and the m'piece is a very fine custom made Ed Pillinger, parabolic bore model, with a PM15 facing. With this fine m'piece the instrument responds very well for a plateau; with none of the usual "stuffiness" in the RH lower register & the intonation is excellent.

268

MATCHED PAIR OF VINTAGE BUFFET R13 CLARINETS-SOLD

£2395

A very fine condition matched pair of vintage Buffet R13's, dating to 1957. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The Bb Clarinet, S/N 55731 has wood in good condition with no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The A Clarinet, S/N 54648, has wood with some surface marks, including a lightly scratched " M M" on the back of the lower joint, and the bell also has a tight crack which can be felt on the inside bore. It is less visible from the outside. The instruments have just been re-padded in fish skin pads, and are sold with our full `1 year warranty` Back in 1957 these was the finest professional instruments 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. These instruments will not disappoint; and to find instruments of this quality, and in this condition, is becoming increasingly difficult. There are 3 supplied barrels; 2 stamped Buffet, of 66mm for the Bb, and 65mm for the A. In addition there is a further 64mm Accubore barrel in aluminium for the Bb stamped "B64" S/N 802829. The case is a modern Buffet leather pouchette type, in excellent condition and the m'piece is a Buffet C Crown of the period in very good condition.

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269

LEBLANC DYNAMIC H Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took Leblanc manufacturing and scientific principles even further: They were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist who took the top prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, he chose, however, to stay with the family business and apply his talent to instrument manufacture. 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 H Dynamic clarinet was made as 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, tapered tone holes and a cylindrical upper joint. The bore, at 15.00mm, was the largest that Leblanc manufactured in a Bb Clarinet, and as the name H, for high, Dynamic suggests, it was made for the jazz market and competed with the Selmer Series 9. This is a one owner instrument, bought new from George Howarth and it has 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. 46636 and has Silver plate in pristine condition. Though Leblanc serial number lists are unreliable, this clarinet was purchased new in the 1970's. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The instrument was last serviced by T W Howarth & Co. in 2004, [the invoice for this will be sold with the clarinet] the current owner imagined that she might start playing again, but this was not to be. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough check up, and any necessary key regulation has been done. The pads, which are Tan Leather are all in good shape. The m'piece is a Leblanc, in used condition. The case is the original in good condition.

 

270

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 48717 which dates to 1955. 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 modern Buffet, in black leather, with over the shoulder carry strap. The m'piece is a Vandoren 5RV Lyre in very good condition.

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271

F ARTHUR UEBEL, BASSET HORN in F -SOLD

£4995

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Nicholas Bucknall: Amongst his many famous recordings, he is heavily featured in the film soundtrack to "The English Patient" . From time to time Nick sells part of his superb collection of instruments as he makes room for further acquistions. Nick is fastidious in his choice of instruments which are carefully selected, and then meticulously maintained, by Jon Steward of T. W. Howarth & Co. Nick has another Uebel Basset Horn, and this mint condition example, from 1969/70, is now offered to the market.
This is a superb handmade Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C. The F A Uebel design of Basset Horn differs radically from that of Buffet and Leblanc in that it is basically an extended Bb instrument. Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets. If you are loooking for the "authentic German sound" associated with the Mozart Requiem, then this is the Basset for you.
This instrument is in mint condition: NO cracks, marks or damage, pristine key work throughout. The Basset Horn has leather pads throughout in very good condition. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Selmer retails today new for £9700. The original m'piece is in excellent condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC OPUS CLARINETS -SOLD

£2295

 

 

     

This very fine pair of instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner, is one of Britain's leading young players, a winner of the Royal Overseas League competition. This pair have been played professionally in some of the UK's premiere orchestras i.e. The Philharmonia, and London Sinfonietta. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free.
The plating overall is good but there has been some slight loss to the plating mainly on the Bb, S/N 73439 which has seen more use: The E/B, LH 2nd ring & RH 1st ring are slightly affected. Both instruments have had a full check up in our workshop prior to sale. All pads are Pisoni Premium Deluxe leather and the instruments were recently overhauled. The, A S/N 71665, has no plating loss, but some tarnishing to the tenon ring at the top of the lower joint and rear thumb bush. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 3 interchangeable barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] of 65.7mm and two of 66.0mm. The mouthpiece is a used Buffet stock m'piece provided for playtesting. The case is a Buffet Prestige, in excellent condition.

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1545

 

 

     

This pair of B&H 1010's are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These are 1960's model 1010's; without the Acton patent vent. Initially they were owned by Donald Watson, of the BBCSO Orchestra. More recently they have been owned and played by a Winchester based professional player. The condition of these instruments is very good.
The Bb, serial no. 220721, has wood throughout in good condition. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is 99%. An after market adjustable thumb rest has been fitted. The A, serial no. 251946, 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 64.5mm, ,64.2mm, and 64.0mm all in perfect condition. The 3 m'pieces are: 1. A custom Pillinger 110EX on an F2 blank, mint condition. 2. A custom Pillinger, 45a , again on an F2 blank, only lightly used. 3. An original B&H 1010 No. 2 which is well used, but still plays nicely. The Orly case is used, but in good condition.

 

278

SELMER, PARIS, 10G Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

An extremely fine Selmer 10G clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has had only one professional owner. The Selmer 10G was named for Anthony Gigliotti, onetime principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gigliotti had become frustrated with certain shortcomings in the R13 design in the late 1960's and went to Buffet Crampon with modifications, Buffet weren't impressed, but Selmer were. The result was the 10G: an improved, "Americanised" R13, with warmer sound and better intonation. Hans W Moennig and Ralph Morgan were also major contributors to the design.
This Bb, S/N E7111, dates to the late 1980's and has Silver plate in superb condition. This is the late production model, with adjustable thumb rest and a linkage to the F/C pad cup with adjusting screw, superior to the conventional "crows foot" design. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. The clarinet has pads which are in very good condition throughout. The instrument has been for a thorough "check down" in our workshop, with touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The two supplied, ebonite sleeved, barrels in the Moennig pattern, are of 64mm and 67mm. The case is the original Selmer in good condition. The m'piece is a used Meyer No. 4, again in very good condition.

 

279

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET RC CLARINETS-SOLD

£2295

A matched pair of Buffet RC clarinets, dating to 1976. This pair have just come from a professional owner, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. These RC clarinets are extremely rare and fine. They are part of the very first production batch specifically targeted at the UK market and both intruments carry a UK stamp. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which did attract many UK players.
The Bb, serial no. 169094, is in very fine condition, there are no cracks or repairs. The instrument has been re-plated in silver plate, which is in pristine condition. The key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. This clarinet has just been re-padded in tan leather pads, all in very good condition. The A has S/N 170373, which also dates to 1976, there is no damage to the wood. The Nickel silver plate is also in excellent shape. There are 2 barrels, of 63, & 65mm respectively. These instruments play with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation, they were manufactured as Buffet's top professional instruments with unstained Grenadilla wood, and sold for more than the R13. Today one would have to spend over £5000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is the original, in good condition, though the dust cover which has preserved it, is worn with a broken zip. The mouthpiece is a Jazz Pomerico in crystal, in good used condition.

 

280

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 surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has just been re-padded throughout in cork, with the exception of the lowest 4 pads which are in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and is sold with our full `1 year warranty` The matching serial nos. are 56567 which dates to 1957. 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 modern Buffet in very good condition.

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SELMER PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£395

 

 

     

A bargain professional Selmer Paris clarinet for the player not overly worried by cosmetic issues! This pre- Centered Tone clarinet has been professionally owned and played for the last year by a London jazz clarinettist.  There is a surface crack to the upper joint, see photo 5, underneath the G# key which does not go through to the bore, and has no effect on the response. There is also some wear to the keys, though they do exhibit a good shine. The pads are all sealing well, and all touch & tenon corks are good. The wood shows surface scuffs and marks but all pieces are original Selmer. There is also a repaired crack to the bell, see photo 8, and some hairline cracks to the barrel, again none of which go through to the bore, see photo 12.  The case is an original Selmer tri-pack, well used, but functional.

286

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£775

An excellent condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was bought new 4 years ago by a professional piano teacher, with clarinet taught as a second instrument. She has now decided to concentrate solely on her keyboard teaching and playing. This instrument has been exceptionally well looked after and has seen no use in the last 3 years. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model & this example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in fine condition. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have "as new" matching Buffet stamps. This clarinet has the original fish skin pads in overall very good condition; with normal use they should be fine for several years. The matching serial nos. are K158945. The supplied m'piece is the original Buffet, which was not used by the original owner. The case is in excellent condition, and is supplied with keys.

287

LEBLANC, OPUS Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£1745

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc Opus, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Eb has had only one professional owner from new, and it has been played for the last 9 years in the Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden. The Leblanc Opus 1190EbS was the top of the range model manufactured by Leblanc, as their brochure claimed: "This Eb sets the standard for tone, response and tuning. "
The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is excellent throughout. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout. This Eb has just had a recent complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin re-pad in our Clarinets Direct workshop & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble. There are 2 original barrels supplied with the instrument of 43.5mm and 41mm, this shorter barrel does not go completely on to the top tenon, so it actually measures 42.5mm allowing for the gap. The original case is in excellent condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren B40.

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288

F ARTHUR UEBEL BASS CLARINET TO LOW C-SOLD

£3295

This is a superb handmade Bass clarinet to low in Grenadilla wood, to low C, stamped "F Arthur Uebel Markneukirchen Sa". This unique and ultra rare Bass formerly belonged to the late David Hamilton. David had a long association with Surrey LEA, as their Head of Woodwind, and had many outstanding pupils, including Michael Collins, Ian Peters, and Fiona Cross. He also had a superb and large collection of rare instruments, many customised by Edward [Ted] Planas.
The F A Uebel design of Boehm system Bass clarinet differs radically from that of the major French manufacturers' in that it is basically a much smaller bore instrument, 20mm rather than 23mm bore, which is closer to the regular Bb clarinet in tone and ease of response. The tone has a lovely warmth and focus, a quintessential German sound. If you are loooking for a superbly even, well tuned instrument, capable of rapid passage work, and also long phrases then this is the Bass for you.
This instrument is in mint condition: NO cracks, marks or damage, pristine key work throughout. The Uebel design has small grub screws attached to every pillar to ensure maximum efficiency, and lack of movement on every rod. Consequently the regulation and positive feel of the complex mechanism is second to none. The quality of the key work and plating is also superior to current mass produced French design. We have just re-padded throughout in Pisoni Premium Deluxe White Leather pads, with the exception of the top register key pad which is in tan leather. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. Ted Planas has customised the Bass as follows: 1. There is an additional touchpiece on the RH lower joint for low D. 2. There is an additional joint, which can be fitted if desired to produce low C from a wooden extension, rather than from the bell. If the additional joint is fitted, then the bell acts purely as a further extension to enhance the low C, i.e. the bell key remains open and is not connected to the mechanism. However, if desired, the bell can be fitted as designed and the bell key functions in the normal way for low C. 3. The angle of the crook has been adjusted upward, to produce a playing experience closer to that of a normal Bb clarinet. NB. With the Uebel design, the double overblowing vent is actuated by the mechanism for the C/G LH3 touchpiece. Therefore, unlike wider bore French Bass clarinet designs, there is no need for a double correspondence mechanism across both main joints. The matching serial nos. on both main joints are 691544. I understand that the first two digits, are, in fact, the year of manufacture: 1969. This fits well with the known provenance, as the inventory I have from the Hamilton family states that the instrument was purchased new from Rudall Carte c1970.
Many accessories are included in the sale: The 2 original m'pieces which work with modern French Alto clarinet reeds. A large selection of reeds is included, as well as a Selmer reed trimmer. There are also cleaning cloths, swabs and pull throughs and there are 2 spikes of different lengths. Many metal reed holders are included as well as assorted screw drivers. The original case and dust cover are both in good used condition.

289

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£625

 

 

     

A good condition B&H Imperial 926 Bb, recently taken in part exchange. 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 had a complete double bladder fish skin re-pad in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty and guarantee. The bore and body are excellent with no cracks, damage or wear, only slight surface marks. The bell has one crack, which we have just filled and sealed in our workshop, this repair is also under guarantee. See photo 9. The Silver plate is excellent with no wear. There is no wobble or slackness in the regulation. The matching serial nos. are 150111, which probably dates to the 1960's. The used 926 No.2 B & H m'piece is in fair condition, but plays and tunes this clarinet well. The case is a brand new Stagg.

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291

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1195

 

 

     

An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13. 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, and all of these are in very good condition. In the past the top and bottom tenons of the upper joint have been capped in metal, presumably to correct wear & prevent joint wobble; the work has been excellently done. The matching serial nos. are 73551 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 an original Buffet C in ebonite.

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293

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET -SOLD

£865

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The crook & the bell have no dents or dings. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only very slight pitting to the Nickel Silver plating, mainly to the bell, the finger touchpieces are all good with only a tiny bit of wear to LH2 and RH3: Overall the plating is 95%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 59960. The case is brand new. The m'piece is a used Bundy 3 in good condition. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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283

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1345

This matched pair of Symphony 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. In addition, they have been modified, in an unusual and expert way: The second version of the Acton patent vent could sometimes be troublesome to set up, with critical venting and padding required. This ingenious adaptation of the system allows for a small adjusting screw for the top RH ring, see photo 7, which neatly alleviates this problem. Sadly the current seller does not know who the previous owner was, or indeed, which repair technician did this excellent work, as he bought them second hand from Michael Whites.
The Bb has serial no. 526813 and has Silver plate in very good condition. The wood is in excellent condition though there is a tight surface hair line crack from the top tenon down to the speaker key tube. The surface crack has been repaired in the past and the instrument has been stable for over 2 decades. All pads are Gordon Beeson Tan Leather in good condition. The pair has had a thorough check up in our workshop prior to sale.
The A, serial no. A 530257, 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 63.0mm. This second is a custom made example, which has a surface crack, but as it is lined in ebonite, this has no effect. I would dearly like to know who the original owner of this pair was, as, with the custom barrel, and modifications to the RH mechanism, all the indications are that they were a top professional. The supplied m'pieces are a Peter Eaton, stamped, "PE 1010 50:37, G" and another brand new example simply marked 1010. The original case is also in good condition. .

 

285

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS -SOLD

£1795

An exceptionally rare pair of Buffet clarinets, which are a commission sale for C. D. The son of their former owner brought them to us for refurbishment. They were played professionally by his Father: A pianist and clarinettist. These instruments have a larger bore, 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 O963 dating to 1901. It is in good condition, but with the following faults: A couple of repaired, sealed cracks to the upper joint. 1. A long crack running almost the entire way down the upper joint which has been repaired in three ways: A. Three screws through the wood across the crack to pin it. B, An ebonite ring to hold the top end in and prevent further cracking. C. Some kind of filling. NB This is an old original repair, and it has stood the test of time, and heavy professional use as well. There is another small crack between the top two trill keys, which doesn't go right through to the bore. Despite these the instrument plays excellently. The barrel is a modern Buffet of 67.5mm which tunes well. The stamp reads "Buffet Brevette SGDG" We have just entirely re-padded in tan leather pads, all cork and touch corks are tight, the key regulation is excellent and there is no joint wobble. The German silver key work has been buffed to a nice shine. The mouthpieces are an Edward Pillinger copies of an original Carl Fischer Buffet steel ebonite m'piece: 0.98mm tip by 17.5mm, and a used Selmer B*.
The A clarinet, S/N E 37, dates to 1890. Is is in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks or repairs to the wood. The bore is 14.75mm and this instrument works well with a Buffet 65mm barrel, which is supplied. The key work is also excellent, like the Bb we have entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather. The L1 F/C fingerhole has been bushed in ebonite, a nice repair. Both instruments play at A=440 Hz with the supplied barrels. The case is a modern Yamaha, in good condition with keys.

260

SELMER, PARIS,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 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 & 64.5mm the matching serial numbers are P05869. The instrument is stamped 442 i.e. A=442. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS**, & with this the clarinet does play comfortably at A=442 with the shorter barrel. However with any standard American m'piece, on a Zinner blank, the pitch falls to A=440. The case is the original Selmer in excellent condition.

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298

SELMER BALANCED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

This is a BT [Balanced Tone] clarinet, which was one of the first of Selmer's great modern clarinet designs. It was an immense leap forward for the 1930's: The instrument features anchored posts, a double pillar design for the LH pinky levers, counter sunk tone hole edges throughout, & the springing was arranged in the manner that was to become regarded as the industry standard, and was subsequently copied by many, including Buffet. All in all this was a clarinet well in advance of its time. The scale is also very even, as the name suggests; the tone is well rounded and mellow, with good intonation for the period. This instrument was a "must have" for the professional player who was broadcasting in the latest medium: radio. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla, there are only a few light surface marks consistent with its age. It was formerly owned by a noted collector, who is fastidious in his choice of clarinets and their condition; Indeed it is hard to believe that this instrument is almost 80 years old. This clarinet is a commission sale for C D. The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout. The instrument has recently had a complete re-pad in finest white leather pads. The matching serial nos. are L7325, which dates to 1936. The m'piece is a Selmer HS* in good condition. The case is the original pouchette Selmer, in excellent condition.

299

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the 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, named for the designer Robert Carree, & first introduced in 1975, did find much favour in the UK : It had a more relaxed warm tone, which attracted many players.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F155416 dating to 1975, & is one of the first RC's made. Generally RC's from this period are considered the best of their production, at this time, Buffet charged more for the RC than the R13, in addition the Prestige range had not yet been introduced, which considerably downgraded the quality of the standard R13 and RC. Boosey & Hawkes had also not yet taken over Buffet, and forced a large increase in production. The wood has no cracks or crack repairs, however at the bottom of the lower joint there are some small surface nicks to the wood, see photo 8. There is a only very slight wear to the plating of the LH 2nd ring. Overall the Silver plating is in good order for its age, it is 95%. 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 case is well used but still functional, the handle has been replaced. The m'piece is a brand new student model.

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300

LEBLANC, PARIS, CONTRABASS CLARINET TO LOW C -SOLD

£4495

 

 

     

This is a G. Leblanc, Paris, BBb Curved Contrabass clarinet, model 340 in metal, range to low C. This model is commonly known as the "paperclip". The instrument is a commission sale for C D, and has had one careful amateur owner from new. This instrument is in excellent condition, with no dents or damage. It was manufactured as Leblanc's top of the range professional model. The body is Nickel Silver, and shows a fine finish, with no wear. The Nickel plated keywork is in very good condition throughout. The matching serial nos. on all pieces are 2377, which probably dates to 1975. We have just thoroughly checked over the instrument, and all touch corks and regulation has been adjusted as necessary. The pads are in good condition throughout, with many months of play left in them. The mouthpiece, is the original Leblanc, in good condition. The original case is also in very good used condition, the latches are all sound, and the interior lining shows only slight stains.

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281

BOOSEY & HAWKES, IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£1745

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct This Eb has been professionaly owned and played in London in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and West End shows. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine throughout. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout. This Eb has had a recent complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad with the lowest side key, C#/G# key and register keys in cork. It is sealing perfectly. The key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble. The instrument has been customised as follows: the supplied barrels of 42mm and 44.5mm are by Alan Andrews, in Grenadilla. The largest barrel has a groove for playing longer reeds than standard Eb, if desired. The C/G hole, through which the notes D/A sound, has had the diameter reduced with blue tack for tuning purposes, this could easily be removed. The LH and RH sliver keys have both been filed shorter to allow for fewer mishaps! See photos, 6 & 7. The Buffet supplied case is well used, but still latches and functions well. The m'piece is a B&H, ebonite example, in good condition. This Eb, S/N 437141, plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation.

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282

BUFFET R13 FULL BOEHM A CLARINET -SOLD

£1495

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet R13 A, which was probably a special order instrument from Buffet. 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 excellent condition with no cracks or damage. The instrument has just been re-padded in fish skin pads, and the key work is well regulated. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. There are two barrels, one of 60mm, and a special Moennig, R13 A, of 67mm. The matching serial nos. are F171543 which dates to 1976. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. 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, again in excellent condition.

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294

MATCHED PAIR HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS SOLD

£2995

 

 

     

A very good condition pair of Howarth S1 clarinets in Cocobolo. The Cocobolo wood gives the instruments an immediate, lively, and flexible response. These instruments are a one owner pair, used by an enthusiastic amateur very carefully.
The Cocobolo wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches. There is no joint wobble. The fish skin pads are all sealing well, though some will need replacing in the near future. The Silver plated key work shows little wear and there is no play to the mechanism. Both instruments have been regularly serviced at T W Howarth & Co, though the last service was done some time ago. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1311. The A, matching serial nos. 1309. The supplied m'pieces are 2 custom Pillingers stamped: PL P16, and 1010 P456. There are 2 barrels, both are stamped A one is 66.4mm, the other 64mm. The Paxman case and cover are in very good condition.

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302

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS -SOLD

£1495

This matched pair of Symphony 1010 Clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The pair have been owned by from new by a single enthusiastic amateur and well maintained, the condition is very good. Both instruments feature the later Acton patent vent, for improved RH intonation. The Bb has serial no. 371629 and has Silver plate in very good condition, there are only slight scratches and tarnish commensurate with the instruments age and careful use. The wood is in excellent condition. All pads are Tan leather, in good condition, the pair were regularly serviced at T W Howarth & Co.
The A, serial no. A 377383, has Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all the pads and corks. The wood shows no cracks or damage. As usual the A has seen less use than the Bb. There are two barrels of 63.7mm and 62.4mm [ labelled S] The supplied m'piece is a Peter Eaton 1010, which has been shortened to improve the tuning. The case is a Howarth in excellent condition.

303

BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

A very good 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. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professsional, about to enter Music Conservatoire. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood. The Nickel Silver key work is in good condition with only very slight plating wear mainly to the RH rings, the plating is about 95%. We have just completely repadded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads [with the exception of the register key which is in cork] & the clarinet is sold with our "Clarinets Direct" 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 254190 which dates to 1984, an excellent period of Buffet manufacture. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren B45. NB The case pictured has been replaced with a more modern Patricola with carry strap.

 

305

MATCHED PAIR PETER EATON CLARINETS. WODKOWSKI COLLECTION.-SOLD     

£2995

This matched pair of extremely rare Peter Eaton clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These are very early Eaton's, originally commissioned by Paul Vaughan, and subsequently owned and played by David Rix. Latterly they have been owned by Ramon Wodkowski, the Internationally acclaimed mouthpiece craftsman. These instruments are Peter Eaton copies of pre-War Boosey and Hawkes 1010's. They are thinner walled than current Elites and do not feature the later thick bell: This results in a sound with more "ping" and lightness. Even the key work, down to the Eb/Bb bis key, is a copy of Boosey Pre-war design.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 041 and has Silver plate in very good condition. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there is a minor chip to the bell rim [ see photo 8]. 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 nos. 038, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 2 barrels of 64mm and 65mm. The m'piece is an early Howarth 1010 with S/N 2083. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes of 1960's vintage in good condition. .

 

295

CORTON Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£345

This is a nice condition Corton Eb Clarinet, in grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Corton instruments were made in Czechoslavakia, I believe by Amati, and sold by Boosey and Hawkes in the UK as student model wooden instruments. The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in very good order throughout. The Nickel Silver plate shows slight wear, mainly surface scratches, and slight dullness: Overall it is in good condition. The instrument has recently been overhauled in in white leather pads, which are in excellent condition. The serial nos. are 9-5490. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C, in near new condition. The case is a Bundy with keys, which latches securely and protects the instrument well. NB The cap and ligature sold with this instrument are of metal, not of Rovner type, as in the first and last pictures.

296

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1145

 

 

     

This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in overall good condition, however just above the top trill key hole is a small area where the wood surface is slightly scuffed, see photo 11.   The  Silver plate key work is in good condition throughout, with only slight wear to the top trill key. There is no wear to the touchpieces or ring keys, overall the plating is about 98%. This instrument has recently had a full repad in tan leather pads, which are all in good condition. The instrument has had a "check down2 in our workshop, with regulation done as necessary. The matching serial nos. are 218544 which dates to 1981. At this period in time the Prestige range had not yet been introduced, and the R13, along with the RC, were the top professional models produced by Buffet Crampon. Modern R13s are now manufactured with inferior wood, and also less time is spent on their hand finishing: This makes it extremely hard to find a new R13 of this quality.   Please go to www.buffet-crampon.com for more details The  case is the original in good condition, with dust cover.   The m'piece is an upgrade to a Vandoren 5RV.

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301

 SELMER FULL BOEHM CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£695

A rare professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone full Boehm clarinet. This clarinet is in very good condition for its age with good German silver key work with no wear. The wood overall is good, however there is a surface crack to the upper joint, see photo 6, through the top trill key hole which does not go through to the bore, and has no effect on the response. It has been pinned  in the past. And another running down from the top tenon down to the top of the throat A hole, again, this does not go through to the bore.  The instrument has just had a full overhaul in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fishskin pads and is sold with our one year warranty. The wood shows surface scuffs and marks but all pieces are original Selmer.  The matching serial nos. are P8590 which dates to 1953.  The case is a double, well used, but functional, and the m'piece a Selmer "HS*" .

 

304

COUSIN C CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

A very rare Cousin C clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is Tony Coe, and he has had the instrument extensively restored by Jon Steward of T W Howarth & Co. I know nothing of the makers Cousin, the stamp reads, " Mon MULLER, COUSIN Seur, LYON". The bore is approximately 14.55mm, which is large for a C clarinet, this instrument plays very well with standard French bore Bb m'pieces, or B & H & Eaton 926 m'pieces. The tuning is exceptionally accurate for a C at A=440 Hz, partly because the diameter of several of the tone holes has been adjusted with blue tack.
The German Silver key work is in good condition, and is of excellent quality, please note the key stop for the first trill key, coming off the top pillar of the lower joint, seee photo 7. Only a maker of real quality would make such an attachment & I have seen this once before on a Martel C clarinet. The purpose of this is to stop the trill key hitting the top pillar; such niceties are lost on todays' volume manufacturers. The Grenadilla wood shows no cracks or damage. All main pieces are matching and original, and from the appearance of the flat tenon rings and lack of a bell ring, this instrument could be mistaken for a B&H model. The pads throughout are "as new" Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather. The m'piece is a brand new student model provided for play testing, and the case is of single Buffet professional Bb type, in excellent condition.  

     308   YANAGISAWA, WHITEHALL, ALTO SAXOPHONE-SOLD          £995
This is a Yanagisawa "Whitehall" stencil Alto Sax. This model was probably labelled such for the American market, the equivalent modern UK model is the A901.
This example is in excellent condition: There are only light scratches and surface marks to the lacquer, which is 95%. All pads are in excellent shape. There are NO dents or dings whatsoever. The Yamaha 5C mouthpiece also has some very light scratches to the top of the beak, but the tip and rails are "as new". The serial nos. are 3701108. The case is in good condition and there is a sling provided.

310

  LEBLANC, PARIS, SONATA Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£675

This mint condition Leblanc Sonata Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet has been carefully owned by a single adult. This instrument is Leblanc's intermediate wooden model, an entry-level professional clarinet, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence, and even has gold plated needle springs, like the more expensive clarinets in the Leblanc range. This model plays so well that it easily competes with the Buffet E13 model, and even the class above. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original and all stamps are bright We have just completely re-padded in double bladder fish skin pads and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D59934. The supplied m'piece is a student model in excellent condition. The case is the original, in good condition. .

 

311

BUFFET R13 FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1395

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet R13 Bb, which was probably a special order instrument from Buffet. This instrument was originally owned by an Italian professional player, who hardly played it. The second owner, a British jazz player, now prefers a wider bore Series 9 Full Boehm. The barrel cracked as did the top joint shortly after it was brought into the UK. The instrument was then repaired and serviced, and a Buffet Festival 64mm barrel reamed out to suit the R13, all of the work being carried out by Howarth & Co. 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 one repaired, pinned surface crack. It does not go through to the bore, or into a tone hole, see photo 6. The instrument has fish skin pads,in good order, and the key work is well regulated. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. The matching serial nos. are F92145 which dates to 1966. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. 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, again in excellent condition.  

312

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, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces, it is around 90%. We have just re-padded in Pisoni premium Deluxe tan leather, and cork pads & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are D28518 which dates to the 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 hardshell case is a modern replacement in excellent condition, and the m'piece is a student USA model, again in excellent condition.  

313

SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£995

An extremely fine Selmer 10S clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has had only one professional owner. The Selmer 10S was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, S/N Z4669, dates to 1976 and has Nickel Silver plate in superb condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads at our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty; unusual for a commission sale. The m'piece is an "as new" stock Buffet. The case is elderly, with scuffs to the interior lining and exterior, but it still latches well.

 

313

HAGMANN, BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£995

An extremely rare & valuable Buffet RC Bb clarinet cutomised by Rene Hagmann of Geneva. Hagmann has acted as a consultant for Buffet Crampon and is noted for the superb quality of his Prestige designs for Buffet Bass, Alto and Basset Horn, he is widely recognised as one of the world's leading musical instrument inventors. The modifications can be summarised as follows: 1. Second register key for clarion register B to D#, switched over by R3, as on most bass clarinets. 2. Booster for throat Bb, operating in conjunction with lower register key & closed by thumb ring. 3. Additional link to throat g# key to give in tune altissimo D, especially useful for C-D trill across third register break. 4. Vent for low G/D for improved note, with separate adjusting screw. All keywork is silver plated, and like the wood is in pristine condition. The adjusting screws require a small Allen key, provided. The S/N is F267100 which dates to 1985. This instrument is stamped, on the LH F#/C# lever, with the name of a German dealer "Grimm" who also has his plate on the case.

 

318

BUFFET E11 Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet E11 Eb clarinet, which is a commmission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been exceptionally well looked after and the owner has recently upgraded to a Leblanc Opus Eb. This clarinet is Buffet's student Grenadilla wood model & this example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in fine condition. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. This clarinet has fish skin pads in overall very good condition; with normal use they should be fine for several years. The serial nos. are 102164. The supplied m'piece is an "as new" B40, & the case is in excellent condition with keys.

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319

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET S1 CLARINETS-SOLD     

£2395

A fine pair of Buffet S1 clarinets in Silver 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. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This Bb has serial no. 204296, which dates to 1980, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon.   There is virtually no wear to the plating, which is excellent throughout, and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  There is no damage to the wood, which is in fine order. These clarinets have had only one professional owner, and have been very well cared for, in fact for its age, the condition of the pair is exceptionally fine. The instruments have both just been fully overhauled in Pisoni Premium Deluxe double bladder fish skin pads and are sold with our 1 year warranty and buy back scheme. The A, S/N 142977 dates to 1973. Like the Bb the plating is excellent throughout, as is the Grenadilla wood. Though the A is older, it has, as usual, seen less use. The pair have been well cared for.
The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's.The m'piece is a brand new student model. The case is an original Buffet, in good used condition: There are some slight stains to the interior, the exterior is good, the keys are also provided.

 

320

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

An excellent condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has recently been re-padded throughout in tan leather pads, which are "as new". It has been down to our workshop for a thorough check down, and tenon corks have been replaced as necessary. The barrel is a new modern Buffet replacement, stamped "E13 Bb 650" i.e. 65mm long. The matching serial nos. are F61307 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 worn but fully functional and the m'piece is a brand new student model.

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62

LUCIAN BASSI C CLARINET-SOLD

£725

A very rare Bassi C clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument is part of the estate of the late David Hamilton, an excellent teacher, who numbered amongst his many fine pupils Michael Collins. The instrument is stamped also " Sole Agents J. Heyworth & Son Blackpool Paris London". Heyworth were also the agents for the great Albert company. The following is just conjecture, but curiously the instrument features a 5 pointed star: Albert "fakes" or "stencils", as manufactured by the French makers Thibouville, often carried a 5 pointed star rather than a 6 pointed star as found on genuine E J Alberts. I wonder, if in fact, this instrument was also made by Thibouville. Certainly the instrument appears to be of fine French manufacture.
The German Silver key work is in good condition, and is of excellent quality. The Grenadilla wood shows no cracks or damage. All main pieces are matching and original. David Hamilton, has reduced the diameter of the C#/G# hole and also the bore at this point, with what appears to be nail varnish to correct the sharpness of this twelfth. We have just fully overhauled and re-padded the instrument in double bladder fish skin, and it is sold with our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a dedicated C clarinet m'piece of the period, which tunes well at A=440, though the instrument could be played with a modern Bb m'piece shortened by approx. 2.5mm. The case has repairs in tape to the exterior and additional padding to the interior with a duster cloth and foam. It latches and protects the instrument well.

307

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME 13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

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 K8731 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 of the main body of the instrument, but the barrel has a tight hairline surface crack, which does not go through to the bore, see photo 3. The bell is not original, but a more modern E13 replacement. 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 a brand new Stagg [ NB not pictured], and the m'piece is the original Buffet in ebonite.

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314

SELMER 10G A CLARINET-SOLD     

£1195

An extremely fine Selmer 10G clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has had only one adult owner who used it through University. The Selmer 10G was named for Anthony Gigliotti, onetime principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gigliotti had become frustrated with certain shortcomings in the R13 design in the late 1960's and went to Buffet Crampon with modifications, Buffet weren't impressed, but Selmer were. The result was the 10G: an improved, "Americanised" R13, with warmer sound and better intonation. Hans W Moennig and Ralph Morgan were also major contributors to the design.
This A, S/N E3350, dates to the late 1980's and has Silver plate in superb condition. This is the last production model, with adjustable thumb rest and a linkage to the F/C pad cup with adjusting screw, superior to the conventional "crows foot" design. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. The instrument has been for a complete overhaul in our workshop, in double bladder Premium Deluxe Pisoni pads, with touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty. The two supplied, ebonite sleeved, barrels in the Moennig pattern, are of 63.5mm and 66mm. The double case is the original Selmer in good condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer C85 120. .

 

315

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£645

 

 

     

This is a pre-R13 professional Buffet Bb clarinet in Grenadilla wood. The German Silver key work is in fine order throughout, and in good regulation. This clarinet has just had a full overhaul in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather, and is sold with our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty. All touch and tenon corks have been replaced. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has one old crack repair between the throat G# rod & register key, which has been pinned, see photo 6. The crack does not go through a hole, nor through to the bore, and pinning 3 times, whilst ensuring no further movement, would seem a bit unnecessary for a surface crack. The matching serial nos. are 27592, which dates to 1945, an excellent period of hand manufacture. All parts are original, excepting the m'piece, which is a brand new modern Buffet example. The supplied case is the original Buffet which shows much wear, and has a tear to the interior lining, however it still latches securely and protects the instrument well.

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23

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET -SOLD

£895

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The crook is in excellent shape, the bell has a few minor dings but no dents. we have fitted a new floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show the usual spot wear: Overall the plating is 85%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 26463. The case is a Leblanc in good condition, which has a replacement handle. The m'piece is a used Bundy 3. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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316

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet R13 A, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The matching serial nos. are 85364 which probably dates to 1965. The volume covering serial nos. 79865-93203 is missing: However Buffet were averaging 6000 instruments a year at this period, and 79864 dates to May 1964. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. 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. Certainly 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. In fact this A plays so much better than contemporary R13 A clarinets, which often feel very "stiff": the response is lively, and it is much closer to the feel of a Bb clarinet.
The pads are all sealing well, though they are not new. I understand from the vendor that this instrument was last overhauled in Switzerland, and it was in fact twinned with an S1 Buffet Bb, which is listed on my website No. 7. Their sole former owner was a keen amateur player. This clarinet has not had excessive use, and it is good condition for its age. The wood is crack and repair free, excellent throughout. The Nickel Silver plating shows some spot wear and also scratching to the side Eb/Bb, see photo 3. Along with the original Buffet barrel, of 65mm, there is also a non-Buffet barrel of 61mm in plastic. The Buffet double case in black leather is probably original to the S1 which dates to 1976, there are some scuffs to the exterior corners, and wear to the interior, but it is fully serviceable.

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321

D NOBLET PARIS, Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£895

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Professional model Noblet Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is not the cheaper Noblet 40 Eb clarinet which is often mis-sold as a professional Eb, but a D. Noblet, Paris model. The wood condition overall is very fine, with only minor surface marks. There are NO cracks or repairs. The Nickel silver plate is also in very good condition for its age, with no major wear. 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 an "as new" Vandoren B44, and the ligature and cap are by Rovner. The case is the original, by Leblanc, in excellent condition.

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322

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 CLARINETS-SOLD

£2995

These superb condition R13s are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is extremely rare to find instruments of this calibre which have had such little use, but fortunately for the pairs' next owner such is the case here: Their sole former owner was persuaded to buy a pair; the Bb saw very light use, and the A was used for only one youth orchestra concert!
The Bb Clarinet is in superb condition. All double bladder fish skin pads are in excellent, "as new" condition. The Grenadilla wood, which appears unstained, is pristine throughout, no cracks, repairs or damage whatsoever. The plating is near perfect, with only slight tarnish to the trill keys, due to sitting unused in the case. The matching S/N are 374623, which dates to 1993.
The A clarinet is in mint condition. It is near impossible to believe the instrument is 19 years old, as it appears to have just left the factory. Wood, key work and pads are all in perfect condition. The only blemish to the pair, is that this type of Buffet case causes the lower tenon cork of the bottom joint to contract, as the instruments are stored with the bells on. This A Clarinet, S/N 374168, also dates to 1993. ` The case is a modern Buffet leather type, in excellent condition, partly because their former owner invested in an expensive Howarth's dust cover. The m'pieces are a stock plastic Buffet F3A, which is brand new, and a well used Selmer C85 120 .

 

323

SELMER, PARIS, PAIR OF MARCHI SYSTEM CLARINETS-SOLD

£6995

These are an ultra rare pair of Selmer Paris, Marchi System clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer have made instruments with extremely short production runs: Clarinets Direct recently sold a plateau Selmer C clarinet, which was one of only three ever made. The Marchi system is comparable, as it is probably one of the rarest production line clarinets ever manufactured: Some sources state that only 83 Marchi system instruments were made. These instruments were a special order from Selmer. Indeed the Bb, which is unstamped, but with serial number, was either a prototype, or according to the seller, kept in the Selmer showroom for prospective clients to play test. For those unfamiliar with the Marchi, a fingering chart, with instructions in French, is included. The second register key [using Marchi fingerings] makes it easy to play up to high G#, the fingering chart runs out almost an octave higher at super G, three and a half octaves above middle C! The Marchi system starts as a Full Boehm with all the extras, and then adds vents, and new touch keys to facilitate extreme high register playing. The main feature of the system allows for a second register vent, linked by double correspondence to the barrel. This actually activates two different pads from one hole, one for the initial part of the third register, [which on the Marchi system runs from G# above the stave through to C] the second smaller vent is triggered from the G/D hole and helps sound the notes from top C# on upwards.
The Bb is an earlier instrument than the A, the serial nos. are Y2622. As mentioned previously the instrument is unstamped, apart from the bell. The instrument is in mint condition. The pair were bought new from Selmer direct and never used. All pads and plating are pristine. There are two supplied barrels, of 64.3mm and 64.7mm. The original case is "as new".
The A is of later manufacture, the serial nos. are C1179. This dates to around 1984. The instrument is stamped "Marchi Series 10". The Silver plating is in pristine condition. All the pads and corks are as if it had just left the factory. There is one barrel of 66.2mm. The case, with combination locks, is brand new. Taken together these instruments represent a rare opportunity for the serious player or collector. I have only ever seen one other Marchi pair, which belonged to Edward "Ted" Planas who was for many years a main UK Selmer agent.

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324

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet, dating to 1982. This instrument has had only one professional owner and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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 clarinets with less "brightness" than the R13. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, due in part to a slightly larger bore, which attracted many UK players. This Bb would pair well with the RC A, No. 56, further down the page.
There is no damage or repairs to the wood, with only minor surface marks. The Nickel silver plate is in excellent condition throughout. This instrument has just had a full re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads in our workshop, with all touch corks replaced, and tenon corks as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are two supplied barrels of 64mm & 66mm. This instrument plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instrument with unstained Grenadilla wood, and, at the time, sold for more than the R13. Today one would have to spend over £5000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is elderly but fully functional. The mouthpiece is a brand new student model, with Rovner cap and ligature.

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49

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 CLARINETS -SOLD

£2395

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Nicholas Rodwell, who is currently co-Principal clarinet with the Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden. This matched pair of Buffet R13 clarinets were used initially by Nick in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and London Symphony Orchestra, and are a commission sale for C D.
The Bb Clarinet has an upper joint with wood with a very open grain. There is either an exceptionally open grain running through the LH pillar of the register key or a surface crack, I am of the opinion it is a surface crack, see photo 11. There is also an old pinned, repaired surface crack running into the second trill key hole. It goes without saying that this instrument has seen extensive use, and in my experience, cracking is quite common when a clarinet is performed on and used for International touring, as much as this instrument was. David Fingerhut does all of Nick Rodwells, repair and overhaul work. This clarinet was formerly repaired by him, and was last fully overhauled by him some 6 months ago in tan leather pads, and according to Nick has not been used since. The Silver plating also shows some surface pitting and spot wear, but overall it is in good condition, around 90%. The matching S/N 207670, dates to 1980.
The A clarinet has seen less use than the Bb, and the wood has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows only slight wear. The pads are all brand new tan leather. This A Clarinet, S/N 207925, also dates to 1980. ` Back then these was the finest professional instruments 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. These instruments will not disappoint: To find instruments of this quality and provenance is rare. There are 2 supplied barrels; of 66.3mm for the Bb, and 65.5mm for the A. The case is a modern Buffet leather type, in excellent condition and the m'piece is a stock plastic Buffet 116 of the period provided for play testing.

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48

LAFLEUR LONDON & PARIS 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.

325

BUFFET, RR13, ACADEMY Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

An extremely rare " Academy Model" vintage Buffet R13. This is an R13 "Second". In the 1950's when a fault occured during, or was noticed after, R13 manufacture the instrument was stamped " Academy", and sold at an approx. 20% discount on the R13 price. In the case of this clarinet the only obvious blemish appears to be a small chip to the wood almost directly above the main stamp to the upper joint, just below the tenon, see photos 4 & 5.
The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. Apart from the aforementioned chip the wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. The instrument has recently been re-padded in tan leather pads. All pieces are original, matching and stamped "Academy", but there is also an additional barrel, which is shorter, and is not stamped Buffet. The matching serial nos. are 42718 which dates to 1953. 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 the original Buffet, worn but fully functional. The m'piece is a new student model. .

326

G LEBLANC, PARIS, BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1345

 

 

     

This is a good condition G Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass was Leblanc's intermediate professional model the 400. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows some wear, principally on the main finger touchpieces, the plating is about 90%. The crook is in good condition with only slight marks or scratches, the bell has only a couple of slight dings, commensurate with careful use. There is one old stable repair to the upper part of the top joint, see photo 4. The crack does not go through a tone hole and has been pinned 5 times; a very solid repair. Apart from this there are no cracks or damage to the wood. This Bass has had a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad in our workshop, & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The key work has been swaged and regulated, and all touch corks have been replaced. The instrument responds well and the action is smooth and quiet. In addition all the key work has been buffed to a nice shine. There is a floor peg attachment to the back of the lower joint. The matching serial nos. are 8278, which dates to the 1970's. The supplied mouthpiece is a new Hite. The case is a replacement compact hardshell model in excellent condition. .

50

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES EMPEROR CLARINETS-SOLD

£595

 

 

     

A fine pair of Boosey & Hawkes Emperors which are a commission for Clarinets Direct. These are a one owner pair, owned by an adult amateur from new. 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.
The pair has recently been fully overhauled in fish skin pads. In addition we have just thoroughly checked over the pair in our Clarinets Direct workshop, and adjusted regulation and touch corks as necessary. The Bb, serial number 205539, has Nickel plate, the A serial 212220A, has Silver plate. These serial nos. date the pair to approximately 1962. The plating throughout on the A is pristine, with no wear. The Bb plating shows some slight tarnish and cloudiness, but there is very little wear. As is usual, the Bb has probably had much more use. The stamp on the Bb is slightly different to that on the A, though both are clearly "Emperor" clarinets. There are 2 barrels for tuning purposes of 66mm & 67mm The supplied case, probably original, 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.

 

56

BUFFET RC A CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A fine Buffet RC A clarinet, dating to 1976. This instrument is one of several which have come from the collection of a young player, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. These RC clarinets are extremely rare and fine. They are part of the very first production batch specifically targeted at the UK market and the intrument carries a UK stamp. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which did attract many UK players.
This A has S/N 167847, which dates to 1976. There is no damage or repairs to the wood, with only minor surface scrathces, the worst of which is on the bell, see photo 9. The Nickel silver plate is also in good shape, with no discernable wear. This instrument has had a full re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads in our workshop, with all touch corks replaced, and tenon corks as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. NB It has been photographed before going down to the workshop. The supplied barrel is of 65mm, stamped RC A. This instrument plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation, It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instruments with unstained Grenadilla wood, and, at the time, sold for more than the R13. Today one would have to spend over £5000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is elderly but fully functional. The mouthpiece is a brand new stock Buffet, still wrapped.  

57

SELMER, PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1950

An extremely fine Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a member of the Scottish National Orchestra, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed clarinets 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 instruments sold today.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in very good 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 has been re-padded throughout in Pisoni Premium Deluxe White leather, with the exception of the first trill key, which is cork. All pads are sealing well, and all touch and tenon corks are in excellent condition. The supplied Selmer barrels measure 63.5 mm & 64.5mm. In addition there is a Backun barrel, which is 63.5mm in length. The matching serial numbers are D1438, which dates to 1984. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren 5RV , in "as new" condition. The case is the original Selmer in good condition.

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329

SELMER, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD     

£395

This is a very interesting early modern logo Selmer professional Bb clarinet. In some ways this is a transitional model. The logo is the modern Selmer type, but a larger design, yet this is a K4252 serial number and a "Brevete SGDG" stamp also. Note the short G# key axle, and also the single rod for the lower joint LH levers. All of this point to a 1930's instrument just prior to the introduction of Selmer's Radio Improved clarinet, the first of the great modern clarinet designs.
This clarinet has been well used: There are 3 cracks to the upper joint, which do go through to the bore, please see photos, 4,5 & 6. All of these cracks have been filled and sealed. The pads are a mixture of Tan leather and fish skin, again they are all sealing well. There is no joint wobble: All touch and tenon corks are also good. There is also a large scratch to the bell interior, see photo 3. The barrel is of the correct bore, 14.9mm, but it is a later Selmer 10G A barrel which has been reamed out to the correct dimensions. The German Silver keywork is in good condition, though there are scratches and marks consistent with an instrument of this age. The case is a modern Bundy which has been relined. .

 

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LAFLEUR, LONDON & PARIS, ARTIST Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£645

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare Lafleur London & Paris Eb clarinet, in superb condition. 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. This instrument is stamped "made in Paris France" on the reverse above the speaker key, and it is of top quality French manufacture. 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. The instrument is made from finest Grenadilla with the exception of the bell, which is made from ebonite: Again this was common practice with Boosey and Hawkes London & Paris clarinets, which were often supplied with ebonite barrels and bells. It is possible, therefore, that this instrument was made by the same French manufacturer as the B&H London & Paris range. There are NO cracks or repairs. The Nickel silver plate is in superb condition, with no discernable wear. 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 wooden original, and playes nicely with 2.5-3.5 strength reeds. The intonation is extremely stable at A=440 Hz, and this instrument represents excellent value for money. The case is in fair condition, it latches well, but there is some wear to the original lining. .

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BOOSEY &HAWKES PRE-WAR 1010 Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

This is a late 1930's pre-war 1010 Bb in good condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the last owner being a Jazz professional. The serial number is 35538. The clarinet was recently overhauled in fish skin pads and they will be good for several years to come. 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. There are 2 supplied m'pieces, one is an original B & H BM 2 1010, the other a Morgan J7 re-bored to 1010 dimensions. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is a modern hard shell example in fair condition.  

328

SELMER, PARIS, BASSET HORN in F-SOLD

£4750

This is rare and unique Selmer Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is a one owner example, & was originally bought in 1981 by a well known London professional. He had Edward [Ted] Planas, for many years a Selmer agent in the UK, and the UK's leading clarinet acoustician and specialist maker, make a custom bell in Grenadilla wood.
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 in very good condition. The Silver plated keywork is excellent and shows only slight wear, mainly to the custom key on the bell which has been added. There are two crooks, both in excellent condition, one for use at A=440 the other A=442. The bell is in pristine condition, and features a dedicated vent hole for low C. The Basset Horn has just had a complete overhaul in fish skin pads in our workshop. The key work has been buffed to a nice shine. The instrument is now sold with our full 1 year warranty. 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 A9838. The m'piece is a Selmer E in excellent condition. NB The photos were taken prior to the instrument going through our workshop.

 

332

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, ALTO CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Noblet, Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the instrument has been extremely carefully owned by an adult amateur. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows negligible wear, there is only one slight area of tarnish to the LH F#/C# key, the plating is about 99%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition throughout. The bell and crook, which is sleeved and adjustable, are both in good condition with no dents or dings, there are only a couple of tiny marks to the plating on the bell. The Alto has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct in Pisoni Premium Deluxe pads , and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 6422 , which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original, which is in very good condition and even has the key. The m'piece is the original Noblet in good condition, and there is also a sling supplied.

333

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£725

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet. This is a one owner instrument and it was used for a period of some 3 years before the original owner developed a strong interest in the saxophone. Thereafter it had little or no use. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in very good order throughout on the main pieces, however the bell has a crack, [see photo 12] which we have sealed, glued, and filled in our Clarinets Direct workshop. This has absolutely no affect on the tone or response of the instrument. The repair is guaranteed for 1 year from the date of sale. This clarinet has fish skin pads in overall very good condition; with normal use they should be fine for several years. The matching serial nos. are K114834. The m'piece is a brand new Buffet, as supplied with new E13s. The case is in excellent condition.

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334

PAIR OF NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST CLARINETS-SOLD

£1095

 

 

     

This pair of Noblet Artist Clarinets are in very good condition, and have just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct. They are sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Noblet Artist was the top of the range Noblet model, with a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, these are entry level professional clarinets.
The Bb has serial no. B28275 and has Nickel plate in excellent condition, there is no wear to the plating. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. All pads are brand new Pisoni premium Deluxe fish skin.
The A, serial no. B40748, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in good shape, though it is not quite as pristine as the Bb, there are tiny spots of tarnish only visible on very close inspection! Again all pads are new. The instruments are made entirely from Grenadilla wood, including the barrels of 66.0mm length. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren ebonite 55 in good condition. The case has had the latches replaced and is in good used condition.  

335

SELMER, PARIS, PICCOLO Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1895

This is a very good condition 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 no wear, it is in excellent condition. N. B. This instrument was photographed prior to going through the Clarinets Direct workshop. The S/N is Z1117 which dates to 1976. The instrument has just been fully overhauled in the Clarinets Direct workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original, which latches and protects the insrument well.

 

336

BUFFET, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, GRENADILLA WOOD BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1095

This is a Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Evette & Schaeffer instruments were the student models made by Buffet Crampon. Prior to 1977, only professional model Buffet instruments were stamped with the Buffet logo. This instrument was extremely well made to near professional standard, with German Silver keywork, metal tenon mounts, and an overblowing vent linkage to the crook.
This instrument has tan leather pads throughout in very good condition. The crook has no dents but the bell does have some minor dings, nothing which affects the response, which is excellent. The wood is in very good condition for an instrument of this age, there is however one tight hairline crack at the top of the lower joint tenon: It does not run into a tone hole or through to the bore, see photo 11. The instrument has been down to our workshop for tenon and touch cork replacement, and regulation as necessary. There is a floor peg attachment to the back of the lower joint. The matching serial nos. are 3955, which probably dates to the early 1950's. The case is worn but functional. The m'piece is a Selmer C*, again in good condition.

337

BUFFET FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£700

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet Full Boehm Bb, which is a commission sale for C. D. This is a rare and highly prized early Full Boehm model with all the " Bells and Whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. Note how at this time Buffet actually cut 2 different holes for C#/G#, through the middle tenon, which allows for a less complicated articulated mechanism, and a better trill from the lower joint touchpiece for C#/G#, see photo 4.
The wood is in excellent condition for a vintage instrument, with no cracks or damage. All pieces are matching and original. The instrument has fish skin pads,in good order, with the exception of the lowest two tone holes, which are in tan leather. The key work is well regulated. The German Silver key work is in very fine condition, with no wear. At some point a modification was planned, the G/D tone hole ring has had the rod barrel cut through and a new spring fitted. Possibly a dual function speaker key was envisaged, rather in the manner of a Bass clarinet. However the project got no further than soldering a link to the existing rod for the projected key work, see photo 8. The serial nos. are 1948 which dates to 1928. The supplied case is an Ortola double in excellent condition, with zip, carry straps and various pouches.  

347

SELMER 9* CLARINET in Bb-SOLD

£795

 

 

     


This Selmer Series 9* is a commission sale for Clarinets direct. This instrument is in superb condition, and has had only one careful adult owner from new. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market. The clarinet has matching serial nos., Y 7882 which dates to 1975 & and is one of the last 9*'s made. The Nickel Silver plating is excellent throughout, with no wear. The pads are all brand new fish skin, the instrument has just had a complete re-pad in the Clarinets Direct and is sold with our full 1 year warranty, which is unusual for a commission sale. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood throughout is pristine. The original case is in excellent condition, and is supplied with keys. The m'piece is a used Selmer D, again in excellent condition.  

348

BUFFET ACADEMY MODEL RR13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

An extremely rare " Academy Model" vintage Buffet R13. This is an R13 "Second". In the 1950's when a fault occured during R13 manufacture the instrument was stamped " Academy", and sold at an approx. 20% discount on the R13 price. In some cases the fault can be difficult to find, however with this instrument it is obvious: There must have been a problem with the reaming of the lower part of the lower joint flare, because this part of the bore has been metal lined, see photo 9. The tuning on the F/C and E/B lower twelfths is excellent, so I am confident this is Buffet; the manufacturers' work.
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 41291 which dates to 1952. 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 the original Buffet, worn but fully functional. The m'piece is in ebonite, used, but playing well.

 

339

LEBLANC, SONATA, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

 

 

     

A very good condition Leblanc Sonata Bb clarinet. This instrument is Leblanc's intermediate wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence, and even has gold plated needle springs, like the more expensive models in the Leblanc range. This model plays so well that it easily competes with the Buffet E13 model, and even the class above. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original apart from the bell, which is stamped "Armstrong USA" & is made from resin. We have just completely re-padded in double bladder fish skin pads and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D48093. The supplied m'piece is a student model in excellent condition. The case is the original, in good condition.

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340

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£1745

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct This Eb has been owned and played in West London by an adult amateur player. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in good order throughout. There is however a small surface chip to the uppermost pillar seating of the throat G# key. It is highly likely that this occurred at the Boosey & Hawkes factory when the hole was drilled for this pillar. Aside from this, there are just the usual slight surface blemishes to the wood, the most noticeable is a small chip to the bell rim, see photo 8. This Eb has Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads throughout in good condition. It is sealing perfectly. The key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble. The barrel is original and measures, 44.5mm. The JM supplied case is well used, but still zips up securely. The m'piece is a B&H No.2, ebonite example, in good condition. This Eb, S/N 267423, dates to 1965 it plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation.

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341

SELMER, PARIS, 10S FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£945

 

 

     

A Selmer 10S full Boehm clarinet,with all the "bells and whistles" : Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, S/N C6341, dates to the mid 1980's and has Nickel Silver plate. There is wear overall to the rings as well as to the throat A key, G# key, register key and the RH low Ab and F keys. The plating is not unpleasant to touch, but there is wear consistent with use; overall it is about 85%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, though there are surface marks and scuffs, again consistent with much use. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads at our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is a Meyer No. 4 in very good condition. The case is the original Selmer, with scuffs to the interior lining, it still latches well, and there is also a matching case cover with a pouch for accessories.

 

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346

BUFFET DG PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1795

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet DG Prestige Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a young professional musician who used this instrument through school as a music scholar, now he has decided to concentrate on singing. The DG, named after Buffet's chief designer of the 1990's, Daniel Gautier, was one of their finest designs ever: The tuning of the RH 12ths is unsurpassed by any model in their current line up. The bore is slightly smaller than the RC, and less undercut, and the instrument responds with a dark and powerful tone, uniform across the range. No surprise therefore that this model is played by many of the players in the UK's top orchestras. The Silver plate key work is very good throughout: There is slight wear to the rear thumb bush, register key, and the RH rings, see photo 9, the plating is 97%. The instrument was recently enirely re-padded by Eddie Ashton in superpads, which are well known for their longevity. The matching serial nos. are 385152, which dates to 1994. This instrument features unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood. Please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in pristine condition. There are 2 Buffet barrels, of 64.5mm & 64.8mm. The supplied case is a new Stagg, not the case pictured.

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347

LEMAIRE, PARIS, Bb CLARINET-SOLD     

£495

This is an excellent condition Lemaire Bb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. Strasser, Marigaux, and Lemaire were makers specialising in professional, saxophones, oboes and clarinets. Today, as Marigaux, they survive as one of the World's finest oboe manufacturers. Lemaire was the clarinettist partner in the firm and this instrument is of professional quality.
This clarinet has had a complete double bladder fish skin re-pad in our workshop, & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All the Nickel Silver key work has been buffed to a nice shine, and is in very good condition. The wood overall is in excellent condition, with no damage or repairs. The matching serial numbers are 6225. The case is the original in good condition: There is no damage or tears to the interior or exterior, though the outer catches are slighly rusty. The m'piece is also in good condition. .

 

342

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE A CLARINET-SOLD

£1895

This excellent Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one owner instrument, and was used whilst studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music, but thereafter has seen little or no use. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted. This model features a re-designed bell with voicing groove. It is worth remembering that Buffet Crampon first came up with this idea in the 1980's; these days it is much copied by other manufacturers.
This A, serial no. 470273, was bought new in 2001, it is in near mint condition: The only reasons that I do not describe it as mint, are some scuffs to the case corners, and slight teethmarks to the beak of the Buffet m'piece. The instrument itself is in mint condition. The Silver plate throughout is in superb condition, with no wear. The instrument is padded throughout in Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather pads, in "as new" condition. We have just replaced two tenon corks in the Clarinets Direct workshop and touch corks are in good shape also. The key regulation is very good. The original barrel is of 65.0mm. All stamps are bright an original and match on all parts. The case is the original in black leather with combination locks, there are couple of minor scuffs to the exterior corners, otherwise it is in very good condition.

343

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

This is a Selmer Paris, Centered Tone, Full boehm Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Centered Tone was the penultimate large bore Jazz Selmer clarinet, only the Series 9 was larger. Thereafter Selmer switched to making smaller bore clarinets more in the manner of Buffet. The current owner, a noted American collector, has difficult personal circumstances due to his wife's ongoing illness. Consequently some extremely rare and valuable clarinets are offered to the market.
This Bb clarinet features all the usual Full Boehm refinements: Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G#, and low Eb The serial nos. are R9031, which dates to 1959. The instrument has Nickel silver plating in good condition; there is very slight wear to the LH ring keys 1 and 2, also slight wear to the RH rings, and RH pinky keys: Overall the plating is about 95%. The wood throughout is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs, only slight surface scuffs and scratches [the worst of these is photographed, see photo 9]. As mentioned earlier this instrument is the property of a fastidious collector, the condition is very good. The fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all in good condition & sealing well, the register key pad is in cork. As is the case with all Selmer Centered Tones the upper joint bore is a reverse taper, it measures, 15.1mm at the top of the upper joint narrowing to 14.7mm at the bottom. The original case is in good used condition.

 

344

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 CLARINETS-SOLD

£2745

 

 

     

These are an exceptionally fine pair of "Golden Era" R13s which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a professional player, and these instruments are in extremely good condition. Instruments of this period feature a slightly different bore design to contemporary R13s, in addition the wood was of better quality, and the instruments seem to have been finished by hand more carefully. All of this results in clarinets which are noticeably superior to the modern standard R13.
The Bb Clarinet has matching S/N 119222, which dates to 1971. It has wood in very fine condition throughout, but the bell has a tight crack, approximately 5 cms long, see photo 7. The current owner of the pair has been using the instrument professionally with no problems, and has decided to leave well alone. The fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well. The instruments have been down to our workshop for regulation as necessary, and all touch and tenon corks are good. The Nickel silver plating also shows only slight wear, overall it is in very good condition, around 95%.
The A clarinet has seen less use than the Bb, and the wood has no cracks or repairs. The unstained wood of this clarinet shows a particularly nice dark red-brown hue, which is typical of finest Grenadilla, see photo 11. The Nickel silver plate shows no discernable slight wear, it is in superb condition. The pads are all fish skin in good condition, and like the Bb, the key work regulation has been done as necessary. This A Clarinet, with matching S/N 114664, dates to 1970. ` Back then these was the finest professional instruments 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. These instruments will not disappoint: There are 3 supplied barrels; a special Moennig of 65.0mm for the Bb, a standard Bb Buffet of 68.0mm, and a 65.5mm for the A. The case is a modern Backun pouchette type, in excellent condition, it is a straight copy of an older Buffet model. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in excellent condition.

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LEBLANC ESPRIT Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£745

 

 

     


An excellent condition Leblanc Esprit Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new in 2008 by a professional player, and as Leblanc were bought by Buffet in 2009, this is one of the last Esprit manufactured. This clarinet is Leblanc's entry level professional wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.65mm. It was descibed by Leblanc as having a darker, and yet more flexible, sound than the slightly cheaper Sonata. It also features a separate post mounting for Ab/Eb. This model plays so well that it easily competes with a modern Buffet R13. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original and having matching stamps. We have regulated the instrument as necessary, the fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well, and all touch and tenon corks are fine also. The matching serial nos. are 85627. The supplied m'piece is an "as new" Leblanc K10M. The case is the original, in superb condition.  

330

SELMER, PARIS, OMEGA Bb & CENTERED TONE A, PAIR OF CLARINETS -SOLD

£2695

 

 

     

These are an ultra rare pair of Selmer Paris, Centered Tone clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner, a noted American collector, has difficult personal circumstances due to his wife's ongoing illness. Consequently some extremely rare and valuable clarinets are offered to the market. Selmer have, in the past, made instruments with extremely short production runs: The Centered Tone Omega Bb was such an instrument, with a limited edition of around 100 made. The instrument was personally endorsed and played by Benny Goodman, and it is considered the finest, and most expensive, production line jazz clarinet ever made.
This Omega Bb clarinet features a dedicated and fully automatic mechanism for both throat Bb and the 2nd register, in other words a dual function register key. This is not a "Stubbins" booster mechanism, as so often mistakenly described on the web, but instead each hole has a specific function: an excellent throat Bb, and a dedicated 2nd register vent. Note how this example comes with the original alternative register key speaker tubes, as supplied by Selmer, for further refinement of tuning and response, depending on the individual player and m'piece choice. The Bb is a later instrument than the A, the serial nos. are Q5075, which dates to 1956. The instrument features; Rhodium plating in excellent condition, unique scrolled engraved art work into the bell and lower joint, and forked Eb/Bb and articulated C#/G#. The wood throughout is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs. As mentioned earlier this instrument is the property of a fastidious collector, the condition is excellent. The fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all in good condition & sealing well. As is the case with all Centered Tones the upper joint bore is a reverse taper, it measures, 15.29mm at the top of the upper joint narrowing to 15.04mm at the bottom. There are four original Selmer supplied barrels, of 65.0mm, 66.5mm, 67.0mm, and 68.5mm
The A is of earlier manufacture, the serial nos. are P1900. This dates to 1952. The fingering system is identical to the Bb, apart from the register key mechanism. It is my understanding that Selmer made the Omega only in Bb, therefore this A represents the closest match to the Bb. Like the Bb the wood throughout is excellent for a vintage clarinet, with no cracks or repairs. Again the upper joint bore is a reverse taper, measuring 15.04mm narrowing to 14.78mm. The German Silver key work is in good condition with no wear, only light surface scratches. All the fish skin pads and corks are also in good shape, there will be no need to overhaul this instrument for many months. The case is of modern Selmer pouchette type in excellent condition. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in very good condition. The owner is prepared to split the pair as follows: Omega Bb, £1950. CT in A, £745. The Bb would be sold with 2 barrels in single case. The A in the pictured case, again with 2 barrels.

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331

LEBLANC L7 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£725

 

 

     

The L7 clarinet was one of a range of professional models offered by Leblanc in the early 1970's, which gradually evolved into the LX2000. The bore features a cone at the top of the upper joint which widens from 14.60mm to 14.90mm; the bore is of medium size. When this model was launched by Leblanc it was priced above all the earlier models, LL, H-Dynamique etc This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, its last owner was a professional player from Italy.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 38807. Apparently Nickel plated Leblancs from this period have a tendency to very slight "bubbling" of the plating, and this example shows that mainly on the lower joint, see photo 7. Overall the plating condition is good, there is no discernable wear. The wood is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The instrument has top quality Pisoni white leather pads, which are "as new". We have just checked over the instrument thoroughly in our workshop, with all regulation and touch corks attended to as necessary. The m'piece is a original Leblanc L4, in excellent condition. The case is a plastic hard shell model in good used condition.

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338

NOBLET BY LEBLANC BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

This is a nice condition Noblet, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is an early model Noblet Bass, which features a side trill keys design which works through shorter rods and adjusting screws, as is found on Selmer Bass clarinets, see photo 7. This, though more complex to manufacture, gives a much more precise action, with fewer problems of regulation which are inherent with the very long trill keys as found on more recent Noblet Bass clarinets. Indeed these early professional Noblet Bass clarinets do seem to respond and play extremely well.
This instrument was originally sold by ourselves some 4 years ago, and the condition is largely unaltered since that sale. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows some wear, mainly to the main finger touchpieces, the plating is about 85%. There is an old, pinned repaired crack to the upper joint which runs through the first two trill key holes, see photo 4. This is an old stable repair, and the current owner has had no problems during the period of her ownership. The screw holes for the marching band lyre fitting on the upper joint have been filled. The bell is in good condition with only minor dents, the crook has no dents but does show some plating wear. The Bass has Tan leather pads, all sealing well, the majority of which were originally fitted by Clarinets Direct some 4 years ago. The instrument has been back down to our workshop for pad replacement and regulation as necessary. There is a floor peg attachment to the base of the bell. There is a bracket attached to keep the two joints permanently fixed together; this can be an advantage with younger players in that it removes the likelihood of damage when assembling a 2 piece Bass due to the correspondence linkage. The matching serial nos. are 3417, which dates to the 1960's. The case is an Aquae Sulis in good used condition, with back pack straps as well as a handle. The m'piece is a Selmer D, again in good condition.  

345

LEBLANC, PARIS, CONTRABASS CLARINET-SOLD

£3795

This is a G. Leblanc, Paris, BBb Contrabass clarinet, model 342 in Nickel Silver, range to low Eb. This instrument is in excellent condition, with no dents or damage. It was manufactured as Leblanc's top of the range professional model. The body is Nickel Silver, and shows a fine finish, with no wear. The matching serial nos. on all pieces are 388, which probably dates to 1967. The Nickel plated keywork is in very good condition throughout. We have just overhauled the Contra, in Tan Leather pads, and it is sold with our full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty. The mouthpiece, is a Clark W Fobes, professional model, in good condition. . The original case is also in good used condition: The latches are all sound, as is the interior lining, though it shows some stains.

348

BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A superb condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Nickel Silver 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. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F183872, which dates to 1977, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon.   There is no wear to the plating, which is in pristine condition. The clarinet has just been down to our workshop and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in exceptional condition, with no cracks, damage or surface scuffs. This clarinet has recently been re-padded in finest Pisoni White leather deluxe pads, the condition of which is perfect. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's.The m'piece is the original ebonite Buffet C in excellent condition. The original case is in good used condition and comes with the key.

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349

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1245

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet. This instrument has had only one adult owner and is in superb condition. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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 clarinets with less "brightness" than the R13. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, due in part to a slightly larger bore, which attracted many UK players.
There is no damage or repairs to the wood, wich is pristine throughout. All stamps are bright and the pieces are matching and original. The Silver plate is "as new". This instrument has just had a re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads in our workshop, with all touch corks replaced, and tenon corks as necessary. The matching serial nos. are 527179. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The original Buffet case and mouthpiece, whilst used, are also in excellent condition.  

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44

COUESNON, MONOPOLE CONSERVATOIRE, Bb CLARINET     

£695

This is the top of the range professional, Perier model "Monopole" Conservatoire model Bb clarinet made by Couesnon. At one time they were the largest French manufacturer of band instruments, and seem to have had a long tradition of supplying the French military. Trumpet and clarinet manufacture continued until the 1960's. Auguste Perier, the great French clarinettist, endorsed the "Monopole" clarinet, which was considered one of the best instruments in the period after the 1st World War.
This example probably dates from the inter war years and is in very good condition. The special "Perier" model features an additional touchpiece for throat A: This makes trill fingerings involving the throat A key much easier to play, i.e. G/A, G#/A and Ab/Bb [using the Bb trill key in conjunction with the new touchpiece], also a third ring on the upper joint which is probably designed to facilitate Ab/Bb in the clarion, and finally there is also an additional hole to correct the "stuffiness" of the G/D twelfth. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The matching serial nos., on all pieces , are 8923. The Maillechort key work is in good order throughout. Most of the pads are older fish skin, with some new tan leather pads. All are sealing well, and all corks are also good. The Grenadilla wood is very fine, with no cracks or damage to the main pieces. The bell, however, has three small tight hair line cracks to the receiver tenon, which do not go through to the wood surface, see photo 11. The bore is 14.75mm. The case is original, & the m'piece is again original, in excellent condition. .

 

352

LEBLANC, PETE FOUNTAIN, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1095

 

 

     

This is a Pete Fountain, Leblanc, Jazz clarinet, model 1606S. This clarinet, along with the models 1611 and 1610 which feature articulated C#/G# and 7 rings, is popularly known as 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 this Leblanc France model, with a 15.00mm cylindrical bore, that puts Pete's distinctive "fat" sound within the reach of other players! Sadly Leblanc no longer manufacture: This clarinet is rare and highly sought after.
This instrument is in excellent used condition. There is no wear to the Silver plate, which is in pristine condition throughout. It has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop with Pisoni finest fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in superb condition. The matching serial numbers are 26869. Leblanc serial number lists are unreliable, however some websites would date this clarinet to 1967. The original Leblanc case is also in good used condition, as is the Selmer C115 m'piece.  

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353

YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£845

A mint condition "as new" Yamaha 650 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new recently by a regular customer of Clarinets Direct. As an adult amateur player specialising in jazz he finds this clarinet, though excellent, not to his taste. The clarinet has been played for less than 3 hours in total, the m'piece has not even been unwrapped. The instrument is supplied with all instruction manuals and Yamaha literature, exactly as new.
The Yamaha 650 is the top selling rival to the Buffet E13. It tends to give less trouble than the E13, because, unlike the current Buffet, the Grenadilla wood moves less, causing fewer problems with sticking joints. Yamaha quality control and build quality are exemplary, and these instruments are easy to live with and perfect for the advancing student. The instrument features an adjustable thumbrest, tapered and undercut tone holes, Silver plated keywork, and a voicing groove to the neck of the bell. The supplied m'piece is an unused Yamaha 3C. The case and carry pouch are in perfect condition.

354

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-SOLD

£995

A rare near mint condition professional Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. The only reason that it cannot be described as mint, is slight wear to the stamps. All key work which is German Silver is in pristine condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is also in excellent condition. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; the wood oiled, key work buffed and polished, all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. The clarinet is "as new". All pieces are matching and original, the serial nos. are 4321. The case is a brand new Stagg. The mouthpiece is a new old stock Vandoren, UD, equivalent to the current 5RV Lyre. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

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HOWARTH S1 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

An excellent condition Howarth S1 Bb clarinet in Grenadilla. The Howarth S1 was designed by Jon Steward in the 1990's as a top professional instrument competing with the Prestige range made by Buffet. The instrument features: stable intonation at A=440, a dark focussed tone colour, and various design improvements to the key work to minimise routine maintenance.
The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, with only one slight mark at the top of the upper joint, see photo 5. There are no cracks or repairs & no joint wobble. The Tan leather pads are all in excellent condition and sealing well. The Silver plated key work shows little wear and there is no play to the mechanism, which is in fine regulation. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1406. The supplied m'piece is a Leblanc stamped 2A, in good used condition. The original case shows some slight scuffs to the exterior and slight marking to the interior.  

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SELMER, PARIS, PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£745

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The original owner was the late Steve Morris: Steve was one of Manchesters finest jazz musicians, well known for his celebrated "Band on the Wall" and the eponymous pub, which he owned and which became one of the North West's premiere live music venues.
This particular clarinet has 7 rings, rather than the more usual 6, giving a fork Eb/Bb in the LH. It also has an articulated C#/G# mechanism, a particular favourite of Sax. doublers. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla. The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout. The pads are tan leather in excellent condition. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are P1797, which dates to 1952. The m'piece is a Selmer C in very good condition. The case is well used, but latches securely.

     39   BUFFET R13, Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £1175
A good condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in good condition, though there are a couple of scratches to the throat A key. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The stamps throughout are largely faded, with no stamp clear on the bell. The instrument has recently been re-padded throughout in fish skin pads, which are all sealing well. All tenon and touch corks have been recently replaced,there is no joint wobble, and the regulation throughout is good. The matching serial nos. are 52735 which dates to 1956. 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, with dust cover, which is in excellent condition for its age. The m'piece is a brand new student model.

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J C DENNER C CLARINET REPRODUCTION BY ACKERMAN -RESERVED

£995

 

 

     

This is a unique clarinet. It is a faithful reproduction of the first clarinet ever made, by Johann Christian Denner in approximately 1690. The instrument was made for Alan Hacker by Brian Ackerman in the 1970's, and this instrument can quite rightly be seen as the start of a reproduction industry which went on to stimulate a revival of interest and an era of period instrument performance. The clarinet has 2 brass keys, is in boxwood and has three main pieces. The reed, a modern soprano sax reed can be cut down to fit, is attached to the mouthpiece by string. The approximate length is 50cm and the instrument plays in the key of C. The bore is cylindrical and measures 14.60mm. A is approximately 423Hz.

 

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351

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

A very good condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no marks or scratches. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has just been fully overhauled in finest Pisoni Premium De-luxe tah leather pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All tenon and touch corks have been replaced, there is no joint wobble, and the regulation throughout is good. The matching serial nos. are 82217 which dates to 1964. 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, with leather Buffet cover, which is in good condition for its age.

 

355

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1395

This is a nice condition Noblet, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The Noblet 60 Bass is Leblanc's entry level professional model, featuring a single register key, and range to low Eb. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows normal wear to the ring key touch pieces, the plating is about 90%. The key work shows a nice shine throughout. The plating on the crook is good, but it has a couple of small pin head dings, and the bell also has one slight dent, see photo 7. None of this affects the response or intonation in anyway. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, just surface marks and scratches, consistent with normal use. This instrument used to have a floor peg holder attached to the rear of the lower joint, this was removed, and in our workshop we have filled in the four screw holes which where left, see photo 11. There is also some glue residue undeneath the thumb rest, it was possibly loose in the past, but this is an old repair, not undertaken in our workshop, and the thumb rest is stable. Apart from this there are no repairs to the wood, which is finest aged Grenadilla. This Bass has had a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad in our workshop, & is sold with our full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty. We have also fitted a floor peg attachment to the base of the bell. The serial no. is 6661, which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original in fair condition; there are some scuffs to the exterior and wear to the interior, but it latches and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a new student USA model. This instrument responds easily and readily, and would make an ideal first professional Bass clarinet purchase.

 

356

BUFFET EVETTE, MASTER MODEL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet Master Model E13. The Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. We have just 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 D37909 which dates to the late 1970's, and makes this one of the last Master Models ever produced. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, and later Clarinette Solo de L'Opera-Comique, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost as good as an R13 but at less cost. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition with only slight surface marks, commensurate with careful use. 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 original case shows some interior stains and exterior scuffs, but still latches well. The m'piece is a used student model, stamped AAA.

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357

PETER EATON 600 A CLARINET-SOLD

£1695

This is a MINT condition Peter Eaton model 600 A clarinet. The 600 model was an entry level professional model, compatible to the Elite. This instrument was originally sold to make a pair with an Elite Bb. The original Eaton valuation certificate, which dates the instrument to Nov 1995, is included. The Elite Bb which was part of the pair has just been sold by ourselves, and a comparison between the valuation figures provided by Eaton, for both the Elite Bb and 600 A, shows that the 600, in double case, was sold for 35% less than the Elite. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It has had only one exceptionally careful professional owner, she has now decided to concentrate on singing.
This clarinet has no cracks or damage; it is in pristine condition. The instrument has Nickel Silver plate in perfect condition. The tan leather pads are also like new. The matching serial numbers are 6126. Here is a chance for someone to own an instrument completely compatible with an Elite Bb, for a massive saving against the cost of an Elite A from Eaton direct. By comparison with Eatons current prices, the 600 A in double case, would retail today for approximately £2330 new. The case is a Paxman model in excellent used condition. This instrument would pair well with either of the Elite Bbs currently on our website, nos. 7 & 37.

 

358

CONN PAN-AM IN COCOBOLO, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

An excellent condition Conn Pan -American Clarinet in Cocobolo wood which is has just had full overhaul in Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty. This instrument was an ingenious solution by Conn to the scarcity of Grenadilla wood during, and just after, the Second World War. A similar 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. Whilst Benny Goodman endorsed Selmer clarinets, Artie Shaw endorsed wide bore Conn instruments. The main body of the wood is in fine shape for it's age with no cracks or damage. The keywork is in good condition, with only tiny spot plating wear to the throat A , G# key and register key, see photos 6 & 11. The  serial no. is 15300.  The m'piece is a Meyer 4M in good used condition. The case is a Conn, but not the original one supplied with this type of clarinet, it latches well and is also in good condition.

360

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 FULL BOEHM CLARINETS-SOLD

£3295

 

 

     

An extremely rare pair of Buffet R13 Full Boehms, which were probably a special order from Buffet. These instruments are a credit to their former owner, as the condition throughout is superb. These are the highly prized Full Boehm models with all the " Bells and Whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. When they were manufactured they were the most expensive Soprano clarinets in the Buffet catalogue.
The Bb clarinet has matching serial nos. F107203, which dates to early 1969. The wood throughout is excellent with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. Both instruments will have an overhaul in the Clarinets Direct workshop and are sold with our full 1 Year Warranty. Interestingly the bells are stamped A and B to avoid confusion.
The A has matching serial nos. F105452, which dates manufacture to the last week of 1968. This dates both R13s to the period commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. Like the Bb, the wood and plating are in excellent condition; it is extremely uncommon to find Buffets of this period in such fine condition, as usually, having been professionally owned, they have had much use. 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. These instruments 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 Buffet original with a plaque of the supplying Paris dealer, again in excellent condition. The m'piece is a used Vandoren 5RV.

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361

G. LEBLANC PARIS, PROFESSIONAL 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. 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 wood is also in good condition, though there is one old, extremely well repaired surface crack to the upper joint: It runs into the first trill key hole, see photos 4 & 6. Though the crack does not go through to the bore, it has been pinned no less than 6 times. The repair is completely stable, and we have thoroughly checked for seal in our workshop. 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 4994. 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 S, in very good condition.

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362

PETER EATON, ELITE Bb CLARINET-SOLD     

£2095

This is a MINT condition Elite, in "as new" condition. It was entirely replated, in Silver plate, and fully overhauled in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather, approximately 1 year ago by Clarinets Direct. It is interesting to observe how well the plating, undertaken by ourselves, has lasted. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct it has had two previous owners, the first a top London professional, who had the Bb as part of his pair and used them in the Philharmonia. The second owner is a Doctor, who has decided that Peter Eaton clarinets are not for her! This clarinet has no cracks or damage, it is in pristine condition. Here is a chance for someone to own an Elite for over 40% less than the cost from Eaton direct. The Elite is Eaton's version of the wide bore B&H 1010, without Acton Patent Vent. The matching serial nos. are E536. The m'piece is marked 1.23 21.5 A and has serial no. 3072, it is in excellent condition. There are 2 barrels of 65 and 61mm length. The case is "as new". .

 

363

SELMER, PARIS, METAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

This is an early modern logo Selmer professional metal Bb clarinet. In a Selmer Paris brochure dating from the 1920's I read with interest that 3 different types of material were used in the making of their instruments: Grenadilla wood instruments were the cheapest, followed by ebonite clarinets, whereas the most expensive, by some margin, were their metal instruments. The logo is of the modern Selmer type, yet this clarinet has matching 2571 serial numbers. I have long suspected that websites which attempt to date early Selmer serial nos. are, at best, very approximate. All of this point to a late 1920's or early 1930's instrument.
This clarinet has been well used: There are repairs to the base of the tone hole chimney of the first trill key, Eb/Bb, see photo 10. At the bottom of the lower joint the tenon ring also has been bent in the past, so that it no longer sits flush on the bell, see photo 9. The bell tenon, is itself, no longer completely circular, though the fit on the cork is good. There are small dings and scratches to the metal surface of the main body of the clarinet, as well as the bell. Fortunately none of this affects the intonation or response, which are excellent. It appears that the body is made from the same material as the key work, Nickel Silver. The instrument does have the appearance and feel of top quality manufacture. The barrel is sleeved and telescopically adjustable, with 1mm gradations so that the player can judge precisely how far to twist out. The bore is large, at 15.3mm, much larger than the bore of contemporary wooden clarinets made by Selmer. With the supplied original Selmer HS mouthpiece, of old logo, which dates to 1925, the intonation is simply superb. The throat tones are secure and stable, the second register unerringly accurate at A=440 Hz. This clarinet would be ideal for out door or jazz use, the tone is big and flexible. We have just completely overhauled the clarinet in Pisoni fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is a Buffet of modern type.

368

BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

An excellent condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This Bb has serial no. F164429, which dates to 1976, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon.   There is very little wear to the plating, only slight wear to the throat G# key, and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  There is no damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. This clarinet has had only one amateur owner, and it has been very well cared for, in fact for its age, the condition is exceptionally fine. All pads are double bladder fish skin in good order, the instrument should be maintenance free for several months to come, given normal levels of use. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's.The m'piece is a brand new student model, as is the case, a new Stagg.

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BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in extremely good condition for its age with no marks or tarnish. All double bladder fish skin pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently completely overhauled. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition, with no cracks, damage or repairs. The matching serial nos. are 19444 which dates  to 1935. The supplied m'piece is a used Bonade in ebonite, in very good condition. The case is a modern example, again in excellent condition. This instrument easily competes with the modern E13, to which it is superior in terms of build quality, evenness and intonation.

 

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374

MATCHED PAIR OF EATON ELITE CLARINETS

£3895

 

 

     

THE A IS RESERVED. THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN EATON SINGLE CASE WITH M'PIECEC AND 2 BARRELS FOR £1895. This matched pair of Eaton Elites are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have had only one owner from new, and the condition of these instruments is extremely good. The Elite is Eaton's wide bore English model, based on the Boosey & Hawkes 1010.
The Bb, serial no. E274, has wood throughout in very good condition, there are no cracks or repairs, excepting a small chip to the outer rim of the upper joint tenon, see photo 11. This is completely hidden when the clarinet is assembled and has no effect on the response. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is without any marks or tarnish, excellent condition. The A, serial no. E253, has no cracks or repairs. The condition is near mint, with no wear to the stamps. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 4 barrels of 63.0mm, ,63.2mm, 64.4mm, and 64.8mm all in perfect condition. The m'piece is an Eaton Elite stamped: 1.24 21V, S/N 3045, in good used condition. The original Paxman case also comes with carry straps, it is, again, in very good condition. This pair has had only light use and represents a substantial cost saving over new.

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372

SELMER PARIS BALANCED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a late model BT [Balanced Tone] clarinet, which was one of the first of Selmer's great modern clarinet designs. When introduced it was an immense leap forward for the 1930's: The instrument features anchored posts, a double pillar design for the LH pinky levers, counter sunk tone hole edges throughout, & the springing was arranged in the manner that was to become regarded as the industry standard, and was subsequently copied by many, including Buffet. All in all this was a clarinet well in advance of its time. The scale is also very even, as the name suggests; the tone is well rounded and mellow, with good intonation for the period. This instrument was a "must have" for the professional player who was broadcasting in the latest medium: radio. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla, apart from a surface crack which runs between the two top tone holes of the lower joint. As the tenon is metal sleeved at this point, this crack has absolutely no effect on the response. In fact it was probably the design, i.e. the metal lining which caused the wood to stress crack at this point. The clarinet features articulated C#/G# and a LH fork Eb/Bb. Apart from this there are only a few light surface marks consistent with the instruments age. It was formerly owned by a noted collector, who is fastidious in his choice of clarinets and their condition; This clarinet is a commission sale for C D. The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout. The instrument has recently had a complete re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads. The clarinet has had a thorough "check down" in the Clarinets Direct workshop, with regulation and pad seal corrected as necessary. The matching serial nos. are M4514, which dates to 1944. The m'piece is a Selmer HS* in good condition. The case is the original pouchette Selmer, in excellent condition. The original case shows some slight scuffs to the exterior and slight marking to the interior.  

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BUFFET E13 CLARINET -SOLD

£795

 

 

     

A mint condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet. This is a one owner instrument, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The original owner bought it just before going to University to read Biology, her intention had be to continue playing for fun. However the demands of her course were such that the clarinet remainded in the box, unplayed. It has had less than one months' use since she bought it new 10 years ago, and understandably, she feels it is time to sell. It is rare to describe a clarinet made 10 years ago as mint, but this is the case here, even the original Buffet box in which the clarinet was supplied is "as new".
This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have bright matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in perfect condition. This clarinet has the original fish skin pads in overall very good condition; with normal use they should be fine for several years. The instrument has had a thorough "check down" in the Clarinets Direct workshop for pad seal and regulation. The matching serial nos. are K134106. The m'piece is brand new, and unplayed, as the original owner used the one supplied with her first clarinet. The case is also "as new" and is supplied with accessories including sealed keys. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.  

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364

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET RC CLARINETS -SOLD

£3295

 

 

     

An extremely rare and fine matched pair of Buffet RC clarinets. This pair have only had one professional owner, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have an outstanding provenance, having been hand selected by the owner, and her then professor at the RCM, the late Dame Thea King, from Buffet, Pages Walk, in London in 1975. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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. They are part of the earliest production specifically targeted at the UK market and both intruments carry a UK stamp. As part of that initial production run, these instruments were the finest and most expensive Buffet clarinets of the period, priced at approximately 15% more than the contemporary R13. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracted many UK players.
The Bb, serial no. 161359, is in very fine condition, there are no cracks or repairs. The instrument has the original Nickel silver plate, which is in very good condition, there is only minor wear to the rings, the plating is about 95%. The key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. This clarinet has recently been re-padded in tan leather pads, all in very good condition. there are two supplied barrels of 63 and 66mm.
The A has S/N 161499, which also dates to 1975, there is no damage to the wood. The Nickel silver plate is also in excellent shape, around 98%. The pads are mainly fish skin on the upper joint, with tan leather on the lower. All pads are sealing well, with touch corks and regulation in fine order. There are 2 barrels, of 63, & 65mm respectively. These instruments play with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. they were manufactured as Buffet's top professional instruments with unstained Grenadilla wood. Today one would have to spend over £6000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is the original, in good condition, though the dust cover which has preserved it, is showing wear. The mouthpieces are an ultra rare Peter Eaton, stamped RC/R13 O, for open, S/N 4536, in good used condition, and a stock Buffet C in ebonite, unused.  

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365

EATON ELITE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1950

 

 

     

This Peter Eaton Elite Bb is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a noted London collector. It has been very well maintained & is in excellent used condition.
This Bb, serial no. 9008, has wood throughout in good condition. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is 99%: The only wear is to the A key, see photo 5. The 2 supplied barrels are of 64.5mm and 63.0mm. The mouthpiece is a Selmer C85 120 re-bored to the correct dimensions. The Gig bag case is used, but in good condition. The instrument represents a substantial saving, over 40%, on Peter Eatons current list price.

 

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366

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A very good condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The main body of the wood is in overall good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. The instrument has cork pads on the upper joint and leather pads on the lower, all in excellent condition. The matching serial nos. are 48023 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 the original Buffet leather pouchette type, in good condition, and the m'piece is a Vandoren B45.

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NOBLET ARTIST Bb PLATEAU CLARINET , BY LEBLANC -SOLD

£1045

 

 

     

A rare superb condition professional Artist Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. The artist was the "top of the range" Noblet model, and this is a late model, with the later Noblet logo. Unlike some of the cheaper models in the range, this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in excellent condition. There is a tiny area of spot wear to RH2, the plating is 99%. The wood, which is also in overall excellent condition, has only one slight surface crack running from the top tenon into the speaker tube hole. As this is metal lined, and the crack is on the surface, this is a cosmetic flaw only, it has no effect on the response. The crack has been filled and sealed in the past. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; the wood oiled, key work buffed and polished, all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. The clarinet is "as new". All pieces are matching and original, the serial nos. are 29634. The case is a brand new Venus. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren, 5RV in excellent used condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£695

 

 

     

A nice condition Selmer Series 10 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has just come from a professional player in the Netherlands. He has had the speaker key tube and key modified, by the German maker Meinel, to improve the second register intonation. The Series 10 was the first of Selmers clarinet designs to feature a small bore with more undercutting in the Buffet manner.
This Bb, S/N Y9322, dates to the late 1975 and has Silver plate in very good condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface scratches and marks. The clarinet has finest pisoni white leather pads which are in very good condition throughout. The instrument has been for a thorough "check down" in our workshop, with touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The two supplied Selmer 10 barrels, are of 65mm and 67mm. The case is not the original Selmer but an "Armstrong".

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E J ALBERT PAIR OF BASSET CLARINETS by PLANAS & BANGHAM -SOLD

£3795

 

 

     

A truly unique pair of Basset clarinets, originally by E J Albert, and subsequently modified by Edward Planas and Daniel Bangham: With Planas responsible for the A, and Bangham the Bb. Originally these were a Cocus wood pair, now both have extensions in Grenadilla. Bangham's design differs slightly from Planas' in that; the pads are on the rear of the Bb, there is a low C vent hole, and the touchpieces at the rear operate the lowest 4 pitches in a slightly different manner. In addition, the four thumb keys, at the back are more like plates in the Bangham version. These touch pieces produce the notes, Eb, D, C# and C; which extend the compass of the instrument in order to play the Mozart Concerto, Quintet, and La Clemenza obligattos as written for Anton Stadler.
The Bb, S/N 10476 has German Silver keywork which is very good throughout, with an excellent shine. The wood is in good condition for its age, with no major cracks or repairs, but apparently at some point an alternative mechanism was intended at the top of the upper joint: Whatever this was, there must have been a change of heart, see photo 12, because some pillar holes and a tone hole have been plugged. None of this goes through to the bore. The pads throughout are in Tan Leather, and the instrument is having a full overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop. As usual it will be sold with our full 1 year Warranty. The rear thumb rest is of modern Yamaha type, incorporating a sling hook. The makers stamp is clearly visible on all sections.
The A, S/N 10477 has German Silver keywork and wood in excellent condition. Again all pads are Tan Leather, there is no joint wobble. There is also a custom made grenadilla wood barrel which is angled for ease of playing. The case is a custom original, in very good condition. The pair are supplied with a German lay m'piece but can be played with any modern m'piece of 926 type.  

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     32   BUFFET CRAMPON PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET to low C-SOLD          £3295
This is an excellent condition Buffet Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb & low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is a unique instrument in that it features a custom made extension, a third joint, which allows the player to choose whether the Bass plays to low Eb or low C. The history of the instrument is that it was bought new as a low Eb Bass in 1968. The owner, a professional player, subsequently found himself playing in Evita in the West End, his part contained one low C on the Bass clarinet: He therefore had the extension made, rather in the manner of a Basset clarinet extension; in that there is only a single touchpiece for each of the lowest 3 pitches, D, Db and C. This idea was common at the time as the Boosey and Hawkes low C Bass, the Imperial, featured this exact same optional 3rd joint. A pity that no contemporary quality manufacturer offers this any longer.
All Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. The bell and crook are both in excellent condition with no dents, just light surface scratches. The Bass does have a double overblowing vent, but, most unusually, the lower vent is actuated only for 2nd register B, by means of a connecting lever under the LH E/B. The second register response is excellent, the tuning and evenness are exemplary. This Bass has just had a thorough check over in our workshop, where the lower joint has been re-assembled and all pads checked for seal. In addition the Bass has been regulated, and all touch corks replaced as necessary. There is a floor peg to the bell, the matching serial nos. are 21283 which dates to 1968. The instrument is supplied in an excellent condition Pro-Tech case. The m'piece is an "as new" B45.

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BUFFET E11 A CLARINET-SOLD

£545

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet E11 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The only reason I do not describe it as mint is that the pads are well used, though all are sealing well. In all other ways; stamps, key work and wood condition, the instrument is "as new" This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional wooden model, and this example has matching serial nos. 644038. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in exceptionally fine order throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine, with no wear. This clarinet would pair well with the E11, E12 or E13 Bb clarinets. The original Buffet case is also in good condition.

 

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COUESNON, MONOPOLE CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is the top of the range professional "Monopole" Conservatoire model Bb clarinet made by Couesnon. At one time they were the largest French manufacturer of band instruments, and seem to have had a long tradition of supplying the French military. Trumpet and clarinet manufacture continued until the 1960's. Auguste Perier, the great French clarinettist, endorsed the "Monopole" clarinet, which was considered one of the best instruments in the period after the 1st World War.
This example dates from the early 1960's or possibly late 1950's and is in very good condition. It is an extremely rare plateau clarinet, i.e. all touchpieces are covered hole, & is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The matching serial nos., on all pieces , are 29223. The Maillechort key work is in good order throughout. Most of the pads have just been replaced with white leather pads though some are older, in fish skin. All are sealing well, and all corks are also good. The Grenadilla wood is very fine. The bore is 14.7mm, remarkably close to a Buffet R13 of the period.
This clarinet would suit a doubler on sax or flute, or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open tone-hole ring keys. The case is the original in good condition, with only one tear to the interior lining. The m'piece is again original. The clarinet will play well and tune well with any standard Vandoren or Selmer mouthpiece.  

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BUFFET PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£2495

 

 

     

This is a superb condition Buffet Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass has been professionally owned and played in the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and is an outstanding example of a low Eb Bass. It has identical specification to the current Buffet Prestige model, double overblowing vent, and LH alternative Ab/Eb.
All Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. The bell and crook are both in excellent condition with no dents, just light surface scratches. The instrument is padded throughout in white leather pads of the finest quality, all are in very good condition. This Bass has just had a thorough check over in our workshop. The matching serial nos. are 19620 which dates to 1966. The original case is very compact. The lining is worn, but still protects the instrument well, the handle has a tape repair, and the latches are secure. The m'piece is a professional Buffet special edition, " Jacques Millon", in pristine condition. There is no floor peg, but a sling is provided. We can fit a new floor peg, if desired, at additional cost.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL CLARINETS-SOLD

£3795

 

 

     

This matched pair of Buffet Festival clarinets are in extremely good condition. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The Bb has serial no. 320824, dating to 1989. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows only slight wear commensurate with careful use: The LH 2nd ring is worn, and there is spot wear to the A key, see photos 5 & 6. The plating is about 98%. We have just completely overhauled the pair in finest Pisoni double bladder fish skin pads, and they are sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are 2 supplied barrels of 64.9mm and 66.7mm.
The A, serial no. 316503, also dates to 1989. It has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in very good shape, as the instrument has seen less use. Both instruments feature an alternative LH, Ab/Eb lever and adjustable thumbrests There are 2 barrels of 65.5mm, and 66.0mm. The m'piece is a brand new stock Buffet. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, with combination locks, in pristine condition, partly because it has been protected by a Buffet canvas case cover.

 

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376

NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL ARTIST Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a good condition Professional model Noblet Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is not the cheaper Noblet 40 Eb clarinet which is often mis-sold as a professional Eb, but a Noblet, Artist, Paris model 50. The wood condition overall is very fine, with only minor surface marks. There are NO cracks or repairs. The Nickel silver plate is also in very good condition for its age, with no major wear, though it would benefit from a good cleaning and polish! This Eb has double bladder fish skin pads in reasonable condition; all are sealing, but some will need replacing within the next few months depending on the amount of use the instrument gets. There are 2 m'pieces, an original Noblet, and a fine Peter Eaton, both in good condition, this last is a costly upgrade, and it benefits the instrument. The case is an older Boosey and Hawkes, in fair condition: There are tape repairs to the exterior, and the interior is also well worn.  

377

MATCHED PAIR OF NOBLET ARTIST CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1145

 

 

     

This matched pair of Noblet Artist Clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The pair are a one owner pair from new and are in good condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Noblet Artist was the top of the range Noblet model, these are entry level professional clarinets.
The Bb has serial no. A9412 and has Nickel plate in good condition, there is slight wear to the RH levers, LH E/B and throat G#. The plating is around 95%. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. All pads are Tan Leather in good condition.
The A, serial no. A4352, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in good shape, though it would benefit from a good clean! Again the tan leather pads, while not new, are all sealing well. The instruments are made from Grenadilla wood, apart from the barrels which are plastic of 66.0mm length. The supplied m'piece is of ebonite and in good condition. The case is a Boosey & Hawkes model in good used condition.

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378

BOOSEY & HAWKES 926 IMPERIAL A CLARINET-SOLD

£695

 

 

     

A very good condition B&H 926 A, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has tan leather pads throughout in as new condition. We have just thoroughly checked down this instrument in our Clarinets Dirtect workshop and regulated the key work. The bore and silver plate key work are excellent with no cracks, damage or wear. There are a few minor chips to the bell rim, see photo 8, but this aside the wood condition is very good.
The matching serial nos. are 178111, which dates this instrument to 1959. In addition there are two further matching serial numbers, 6857, it could be that a former owner of this instrument had it stamped additionally as a security precaution. The N0.2 B & H original m'piece is in good condition. The case is a superb, brand new Leblanc, by Backun, pouchette double, with cover containing many pouches, and over the shoulder strap. .

     379   SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET-SOLD          £985
This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The crook is in excellent shape, the bell has a few minor scratches but no dents. we have fitted a new floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show the usual spot wear: Overall the plating is 85%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 24522. The case has some scuffs and tape repairs to the exterior, two additional catches have been fitted, to make a total of five. It latches securely and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a used Bundy 3 in excellent condition. The ligature is a brand new Rovner "dark". This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£525

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet E11 clarinet. The only reason I do not describe it as mint is slight wear to the stamps. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional wooden model, and this example has matching serial nos. 565065. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in exceptionally fine order throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine, with no wear. This clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in Pisoni Premium Deluxe White Leather pads and is sold with our full 1 Year Clarinets Direct warranty. The set up is thus superior to the cheap pads which are supplied on new E11s by Buffet. The supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a professional model Vandoren 11.6 in good condition. The original Buffet case is also in good condition.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON VINTAGE R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£2195

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Tom Watmough, who is currently co-Principal clarinet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This superb Buffet R13 Vintage clarinet has been played in both the RPO and London Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a commission sale for C. D.
The Bb Clarinet is in near mint condition, and was supplied new by Howarths of London less than 18 months ago. The only reasons that the instrument is described as "near mint", are a couple of tiny patches of cloudiness to the plating, see photos 8 & 10, and the fact that the Pisoni finest white leather pads, as custom fitted by Howarths', are not brand new. All pads and key regulation are in excellent order. The wood is in pristine condition throughout, no cracks or damage whatsoever. The matching serial nos. are 606176.
The Buffet Vintage model is Buffet Crampon's current attempt to recapture the sound and manufacturing excellence of the R13 of the 1950's. Some differences exist however; the modern "Vintage" features an additional double polycylindrical bore barrel, as well as a standard R13 bore barrel, hence the two supplied with this instrument. The additional polycylinder is supposed to improve intonation overall on this model. Also the modern instrument features an additional LH Ab/Eb lever in common with other Prestige range clarinets. Like the original R13 this clarinet features hand selected unstained wood, and careful hand finishing to optimise response and tuning through undercutting. The case is a modern Buffet Tosca in excellent condition supplied with both keys.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET E13 CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

THE A IS "RESERVED" THE Bb STILL AVAILABLE FOR £775 WITH M'PIECE IN SINGLE CASE. An excellent condition pair of Buffet, E13 clarinets. These instruments are a one owner pair, and have seen exceptionally light use. They were bought new by a player in his 50's who has not played them in the last 20 years! The A is in mint condition.
The 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. The key work shows no 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 K80985. The A, which has pristine Nickel plate has matching serial nos. K98717. The supplied m'piece is an original Buffet in excellent condition, as is the Buffet double pouchette leather case.  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1395

 

 

     

This is a very good condition G Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass was Leblanc's intermediate professional model the 400. The German Silver key work shows no wear, it is in excellent condition throughout. The crook is in good condition , the bell has only a couple of slight dings, and scratches commensurate with careful use. The wood also shows surface scratches and scuffs but there are no cracks. This Bass has had a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad in our workshop, & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The key work has been swaged and regulated, and all touch corks have been replaced. The instrument responds well and the action is smooth and quiet. We have fitted a floor peg attachment to the bell. The matching serial nos. are 4237, which dates to the 1960's. The supplied mouthpiece is a Selmer G in excellent condition. The original case is also in very good condition.

 

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£745

 

 

     

The LL clarinet was named after Leon Leblanc, and was specifically designed by him for professional players, in the 1960's. The bore is cylindrical at 14.80mm, which is of medium size. According to the Leblanc brochure the clarinet was designed for a "rich full bodied tone quality". The intonation and response of this design was excellent and this model was still available from Leblanc right up to the time that they ceased manufacture.
This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, its last owner was a professional player in the Netherlands. The Bb has matching serial nos. 62046 and has Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there is a small chip to the outer rim of the lower upper joint tenon, see photo 4. The instrument has fish skin pads, which whilst not new, are sealing well. The m'piece is a Vandoren M30, in excellent condition. The case shows some wear to the exterior and interior, it latches well.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 CLARINETS-RESERVED

£2745

 

 

     

These are an excellent condition pair of Buffet R13s which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a professional pianist, and she used these instruments as a second study clarinettist through University, consequently they have seen very little use.
The Bb Clarinet has matching S/N 292055, which dates to 1989. It has wood in very fine condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. The fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well. The instruments have been down to our workshop for regulation as necessary, and all touch and tenon corks are good. The Silver plating is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear.
The A clarinet has seen even less use than the Bb, again the wood has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows no discernable wear, it is in superb condition. The pads are all fish skin in good condition, and like the Bb, the key work regulation has been done as necessary. This A Clarinet, with matching S/N 290109, also dates to 1989. All parts are original Buffet, and carry matching stamps. In addition to the two original barrels, there is now a third Buffet, of 64.5mm, for the A. The case is a modern Orly, it is in excellent condition, with a shoulder carry strap which is supplied. The m'piece is a used stock Buffet in very good condition.  

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BUFFET RC PRESTIGE BASSET CLARINET in A-SOLD

£4095

 

 

     


Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is one such. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the reason for the sale is that the owner wishes to purchase a new pair of Buffet Divine clarinets.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their rarest and most expensive models, an A RC Prestige Basset. The istrument was designed to play the Mozart Quintet and Concerto as originally conceived by him, and has a range to low C. The instrument is in mint condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was bought new from T W Howarth & Co, and has been played only on a handful of occasions. This Basset features a "Schmidt Reform Boehm" type dual function register key, which automatically uses separate holes for throat Bb and the upper register. The instrument also has a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 31843. The Basset has had thorough check up in our workshop, with regulation and pads receiving attention as necessary. This clarinet is "as new". The supplied Buffet stock m'piece was not used by the sole former owner. The condition of the case is pristine.  

     40   CONSOLE, by SELMER, PLATEAU Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £645
A rare Selmer Console, France, Plateau B flat clarinet in ebonite. The Selmer Console was a student model manufactured for Selmer. This instrument is also stamped "France", unlike some of the cheaper Consoles, which were simply stamped "Foreign". The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. All pieces are matching and original, and have the "Console" stamp. There are no cracks or repairs to the ebonite body, which is in fine order. The case is the original, with "Selmer" plate. The m'piece is a brand new Pillinger custom model in ebonite on an F3 blank, with a 1.12mm tip opening. The intonation and response of the clarinet with this m'piece are excellent. A plateau instrument in ebonite is substantially lighter than a Grenadilla wood model, it was "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".
     58   LEBLANC PARIS, SONATA Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £695
A very good condition Leblanc Sonata Bb clarinet. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional model wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence, and even has gold plated needle springs, like the more expensive models in the Leblanc range. This model plays so well that it easily competes with the Buffet E13 model, and even the class above. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are matching and original. We have just re-padded in double bladder fish skin pads and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D55125. The supplied m'piece is an ebonite Leblanc K10M in excellent condition. The case is the original, in good condition.

59

MATCHED PAIR OF IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS -SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This excellent matched pair of Imperial 926 Clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair were selected from Boosey & Hawkes by their one and only owner, subsequently she then concentrated on piano at University, and these instruments are virtually as new. The pair were last partially overhauled by T W Howarth & Co. in 2010, a copy of their invoice is included in the sale.
The Bb, S/N 463419, is in excellent condition throughout. The Grenadilla wood, and Silver plated keywork are in pristine order. The pads throughout are fish skin and sealing well. The A, serial no. 448611, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, like the Bb the pads are not new, but sealing well. There are 2 barrels and 2 Boosey & Hawkes 926 No. 2 m'pieces. Unlike Buffet clarinets, the barrels on B&H clarinets are interchangeable between the Bb and A. The case is also original, it still latches and protects the pair well.

 

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368

BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

An excellent condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This Bb has serial no. F164429, which dates to 1976, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon.   There is very little wear to the plating, only slight wear to the throat G# key, and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  There is no damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. This clarinet has had only one amateur owner, and it has been very well cared for, in fact for its age, the condition is exceptionally fine. All pads are double bladder fish skin in good order, the instrument should be maintenance free for several months to come, given normal levels of use. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's.The m'piece is a brand new student model, as is the case, a new Stagg.

369

PAIR OF SELMER CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1495

A rare and fine pair of original logo Selmer clarinets. The Bb has serial numbers 7164. There are no cracks or damage, in fact the condition is very good, with only light surface marks to the wood, mainly on the barrel. the pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well, they are mainly fish skin with a couple of tan leather. The German silver keywork is in pristine condition throughout. Note particularly the " Brevette SGDG" which is on both top joints. Both clarinets have a bore of 14.9mm. The A, has matching serial numbers 7038, it is likely that both instruments date just prior to the instroduction of the more modern Selmer logo, i.e. they date from 1930. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The German Silver key work is excellent throughout. All pads are Tan Leather. The case is a Buffet leather example from the 1970's in good used condition, with dust cover. There are some interior stains and tears, but the latches are sound. The two m'pieces are a Selmer C*, and an earlier HS*, with the lay marked at the base of the table. Both are in good, used condition.

370

BUFFET, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 CLARINET -SOLD

£695

 

 

     

An extremely good 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 Tan Leather pads, with the exception of the C#/G# key and register key, which are in cork. The clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are B4747 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 despite its age, is in very good condition also.  

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371

BUFFET C CLARINET -SOLD

£1495

A very rare and fine early professional Buffet C clarinet. The Grenadilla wood and German Silver key work are in superb condition, and it is obvious from inspection that this instrument has had little use. The wood shows no cracks or damage. All main pieces are matching and original; the only slight blemish is a nick to the middle tenon ring, see photo 10. The instrument has just had a full repad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The S/N 1S417 dates to 1925. The m'piece is a brand new Pillinger, which is a copy of an original Carl Fischer "Steel Ebonite" mouthpiece. This type of mouthpiece was originally supplied with Buffet clarinets in the USA at that time to play at A=440Hz. The tip opening is slightly under 1mm and the lay is about 17.5mm. In terms of the interior bore the m'piece shows a remarkable resemblance to a modern Zinner blank. So therefore this C will play well with most modern American sourced m'pieces or a Vandoren M model. The intonation and response of this C are superb: The instrument is stable in terms of tuning and remarkably even across the registers. The tone is mellow and full.   The case is a not original to the clarinet, but protects the clarinet  well.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 CLARINETS-SOLD

£2745

 

 

     

These are an excellent condition pair of Buffet R13s which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a professional pianist, and she used these instruments as a second study clarinettist through University, consequently they have seen very little use.
The Bb Clarinet has matching S/N 292055, which dates to 1989. It has wood in very fine condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. The fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well. The instruments have been down to our workshop for regulation as necessary, and all touch and tenon corks are good. The Silver plating is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear.
The A clarinet has seen even less use than the Bb, again the wood has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows no discernable wear, it is in superb condition. The pads are all fish skin in good condition, and like the Bb, the key work regulation has been done as necessary. This A Clarinet, with matching S/N 290109, also dates to 1989. All parts are original Buffet, and carry matching stamps. In addition to the two original barrels, there is now a third Buffet, of 64.5mm, for the A. The case is a modern Orly, it is in excellent condition, with a shoulder carry strap which is supplied. The m'piece is a used stock Buffet in very good condition.  

55

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE BASSET CLARINET in A-SOLD

£4095

 

 

     


Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is one such. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the reason for the sale is that the owner wishes to purchase a new pair of Buffet Divine clarinets.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their rarest and most expensive models, an A RC Prestige Basset. The istrument was designed to play the Mozart Quintet and Concerto as originally conceived by him, and has a range to low C. The instrument is in mint condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was bought new from T W Howarth & Co, and has been played only on a handful of occasions. This Basset features a "Schmidt Reform Boehm" type dual function register key, which automatically uses separate holes for throat Bb and the upper register. The instrument also has a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 31843. The Basset has had thorough check up in our workshop, with regulation and pads receiving attention as necessary. This clarinet is "as new". The supplied Buffet stock m'piece was not used by the sole former owner. The condition of the case is pristine.  

57

MATCHED PAIR OF YAMAHA YCL64 CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1345

 

 

     

A very good condition pair of Yamaha 64 clarinets, which are a commission sale for C D. Their former owner was bought them new by his father, who worked for Yamaha, on the occasion of his gaining a Music Scholarship. 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. 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 range to the YCL84 which were Yamaha's most expensive Custom model. 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 Custom or above.
The instruments have no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Bb S/N 002821, has just been entirely overhauled in our Clarinets Direct workshop, in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear, only light surface scratches. The instrument features an adjustable thumbrest. The A, S/N 04215, is also in very good condition. As it has had less use than the Bb, only a couple of pads needed replacing. The double bladder fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. There are 2 supplied m'pieces, a Custom 4C in ebonite & a Yamaha 4C both are in very good condition, as is the Yamaha hard shell case.  

373

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1145

 

 

     

A good condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in nice condition, with no marks or scratches, though the C#/G# key is not original to this clarinet, it is a replacement from an earlier Buffet model. The wood condition shows no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has recently been fully overhauled in finest Pisoni Premium De-luxe tah leather pads. The clarinet has been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" prior to sale: there is no joint wobble, and the regulation throughout is good. The matching serial nos. are F72729 which dates to 1962. 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 and is in fair condition for its age.  

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382

BOXWOOD AND IVORY C CLARINET BY  NICHOLSON EARLY 19th CENTURY- SOLD

£595

PRICE REDUCED! ON HIRE TO THIN MAN FILMS PRODUCTION COMPANY UNTIL MAY 2013

I am indebted to Mr. Simon Waters, who recently delivered a paper to the Galpin Society in Edinburgh on Charles Nicholson flutes, for the chance to quote him in this revised, and corrected listing: 

"In that paper I noted that there are many flutes stamped NICHOLSON/LONDON which are plain boxwood instruments which likely predate the earliest Charles Nicholson NICHOLSON"S IMPROVED flutes (which were made by ThomasProwse) by some years, and that these flutes are likely to be from an entirely separate London-based maker called Nicholson. The stamp they bear appears, on the basis of the photos on your website, to be identical to that on your clarinet. I think it highly likely that the 'C' indicates pitch, as was common practice on many makers' boxwood clarinets of this period, and that your clarinet was made by this London-based maker without any connection to Charles Nicholson the flautist."

 

A very rare boxwood and ivory C Clarinet by  Nicholson with 8 brass keys. This example has been professionally owned and played at A=440hz. The tone holes have been filled on the two main joints in order to tune to modern pitch. There are 5 pieces and the original African blackwood m'piece, which has just been relayed by Edward Pillinger &  is playable with a modern  Eb reed. The wood is in good condition for its age: There are 4 repaired, sealed cracks to the upper joint, see photos 5, 6 & 7, and also several repairs to the bell base, including 3 glued cracks to the ivory ring. The instrument has felt squares which act as pads, these all seal well. The tenons are bound with string which is also how the reed is fixed to the m'piece. The stamps on the upper joint and bell read " C Nicholson, London". The total assembled length is 589mm. I will supply a case.

383

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Paris, Centered Tone, Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Centered Tone was the penultimate large bore Jazz Selmer clarinet, only the Series 9 was larger. Thereafter Selmer switched to making smaller bore clarinets more in the manner of Buffet.
This Bb clarinet has matching serial nos. P3200, which dates to 1952. The instrument has German Silver key work in very good condition. The wood throughout is in good condition with no cracks or repairs, only slight surface scuffs and scratches. However the lowest tenon of the upper joint has a couple of chips on the outer rim [see photo 4]. These do not affect the bore, or response, in anyway. The pads throughout are all new Tan leather, and the instrument has been down to our Clarinets Direct workshop for a thorough check down and overhaul. As is the case with all Selmer Centered Tones the upper joint bore is a reverse taper, it measures, 15.2mm at the top of the upper joint narrowing to 14.8mm at the bottom. The original case is in good used condition.

 

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384

G RUDOLF UEBEL, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

This a G Rudold Uebel handmade clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner, is a Dutch professional player, and this instrument has been extremely well maintained.
The Bb is stamped "Germany" " Wohlhausen [Vogtland]", which means that the instrument was made after German reunification. The pressed steel type of keywork shows only slight plating wear, mainly to the ring keys, the plating is approximately 95%. All pads are finest Pisoni white leather in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in very good order, with no cracks or repairs. The matching serial nos. on the Bb are 1-701385. The case is a Noblet, with some interior stains, it latches well and protects the instrument well. The instrument tunes and responds excellently with standard Vandoren m'pieces. Unlike the modern Uebel range which is marketed as of "above average" student quality, these instruments were made as professional handmade models. For the player unwilling to learn the Oehler system they do offer an easier alternative to achieving a more traditional "German" sound.

 

385

F A Uebel BASSET HORN in F to low C -SOLD

£3995

 

 

     

This is a rare and unique Basset Horn by F A Uebel of a pattern which is much like todays more recent designs by Buffet and Leblanc. Previously Clarinets Direct had always understood that F A Uebel made Basset Horns only of the small bore type, i.e. basically as extended clarinets. These featured clarinet size mouthpieces slightly bored out to suit the extended range and compass of an F Basset Horn. F A Uebel was acknowledged as one of the finest Basset horn makers in the world, and, in fact, supplied Basset Horns to the clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This instrument then is of a completely different type; in that it features a mouthpiece of 97mm length which takes Alto clarinet reeds. The bore, at 17mm is also similar to modern Alto clarinet bore. The stamp reads " F A Uebel, Marknuekirchen" and "B & S".
This instrument is in superb condition: NO cracks, or damage, with pristine silver plated key work throughout. There are a few slight marks to the outer edge of the bottom tenon of the lowest tenon, apart from this the wood condition is perfect. The mechanism is enhanced Boehm, with an automatic register key, which features a dedicated Bb tone hole and overblowing vent. The instrument is also part plateau. The range is to low C, with compensating open tone hole on the bell. The three lower pitches are fingered using the standard Uebel triangle formation underneath the thumb rest. The design is beautifully simple and ideally weighted. The Basset Horn features, a grub screw into most pillars to stop lateral movement and poor regulation, the build quality and workmanship are much superior to contemporary mass manufacture. The Basset Horn has just been entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. Interestingly the instrument is stamped "Made in Germany", therefore it is possible that this Basset Horn was made prior to the partition of East and West Germany i.e. before 1949. The matching serial nos. are 900-57631 This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Selmer retails today new for £9700. The original m'piece and case are in excellent condition.

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386

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1745

This is an excellent condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct This Eb has a fine Provenance, having had only two professional owners: Initially Ruth McDowell, of the CBSO [subsequently BBCSO] bought it new in 1977, and latterly it has been owned by a younger London professional player. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in good order throughout. There is some blue tack in the top two tone holes of the upper joint for tuning purposes, which we shall remove in the Clarinets Direct workshop. The instrument is currently undergoing an overhaul, in fish skin pads, with all touch corks and regulation seen to as necessary. It will be sold with our full 1 year warranty. The barrel is original and measures, 44.5mm. The original case is well used, but still latches securely. The original m'piece is a B&H, ebonite example, in good condition. This Eb is a top professional model, it plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation. The serial nos. are 472818, sadly this model is no longer made. .

387

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument comes from the collection of a fastidious collector, the instrument is in outstanding condition. 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 been recently re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and all are in "as new" condition. The matching serial nos. are 48969 which dates to 1955. 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 the original Buffet, in black leather, there are some stains and scuffs to the interior, but the exterior condition is good, and the case is in remarkably fine shape for its age. The m'piece is a brand new student model.  

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388

SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

A Selmer 10S clarinet, in excellent condition. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, with matching S/N Z7774, dates to 1977 and has Silver plate in pristine condition, with no discernable wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is, again, in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have bright matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads at our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is a Selmer C85 115. The case is the original Selmer, which for its age is in very good shape.

 

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389

MATCHED PAIR OF FULL BOEHM SELMER, PARIS, 10S CLARINETS-SOLD

£1995

A rare pair of Selmer 10S full Boehm clarinets, in excellent condition. These are a one owner pair, used by a professional clarinettist and teacher, who initially having a successful career as an architect, subsequently retrained as a musician. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The design is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
The Bb, with matching S/N D5979, dates to 1987 and has Silver plate in pristine condition, with no discernible wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is, again, in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have bright matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a thorough check down in our workshop, with pads and regulation attended to as necessary. The A S/N D0669 again dates to 1987. Like the Bb the condition throughout is excellent, with no cracks or damage. There are 4 barrels, with shorter 64.5mm barrels for both Bb and A for the Winter months. The m'piece is a Selmer HS*, in excellent condition. The case is the original Selmer, which for its age is in very good shape.

 

390

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£775

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet, E13 clarinet. This instrument was one of a one owner pair, and has seen exceptionally light use.
The 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, the instrument has had a thorough check down in our workshop: The pads have been replaced as necessary. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The key work shows no wear or play to the mechanism; in stark contrast to more recent E13 manufacture. The Nickel Silver plating throughout is in good condition and the matching serial nos. are K80985. The supplied m'piece is a Yamaha in good condition, as is the Ortola back pack case.  

391

BUFFET BASSET HORN in F-SOLD

£POA

 

 

     

This is a rare and unique Basset Horn by Buffet of a pattern which is much like todays more recent design by Selmer. The instrument plays with a modern Vandoren m'piece, though the tenon has to be reduced both in length and diameter. The instrument is made of cocus wood and has no serial number. Either it pre-dates 1885 or, more likely, was a special order.
This instrument is in superb condition: NO cracks, or damage, with pristine German Silver key work throughout. The instrument is open hole, apart from the index finger of the left hand which is fitted with an overblowing vent for the altissimo register. The range is to low E. The Basset Horn has just been entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. Interestingly the instrument is stamped "Brevette SGDG", therefore it is possible that this Basset Horn was made prior to WW1. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Selmer retails today new for £9700. The custom adapted case is in good condition.  

392

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£2195

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is one such. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was hand selected at the Buffet factory.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige. The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was bought new from Buffet direct. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 467348. The majority of the pads are finest Pisoni white leather in perfect condition, though some other pads are tan leather or skin. This instrument was the main Bb of a busy professional, as such, it has had pads replaced as necessary, rather than a complete overhaul. All pieces matching and original. The supplied Buffet single case is brand new.

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393

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1315

 

 

     

This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps to distinguish it from new. It was bought as a spare instrument by a now retired professional, and essentially has had no use from new. This same professional had a large collection of instruments and has just moved into sheltered accommodation. Shortly to be offered for sale, will be a rare and unique Buffet RC, without Serial Number, a gift from the Buffet factory.
Everything about this clarinet is pristine. The grenadilla wood is perfect, without mark or blemish. The same is true of the Nickel Silver plate. This instrument has just had a complete repad in fish skin pads in our workshop, with regulation done as necessary. So, unusually for a Clarinets Direct commission sale it is sold with full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 221442 which dates to 1982. At this period in time the R13 Prestige range had not yet been introduced, and this was the top professional model produced by Buffet Crampon. Modern R13s are now manufactured with inferior wood, and also less time is spent on their hand finishing: This makes it extremely hard to find a new R13 of this quality.  

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394

EATON ELITE Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1895

 

 

     

This Eaton Elite is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It has had only one owner from new, and the condition of the instrument is extremely good. The Elite is Eaton's wide bore English model, based on the Boosey & Hawkes 1010.
This Bb, serial no. E274, has wood throughout in very good condition, there are no cracks or repairs, excepting a small chip to the outer rim of the upper joint tenon, see photo 11. This is completely hidden when the clarinet is assembled and has no effect on the response. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is without any marks or tarnish, excellent condition. There are 2 barrels of 63.2mm and 64.8mm in perfect condition. The m'piece is an Eaton Elite stamped: 1.24 21V, S/N 3045, in good used condition. The original Paxman case is again, in very good condition. This instrument has had only light use and represents a substantial cost saving over new.

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395

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a Symphony 1010 A in superb condition, featuring the later Acton Patent Vent. The clarinet has just been taken in part exchange by ourselves. The matching serial numbers are 500891, which dates to 1980. The clarinet has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The tan leather pads are all new or in "as new" condition. The key work has been oiled and regulated, all touch and tenon corks replaced, and all spring tensions adjusted for optimum feel. The Silver plate key work overall is excellent, with no wear. The wood overall is also in good condition with no cracks or damage. The m'piece is an original B&H No. 2, in very good condition. The supplied barrel is of 63.5mm. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The original B&H case in blue leather comes with the keys, which is in overall good condition, apart from the lining to the upper edge of the outer case, which is loose [see photo 12].  

396

BUFFET RC A CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC clarinet in A. This instrument has had only had one professional owner, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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. This instrument was the finest and most expensive Buffet clarinet of the period, priced at approximately 15% more than the contemporary R13. The RC model did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracted many UK players.
This A has S/N 201522, which dates to 1980, there is no damage to the wood, which is in superb condition. The Nickel silver plate is also in excellent shape, around 98%. The instrument has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This clarinet plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instrument with unstained Grenadilla wood. Today one would have to spend over £3000 on an RC Prestige instrument, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is the Buffet original, in good condition, with a fine plush interior.

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     397   MATCHED PAIR OF B&H 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD          £1595
This pair of B&H 1010's are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These are a one owner pair from new, and the condition of these instruments is excellent.
The Bb, serial no. 535463, has wood throughout in superb condition. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is pristine. Both instruments have been through our workshop for adjustments and regulation as necessary. The A, serial no. 512709, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm, and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Peter Eaton 1010 model, S/N 1128, Stamped 1.24 36L. As Eaton measures tip openings to a theoretical maximum beyond at the extreme tip of the tip rail, most other m'piece makers would rate this about 1.14mm open. The m'piece is in very good condition, and tunes the pair well. The case is the original B&H, in excellent condition.

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PAIR OF SELMER, PARIS, ARTYS CLARINETS

£2995

THE A IS RESERVED. THE Bb STILL FOR SALE FOR £1495 WITH M'PIECE AND SINGLE CASE. An exceptionally fine condition pair of Selmer Paris Artys Clarinets. These instruments have been professionally owned and played by one careful clarinettist, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. In common with other Selmer designs dating from the 1990s, the Artys features a long reversed cone through the upper joint. This results in stable tuning, and the clarinet also features a dark, even tone, throughout the registers. The Artys is now no longer manufactured. Some cynics think this is because with its relatively reasonable price tag, for a Selmer Paris clarinet, it stole sales away from the more expensive models which continue in the Selmer line up.
The Bb clarinet, S/N N09621, is in excellent order throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine. The wood shows no cracks or damage, apart from a tight surface hair line crack, which I am told is situated between the two top trill key holes. The current owner attempted to show me the crack, but explained that it does close up completely. It was not visible either to the naked eye, or camera lens. If the crack does exist, it certainly does not go through to the bore. The pads throughout are white leather, used, but in very good condition. The supplied barrel is 65mm in length.
The A has matching serial nos. P03491. It is in mint condition, having had virtually no use. All white leather pads are as new, as is the condition of the Silver plated key work. The supplied barrels measure 66 mm & 65mm The m'piece is a Selmer HS*. The case is an excellent condition Yamaha, supplied with keys.

406

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£1795

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct This Eb has serial number 489583, which dates to 1978. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in good order throughout. Though the bell outer edge, which like all Boosey and Hawkes clarinets, is not metal rimmed, does show some slight marks and scuffs. There is some blue tack in the tone holes for tuning purposes, which has been left as it seems to improve the intonation. The instrument is supplied with 2 excellent m'pieces, an original B&H, and a custom Peter Eaton. The case is a replacement, in very good condition, with little wear both inside and out. This Eb is a top professional model, it plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation.

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407

BUFFET, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, ME 13 -SOLD

£645

 

 

     

A nice condition Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer, Master Model E13. The German Silver key work shows a good shine and is in excellent condition throughout. We have just re-padded in double bladder fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The serial nos. are K6941 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 and later Clarinette Solo de L'Opera-Comique, 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 is one old repaired, glued, crack to the upper part of the lower joint, see photo 4. We have thoroughly checked for seal in our workshop, and this old repair is stable. All pieces are matching and original and carry the "Master Model" stamp. 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 Buffet in excellent condition, and the m'piece is a used ebonite example in good condition.

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408

LEBLANC, PARIS, PAPERCLIP CONTRA TO LOW C -SOLD

£5495

 

 

     

This is a G. Leblanc, Paris, BBb Curved Contrabass clarinet, in metal, range to low C. This model is commonly known as the "paperclip". The instrument is a commission sale for C D, and it has had one extremely successful London professional player from new. The provenance of this instrument, which was originally to low D, and only the third BBb Contra ever to reach the UK, is truly unique and outstanding. This is probably the finest Leblanc low C contra in the world today, and it is to be hoped that its new owner will have as much success with it as its one former owner.
Paul Harvey was the original owner and much of what follows in this description is taken from the notes and published articles sold with this unique contra. Paul had been booked to play contra in the Abbey Road Studio sessions for the Disney film "Dragonslayer" scored by Alex North, who sent word that he was writing for Bb contrabass down to low C. Paul did not want to buy one of the new Leblanc Contras because of the much larger case, whereas his instrument fits into a case the size of an alto Sax. Therefore he took it upon himself to design a detachable low C extension. He crept into Bill Lewington's [in those days the Leblanc main dealer in Central London] with a vacuum cleaner extension tube concealed under his coat. Furtively he held it against the latest Leblanc design and marked where the two lowest Db and C holes came. The tube for the low notes points upward so he decided to have two keys on the extension to press with the base of the left thumb: a Db and a C which closes both, see photos 9 & 10. The design was made by Peter Snowden, Paul's instrument technician, of many years, and works brilliantly.
Paul Harvey went on to play this contra in numerous film sound tracks and other professional engagements. A full list of the screen credits are included in the sale. Here are a few highlights: The Beatles, film Yellow Submarine, and Sgt. Pepper album. Films: Grizzly, The Boys From Brazil, Rambo [First Blood], Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Outland. With the low C extension: Supergirl, Santa Claus the Movie, Highlander, Shanghai Surprise, Licence to Kill [James Bond],and many more.
This instrument is in excellent condition, with no dents or damage. It was manufactured as Leblanc's top of the range professional model. The body is Nickel Silver, and shows a fine finish, with no wear. The pads are all by Gordon Beeson, in tan leather, in excellent condition. The Nickel plated keywork is in superb condition throughout. The matching serial nos. on all pieces are 806, which dates to 1960's. Included in the sale are: 1. A custom made extension to low C, by Pete Snowden which is housed in a separate box. 2. A stand which allows the player to perform on the instrument readily and is much superior to the original Leblanc spike. Pete Snowden also fitted a second strut to the main body of the Leblanc contra. This has two main advantages: It reinforces the main body of the instrument which results in fewer regulation problems, and it is also the strut which slots into the custom designed stand. 3. In addition there are 3 further Leblanc m'pieces also in very good condition, and a large selection of reeds, including a "Legere". Peter Snowden also redesigned the screw which attachs the two main body parts of the contra together, so that it screws directly from one pillar in the upper joint down into a pillar in the lower. This is much superior to the original Leblanc design. The mouthpiece, is a Leblanc No.2, in very good condition. The original case is also in good used condition, the latches are all sound, and the interior lining shows only slight stains. This instrument is the finest playing paperclip BBb contra that Clarinets Direct has handled, to date!  

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409

NOBLET, ARTIST, Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

This is a good condition Professional model Noblet Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is not the cheaper Noblet 40 Eb clarinet which is often mis-sold as a professional Eb, but a Noblet, Artist, Paris model 50. The wood condition overall is very fine, with only minor surface marks. There are NO cracks or repairs. The Nickel silver plate is also in very good condition for its age, with no major wear. This Eb has a mixture of double bladder fish skin pads and cork, all are sealing well, and there should be no need to replace any in the immediate future. There supplied m'piece is an original Noblet. The case is an older Boosey and Hawkes, in fair condition: There are tape repairs to the exterior, and the interior is also well worn.

410

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The crook is in excellent shape, the bell has a few minor scratches and dings. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show the usual spot wear: Overall the plating is 85%. The Bass has had recently a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul in our workshop. We have just taken this instrument back in part exchange against a professional Buffet Bass clarinet, and this Bass has been checked over again for pad seal, with regulation done as necessary. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 7608. The case has some scuffs to the exterior, but the overall condition of the case is very good.. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.  

411

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST C CLARINET -SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is a Noblet Artist C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in very good condition, and it was formerly owned by the noted London amateur player Paul Vaughan. Paul had a large collection of fine clarinets, and was fastidious in the choice and care of his instruments.
This C, serial no. A8148, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in very good condition with no discernable wear. All fish skin pads, whilst not new, are sealing well and will be good for some time to come. This clarinet was made entirely from Grenadilla wood, including the barrels, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The two supplied barrles are original, and measure 51.5mm and 54.5mm. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The supplied m'piece is a Buffet in good condition, as is the case.  

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412

BUFFET E11 CLARINET-SOLD

£425

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 327850. The Nickel silver plated key work is in very good condition. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 Year Clarinets Direct warranty. There is a tight surface crack to the upper joint, it does not go through to the bore, which we have filled with glue, see photo 9. This aside the wood is in very good condition. The supplied m'piece is the original Buffet, and the case is also in good condition.

 

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412

BOOSEY & HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£695

 

 

     

This is a Symphony 1010 Bb in superb condition, featuring the later Acton Patent Vent. The clarinet has just been taken in part exchange by ourselves. The matching serial numbers are 540281, which dates to 1982, making this a very late example. The clarinet has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The tan leather pads are all new or in "as new" condition. The key work has been oiled and regulated, all touch and tenon corks replaced, and all spring tensions adjusted for optimum feel. The Silver plate key work overall is excellent, with no wear. The wood overall is also in good condition with no cracks or damage. The m'piece is an original B&H No. 2, in very good condition. The supplied barrel is of 64.5mm. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is an Artley, of hard shell type.  

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413

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET -SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is a good condition Noblet, Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows only light spot wear, the plating is about 97%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, apart from a chip to the outer tenon edge of the upper joint, see photo 4. The crook is in good condition with no dents or dings, the bell has one small dent to the bow and also some surface scratches to the plating, see photo 8. The Alto has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct in Pisoni Premium Deluxe pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 2719 . The case is brand new. The m'piece is a Lelandais in excellent condition, and there is also a sling supplied.

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414

BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet C12 Conservatoire Bb clarinet. This instrument was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet, is still advertised as such on their current website. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professsional, about to enter Music Conservatoire. This example was probably a special order from Buffet as it has an articulated C#/G# key, which was a custom option.
The Nickel Silver key work is in good condition with plating wear only to the low Ab/Eb key, see photo 7, the plating is about 95%. We have just completely repadded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads & the clarinet is sold with our "Clarinets Direct" 1 year warranty. There is one old, pinned, surface crack to the upper joint, see photo 8. Pinning would seem excessive as the crack does not go through to the bore, but at least this method ensures the wood will not move thereafter. The matching serial nos. are F241749 which dates to 1983, an excellent period of Buffet manufacture. The supplied m'piece is an original Buffet C in ebonite.  

373

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1145

 

 

     

A good condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in nice condition, with no marks or scratches, though the C#/G# key is not original to this clarinet, it is a replacement from an earlier Buffet model. The wood condition shows no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. The instrument has recently been fully overhauled in finest Pisoni Premium De-luxe tah leather pads. The clarinet has been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" prior to sale: there is no joint wobble, and the regulation throughout is good. The matching serial nos. are F72729 which dates to 1962. 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 and is in fair condition for its age.  

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382

BOXWOOD AND IVORY C CLARINET BY  NICHOLSON EARLY 19th CENTURY- SOLD

£595

PRICE REDUCED! ON HIRE TO THIN MAN FILMS PRODUCTION COMPANY UNTIL MAY 2013

I am indebted to Mr. Simon Waters, who recently delivered a paper to the Galpin Society in Edinburgh on Charles Nicholson flutes, for the chance to quote him in this revised, and corrected listing: 

"In that paper I noted that there are many flutes stamped NICHOLSON/LONDON which are plain boxwood instruments which likely predate the earliest Charles Nicholson NICHOLSON"S IMPROVED flutes (which were made by ThomasProwse) by some years, and that these flutes are likely to be from an entirely separate London-based maker called Nicholson. The stamp they bear appears, on the basis of the photos on your website, to be identical to that on your clarinet. I think it highly likely that the 'C' indicates pitch, as was common practice on many makers' boxwood clarinets of this period, and that your clarinet was made by this London-based maker without any connection to Charles Nicholson the flautist."

 

A very rare boxwood and ivory C Clarinet by  Nicholson with 8 brass keys. This example has been professionally owned and played at A=440hz. The tone holes have been filled on the two main joints in order to tune to modern pitch. There are 5 pieces and the original African blackwood m'piece, which has just been relayed by Edward Pillinger &  is playable with a modern  Eb reed. The wood is in good condition for its age: There are 4 repaired, sealed cracks to the upper joint, see photos 5, 6 & 7, and also several repairs to the bell base, including 3 glued cracks to the ivory ring. The instrument has felt squares which act as pads, these all seal well. The tenons are bound with string which is also how the reed is fixed to the m'piece. The stamps on the upper joint and bell read " C Nicholson, London". The total assembled length is 589mm. I will supply a case.

383

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Paris, Centered Tone, Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Centered Tone was the penultimate large bore Jazz Selmer clarinet, only the Series 9 was larger. Thereafter Selmer switched to making smaller bore clarinets more in the manner of Buffet.
This Bb clarinet has matching serial nos. P3200, which dates to 1952. The instrument has German Silver key work in very good condition. The wood throughout is in good condition with no cracks or repairs, only slight surface scuffs and scratches. However the lowest tenon of the upper joint has a couple of chips on the outer rim [see photo 4]. These do not affect the bore, or response, in anyway. The pads throughout are all new Tan leather, and the instrument has been down to our Clarinets Direct workshop for a thorough check down and overhaul. As is the case with all Selmer Centered Tones the upper joint bore is a reverse taper, it measures, 15.2mm at the top of the upper joint narrowing to 14.8mm at the bottom. The original case is in good used condition.

 

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384

G RUDOLF UEBEL, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

This a G Rudold Uebel handmade clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner, is a Dutch professional player, and this instrument has been extremely well maintained.
The Bb is stamped "Germany" " Wohlhausen [Vogtland]", which means that the instrument was made after German reunification. The pressed steel type of keywork shows only slight plating wear, mainly to the ring keys, the plating is approximately 95%. All pads are finest Pisoni white leather in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in very good order, with no cracks or repairs. The matching serial nos. on the Bb are 1-701385. The case is a Noblet, with some interior stains, it latches well and protects the instrument well. The instrument tunes and responds excellently with standard Vandoren m'pieces. Unlike the modern Uebel range which is marketed as of "above average" student quality, these instruments were made as professional handmade models. For the player unwilling to learn the Oehler system they do offer an easier alternative to achieving a more traditional "German" sound.

 

385

F A Uebel BASSET HORN in F to low C -SOLD

£3995

 

 

     

This is a rare and unique Basset Horn by F A Uebel of a pattern which is much like todays more recent designs by Buffet and Leblanc. Previously Clarinets Direct had always understood that F A Uebel made Basset Horns only of the small bore type, i.e. basically as extended clarinets. These featured clarinet size mouthpieces slightly bored out to suit the extended range and compass of an F Basset Horn. F A Uebel was acknowledged as one of the finest Basset horn makers in the world, and, in fact, supplied Basset Horns to the clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This instrument then is of a completely different type; in that it features a mouthpiece of 97mm length which takes Alto clarinet reeds. The bore, at 17mm is also similar to modern Alto clarinet bore. The stamp reads " F A Uebel, Marknuekirchen" and "B & S".
This instrument is in superb condition: NO cracks, or damage, with pristine silver plated key work throughout. There are a few slight marks to the outer edge of the bottom tenon of the lowest tenon, apart from this the wood condition is perfect. The mechanism is enhanced Boehm, with an automatic register key, which features a dedicated Bb tone hole and overblowing vent. The instrument is also part plateau. The range is to low C, with compensating open tone hole on the bell. The three lower pitches are fingered using the standard Uebel triangle formation underneath the thumb rest. The design is beautifully simple and ideally weighted. The Basset Horn features, a grub screw into most pillars to stop lateral movement and poor regulation, the build quality and workmanship are much superior to contemporary mass manufacture. The Basset Horn has just been entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. Interestingly the instrument is stamped "Made in Germany", therefore it is possible that this Basset Horn was made prior to the partition of East and West Germany i.e. before 1949. The matching serial nos. are 900-57631 This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Selmer retails today new for £9700. The original m'piece and case are in excellent condition.

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386

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1745

This is an excellent condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct This Eb has a fine Provenance, having had only two professional owners: Initially Ruth McDowell, of the CBSO [subsequently BBCSO] bought it new in 1977, and latterly it has been owned by a younger London professional player. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in good order throughout. There is some blue tack in the top two tone holes of the upper joint for tuning purposes, which we shall remove in the Clarinets Direct workshop. The instrument is currently undergoing an overhaul, in fish skin pads, with all touch corks and regulation seen to as necessary. It will be sold with our full 1 year warranty. The barrel is original and measures, 44.5mm. The original case is well used, but still latches securely. The original m'piece is a B&H, ebonite example, in good condition. This Eb is a top professional model, it plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation. The serial nos. are 472818, sadly this model is no longer made. .

387

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument comes from the collection of a fastidious collector, the instrument is in outstanding condition. 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 been recently re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and all are in "as new" condition. The matching serial nos. are 48969 which dates to 1955. 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 the original Buffet, in black leather, there are some stains and scuffs to the interior, but the exterior condition is good, and the case is in remarkably fine shape for its age. The m'piece is a brand new student model.  

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388

SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

A Selmer 10S clarinet, in excellent condition. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, with matching S/N Z7774, dates to 1977 and has Silver plate in pristine condition, with no discernable wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is, again, in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have bright matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads at our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is a Selmer C85 115. The case is the original Selmer, which for its age is in very good shape.

 

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389

MATCHED PAIR OF FULL BOEHM SELMER, PARIS, 10S CLARINETS-SOLD

£1995

A rare pair of Selmer 10S full Boehm clarinets, in excellent condition. These are a one owner pair, used by a professional clarinettist and teacher, who initially having a successful career as an architect, subsequently retrained as a musician. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The design is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
The Bb, with matching S/N D5979, dates to 1987 and has Silver plate in pristine condition, with no discernible wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is, again, in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have bright matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a thorough check down in our workshop, with pads and regulation attended to as necessary. The A S/N D0669 again dates to 1987. Like the Bb the condition throughout is excellent, with no cracks or damage. There are 4 barrels, with shorter 64.5mm barrels for both Bb and A for the Winter months. The m'piece is a Selmer HS*, in excellent condition. The case is the original Selmer, which for its age is in very good shape.

 

390

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£775

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet, E13 clarinet. This instrument was one of a one owner pair, and has seen exceptionally light use.
The 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, the instrument has had a thorough check down in our workshop: The pads have been replaced as necessary. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The key work shows no wear or play to the mechanism; in stark contrast to more recent E13 manufacture. The Nickel Silver plating throughout is in good condition and the matching serial nos. are K80985. The supplied m'piece is a Yamaha in good condition, as is the Ortola back pack case.  

391

BUFFET BASSET HORN in F-SOLD

£POA

 

 

     

This is a rare and unique Basset Horn by Buffet of a pattern which is much like todays more recent design by Selmer. The instrument plays with a modern Vandoren m'piece, though the tenon has to be reduced both in length and diameter. The instrument is made of cocus wood and has no serial number. Either it pre-dates 1885 or, more likely, was a special order.
This instrument is in superb condition: NO cracks, or damage, with pristine German Silver key work throughout. The instrument is open hole, apart from the index finger of the left hand which is fitted with an overblowing vent for the altissimo register. The range is to low E. The Basset Horn has just been entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. Interestingly the instrument is stamped "Brevette SGDG", therefore it is possible that this Basset Horn was made prior to WW1. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Selmer retails today new for £9700. The custom adapted case is in good condition.  

392

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£2195

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is one such. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was hand selected at the Buffet factory.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige. The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was bought new from Buffet direct. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 467348. The majority of the pads are finest Pisoni white leather in perfect condition, though some other pads are tan leather or skin. This instrument was the main Bb of a busy professional, as such, it has had pads replaced as necessary, rather than a complete overhaul. All pieces matching and original. The supplied Buffet single case is brand new.

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393

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1315

 

 

     

This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps to distinguish it from new. It was bought as a spare instrument by a now retired professional, and essentially has had no use from new. This same professional had a large collection of instruments and has just moved into sheltered accommodation. Shortly to be offered for sale, will be a rare and unique Buffet RC, without Serial Number, a gift from the Buffet factory.
Everything about this clarinet is pristine. The grenadilla wood is perfect, without mark or blemish. The same is true of the Nickel Silver plate. This instrument has just had a complete repad in fish skin pads in our workshop, with regulation done as necessary. So, unusually for a Clarinets Direct commission sale it is sold with full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 221442 which dates to 1982. At this period in time the R13 Prestige range had not yet been introduced, and this was the top professional model produced by Buffet Crampon. Modern R13s are now manufactured with inferior wood, and also less time is spent on their hand finishing: This makes it extremely hard to find a new R13 of this quality.  

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394

EATON ELITE Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1895

 

 

     

This Eaton Elite is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It has had only one owner from new, and the condition of the instrument is extremely good. The Elite is Eaton's wide bore English model, based on the Boosey & Hawkes 1010.
This Bb, serial no. E274, has wood throughout in very good condition, there are no cracks or repairs, excepting a small chip to the outer rim of the upper joint tenon, see photo 11. This is completely hidden when the clarinet is assembled and has no effect on the response. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is without any marks or tarnish, excellent condition. There are 2 barrels of 63.2mm and 64.8mm in perfect condition. The m'piece is an Eaton Elite stamped: 1.24 21V, S/N 3045, in good used condition. The original Paxman case is again, in very good condition. This instrument has had only light use and represents a substantial cost saving over new.

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395

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a Symphony 1010 A in superb condition, featuring the later Acton Patent Vent. The clarinet has just been taken in part exchange by ourselves. The matching serial numbers are 500891, which dates to 1980. The clarinet has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The tan leather pads are all new or in "as new" condition. The key work has been oiled and regulated, all touch and tenon corks replaced, and all spring tensions adjusted for optimum feel. The Silver plate key work overall is excellent, with no wear. The wood overall is also in good condition with no cracks or damage. The m'piece is an original B&H No. 2, in very good condition. The supplied barrel is of 63.5mm. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The original B&H case in blue leather comes with the keys, which is in overall good condition, apart from the lining to the upper edge of the outer case, which is loose [see photo 12].  

396

BUFFET RC A CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC clarinet in A. This instrument has had only had one professional owner, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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. This instrument was the finest and most expensive Buffet clarinet of the period, priced at approximately 15% more than the contemporary R13. The RC model did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracted many UK players.
This A has S/N 201522, which dates to 1980, there is no damage to the wood, which is in superb condition. The Nickel silver plate is also in excellent shape, around 98%. The instrument has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This clarinet plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instrument with unstained Grenadilla wood. Today one would have to spend over £3000 on an RC Prestige instrument, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is the Buffet original, in good condition, with a fine plush interior.

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     397   MATCHED PAIR OF B&H 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD          £1595
This pair of B&H 1010's are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These are a one owner pair from new, and the condition of these instruments is excellent.
The Bb, serial no. 535463, has wood throughout in superb condition. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is pristine. Both instruments have been through our workshop for adjustments and regulation as necessary. The A, serial no. 512709, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm, and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Peter Eaton 1010 model, S/N 1128, Stamped 1.24 36L. As Eaton measures tip openings to a theoretical maximum beyond at the extreme tip of the tip rail, most other m'piece makers would rate this about 1.14mm open. The m'piece is in very good condition, and tunes the pair well. The case is the original B&H, in excellent condition.

398

D NOBLET, PARIS, Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£545

 

 

     

This is an older professional Daniel Noblet Bb clarinet, with the older logo: The "D" and "N" are intertwined. The German silver key work is excellent throughout, not plated and 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. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. All parts of the instrument are made from Grenadilla wood, unlike some more recent Noblets, which were made with plastic barrels and bells, as a cost saving exercise. The matching serial nos. are 6793. This instrument probably dates to the late 1950's or early 1960's. The case is a brand new Stagg [not pictured], and the m'piece is the original Noblet in ebonite.

 

399

LEBLANC, PARIS, A CLARINET-SOLD

£795

This is a professional, superior quality, A Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in very good condition, and it has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct: Finest Pisoni fish skin pads have been fitted throughout, the key work polished, and all tenon and touch corks replaced, as necessary. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This clarinet was a top of the range model, with 7 rings, rather than the more common 6, and compensating low G/D vent: This gives a scale of enhanced quality and evenness. It will pair nicely with any other mainstream manufacturers' French bore Bb, i.e. Buffet, Selmer, Leblanc and Yamaha.
In addition to the original G Leblanc Paris stamp, which is present on all pieces, the instrument is also stamped by the original supplying dealer, "Kaspar Wicky Geneve". This A, serial no. 3547, has no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in fine order. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition with no discernable wear. Leblanc serial number lists are unreliable, but because of the fact the instrument is plated, and the design of keywork, I would estimate the clarinet was made in the 1960's. The supplied case is in good condition; the interior lining holds the instrument well, and the latches close the case securely.

 

     400   COUESNON PROFESSIONAL C CLARINET-SOLD          £845
This is an extremely rare Couesnon, C 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. All the pieces of the instrument are matching and original, and made from finest Grenadilla, apart from the bell, which is in ebonite. There are NO cracks or repairs. The German silver key work is in excellent condition. This C will have a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. NB The instrument has been photographed prior to going into the workshop. The m'piece is the original, on a Chedeville blank, and plays with good intonation at A=440Hz. Though this C will play with any standard Bb clarinet m'piece, e.g. a Vandoren. The case is the original, in good condition, as it has been well protected by the dust jacket.

401

BOOSEY & HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£695

 

 

     

This is a Symphony 1010 Bb in superb condition, featuring the later Acton Patent Vent. The clarinet has just been taken in part exchange by ourselves. The matching serial numbers are 387861. The clarinet is padded in tan leather pads which are all in new condition. The Silver plate key work overall is excellent, with no wear. The wood overall is also in good condition with no cracks or damage. The m'piece is a Portnoy BPO2 re-bored to 1010 dimensions, in very good condition. There are 2 original supplied barrels of 62.5mm and 64.5mm. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is a brand new Carmichael.  

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403

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES 1010 PRE-WAR, LONDON & PARIS, CLARINETS-SOLD

£1495

This matched pair of extremely rare Boosey & Hawkes London & Paris clarinets are in excellent condition. The London & Paris 1010 model, as the name suggests, was made for B&H in France. Somewhat unusually these models feature two different serials, the French factory, and the B&H serial numbers.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 2043/ 1258 and has Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, though the barrel and bell are not the originals in ebonite, but from a later B&H 1010. All pads are brand new Pisoni Tan Leather in good condition. Both instruments have been completely re-conditioned by Clarinets Direct and are sold with our full warranty.
The A, serial nos. 1953/1158, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape. The original barrel and bell, which are made of ebonite, with matching serial nos.,are supplied with the A. The m'piece is an early George Howarth, in excellent condition. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes of 1960's vintage in good condition.

     404   BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £775
An excellent condition Buffet, E13 clarinet. The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Nickel Silver plating throughout is in pristine condition, with no wear. The matching serial nos. are K82719. Contemporary E13s are treated with a chemical compound designed to prevent cracking. Unfortunately this appears to leach out of the wood after a few weeks of playing, causing many problems with joints sticking or refusing to go together. Thankfully when this instrument was manufactured, Buffet Crampon were still ageing the wood naturally. The supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a Vandoren 5RV in good condition, as is the Buffet case, which is supplied with keys.

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J R LAFLEUR, Eb CLARINET

£545

This is a Lafleur Eb clarinet, in nice condition. This instrument was most probably made after Lafleurs' amalgamation into the Boosey and Hawkes group. After their take over the Lafleur stamp seems to have been put on only student models made by Boosey & Hawkes: Interestingly the stamp itself is of basic design.
The main body of the instrument is in Grenadilla wood, with the bell made of Bakelite, this had been usual practise with some earlier Lafleur, and Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris models, which often featured ebonite barrels and bells. The wood condition overall is very fine, but there is an area around the speaker key tube, where the wood shows two surface grooves, see photo 11. It is likely that this was a surface flaw to the body of clarinet as manufactured, this suggests strongly that the instrument was made as an intermediate model. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, but thumb rest has been moved downwards at some point in the past, and the screw holes filled in, see photo 10. The Nickel silver plate is in superb condition, with no discernable wear. 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 in ebonite, and playes nicely with 2.5-3.5 strength reeds. The intonation is stable at A=440 Hz, and this instrument represents excellent value for money. The case is in fair condition, it latches well, but there is some wear to the original lining.

 

     426   SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £795
This is a Selmer Paris, Centered Tone, Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Centered Tone was the penultimate large bore Jazz Selmer clarinet, only the Series 9 was larger. Thereafter Selmer switched to making smaller bore clarinets more in the manner of Buffet.
This Bb clarinet has matching serial nos. Q5224, which dates to 1955. The instrument has German Silver key work in very good condition, there is no wear, and the key work shows a bright finish. The wood shows surface marks and scratches, consistent with careful use. There are no cracks or repairs, however the lowest tenon of the upper joint has been re-bushed in ebonite to stop joint wobble. The instrument was professionally owned and played, and it has been well maintained. The thumb rest has been replaced with a modern adjustable one, with the screw holes for the original left unfilled. The pads throughout are all brand new Pisoni finest fish skin. The instrument has been down to our Clarinets Direct workshop for a complete overhaul, and, unusually for a commission sale, it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. As is the case with all Selmer Centered Tones the upper joint bore is a reverse taper, it measures, 15.2mm at the top of the upper joint narrowing to 14.8mm at the bottom. The barrel is from a later Selmer Series 10, and measures 66.5mm The m'piece is a jazz model, Selmer F, with a wide tip opening. The original case is a "Bags" in good used condition, which comes with back pack carry straps. This clarinet would pair well with No. 48.

427

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

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 clarinet serial no. F77521 dating to 1963. This, therefore, is right in the middle of Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era". Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. This bell also bears the stamp of the UK importer, through the late 1950's and early 1960's, "Dallas". The key work is pristine Nickel Silver. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs, however there are two scuffs to the top of the upper joint, see photo 6. 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 brand new stock Buffet. The original Buffet case is worn but good condition, the exterior and leather handle show some fraying.  

     428   LEBLANC, PARIS, LX Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £995
This is an extremely fine Leblanc LX Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last professional owner of this clarinet bought it second hand from Howarths of London. It was recently completely overhauled in tan leather pads, with the larger, lower pads, having metal reflectors, by Dean Pelling. The pads are all in "as new" condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; minor surface scratches and marks only. There is no plating loss to the Silver key work, apart from a few of the pillars, overall the plating is 98%. This clarinet features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm and responds and tunes excellently. There are two supplied Leblanc barrels of 64 and 66mm. The matching serial nos. are 61816. The Rosetti single case is in excellent condition and the m'piece is a Leblanc.

429

YAMAHA, YAS275 ALTO SAXOPHONESOLD

£495

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 better sound.
This example is near mint: There are only the merest light scratches to the lacquer which is 99%, see photo 8. 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 2, but the tip and rails are "as new" The serial nos. are 261125.

 

430

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET R13 CLARINETS -RESERVED

£2695

These superb condition R13s are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is extremely rare to find instruments of this calibre which have had such little use, but fortunately for the pairs' next owner such is the case here. These instruments date from 1966 and 1967, which is commonly known as the "Golden Era" of Buffet R13 manufacture. Both instruments have just been completely overhauled by "Clarinets Direct" and are sold with our full 1 year Warranty.
The Bb Clarinet, with matching S/N 93909 is in superb condition. The Grenadilla wood which is unstained, is pristine throughout, no cracks, repairs or damage whatsoever. The Nickel Silver plating is near perfect, in sharp contrast to the plating of more recent Buffet clarinets.
The A clarinet is again in excellent condition. The matching S/N's are F83885. The Grenadilla wood and Nickel Silver key work are all in near perfect condition. The only blemish to the pair is that this type of Buffet case, which is a more modern replacement, causes the lower tenon cork of the bottom joint to contract, as the instruments are stored with the bells on. ` The case is supplied with keys and is in very good condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren B45 Lyre.

 

431

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£495

 

 

     


An excellent condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 421023. The Nickel silver plated key work is in very good condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 Year Clarinets Direct warranty. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. The supplied m'piece is an original Buffet Evette Schaeffer in ebonite, which is superior to the contemporary Buffet stock plastic mouthpieces. The case is also in good condition.  

431

JACQUES ALBERT FILS, SIMPLE SYSTEM Bb CLARINET -SOLD

 

 

     


A superb Simple System clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family: Jacques Fils. This instrument is an extremely late and advanced model, It features a "booster" for throat Bb and additional RH lever for Ab/Eb. It tunes at modern pitch, i.e. A=440 Hz.
The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with an excellent shine. The wood is in good condition for its age, with no major cracks or repairs, to the main body pieces, however the lower joint has a stress crack to the tenon, just underneath the C#/G# hole. However this is irrelevant as the tenon is itself metal lined at this point, in fact, it is the metal lining which probably caused the crack. Therefore the crack does not effect the response in any way. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the current owner, a well known UK jazz player, used it in a New Orleans Band for many years. From the look and style of key work this clarinet was probably made in the 1930's and Albert retired in 1939. Albert clarinets are well known for their unique warmth and depth of tone, and exceptional workmanship. The makers stamp is clearly visible on all sections. The case is possibly original, with a replacement handle.  

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SELMER, PARIS, ST LOUIS Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1995

A near mint condition Selmer Paris St Louis Bb Clarinet. The only reason it cannot be described as "mint" is wear to the logo stamps. This instrument has been professionally owned and played in The Netherlands, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The St Louis was Selmer's flagship clarinet design in the last decade and features a long reversed cone through the upper joint, with minimal undercutting. This results in exemplary tuning, and the clarinet also features a dark, even tone, throughout the registers.
The Bb clarinet, S/N P06063, is in excellent order throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine. The wood shows no cracks or damage. The pads throughout are white leather, in "as new" condition. The supplied barrels are 64.5 and 66.5mm in length. The m'piece is an "as new" Gennusa custom,"GE". The case is the original in excellent condition, supplied with keys.

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MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC PROFESSIONAL CLARINETS

£1295

 

 

     

THE A IS RESERVED, THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE WITH M'PIECE FOR, £645. This matched pair of Leblanc pre-LL clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the manufacturing of clarinets with scientific principles even further. Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist 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 himself to instrument manufacture, and bring 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.
These are a professional quality pair, and date from the mid-1950's. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The Bb has matching serial nos. 10456 and has German Silver key work in fair condition. There are surface scratches to some of the key work. In addition, both F/C RH touchpieces on the clarinets have been shortened for fingering convenience. Perhaps the same previous owner intended adding some keys, but got no further than drilling holes for the pillars. These don't go through to the bore and have been neatly filled in. [ see photo 11] Apart from this the wood is in overall good condition . There are some thread and tape repairs to the tenons, but there is no joint wobble. All pads are leather, which despite their age are sealing well.
The A, serial nos. 10243, has no cracks or repairs. The key work throughout is in good shape. Like the Bb, the pads are elderly but sealing well. There are some tape and thread repairs to the tenon corks. The m'piece is a Weinberg M1 Gold, in excellent condition. The case is of 1950's vintage in good condition.  

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438

BUFFET Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is an extremely fine single piece, P rofessional model Buffet Eb Clarinet, S/N N2 which dates to 1899. It was the former property of a professional player and is in extremely good condition for its age. The wood shows no cracks or damage, only minor surface marks. Please note the metal tone hole to LH 2. I have seen other Buffet Eb's of the period with the same feature, it may well be original. 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. There are 2 m'pieces, one is a later Buffet Evettine No. 5 in ebonite, in fair condition. The other is a Couesnon, Perier, Monople in very good condition. Both m'pieces play the instrument comfortably at A=440Hz. In this period fo Buffet manufacture, apart from a flat low E & F, intonation is generally excellent. The case is the original, which still latches well. A superb quality Eb with excellent intonation.

 

439

NOBLET PARIS ARTIST A CLARINET-SOLD

£645

This is a Noblet Artist A Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in very good condition, and it has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct: Finest Pisoni fish skin pads have been fitted throughout, the key work polished, and all tenon and touch corks replaced. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Noblet Artist was the top of the range Noblet model, with a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, it will pair nicely with any other mainstream manufacturers French bore Bb, i.e. Buffet, Selmer, Leblanc and Yamaha.
This A, serial no. 44048, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in very good condition with no discernable wear. . This clarinet was made entirely from Grenadilla wood, including the barrel, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order. The supplied m'piece is stamped AAA. The case is in fair condition, the interior lining is worn, but all 3 latches still close the case securely.

440

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, MODEL 40 Bb CLARINET-SOLD     

£395

This is an intermediate model 40 Noblet Bb clarinet, made from aged Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new in the 1970's and has had only one owner. The Nickel silver key work is in fine condition throughout, with only tiny spot wear to the RH low F/C and E/B keys. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout. All parts of the instrument are made from wood, with the exception of the barrel, which is made from ebonite. The matching serial nos. are A2947. The case is the original in good condition. A new student m'piece kit can be provided for an additional £25. .

 

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SELMER BUNDY, Eb PICCOLO CLARINET

£495

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Eb Piccolo in Resonite. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The Nickel Silver key work is pristine, 100%, I have rarely seen a Bundy in such good condition. The pads are all "as new" and in excellent condition. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 5195. The original case has some scuffs and stains to the interior, and lettering to the exterior, but it is fully functional. It latches securely and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is an upgrade to an Artist, again the condition is perfect. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Eb clarinet purchase..

 

442

GEORGE LEBLANC, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£2395

This is an excellent condition G Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Bass is an ultra rare top-of-the-line professional model, which was later designated the 425S. The mechanism features a double register key for improved intonation in the middle register and a RH fork Ab/Eb key that provides an alternative fingering which is more resonant. At the time this instrument was made it was the equal of, or superior to, the current Selmer model. It was for this reason that its original owner selected it above all other manufacturers' models.
The German Silver plated key work shows no wear, the instrument was formerly owned by a professional who has taken excellent care of this Bass. The crook and bell are in good condition, there is only one tiny pin head ding to the bell. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout, apart from some slight surface marks consistent with the age of the instrument. This Bass will have a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather re-pad in our workshop, & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. In addition all the key work will be buffed to a nice shine. There is a floor peg attachment for a spike to the bottom of the lower joint. The matching serial nos. are 529: Leblanc serial number lists are unreliable, but the original and sole owner of this Bass bought the instrument new in the early 1960's. The case is the original in good condition. The m'piece is a Lafleur London & Paris in ebonite, stamped Medium, in excellent condition.

 

433

BOOSEY & HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

This is a Symphony 1010 Bb in superb condition, featuring the later Acton Patent Vent. The clarinet has just been taken in part exchange by ourselves. The matching serial numbers are 540281, which dates to 1982, making this a very late example. The clarinet has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The tan leather pads are all new or in "as new" condition. The key work has been oiled and regulated, all touch and tenon corks replaced, and all spring tensions adjusted for optimum feel. The Silver plate key work overall is excellent, with no wear. The wood overall is also in good condition with no cracks or damage. The m'piece is an original B&H No. 2, in very good condition. The supplied barrel is of 64.5mm. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is an Artley, of hard shell type.

 

     434   J. C. DENNER BAROQUE C CLARINET, by ACKERMAN-SOLD          £995
This is a unique clarinet. It is a faithful reproduction of a Baroque C clarinet, by J. C. Denner, made in the early part of the 18th Century. Denner is credited with developing the clarinet from the chalumeau by widening the bore, providing a bell, and enabling the instrument to overblow: All features of this clarinet.
This instrument was made for Alan Hacker by Brian Ackerman in the 1970's, and this instrument can quite rightly be seen as the start of a reproduction industry which went on to stimulate a revival of interest and an era of period instrument performance. The clarinet has 2 brass keys, is in boxwood and has five main pieces. The reed, a modern soprano sax reed can be cut down to fit, is attached to the mouthpiece by string. The approximate length is 60cm and the instrument plays in the key of C. The bore is cylindrical, apart from the bell, and measures 14.75mm. A is approximately 423Hz. This instrument was used by Alan Hacker for a recording of Vivaldi's Concerto in C for 2 Oboes and 2 Clarinets.

424

BUFFET EVETTE & SCHAEFFER E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£645

 

 

     

A nice 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 Tan Leather pads, with the exception of the C#/G# key and register key, which are in cork. The clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are B8087 which dates to the 1950's: A fine period of quality hand finished manufacture. The wood overall is in good order throughout, with the exception of the upper joint tenon, which has a couple of chips, see photo 4, and the bell,which has a repaired crack, see photo 11. Neither of these affect the response, as the chips are on the outer edge of the tenon ring, and the crack to the bell has been filled and sealed in our workshop: The repair is also covered under our 1 year warranty . These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. The case is a brand new Venus, and the mouthpiece a used professional Vandoren 2V.

398

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET-SOLD

£1145

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet R13 A clarinet. The instrument has just been re-padded in double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is one old repaired, pinned, crack to the back of the upper joint, the crack runs down through the speaker tube but does not go into the bore. The repair is of excellent quality and is stable. The Silver plated key work is in fine condition, with no wear. The supplied barrel is a Buffet special Moennig, R13 A, of 65mm. The matching serial nos. are 392206 which dates to 1994. This instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are above average for an R13 A, indeed the original owner twinned this clarinet with a Buffet Festival Bb. The case is the original Buffet, again in excellent condition, with dust cover.  

     405   MATCHED PAIR OF YAMAHA SE VINTAGE CUSTOM CLARINETS-SOLD          £1945
A good condition pair of Yamaha SE-Vintage Custom clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner is a professional sax and clarinet player, who liked this pair because of their excellent intonation and even scale. 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 2000's, when Yamaha with the collaboration of Claude Faucomprez, began manufacture of the Custom CS-V and SE-V range. The wood was unstained matched Grenadilla, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. The specification matched the top Buffet Prestige models, with these instruments even having voicing grooves in the bell, however the price was on a par with standard Buffet professional models
The instruments have no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Bb S/N 05083, has a mixture of mainly fish skin pads with some tan leather. Though all pads are sealing well now, some will need replacing in the near future. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear, only light surface scratches. The A, S/N 01354, has had less use than the Bb. The double bladder fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The supplied m'pieces is a Custom 4C in ebonite. The case is fully functional, but shows some rust to the catches.

415

SELMER, PARIS 10S CLARINET in A-SOLD

£1045

 

 

     


A Selmer 10S clarinet, in excellent condition. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This A, with matching S/N C4753, dates to 1984 and has Silver plate in pristine condition, with no discernable wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is, again, in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have bright matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a partial overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads at our workshop. The barrel is of 64.5mm. The case is the original Selmer, which is in very good shape, and supplied with keys.  

417

SELMER, PARIS, 9* A CLARINET -SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This Selmer Series 9* A clarinet is in very good condition. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market. This 9* instrument will pair well with any of the contemporary French or Yamaha made quality Bb clarinets.
The clarinet has matching serial nos., U8249 which dates to 1966. The Silver plating is excellent throughout, with no wear. The pads are all brand new fish skin, the instrument has just had a complete re-pad in the Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood throughout is very fine. However the thumb rest has been re-positioned slightly lower, see photo 10, and the wood surface has been slightly scuffed. The double case is well proportioned and is in excellent condition.

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418

SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET, SCHMIDT REFORM-BOEHM, BY STEPHEN FOX-SOLD

£1945

PRICE REDUCED A rare and unique Selmer 10S clarinet, which has been extensively customised by Stephen Fox. The Canadian Stephen Fox is one of the finest clarinet makers in the world today, and also an acknowledged authority on clarinet design and acoustics. This instrument has effectively been turned into a Schmidt Reform-Boehm. It is a great shame that Yamaha are currently offering an instrument, which is regularly, and erroneously, described as a "Schmidt Reform-Boehm" on the web. The Yamaha features a fraction of the keys and vents necessary for a genuine, "Schmidt Reform Boehm". Those clarinettists fortunate enough to have played, or owned, Seggelke, Wurlitzer, or Hammerschmidt, Schmidt Reform-Boehms are quite right to point out that there is no comparison in terms of scale, tuning or tonal character, between the German/Austrian quality instrument and the modern Yamaha.
This clarinet goes most of the way towards a "Schmidt Reform-Boehm", and in some respects exceeds it, lacking only a compensating low G/D vent. The modifications are as follows: 1. Schmidt style speaker key with separate and dedicated Bb vent, see photo 8. 2. Articulated mechanism for C#/G# and touch piece, in simple system manner, for the RH. See photos, 3, 4, 7 & 9. 3. Throat G# key bent to make the LH index work more easily around the throat notes. 4. Bb/Eb bis key, as found on pre-war B&H 1010's to facilitate fast passage work using Eb/Bb. See photo 9. 5. Additional fourth trill key,making a total of five, for improved throat note trill, Bb-B. See photos, 4, 5 & 8. 6. Copy of the B&H Acton Patent Vent system to improve RH B/F# tuning. This system is less efficient than that used on a genuine S R-B, which uses a neat additional pad attached to RH1. See photo 9. 7. Compensating hole for low E/B intonation. I suspect the bell has also been slightly shortened. NB The bell must be correctly lined up with the hole in the tenon, or this will fail to function See photo 7. 8. Compensating correction key for low F. Interesting that this is the only feature that Buffet see fit to add to the current Tosca and Divine. See photo 8. 9. Additional RH Ab/Eb lever. See photo 7.
This Bb, S/N Z9477, originally dated to the mid 1970's. As must be obvious from the above, the wood body has been extensively customised and modified. Several tone holes have been plugged. Furthermore an alternative low Eb/Ab hole, in the manner of a Houvenaghel Leblanc Bass design, was contemplated, and then abandoned, the tone hole and pillar holes have been plugged, see photo 11. This said, there are no cracks or damage to the wood, just repairs and modifications! All pads are sealing well, we have thoroughly checked the instrument over in our workshop, and replaced corks and pads as necessary. The complicated mechanisms are all in regulation. The beauty of this instrument is that it does all of the work for the player. It need hardly be said that the intonation and response of this clarinet are far superior to any standard Boehm on the market. The case is an original Selmer double, with scuffs to the interior and exterior, it still latches well .

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419

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Bb CLARINET, in EBONITE     -SOLD

£595

An extremely rare B&H 926 Bb, in ebonite, 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. This clarinet was the former property of a well known British player, who as an RSC musician preferred this instrument for on-stage work. The instrument is lighter than a Grenadilla wood example, and has an exceptionally free and lively tone. The intonation is also superb, one of the best 926's I have ever come across. This could have something to do with the early serial number, and the fact that ebonite can be machined more precisely than Grenadilla wood.
The instrument has double bladder fish skin pads all in excellent condition. The bore and body are excellent with no cracks, damage or wear, only slight surface marks. The Nickel plate is showing some wear to both rings and touch pieces, but the key work is in very good shape. There is no wobble or slackness in the regulation. The matching serial nos. are 49686, which probably dates to the late 1940's. The No.2 B & H m'piece is in good condition. The case is old, and possibly original, it still functions well. .

 

432

BUFFET PRESTIGE BASS CLARINET TO LOW C-SOLD

£4495

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Buffet Prestige Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one professional owner, who's work was in London's West End theatres. He is about to start a 2 year tour, and has just bought a new Buffet Bass, hence the reason for the sale.
All Silver plated key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. The bell and crook are both in good condition, there are 2 tiny "dings" to the bell, see photo 9. The Bass does have a double overblowing vent, and features alternative fingerings for low D. This Bass has just been completely re-padded by Steven Butler in finest Pisoni White Leather. In addition the Bass has been regulated, and all touch corks replaced as necessary. The playing condition is superb. There is a floor peg to the bell, the matching serial nos. are 25619 the instrument was bought new in 1995. The instrument is supplied in the original case, which is in good condition, though the outer leather is scuffed, and one of the handles is a leather replacement. The m'piece is a used professional Selmer.

 

     435   BUFFET CRAMPON PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £695
This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Unusually it features 7 rings rather than the standard 6. This gives the player the advantage of a LH fork Eb/Bb fingering which makes many tricky passages in flat keys easier to negotiate. The German Silver key work is in extremely good condition for its age with no marks or tarnish. All Tan leather pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently completely overhauled. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition, with no cracks, damage or repairs. The matching serial nos. are 23098 which dates  to 1937. The supplied m'piece is a used Vandoren M30 in ebonite, in "as new" condition. The case is a modern Yamaha example, again in excellent condition. This instrument easily competes with the modern E13, to which it is superior in terms of build quality, evenness and intonation.
     448   LEBLANC, PARIS, LX Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £995
This is an excellent condition Leblanc LX Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop. The pads are all in "as new" condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; which is superb throughout. There is no plating loss to the Silver key work, which is pristine. This clarinet features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm and responds and tunes excellently. The model was Leblanc's flagship design of the 1980s & was so successful that it continued in production right up until 2009 when the French factory was sold to Buffet Crampon. The matching serial nos. are 60307. The supplied single case is in excellent condition and the m'piece is a Noblet.

452

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£545

 

 

     

An extremely fine condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 934231, which makes it one of the last made in Germany, before manufacture was shifted to the old Leblanc factory in La Couture, Buffet having purchased the Leblanc factory in 2009. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni White leather pads, the previous owner must have held this instrument in particularly high esteem to go to such expense: These pads will be good, in normal use, for up to five years. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there is one surface scratch near the register key, see photo 10. All pieces are original and carry matching Buffet stamps, even the plastic mouthpiece cap. This instrument comes with a special edition Buffet stamped case cover, with carry strap and zippable pouches. This is a vast improvement over the basic Buffet supplied E11 case, which has nowhere to store music or other bulky accessories. The case and cover are both in excellent condition.

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NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET

£995

An excellent condition professional Artist Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in excellent condition, with no plating wear. The Grenadilla wood is also in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All the main body pieces are in wood, with the exception of the barrel, which is made of resonite. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; the wood oiled, key work buffed and polished, all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. The clarinet is "as new". All pieces are matching and original, the serial nos. are A83684. The case is elderly but fully functional, the mouthpiece is astudent model in good condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

     51   LEBLANC, PARIS, PAIR OF FULL BOEHM CLARINETS-RESERVED          £1595

These are an extremely rare pair of Leblanc, Paris, Full Boehm clarinets. These instruments were the principal clarinets played by David Hamilton. David was a renowned teacher, and one time Head of Wind for Surrey County Music Service. His former pupils, many of whom are now professionals, included Michael Collins, Fiona Cross, and Ian Peters.
The Bb is earlier than the A, having serial number 14941, the A is an LL model, S/N 44332. The Bb has Nickel silver key work which is very good throughout, with minimal spot wear to the RH little finger keys, and register key. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. The thumb rest has been adapted to a sling hook model. The A has Nickel silver key work in very good condition throughout. Likewise the wood is without cracks or damage. This instrument has also just had a complete overhaul, and is sold with our full warranty. Again it features a thumb rest with integral sling hook. The case is the original in fair condition, and is supplied with a voluminous case cover. One zip has failed but the other still seals up the entire cover, which also features pouches for music and other accessories. The mouthpiece is an O'Brien 2* crystal in excellent used condition.
     32   PARIS PROFESSIONAL BASS, LOW C-SOLD          £4495
This is a superb condition Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C. This Bass was initially chosen by Daphne Down at the Selmer factory. Subsequently it was owned and played for many years by Felicity Edwards, including being played in the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. It then was bought earlier this year by another professional, who sadly now has to sell it due to developing an allergy to Nickel.
All Nickel Silver plate key work is in excellent condition, with only the slightest of surface marks consistent with professional ownership, and careful use. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; which is pristine throughout. Likewise the bell and crook are both in excellent condition, with only slight flattening to the base of the bell.   The matching serial nos. are U1704. All pads are tan leather in excellent condition, the Bass has just had a thorough check up in our workshop, the key regulation throughout is also excellent. The case is a Selmer original, again in very good order. The m'piece is a Lelandais, which is again in excellent used condition.

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LEBLANC PARIS BASS CLARINET 325S-SOLD

£1695

 

 

     

This is a superb condition G Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass was one of Leblanc's top professional models, the 325S. The 325S features a fork Ab/Eb mechanism in the RH and a single overblowing vent. It is a one UK owner professional instrument, and has been extremely well cared for, even the metal guards for the crook and upper joint are still with the instrument. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, it is in excellent condition throughout. The crook is in excellent condition, the bell has only one tiny pin head ding. The Grenadilla wood shows no cracks or damage, it is pristine. This Bass will have a re-pad as necessary in our workshop, & the key work will be swaged and regulated. We will also fit a new Leblanc floor peg attachment to the bell. NB This Bass clarinet has been photographed prior to going into our Clarinets Direct workshop. The matching serial nos. are 11010, which dates to the late 1970's. The supplied mouthpiece is the original Leblanc in very good condition. The original case is also in good condition.  

     52   YAMAHA CS CUSTOM Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION-SOLD          £895
An excellent condition Yamaha CS CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The sole former owner is a London based professional sax and clarinet player, who has decided it is time to "prune" his large clarinet collection. His copious collection of saxes will remain intact however! Most of the instruments offered for sale have been chosen carefully, and at length, from multiple examples from main London dealers.
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 mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS and SE range. The CS features standard tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, which are less exaggerated than those on the SE. The bore at 14.78mm is larger than a comparable Buffet. The wood was unstained matched Grenadilla, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 002278. The fish skin pads are not new, they are all sealing well now, but some will need replacing in the next 6 months or so. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear, apart from an area of slight discolouration, see photos 7 & 8. It is likely that this tarnishing has occurred simply through the instrument being stored, unused, in a case. The supplied m'pieces is a Selmer HS** in excellent condition. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes in good condition.

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YAMAHA YCL65 A CLARINET

£845

 

 

     

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 later preferred and endorsed the YCL64/65 range to the YCL82, 84/85 which were Yamaha's most expensive Custom models. The 65 was sold as a professional clarinet, unlike the modern 650, which is a Buffet E13 rival. The modern equivalent of the YCL65 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 an overhaul in fish skin pads 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 000296. The double case is a brand new pouchette Leblanc, with pouches and carry straps. Though no m'piece is supplied, as it is assumed that the purchaser will already have a Bb, one can be provided if necessary.

420

BUFFET CRAMPON R13 PRESTIGE A CLARINET-SOLD

£2195

This excellent Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one owner instrument, and has been used, until recently, whilst studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted. .
This A, serial no. 593506, was bought new in 2010, it is in near mint condition: The only reason that I do not describe it as mint, are some slight wear to the logo stamps. The instrument itself is in mint condition. The Silver plate throughout is in superb condition. The instrument is padded throughout in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, in "as new" condition. The key regulation is very good. The original barrel is of 65.0mm. All stamps are bright and original and match on all parts. The case is a BAM, with scuffs to the exterior, one of the 2 zips has failed, but the other still closes the case securely, the interior of the case is in very good condition.

 

421

JACQUES ALBERT FILS 7 RING Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

A superb 7 ring Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family: Jacques Fils. This instrument features both articulated C#/G# and fork Eb/Bb. The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with an excellent shine. The wood is in good condition for its age, with no major cracks or repairs, to the main body pieces, however the bell has a stress crack to the tenon, and also a chip to the wood above the bell ring, see photos 3 & 4: Neither of these affect the bore. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the current owner has had it recently fully repadded by Eddie Ashton in superpads. From the look and style of key work this clarinet was probably made in the 1930's and Albert retired in 1939. Albert clarinets are well known for their unique warmth and depth of tone. To some extent they exhibit a rare synthesis of the best of German and French schools of clarinet making. The makers stamp is clearly visible on all sections, excepting the barrel which is by "Gras". The case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a brand new La Voz. .

 

422

SELMER BUNDY, BASS CLARINET-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The crook and the bell are both in fine condition, with no dents. we have fitted a new floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show minimal spot wear: Overall the plating is 95%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 44794. The original case has some scuffs and stains to the interior, but it is fully functional. It latches securely and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a used professional R Borbeck in good condition. The ligature is a brand new Rovner "dark". This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.  

423

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINETS-SOLD

£3995

An extremely rare and fine matched pair of early Buffet RC Prestige clarinets. This pair have been professionally owned, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They are part of the earliest production of Prestige models, indeed it would appear that in the UK Buffet released the top of the range Prestige model initially only in RC form. Certainly in early 1983 the R13 was still only available as a standard model, with the RC Prestige the most expensive Buffet on the market. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracted many UK players.
The Bb, serial no. 216332, dates to 1981, is in very fine condition, there are no cracks or repairs. The instrument has the original Silver plate, which is in very good condition. The key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. This clarinet is padded in a mixture of tan, white leather pads, and some cork, all in very good condition. The wood is in excellent condition, hand selected, matched and unstained. there are two supplied barrels of 64 and 66mm.
The A has S/N 216359, which also dates to 1981, there is no damage to the wood. The Silver plate is also in excellent shape. The pads are mainly leather with cork on the register key and some trill keys. All pads are sealing well, with touch corks and regulation in fine order. There is one new 65mm barrel. These instruments play with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. They were manufactured as Buffet's top professional instruments with unstained Grenadilla wood. Today one would have to spend over £6000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is a JM in good condition, and the m'piece, provided for play testing, is a stock Buffet.

 

437

LEBLANC, CONCERTO II, PROFESSIONAL Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1445

 

 

     

This is a Leblanc Concerto II, Paris, professional Eb Clarinet, in superb condition. Unlike older Noblet Eb's, the Leblanc Concerto and Opus were extremely moderm designs with excellent acoustic properties and intonation. Designed to go head to head with the best Buffet and Selmer Eb clarinets. The Leblanc brochure states: "an artist-quality instrument of great intonation, with the deeper tonal characteristics of a Bb clarinet. Its high notes are particularly fine, with roundness and depth, free of the thin & strident traits often associated with the Eb."
The instrument is in mint condition. The wood, finest aged, unstained Grenadilla, shows no cracks or damage, it is pristine. The bore is 13.20mm, and the design features offset trill keys. The Silver plate is unmarked and excellent. The pads are double bladder fish skin, all in good condition. The mouthpiece is a used Kell Geometric, marked MC, medium close, in very good condition. The S/N is 83898. Leblanc, Paris, no longer manufacture: This instrument is the latest version of the Concerto model, which was released only after 2006. When it was bought new, the UK list price was in excess of £3200.  

441

BUFFET CRAMPON PRESTIGE BASS CLARINET to low C -SOLD

£5495

 

 

     

This is a pristine condition Buffet Prestige Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one professional owner, who selected this Bass from many other new examples 3 years ago. He now finds a low Eb Bass sufficient for his needs hence the reason for the sale.
All Silver plated key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. The bell and crook are both in superb condition, with no dings, scratches or marks of any kind. The Bass does have a double overblowing vent, and features alternative fingerings for low D. This Bass has the original finest Pisoni White Leather pads throughout in good condition. It is well regulated, the playing condition is superb. There is a floor peg to the bell, and the matching serial nos. are H41153. The instrument is supplied in the original case, which is in good condition, and the keys are supplied. The m'piece is a used professional Lafleur in ebonite, in excellent condition.  

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442

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE A CLARINET-SOLD

£795

A rare professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone enhanced Boehm A clarinet to low E, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument features: Fork Eb/Bb, and articulated C#/G#. This clarinet is in very good condition for its age with no cracks or damage to the wood. The wood shows surface shows hardly any scuffs and marks, but there is a minor chip to the upper joint lower tenon outer rim, see photo 4. This has absolutely no effect on the response, as this part of the wood does not form the bore.     The fish skin pads are all sealing well, they have all been replaced within the last 6 months, and all touch & tenon corks are good. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a "check down" and minor regulation. The German Silver key work does show some cloudiness, which is cosmetic only, see photos 7 & 8. It is possible to buff this off and brighten the keys. We could offer this service, if desired, to the next owner. There are 2 original Selmer supplied barrels, one of 66.5mm and the other 64.5mm. The matching serial nos. are Q5178 which dates to 1955.  The case is the original, well used, but fully functional, and the m'piece a Selmer "E" in very good condition. This instrument tunes very well, it is an exceptionally fine example of a Centered Tone A. It last owner, a younger player, achieved full marks, 30/30, for his performance of the Mozart Concerto in his Grade 8 on this clarinet.

443

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET-SOLD

£945

 

 

     

A nice condition Buffet R13 A clarinet. This instrument has recently been part exchanged against a new Rossi, American bore A clarinet, and is sold on at a bargain price. The wood is in overall good condition, but there is a long surface crack which does not go through to the bore, and runs from the upper joint top tenon down through the stamp into the "A" hole. The crack has been re-sealed in our workshop, all pads have been checked for seal, and the key work has been re-aligned and regulated. The Nickel plated key work shows some wear: Noticeably to the G# key, rings and also the register key, see photos, 5,6 & 10. Overall the plating is about 90%. There are 2 supplied barrels of 65mm & 67.5mm. The matching serial nos. are 393551 which dates to 1994. The case is the original Buffet, in excellent condition, with an Altieri dust cover which has many pockets for music and accessories.

 

     444   BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £1195
This clarinet is an excellent condition Buffet R13. The grenadilla wood is near perfect, without mark or blemish. The same is true of the Silver plate. This instrument has just had a complete repad in fish skin pads in our workshop, with regulation done as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 304989, which dates to 1988. Modern R13s are now manufactured with inferior wood, and also less time is spent on their hand finishing: This makes it extremely hard to find a new R13 of this quality.   Please go to www.buffet-crampon.com for more details The  case is the original Buffet in good condition. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer C85 115.

453

STUBBINS, BY NOBLET FRANCE, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

An extremely rare and desirable William Stubbins Bb clarinet, made by Noblet, France, featuring the Stubbins " booster key" for throat Bb. As one would expect the intonation and response are greatly improved over a standard Boehm system, but without the player noticing any difference in fingering, i.e the Stubbins mechanism does all the work! Selmer, in the past with their Omega clarinet, and many major German makers have adopted similar designs.
This example is in excellent condition: there is no damage to the wood, excepting an lighlty etched security number to the back of the lower joint. The key work shows no plating wear, the Nickel silver is in fine order throughout. The double bladder fish skin pads, while not new, are all sealing well. There is no joint wobble, and the clarinet plays extremely well, very even and with a fine tone. The matching serial nos. are 56627. The supplied m'piece is an original Noblet 3V in ebonite, of very good quality. The case, though elderly, is in good condition it latches & protects the instrument well. .

55

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£695

 

 

     


An excellent condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one owner who, having used it to succesfully audition for the Royal College of Music Junior Department, then upgraded to a professional model clarinet.
This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. B200339. This is the last incarnation of the E11 Bb clarinet, and was manufactured at the old Leblanc factory in La Couture, Buffet having purchased the Leblanc factory in 2009. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 Year Clarinets Direct warranty. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. The supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a Bernard Portnoy BPO2 in ebonite, which is superior to the contemporary Buffet stock plastic mouthpieces. The back pack Buffet case is also in good condition.  

57

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

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 clarinet serial no. F143777 dating to 1974. This, therefore, is right in the middle of Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era" . Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Silver plated key work is pristine. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs, however there is a tiny chip to the lower tenon of the upper joint, see photo 4. 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 stock Buffet. The original Buffet case is in good condition, the interior lining shows some staining.  

59

YAMAHA CSG CUSTOM, HAMILTON KEYS, CLARINET-SOLD

£1445

 

 

     

A superb condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM clarinet, which was recently taken in trade in by Clarinets Direct. The former owner is a professional London based jazz sax and clarinet player, who selected this instrument new, as a back up, from many at T W Howarth 4 years ago. Yamaha made great claims for the CSG range; a new bore design is supposed to provide great tonal richness, as found in older instruments made from properly aged Grenadilla. Also new, for the most expensive models, is the gold plated Hamilton key work, as featured on this instrument. Certainly the design has found much favour with many fine players, including Michael Collins and Nicholas Cox. The latest CSG III differs from this model in that it offers revised key work, including a a LH Ab/Eb lever, and a voicing groove to the bell.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest unstained Grenadilla. This Bb, S/N 03026, has mainly fish skin pads with one tan leather pad on the first side key. All pads are sealing well now and in good condition. The Hamilton plated key work is pristine throughout. The m'piece is a used Selmer HS* in good condition, as is the modern light weight case.  

445

KING MARIGAUX, PARIS, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

This is a very good condition King Marigaux Bb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. King, were, I believe, the agents for SML. Strasser, Marigaux, and Lemaire were makers specialising in professional, saxophones, oboes and clarinets. Today, as Marigaux, they survive as one of the World's finest oboe manufacturers.
All the Silver plate key work is in very good condition. The wood overall is in excellent condition, with no damage or repairs, excepting the barrel which has a repaired, glued crack, see photo 5. In fact the instrument is sold with a replacement Selmer Paris barrel, which the former owner preferred. as the intonation was superior to the original barrel. The matching serial numbers are 0861. The case is a replacement "Kinsman" in good condition, as is the m'piece. .

 

446

BUFFET E13 A CLARINET-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

A superb condition Buffet E13 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, which is in pristine condition throughout. All matching pieces still carry an "as new" Buffet stamp. The instrument has seen virtually no use. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in excellent, unmarked, condition. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and as such, it is not sold with our warranty. However all pads, which are fishskin, are in good condition, and sealing well. The matching serial nos. are K87188. The mouthpiece is an "as new" Leblanc Woodwind Co. K10M. The supplied case is an upgrade to a Buffet Prestige black leather model with combination locks in very good condition.

 

447

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£675

This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in extremely good condition for its age with no marks or tarnish. All Tan leather pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently completely overhauled. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition, with no cracks, damage or repairs. The matching serial nos. are 19427 which dates  to 1935. The supplied m'piece is a used Buffet C in ebonite. The case is a brand new Buffet supplied with keys. This instrument easily competes with the modern E13, to which it is superior in terms of build quality, evenness and intonation.

448

BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1945

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and LH sliver key plating to distinguish it from new. The instrument has been professionally owned and played, it has been extremely well cared for, and comes with many extras. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The Bb has serial no. 449982, dating to 1998. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows only slight wear commensurate with careful use: The LH sliver key is worn, see photo 5. The plating is about 99%. We have just completely overhauled the clarinet in finest Pisoni double bladder fish skin pads, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All corks tenon and touch have been replaced throughout. The key work has been stripped down, oiled and regulated. There are 3 supplied barrels of 65.2mm, 66.4mm and 66.2mm. All 3 are genuine Buffet stamped Festival barrels. The m'piece is a Gregory Smith Custom, 1+ in excellent used condition. The case is an original Buffet in brown leather, which shows some interior stains and wear.

465

SELMER, PARIS, 10S II Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1345

 

 

     

An excellent condition Selmer 10S II clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner. The 10S II represents a major revision of the design which was undertaken in the late 1980's. Selmer seem to have tried to make the 10S II sit more easily with the later Recital clarinet: Compared to the original the instrument seems "darker toned" and plays slightly lower in pitch, i.e. aimed more at the US market.
This Bb, S/N F7803, dates to the late 1980's and has Silver plate, in pristine condition throughout. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. The clarinet has just had a thorough "check down" in our workshop. The fish skin pads, which are not new, are sealing well. The key work is well regulated. The case is the original Selmer, again in very good condition.

450

YAMAHA SE CUSTOM Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION -SOLD

£1095

A near mint condition Yamaha SE CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The only reason it is described as "near mint" rather than "mint", is the fact that the pads are not new. The sole former owner is a London based professional sax and clarinet player, who has decided it is time to "prune" his large clarinet collection. His copious collection of saxes will remain intact however! 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 mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS and SE range. The SE features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, which are more exaggerated than those on the standard CS. The tuning and voicing is improved over the regular CS,and the bore at 14.78mm is larger than a comparable Buffet. The wood was unstained matched Grenadilla, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 01186. Though all fish skin pads are not new, they are all sealing well now, and should be good for some time to come, the instrument has had hardly any use. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear, only light surface scratches. The supplied m'pieces is a Yamaha 4C. The case is the original Yamaha in excellent condition, however the leather case cover has had some labels removed, and this has left certain patches of the leather sticky.

 

458

BUFFET TOSCA A CLARINET -SOLD

£2945

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is one such. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was hand selected at the Buffet factory last year.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most expensive models, a Tosca A. The instrument is in mint condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was bought new from Buffet direct. The instrument also has a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches, as well as the corrective low F key and vent. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 598254. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather in perfect condition. This clarinet is "as new". There are 2 supplied barrels, with all pieces matching and original. The condition of the Buffet double Tosca case is also excellent.  

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459

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£545

 

 

     

An extremely fine condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 383682, which makes it an example made in Germany, before manufacture was shifted to the old Leblanc factory in La Couture, Buffet having purchased the Leblanc factory in 2009. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pieces are original and carry matching Buffet stamps. This instrument comes with a brand new Buffet mouthpiece and an excellent "Westfield" case.  

455

LEBLANC SYMPHONIE II FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

The Symphonie II Full Boehm clarinet was a top of the range professional model offered by Leblanc in the late 1950's, which gradually evolved into the L7 series of the 1970's. The bore features a cone at the top of the upper joint which widens from 14.60mm to 14.85mm; the bore is of medium size. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, it is has come from the collection of a fastidious American, his instruments are always offered for sale in excellent condition.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 7397. It probably dates from the late 1950's or early 1960's The German Silver key work is in excellent condition, likewise the wood which shows no cracks or repairs. The instrument has top quality Pisoni white leather pads, which are "as new". We have just checked over the instrument thoroughly in our workshop, with all regulation and touch corks attended to as necessary. This clarinet is a Full Boehm with all the extras: Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G#, and low Eb. The case is the original in black leather, there are a couple of tears to the exterior, but it is in good used condition. .

 

456

BUFFET E13, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£845

An excellent condition Buffet, E13 clarinet. The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has just had an overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Silver plating throughout is in pristine condition, with no wear. The serial nos. are K132254. Contemporary E13s are treated with a chemical compound designed to prevent cracking. Unfortunately this appears to leach out of the wood after a few weeks of playing, causing many problems with joints sticking or refusing to go together. Thankfully when this instrument was manufactured, Buffet Crampon were still ageing the wood naturally. The supplied Buffet m'piece is in good condition. The Buffet case is brand new. .

 

462

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb -SOLD

£945

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show minimal spot wear: Overall the plating is 95%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The crook is in fine condition, with no dents, but in the past the Bass did not have a floor spike, and because it was rested on bell, there is now some flattening to the bell base, see photo 7. We have fitted a new floor spike attachment to the bell to solve this problem. The serial nos. are 4913. The case is a modern Protech in excellent condition. The m'piece is a used professional Vandoren B45 in excellent condition. The ligature is a Rovner "dark". This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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463

MATCHED PAIR OF JACQUES FILS ALBERT CLARINETS-SOLD

£2995

 

 

     

These superb Boehm system clarinets were made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family: Jacques Fils. They have a truly remarkable provenance: These were the last pair of clarinets to be used professionally by Jon Steward. Jon is recognised as the foremost repairman and clarinet designer in the UK. He recently retired from T W Howarth and Co. Whilst at Howarths, Jon established an impeccable repuation and was also responsible for the design of the Howarth professional clarinet range, S1, S2, and S3. It is important to mention that Jon had nothing to do with the earlier student, Marigaux sourced, wooden "Howarth", which was a much inferior product.
Subsequently these instruments were sold to Nick Bucknall, the UK's foremost session clarinettist. Jon supplied a custom made mouthpiece for Nick, which tunes the pair superbly. Jon also made a new barrel, and generally tuned and perfected the pair. Nick used these instruments on many film sessions, perhaps most memorably for the soundtrack of the film "The Talented Mr Ripley".
The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with a light patina appropriate to its age. The wood is in excellent condition for its age, with no cracks or repairs. The pads throughout are tan leather in good condition. There is no joint wobble, the instruments are perfectly playable as is. From the look and style of key work these clarinets were probably made in the late 1920's or early 1930's. Both clarinets are stamped " Approved Haydn Draper". Albert clarinets are well known for their unique warmth and depth of tone. To some extent they exhibit a rare synthesis of the best of German and French schools of clarinet making. The makers stamp is clearly visible on all sections. The case is in good used condition, and is supplied with keys. .

 

470

SELMER SERIES 9 FULL BOEHM A CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This Selmer Series 9 A is a commission sale for Clarinets direct. The Series 9 was the last of the jazz wide bore clarinets made by Selmer, with the top of the reverse cone at the start of the upper joint measuring 15.25mm. However these instruments were also popular with classical players; the great French virtuoso Ulysse Delecluse played Selmer Series 9s. This A clarinet features all the usual Full Boehm refinements: Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G#, and low Eb. The instrument has matching serial nos., T7584 which dates to 1964 & is in excellent condition. The Nickel Silver plating is excellent throughout, with no wear. The pads are all fish skin in good order, the clarinet has been down to the Clarinets Direct workshop for a thorough check over, with pads replaced as necessary, and all key work regulated. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood throughout is pristine. The case is a single A case, in fair condition, the interior lining shows wear, but the case latches well.  

     416   PAIR OF SELMER, PARIS, VINTAGE FULL BOEHM CLARINETS-RESERVED          £1595
An exceptionally rare and fine pair of vintage Selmer clarinets. These instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, their current owner is a collector. As Full Boehm instruments they feature all the extras: Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G#, and low Eb.
The Bb has matching serial numbers 8369, which probably dates to late 1930. This was the point at which Selmer began to stamp their clarinets with the more modern logo. The clarinet has been recently fully overhauled in fish skin pads, all of which are in fine condition. For Vintage instruments the grenadilla wood is in very good condition. There is only one small stress crack, which has been glued, and is in fact very common with this type of Full Boehm design. Because the upper tenon of the lower joint is metal lined, often a crack occurs between the top two tone holes of this joint where the wood is very thin. Fortunately the crack is cosmetic only, as the metal lining seals the tenon. Apart from this there are only light surface marks. The German silver keywork is in very good condition throughout. The design is slightly different to the "A", most noticeably in the much longer G# key barrel, and the fact that the LH levers have only 2 pillars on the A as against 3 on the Bb. Interestingly the bells of both instruments feature the later 1930's logo. It is possible therefore, that the bell for the A clarinet is a replacement.
The A has matching serial numbers K1725. Early Selmer serial numbers are difficult to date reliably, it is likely however, that this instrument pre-dates the Bb by at least 3 years. The clarinet is also stamped " Brevette SGDG". There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The German Silver key work is also in good order throughout. As with the Bb all pads are nearly new fish skin & are sealing well. The case is an original Pouchette leather example from the 1920's in excellent used condition, which has been partly relined. The m'piece is a used Selmer B.

436

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is a good condition Noblet, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the previous owner, has upgraded to a Buffet low C Bass. The Noblet 60 Bass is Leblanc's entry level professional model, featuring a single register key, and range to low Eb.
The Nickel Silver plated key work shows some wear, the plating is about 80%. The bell is in good condition, with only one slight dent and no flattening to the base. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which has only minor scuffs and scratches, associated with normal use. This instrument has a floor peg holder attached to the rear of the bell. The instrument was last serviced by Stephen Butler in June 2012, the relevant invoice is included with the Bass. The pads are all tan leather, in good condition, some of these were replaced at this last service. The serial no. is 12863, which dates to the late 1970's. The case is the original in fair condition; there are some scuffs to the exterior and wear to the interior, but it latches and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is an "as new" student model. This instrument responds easily and readily, and would make an ideal first professional Bass clarinet purchase.  

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

THE A IS "SOLD". THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN DOUBLE CASE, WITH 2 BARRELS, FOR £795.00 An extremely rare pair of professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Full Boehm clarinets to low Eb. The instruments feature all the "bells and whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, articulated C#/G#, LH Ab/Eb and a range to low Eb.
The Bb clarinet, S/N R6209, has German Silver keywork in good condition throughout. All pads are pisoni Tan leather is "as new" condition. There are no cracks to the wood apart froma ting stress crack to the lower joint between the C# and C holes. This is the usual place for Selmer Full Boehm clarinets to crack, because at this point the joint is actually sleeved internally in metal, fortunately the crack has absolutely no effect on the response, see photo 8. There are 2 supplied barrels of 66.5mm and 63.5mm. The A clarinet is in very good condition for its age with no cracks or damage to the wood, and the wood surface shows hardly any scuffs and marks. The instrument has had a complete re-pad in finest Pisoni double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition, and exhibits a nice shine. The original bell has been replaced with a Selmer "Mazzeo" model, in order to improve the intonation of the lowest three pitches. The matching serial nos. are R8483 which dates to 1957.  The double case is in fair condition, it latches well but there are some tears to the interior lining. The m'piece is a Selmer "C*" in very good condition.

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474

BUFFET E13S Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet, E13 S [for small] clarinet. This is an extremely rare model, made by Buffet as a custom order for players with small hands. The revisions include re-positioning all of the tone holes closer together in the right hand, and a thinner bell with no tenon ring which helps to minimise weight. And, in addition, an adjustable thumb rest is fitted, which was not standard manufacturing practice at that time. The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Nickel Silver plating throughout is in good condition, with no wear. The serial nos. are K95300, which dates to the early 1990's. Contemporary E13s are treated with a chemical compound designed to prevent cracking. Unfortunately this appears to leach out of the wood after a few weeks of playing, causing many problems with joints sticking or refusing to go together. Thankfully when this instrument was manufactured, Buffet Crampon were still ageing the wood naturally. The supplied Buffet m'piece is in good condition. The Buffet case is the original which functions well, but shows some stains to the interior lining.  

475

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet, E13 clarinet. The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches, pristine. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has recently had an overhaul in finest Pisoni White Leather pads, which are all "as new". This is an expensive up grade as main London dealers will charge more than £300 for this work. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Silver plating throughout is in good condition, with no wear. The serial nos. are K97231, which dates to the mid 1990's. Contemporary E13s are treated with a chemical compound designed to prevent cracking. Unfortunately this appears to leach out of the wood after a few weeks of playing, causing many problems with joints sticking or refusing to go together. Thankfully when this instrument was manufactured, Buffet Crampon were still ageing the wood naturally. The supplied Buffet m'piece is in good condition. The Buffet case is the original which functions well, but shows some stains to the interior lining.

     476   F A UEBEL BASS CLARINET TO LOW C-SOLD          £2995
This is an excellent  condition F A Uebel Boehm system  Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C. The bottom three pitches, D, Db, and C are played using the triangle of RH thumb keys on the back of the instrument. All key work is in pristine  condition.  There are no cracks or damage to the wood.  This instrument used to belong to a professional UK player, and she bought the instrument new. This Bass has just had  a full check up in our workshop, with regulation adjusted as necessary.  The matching serial nos. are 950-75594. The original case is in good condition as is the original mouthpiece, which uses Alto clarinet reeds. A brand new Edward Pillinger custom made m'piece is also included which takes Alto Sax reeds.

457

BUFFET CONTINENTALE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

 

 

     

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 an ultra rare Continentale Bb clarinet serial no. F85868 dating to 1966. The Continentale design features higher placement of the speaker tube, and significantly less undercutting of the upper joint, this results in a darker, more focussed, tone than the R13, with a typical Buffet "sweetness". Buffet Crampon advertised the Continentale as ideal for Chamber Music. This instrument was manufactured, right in the middle of Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era", and the intonation and response are much superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. The Nickel Silver plating is pristine. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition throughout: No cracks or repairs. 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 the original Buffet C, in ebonite, in good condition. This tunes the instrument right down to A=440Hz, despite the F prefix this instrument does not want to play at A=442! The original Buffet case is showing its age: The exterior lining is worn, and the interior is stained, however it still functions and protects the clarinet well.

 

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460

LEBLANC PAPERCLIP CONTRA-BASS CLARINET TO LOW C -SOLD

£5995

 

 

     

This is a Leblanc, Paris, BBb Curved Contrabass clarinet, in metal, with a matt black finish, range to low C. On the original invoice, which is supplied, it is described as a Leblanc Paris BBb, which it is. This model is commonly known as the "paperclip". However the stamp on the instrument itself is "Leblanc Kenosha Wisconsin". Yet this instrument is identical to the original Paris "Paperclip" BBb contra. When the instrument was being "checked down" in our Clarinets Direct workshop we happened to have simultaneously an original Leblanc metal "Paperclip" to low C, and the two instruments were made to exactly the same pattern, apart from the finish. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and it has had one careful and fastidious London collector from new, who specialises in buying Contra-Bass instruments, more from his collection will be advertised shortly. It was bought from Canada in 2009 at a cost of $12800 [approx. £7360], which, after UK import duties, shipping and VAT would rise to £9126. The original invoice and warranty card are included.
The instrument is in mint condition, as new. The pads which are tan leather are all pristine. The plating is unmarked and without wear. The serial nos. are 4065. There is not a mark or scuff on the body, which is in a striking and impressive black finish. Having been completely "checked down" in our workshop this Contra will play perfectly out of the box. All corks and regulation are in good working order. The case is also in excellent condition. There are two mouthpieces: One is the original Woodwind Leblanc, and, in addition, Clarinets Direct is supplying a superior Leblanc Paris used example in ebonite. There is a ligature supplied, but no mouthpiece cap.  

461

LEBLANC, PARIS, LL Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc LL  Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. The instrument is supplied with a brand new Edward Pillinger mouthpiece which plays with very fine intonation and response, with tip opening 1.12mm. The wood condition overall is very good. There are NO cracks or repairs.  This Eb has "as new" fish skin pads throughout and they are sealing well, the key work is also well regulated.  The Silver plate is pristine throughout and shows no wear. In addition to the Leblanc LL stamp there is also a metal plaque, which states: " Werschnik Patent". Presumably this refers to the tuning hole drilled in the bell, see photo 9, which is designed to improve the intonation on low E and evenness across the break to bell B. The serial no. is 26436 which may date to 1967 [Leblanc serial no. lists are unreliable].     The original Leblanc case is also in excellent condition, and shows that the instrument was bought new direct from Leblanc in Paris.

 

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LEBLANC, PARIS, OPUS Eb CLARINET -SOLD

£1745

This is an excellent condition Leblanc Opus, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This rare Eb has had only one professional owner from new, and it was used through her time at Music Conservatoire. The Leblanc Opus 1190EbS was the top of the range model manufactured by Leblanc, as their brochure claimed: "This Eb sets the standard for tone, response and tuning. "
The Silver plated key work shows no wear, the plating is excellent throughout. The instrument features an additional LH Ab/Eb lever. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in pristine order throughout. This Eb has just had a Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin re-pad in our Clarinets Direct workshop & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble. There are 2 original barrels supplied with the instrument of 43mm and 41mm. The original case is in excellent condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren B40.

 

469

BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

A very good condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Nickel Silver 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. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 136199, which dates to 1973, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon.   There is only slight wear to the plating, mainly on the RH rings, the plating is approximately 98%. The clarinet has just been down to our workshop and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface scuffs, the worst of which is photographed see photo 10, there are no cracks or repairs. This clarinet has recently been re-padded in finest Pisoni Tan leather deluxe pads, the condition of which is perfect. The first side key & register key are padded in cork. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's. The hard shell case is in fine shape.

471

SELMER, PARIS, ARTYS Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

A fine condition Selmer Paris Artys Bb Clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by one careful clarinettist, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. In common with other Selmer designs dating from the 1990s, the Artys features a long reversed cone through the upper joint. This results in stable tuning, and the clarinet also features a dark, even tone, throughout the registers. The Artys is now no longer manufactured. Some cynics think this is because with its relatively reasonable price tag, for a Selmer Paris clarinet, it stole sales away from the more expensive models which continue in the Selmer line up.
The Bb clarinet, S/N N09621, is in excellent order throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine. The wood shows no cracks or damage, apart from a tight surface hair line crack, situated between the two top trill key holes. The crack does not go through to the bore, and could actually be just pronounced wood grain, see photo 3. The pads throughout are white leather, used, but in very good condition. The supplied barrel is 65mm in length. The m'piece is a Selmer HS*. The case is not as pictured, it is now supplied in a Boosey & Hawkes tan leather case.

472

BOOSEY & HAWKES EMPEROR A CLARINET-SOLD

£395

A near mint condition B&H Emperor A which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This A, S/N 205269, has been completely restored by Jon Steward, recently retired from T w Howarth & Co. The restoration included reaming the bore to correct Imperial 926 A dimensions, and further under cutting and tuning work. In addition most of the pads have been replaced. The result is an Emperor A playing as well as, or better than, the class above, i.e. an Imperial 926 A. The Nickel Silver plate is pristine, as is the Grenadilla wood. All pieces are matching and stamped " Boosey & Hawkes". There is no supplied mouthpiece, as it is assumed the purchaser will want to match this instrument to an already owned Bb. However a matching 593 mouthpiece can be supplied at additional cost. The case is old but in good condition. .

 

467

BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£2195

 

 

     

This excellent Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one owner instrument, and was bought new in 2009. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted. .
This Bb, serial no. 582011, was bought new in 2009, it is in near mint condition: The only reason that I do not describe it as mint, are some slight wear to the logo stamps. The instrument itself is in mint condition. The Silver plate throughout is in superb condition. The instrument is padded throughout mostly in Pisoni Premium Deluxe White leather pads, in very good condition. This clarinet has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop prior to sale, and any pads which showed any sign of leaking were replaced. The key regulation is very good. The original barrel is of 66.0mm. All pieces are matching and original. The case is the original Buffet in very good condition. The mouthpiece is an upgrade to a professional Vandoren B45 "spot", which is also in excellent condition.

 

     464   NOBLET, BY LEBLANC A CLARINET-SOLD          £595
This is a Noblet Artist A Clarinet, made by Leblanc, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Thew instrument is in very good condition, and it has been played professionally in Finland. The instrument has just been overhauled by Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Noblet A has a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, it will pair nicely with any other mainstream manufacturers French bore Bb, i.e. Buffet, Selmer, Leblanc and Yamaha.
This A, serial no. A12096, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in very good condition with no discernable wear. This clarinet was made from Grenadilla wood, but the barrel, and bell are made from ebonite. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order. The case is in very good condition, and comes with the key.

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LEBLANC, CLASSIC, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£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 very good 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. The instrument has Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads in good condition, with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork to avoid water tracking into those holes. The matching serial nos. are 7229, which date to the early 1960's. The case is used, but in good condition.

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477

BUFFET EVETTE & SCHAEFFER E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£775

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet, Evette and Schaeffer E13, these models were finished by hand unlike the modern E13, which is entirely machine made. 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 K23706 which dates to 1969: A fine period of quality hand finished manufacture when the E13 was manufactured alongside the professional R13 model. The wood is in excellent order throughout, with no cracks or damage. However there is a slight graze to the outer rim of the bottom joint tenon, see photo 8. This is a cosmetic issue only, it has no effect on the bore or response, and indeed, is completely hidden when the clarinet is assembled. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. The Nickel Silver key work is excellent throughout, with no wear. The case is the original in good condition, as is the mouthpiece.

 

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478

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£825

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet, E13 clarinet. The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni Fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Silver plating throughout is pristine, with no wear. The serial nos. are K206900, which dates to the mid 2000's. Contemporary E13s are treated with a chemical compound designed to prevent cracking. Unfortunately this appears to leach out of the wood after a few weeks of playing, causing many problems with joints sticking or refusing to go together. Thankfully when this instrument was manufactured, Buffet Crampon were still ageing the wood naturally. The supplied Buffet m'piece is in good condition and is an upgrade to an older ebonite model with a "C" facing. The Yamaha case is in "as new" condition.

 

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479

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

A superb condition Buffet Master Model E13. The Nickel Silver key work shows no wear, the plating is pristine. We have just re-padded in fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are D37247 which dates to the late 1970's, indeed this is one of the last Master Models to be made. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, [ and later the Paris Opera] 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, which is excellent, unstained, Grenadilla. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections, whereas the wood for this clarinet is unstained. All pieces are, matching, stamped and original. The hardshell case is the original in fair condition, and the m'piece is the original Buffet in ebonite with a "C" facing, again in excellent condition.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

An excellent condition Selmer Paris Centered Tone Full Boehm clarinet to low Eb. The instrument features all the "bells and whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, articulated C#/G#, LH Ab/Eb and a range to low Eb.
This Bb clarinet, S/N R6209, dating to 1957 has German Silver keywork in good condition throughout. All pads are Pisoni Tan leather is good condition. There are no cracks to the wood apart from a tiny stress crack to the lower joint between the C# and C holes. This is the usual place for Selmer Full Boehm clarinets to crack, because at this point the joint is actually sleeved internally in metal, fortunately the crack has absolutely no effect on the response, see photo 7. In addition the thumb rest has been moved lower in the past, and the original screw holes filled, see photo 10. There are 2 supplied barrels of 66.5mm and 63.5mm.   The double case is in fair condition, it latches well but there are some tears to the interior lining.

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454

VITO, BY LEBLANC, BBb CONTRABASS CLARINET-SOLD

£2295

 

 

     

This is a Vito BBb Contrabass clarinet, model 7182, range to low Eb. The instrument is made from Resotone plastic, and has a key lay out ideal for the beginning contrabass player. The design has a double register key, and also features balanced key action. The bore is 30mm & the S/N 2096D. There are no cracks or damage, and the Nickel plated keywork is in very good condition. The Contra was completely re-padded by ourselves last year in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, and the pads are still in "as new" condition. The mouthpiece, is a Selmer E: This is a costly upgrade, as a Selmer Contrabass m'piece retails for over £500, but this does mean that the response is much improved over the original supplied m'piece. The original case is also in excellent used condition.  

473

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is a good condition Noblet, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the previous owner, a professional, has upgraded to a Selmer low C Bass. The Noblet 60 Bass is Leblanc's entry level professional model, featuring a single register key, and range to low Eb.
The Nickel Silver plated key work shows normal wear to the ring key touch pieces, the plating is about 90%. The plating on the crook is good, but it has one small pin head ding. The bell is in excellent condition, with no dents or flattening to the base. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is extremely good condition, but there have been some modifications and improvements to the instrument: This instrument used to have a floor peg holder attached to the rear of the lower joint, this was removed, and the four screw holes which where left have been filled. A new floor spike attachment, with extra long length spike, has been fitted to the bell. In addition the former owner had John Coppen fit an additional sling hook, now there are two, to facilitate playing with a double hook sling. She also had John Coppen re-pad the Bass as necessary: The pads are a mixture of John's new superpads, and original tan leather pads. In addition we at the Clarinets Direct workshop have just thoroughly checked over the Bass, and regulated the key work as necessary. The marching band lyre attachment has also been removed in the past, and the screw holes left unfilled. The thumb rest has been replaced with a Ton Kooiman adjustable model for improved comfort. The serial no. is 8641, which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original in fair condition; there are some scuffs to the exterior and wear to the interior, but it latches and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a new Tom Garret professional model. This instrument responds easily and readily, and would make an ideal first professional Bass clarinet purchase.

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486

PAIR OF SELMER CLARINETS-SOLD

£1195

A rare and fine pair of original logo Selmer clarinets. The Bb has serial numbers 7164. There are no cracks or damage, in fact the condition is very good, with only light surface marks to the wood, mainly on the barrel. the pads, whilst not new, are all sealing well, they are mainly fish skin with a couple of tan leather. The German silver keywork is in pristine condition throughout. Note particularly the " Brevette SGDG" which is on both top joints. Both clarinets have a bore of 14.9mm. The A, has matching serial numbers 7038, it is likely that both instruments date just prior to the instroduction of the more modern Selmer logo, i.e. they date from 1930. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The German Silver key work is excellent throughout. All pads are Tan Leather. The case is a Buffet leather example from the 1970's in good used condition, with dust cover. There are some interior stains and tears, but the latches are sound. The two m'pieces are a Selmer C*, and an earlier HS*, with the lay marked at the base of the table. Both are in good, used condition.

487

SELMER PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All springs have been checked over, and replaced if necessary. All touch corks have been replaced, the wood has been oiled, and all key work regulated. An old, pinned crack in the upper joint has been checked for seal, and the repair is stable. A crack in the bell has been sealed in our workshop, and this work is also under guarantee, see photo 8. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are N2317, which dates to 1947. The m'piece is a Peter Eaton "Kingston" 2L in very good condition. The case, is well used, but latches securely, in addition the key is supplied.

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488

BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£2145

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument has been professionally owned and played, it has been extremely well cared for. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The Bb has serial no. 602413, and was bought new last year. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout in excellent condition. There are 2 supplied barrels of 65.0mm, and 66.0mm. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a David Hite D, in excellent used condition. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in "as new" condition..

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490

BUFFET CRAMPON RC A CLARINET -SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC clarinet in A. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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. This instrument was the finest and most expensive Buffet clarinet of the period, priced at approximately 15% more than the contemporary R13. The RC model did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracted many UK players. This instrument would pair well with no.13 on the "clarinets" page.
This A has S/N 259168, which dates to 1984, there is no damage to the wood, which is in superb condition. In the past the thumb rest has been positioned slightly lower, about 5mm, and the original screw holes have been left unfilled. It would be possible therefore, to move this back, if desired. The Nickel silver plate is also in excellent shape, around 98%. The instrument has just been overhauled by Clarinets Direct, with pads replaced as necessary. In addition, the key work has been swaged, to remove play, and realigned and regulated. This clarinet plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instrument with unstained Grenadilla wood. Today one would have to spend over £3000 on an RC Prestige instrument, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The mouthpiece is an "as new" stock Buffet. The case is a BAM original, with some wear to the lining, however all the zips function well.

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491

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET-SOLD

£995

This is a good condition Noblet, Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale and has been professionally owned. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows light spot wear, the plating is about 90%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood. The crook is in good condition with no dents or dings, the bell has one small dent to the bow and also some surface scratches to the plating, see photo 8. The Alto has mainly fish skin pads, with the bottom 4 being in tan leather, whilst not new, the pads are sealing well. The mouthpieces are an original Noblet and an "as new" Vandoren B40. The matching serial nos. are 3582 . The case is an original Leblanc in fair condition, there are stains to the interior and scuffs to the exterior, it does latch securely. There is also a BG sling and reeds supplied. .

 

495

LEBLANC, PARIS, LL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the use of scientific principles in clarinet manufacturing 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 very good condition. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 44445, which probably dates to 1976, and has Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some surface scratches to the wood on the lower joint. All pads are fishskin, which whilst not new, are in good order & sealing well. The regulation is good, and there is no joint wobble. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case is the original Leblanc, in good condition, as is the mouthpiece, which is a Vandoren B45.

483

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINET in Bb-SOLD

£2195

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is one such. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was hand selected at Howarths and therafter only lightly used as a "back up" instrument.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige. The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 502607. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather. All pieces matching and original. The original supplied Buffet single case is in excellent condition.  

481

CONN PAN-AM IN COCOBOLO, Bb CLARINET-SOLD     

£695

A good condition Conn Pan -American Clarinet in Cocobolo wood which is has just had full overhaul in Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty. This instrument was an ingenious solution by Conn to the scarcity of Grenadilla wood during, and just after, the Second World War. A similar 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. Whilst Benny Goodman endorsed Selmer clarinets, Artie Shaw endorsed wide bore Conn instruments. The main body of the wood is in fine shape for it's age with no cracks or damage. There are, however, some slight chips to the outer rim of the upper joint lower tenon. The keywork is in good condition, with only tiny spot plating wear to the throat A , G# key and register key, see photos 6 & 11. The  serial no. is 140285.  The m'piece is in good used condition. The case is the original Conn, it latches well but shows wear to the interior lining. .

 

493

SELMER, PARIS, OMEGA CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

This is an ultra rare Selmer Paris, Centered Tone clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer have, in the past, made instruments with extremely short production runs: The Centered Tone Omega Bb was such an instrument, with a limited edition of around 100 made. The instrument was personally endorsed and played by Benny Goodman, and it is considered the finest, and most expensive, production line jazz clarinet ever made.
This Omega Bb clarinet features a dedicated and fully automatic mechanism for both throat Bb and the 2nd register, in other words a dual function register key. This is not a "Stubbins" booster mechanism, as so often mistakenly described on the web, but instead each hole has a specific function: an excellent throat Bb, and a dedicated 2nd register vent. The Bb has serial nos. are P8547, which dates to 1954. The instrument features Silver plating in excellent condition and unique scrolled engraved art work into the bell and lower joint. The wood upper joint has cracked and has been pinned in the past, the repair is old and stable, see photo 11. In addition there are 4 sealed repaired, cracks to the bell, see photo 8. The current owner, a professional saxophonist and clarinettist has used the instrument regularly, with no problems, for several years. The white leather pads, whilst not new, are all in good condition & sealing well. As is the case with all Centered Tones the upper joint bore is a reverse taper. The supplied barrel is original, and stamped, "standard". The case is a brand new modern Protech, with over the shoulder carry strap.

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494

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC clarinet in Bb. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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 model did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracted many UK players.
This Bb has S/N 425454, which dates to 1999, there is no damage to the wood, which is in superb condition. The Silver plate is also in excellent shape, with only one slight patch of wear on the Thumb Bush and register key, see photo 11. The instrument has tan leather pads throughout in excellent condition. And at our workshop, the key work has been swaged, to remove play, and realigned and regulated. This clarinet plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren B40 in excellent used condition, as is the original Leather Buffet case.  

497

NOBLET,PARIS, ARTIST C CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

 

 

     

This is a Noblet Artist C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in excellent condition, which is an entry level professional model. This C has a late serial no. 71415, which means it was made most likely within the last 10 years. There are no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is pristine. This is a one owner instrument and it has seen, in common with most C clarinets, minimal use. The Nickel plate throughout is in very good condition with no discernable wear. All fish skin pads, whilst not new, are sealing well and will be good for some time to come. This clarinet was made entirely from finest unstained Grenadilla wood, including the barrel and bell, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The supplied m'piece is a Noblet in good condition, as is the case.

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MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC CONCERTO CLARINETS -RESERVED

£2245

 

 

     

This very fine pair of instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Leblanc Concerto was one of many new designs launched when control of Leblanc Paris passed from the French to the American side of the Leblanc corporation. Tom Ridenour was the main designer. The instruments feature improved intonation and a "darker" sound quality, and were designed to take on the dominance of the Buffet R13 and RC. Like the Buffet instruments the bore is polycylindrical, but fractionally smaller at 14.61mm, and also with a register key tube higher than on the R13. The Leblanc Opus and Concerto were the flagship models of the new line up, with the Concerto described by Leblanc as having a more lyrical tone quality than the Opus.
The Bb, S/N 77557 has seen more use than the A: The Silver plating overall is excellent, and there is no damage or cracks to the wood, which is aged Grenadilla. All pads are white leather in good used condition. Both instruments have had a full check up in our workshop prior to sale. The, A S/N 77730, is in mint condition, all stamps are bright. It has seen hardly any use, the pad condition is excellent, and the plating pristine. The wood overall is very fine, there is, however, a tight hairline crack to the bell, so fine it cannot be photographed: The crack is airtight and has no effect on the response. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 3 interchangeable barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] one of 66mm and two of 65mm. There is no mouthpiece but Clarinets Direct is happy to provide either a student model or professional model at additional cost. The case is the original Leblanc, in excellent condition.  

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451

BUFFET VINTAGE COCUS WOOD CLARINET in Bb-SOLD

£695

 

 

     

A rare early Buffet Bb clarinet, serial number 208L1, which dates to 1918. This clarinet features the "do-nut" LH 2 ring, which, though complex to manufacture and regulate, is perhaps the nicest option for the player with regards to a fork Eb/Bb fingering. It also has a wrap-around register key.
This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and it has been partially overhauled and restored to bring it back into good playing order. The pads whilst not new, are all sealing well. The wood shows surface dings, scratches and marks, indeed there are 2 small interior cracks in the barrel, which do not go completely through the wood, see photo 4. The bell ring has also suffered some damage in the past, it has been glued in place, but the ring does not seat against the rim of the bell tightly. The German Silver key work, with some solid silver barrels, is in overall fine condition. All pieces are matching and original. The mouthpiece is a Leblanc K10M in very good condition, the instrument playes easily and sweetly at A=440 Hz. It is a perfectly usable clarinet, as is, or it could a useful addition for a collector. The case is a more modern Buffet example dating to the 1960s in good condition.

482

GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, CB Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

An exceptionally rare and unique professional Leblanc Bb Clarinet with automatic dual function Bb hole and speaker tube, and articulated C#/G#. This clarinet is a wide, parallel bore model, at 15.1mm, with designation "CB". It is likely that this clarinet was manufactured in the early 1950's as a direct competitor with Selmer's contemporaneous Omega Centered Tone model, which also featured an automatic dual function Bb and speaker key. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner is an American collector.
This Bb has matching serial numbers 6525, which probably dates to the 1950's. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks and repairs. The German Silver key work is also in very good condition. The pads are mainly fish skin in good condition, with some cork pads on pad cups likely to be affected by water. This clarinet demonstrates a fat and flexible tone, with excellent intonation, rather like a "super improved" Pete Fountain model. It competes easily with much more expensive new instruments on the market today. The case is elderly but still fully functional. .

 

484

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This instrument was originally sold by ourselves back in 2009. The current owner has just invested in a Bass clarinet, and recently had this instrument overhauled at T W Howarth & Co. Since then it has not been played, and it is now offered back for sale.
This clarinet is in very good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows hardly any scuffs and marks. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are P3404 which dates to 1952.  The Protech case is in good condition. The m'piece is a Selmer "HS*" in good condition.  

489

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET TO LOW Eb -SOLD

£4495

 

 

     

This is a superb condition Buffet Professional Contra-Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and it has had one careful and fastidious London collector from new, who specialises in buying Contra-Bass instruments, more from his collection will be advertised shortly. This clarinet is ultra rare, probably the only example in recent years ever offered to the market. The design is a small bore one, which makes the Contra very easy to play, and in fact the Contra uses a standard Bass clarinet mouthpiece, which makes it very different from Selmer's design.
The instrument is in excellent condition, and the pads, which are finest Pisoni white leather are "as new". The Nickel Siver key work shows absolutely no wear and is well regulated. The matching serial nos. are 21588, which dates to 1972, in the middle of Buffet's so called "Golden Era". There is a repair to the upper part of the lower joint. Originally when the instrument cracked, it was sent back to the Buffet factory for inspection. Unfortunately they no longer had a length of Grenadilla long enough to replace the lower joint. Therefore a carbon fibre banded repair was done, which is probably the finest repair we have ever seen, much superior to the normal pinning and glueing. The repair has been stable for several decades. The case in excellent condition & protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in good condition.  

     492   LEBLANC, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £795

This is an extremely rare Leblanc, Paris, Full Boehm clarinet. This Bb instrument was part of the principal pair of clarinets played by David Hamilton. David was a renowned teacher, and one time Head of Wind for Surrey County Music Service. His former pupils, many of whom are now professionals, included Michael Collins, Fiona Cross, and Ian Peters.
The Bb, S/N 14941 has Nickel silver key work which is very good throughout, with minimal spot wear to the RH little finger keys, and register key. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. The thumb rest has been adapted to a sling hook model. The single case is in good condition. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren B45 spot in excellent used condition.

500

SELMER PARIS PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD     

£2195

This is a fine condition Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Bass is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and automatic double overblowing vent for the second register. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in the UK, with the current owner having used it for the last 5 years, he has just bought a low C Bass.
All German Silver key work is in good condition. There is an old stable crack to the upper joint, which has been pinned, see photo 9: As mentioned above, this has proved completely trouble free, with regular professional use, for the last 5 years. The bell and crook are both show a patina consistent with the age of the Bass, there is also one minor dent to the bell, see photo 7. The crook is sleeved and adjustable. This Bass has tan leather pads throughout, which whilst used, are sealing well. There is no joint wobble and the regulation is good. There is a floor peg to the bell, the matching serial nos. are N7200 which dates to 1950. The original case is in good used condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Morgan Protone.

 

501

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout. The Grenadilla wood is in nice condition, no cracks or repairs just surface scuffs and marks, consistent with careful use. The last owner has taken extremely good care of this instrument, and it was recently re-padded throughout in Tan leather pads, all of which are in excellent condition. The matching serial nos. are 51013 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 a modern "Tom & Will". The mouthpiece is an original Buffet.

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502

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE A CLARINET -SOLD

£2195

 

 

     


The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was hand selected at Buffet. The sole former owner is a young professional currently studying at the Paris Conservatoire with Phillipe Cuper. He originally paired this clarinet with a Luis Rossi American bore Bb which will be offered for sale shortly.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, an RC Prestige. The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are F464106. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather. All pieces matching and original, but in addition a Buffet Moennig, 63.0mm Bb barrel is also supplied, the original owner found this tuned well for him. The original supplied Buffet double case is in excellent condition.  

503

LEBLANC, PARIS, LX Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc LX Bb Clarinet, which is sold with a full 1 year warranty from Clarinets Direct. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; which is superb throughout. There is no plating loss to the Silver key work, which is pristine. This clarinet features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm and responds and tunes excellently. The model was Leblanc's flagship design of the 1980s & was so successful that it continued in production right up until 2009 when the French factory was sold to Buffet Crampon. The matching serial nos. are 60595. The supplied single case is a brand new "Stagg" [not pictured] and the m'piece is a Vandoren B45.

 

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     504   F A UEBEL, MATCHED PAIR OF CLARINETS-SOLD          £1195
These are a rare and interesting pair of F A Uebel handmade clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Though Boehm system clarinets, with a compensating G/D vent on both, there are some subtle design differences in these instruments as compared to those made by the mainstream French manufacturers, and these combine to contribute to a tone which has has a lovely warmth and focus, a quintessential German sound.
The Bb has serial number 811-74837. This gives a model number of 811 with 1974 as the year of manufacture. The Silver plated keywork shows no plating wear, it is in excellent order throughout, Note also the quality of a tiny "grub screw" set into every pillar to stop movement within the mechanism. The Bb also features Uebel's compensating, low G/D vent, which has the added advantage of improving intonation in the upper register. Along with the already mentioned compensating vent on the lower joint, there is also a wraparound register key. The Bb has no bell ring, and the wood throughout is in excellent order, with no cracks or repairs. The pads throughout are Pisoni tan leather, again in "as new" condition.
The A has serial number 811-74662, making a good match with the Bb. Both instruments were made in the DDR. All the plating is in pristine condition. There are no cracks or rpairs to the wood of the A, which is in very good order throughout. Both instruments have had a thorough "check down" in our workshop, with all work done as necessary. The case is old, and shows scuffs to the exterior and stains to the interior, it still latches securely. The handle has some black tape repair. The instruments tune and respond excellently with standard Vandoren m'pieces. Unlike the modern Uebel range which is marketed as of "above average" student quality, these instruments were made as professional handmade models. For the player unwilling to learn the Oehler system they do offer an easier alternative to achieving a more traditional "German" sound.

505

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This Bb, serial no. 505213, has wood throughout in very good condition, there are no cracks or repairs. It is a late Acton Patent vent model and in addition has just had the tuning improved by Jon Steward. All tan leather pads are Gordon Beeson in "as new" condition. The clarinet has been down to our workshop for minor regulation with tenon and touch corks, replaced as necessary. The Silver plate is pristine. The supplied m'piece is a Boosey & Hawkes No. 2 in good condition. The case is the original B&H, in good condition.

 

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506

SELMER, PARIS, ARTHEA A CLARINET -SOLD

£1495

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Paris Arthea A 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. He bought the clarinet new whilst studying at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Whitton. The clarinet is pristine, and has "as new" Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather pads throughout. 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 barrel measures 65.0 mm & the matching serial numbers are P09639. The double case is an excellent condition BAM original.  

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510

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1395

 

 

     

This pair of B&H 1010's are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Unusually the Bb of this pair has been worked on by Geoffrey Acton, the inventor of the Acton patent vent. An invoice is included with the sale, which gives details of a replacement top joint for the Bb. This was personally tuned and set up by Acton who, as head designer for Boosey and Hawkes, was the foremost authority on 1010s.
The Bb, serial no. 530239, has a replacement top joint, as mentioned above this has a crack repair by Acton, and this has been stable for 23 years. The tuning and response are excellent. All tan leather pads are "as new", as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is very good. Both instruments feature the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The A, serial no. 460685, 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 64.5mm, 62.5mm, and for extremely cold weather, 56mm. The supplied m'piece is a used Boosey & Hawkes No. 1. The case is the modern back pack example, in excellent condition.  

512

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET  -SOLD

£1195

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 clarinet serial no. F190559 dating to 1978. This instrument was made therefore prior to the Boosey and Hawkes take over of Buffet, during a period when quality control and standards of manufacture were excellent. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Silver plated key work is pristine. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads on the upper joint, and super pads on the lower, and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a Vandoren M15 in good used condition. The original Buffet case is also in good condition.

508

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show some spot wear: Overall the plating is 85%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The crook is in fine condition, with no dents, however the bell has some minor dings and scratches, there is only slight flattening to the bell base. In the past a floor peg attachment was fitted to the back of the lowere body of the bass, the screw holes for this attachment have been filled. We have fitted a new floor spike attachment to the bell. The serial nos. are 703. The case supplied is brand new, and is pictured in photos 1 & 12. The m'piece is a used professional Conn in ebonite. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.  

509

SELMER, PARIS, VINTAGE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

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

 

63

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET/PLAYFAIR CUSTOM CLARINETS-SOLD

£1995

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare pair of custom Buffet clarinets. These instruments were a special project for Professor John Playfair. John was well known amongst professional players in London who often sought his help because of his expert knowledge of acoustics and also his services as a mouthpiece craftsman. These instruments were heavily customised by John over a period of several years. John had met Hans Moennig in the USA and to some extent the work owes something to Moennig's own adaptation of the Buffet R13 A.
The Bb started life as a BC20 with serial number F217159 dating to 1982. The bore has been enlarged to 15.0mm, with the register key tube re-positioned. The upper joint has been altered to 4 rings, with a new tone hole insert in ebonite for LH3. LH2 tone hole has been redesigned with an upward slant, and the pad in between LH1 and LH2 has been rebushed. This is to enable a good Ab/Bb trill in the 2nd register when trilling LH2. As a result of this work, the correspondence linkage from the top joint has had to be lengthened.
The lower joint has been lengthened at the top tenon, and the bottom of the joint shortened. In effect, therefore, all the tone holes have been moved downwards by approximately 2mm. The lower joint flare has also been enlarged. The twelfths are thus much improved over a standard Buffet BC20. The tenon rings have been re-made, and 2 custom enlarged bore barrels are provided of 66 and 67mm length. The wood and fish skin pads are all in excellent condition. Both instruments have had a "thorough check" down in our workshop prior to sale.
The A, a C12 Conservatoire model with S/N 266037, dates to 1986. Like the Bb the bore hs been enlarged, in this case to 14.85mm. The bottom of the lower joint has been shortened, but the work necessary to tune this clarinet to John Playfair's standards was less than that on the Bb. Like the Bb the mechanism has been altered to 7 rings, with exactly similar work to LH1, 2, and 3. The bell of the A has had the interior reduced, it appears to have been filled with shellac. The pair play with standard Vandoren mouthpieces but the response is much more "English". The tone is full and round, these instruments would suit perfectly a professional, who though obliged to play instruments with a Buffet stamp, was in fact at heart a Boosey and Hawkes enthusiast!

530

KOHLERT SIMPLE SYSTEM Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£495

An exceptionally rare Kohlert Simple System Clarinet with key mechansim for throat G# and A key as normally found on the Boehm system. After the end of the 2nd World War, the Czech firm Kohlert split into two, a small subsiduary which manufactured in the West Germany, whilst the main body of the firm remained behind the Iron Curtain, and eventually manufactured student quality instruments; some of which were badged "Corton" and sold by Boosey and Hawkes. This superior quality instrument was probably made by the "German" Kohlert and the bell is stamped with the name of the German music shop which presumably ordered the clarinet, " Musik Rollin Zug".
The clarinet has been the subject of a complete restoration by one of the UK's leading clarinet specialist designers and repairers. All pads are new finest Pisoni White Leather. The barrel, which is a Noblet, has been reamed to match the bore which is 15.2mm. All key work and corks are in exemplary condition, the instrument is in Pristine condition, and plays very well in tune at A=440. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent order throuighout, though the bell is in ebonite. The serial nos. are 1677. The clarinet features a moderately large bottom flare and would suit a jazz player, or clarinettist looking for a quality Simple System clarinet. The supplied m'piece is a Boosey and Hawkes 8-10.

531

LEBLANC, PARIS, SPIRIT C CLARINET -SOLD

£1095

An excellent condition Leblanc Spirit Bb clarinet. Leblanc were bought by Buffet in 2009, this is one of the last Spirit C manufactured. This clarinet is Leblanc's intermediate wooden model, which features a cylindrical bore design, it was descibed by Leblanc as being very responsive & having a full-bodied sound. It also features gold plated springs, in common with the professional models in the Leblanc range. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Nickel Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in Pisoni fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D61228. The supplied m'piece is a Buffet. The case is the original in good condition, and with keys.

 

532

NOBLET, PARIS, ALTO CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Paul Harvey: Paul is well known as the author of many pieces for clarinet and saxophone, as well as the "Saxophone" in the Yehudi Menuhin series of music guides. From time to time Paul sells part of his superb collection of instruments. He is fastidious in his choice of instruments which are carefully selected, and then meticulously maintained. This instrument was bought new from Bill Lewington in the 1960's. It is a veteran of numerous film and studio recordings, perhaps most famously it was used for the film soundtrack recording of Maurice Jarre's music for David Lean's "Ryans Daughter".
This is a very fine condition Noblet, Paris, Alto clarinet. The matching serial nos, are 5693. There are no dents, scratches or marks of any kind to the sleeved adjustable crook, and bell, which are in pristine condition. This instrument has one filled crack, see photo 6, the repair has been stable for over 40 years. The Nickel Silver plating shows light spot wear to the main finger touchpieces, the plating is about 95%. The instrument has leather pads throughout in very good condition. A unique floor spike attachment has been fitted to the bell though in fact, a sling is usually used, and is supplied. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Buffet retails today new for £5650. The Vandoren B44 m'piece is in excellent condition.

533

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-SOLD

£1045

 

 

     

An extremely fine condition professional Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in excellent condition, with no plating wear. The Grenadilla wood is also in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. Unlike cheaper models in the Noblet range all the main body pieces are in wood. In the past the thumb rest has been re-positioned higher, however it has now been restored to its original position and the screw holes filled, see photo 10. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; the wood oiled, key work buffed and polished, all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. The clarinet is "as new". All pieces are matching and original, the serial nos. are AB66718. The case is in good condition as is the original mouthpiece a Noblet 2 in ebonite. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

534

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINETS-SOLD

£4495

These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and these clarinets were hand selected at Wood Wind & Reed. Their sole former owner is a leading UK professional who used the pair for only one trial with the CBSO. He and his wife are currently looking forward to their first child and consequently a couple of pairs will be offered to the market.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. These clarinets are one of their most desirable models, the RC Prestige. The instruments are in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. This model was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The Bb has matching serial numbers are 528192. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather in "as new" condition. All pieces matching and original. The two supplied barrels are 66.0mm and 67.0mm. The A has matching serial numbers, 529951. The condition of this instrument is mint. The two supplied barrels measure, 64.5mm and 65.0mm, like the Bb barrels they are Buffet examples. The original supplied Buffet double case is in new condition, and there is also a NAP Paris case cover with carry strap.

 

517

SELMER SERIES 10 Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION-SOLD

£675

 

 

     

An extremely fine Selmer Series 10 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.  The Selmer Series 10 was the first of the narrow bore, heavily undercut Selmer clarinets which owed much of their design ethos to the Buffet R13. The basic 10 was to some extent the "Cinderella" of the 10 Series. Both the 10G and 10S were ultimately more successful designs for Selmer. However the Series 10 is a superbly made professional model by one of the World's most respected volume manufacturers, and the instruments represent excellent value for money.

This Bb, S/N Y8734, dating to 1975, has wood and Nickel Silver plate in very good condition. All pieces are matching and original with Selmer 10 stamps. The clarinet has just had a full re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty.  The case is an older Leblanc in good condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Selmer HS**.

     518   BUFFET CRAMPON R13 CUSTOM PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET,-SOLD          £2195
This extremely rare and unique custom order Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It belonged to the late Tommy Whittle, one of the UK's finest Tenor Sax players, and has been very well cared for. Tommy told me that this was a "special order" instrument direct from Buffet. He specified the articulated C#/G# key because of the similarities to the mechanism on the sax. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 318985, which dates to 1989. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with only minor spot wear to the register key, see photo 11. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key regulation is very good. The 2 barrels are of 66.0mm and 65.0mm All pieces are matching and original. The case is the original custom Buffet in good condition. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren 4V.

519

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-SOLD

£995

A very good condition professional Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. The Grenadilla wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All the main body pieces are in wood, with the exception of the barrel, which is made of resonite. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in fine condition, with only slight spot wear to the main finger touchpieces. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; the wood oiled, key work buffed and polished, all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. The clarinet is "as new". All pieces are matching and original, the serial nos. are A83684. The case is elderly but fully functional, the mouthpiece is a student model in good condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

520

NOBLET ARTIST, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

This is a very fine condition Professional model Artist Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The wood condition overall is perfect, there are NO cracks or repairs. The stamps are as new. The pads, which are fish skin, are not new, but are all sealing well. The Nickel silver plating is in very fine order throughout, with only slight wear to the low Eb/Ab and F/C RH touchpieces, see photo 7. There supplied m'piece is an original Noblet, in good condition, as is the case.  

521

SELMER PARIS MARK VI BARITONE SAX-SOLD     

£5995

This is a good condition Selmer Baritone Sax, to low Bb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Baritone is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and the Mark V1 is considered the epitome of Selmer's production. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in London, with the current owner, John Sands, having used it for several years, having bought it from the original owner, Peter Ripper, who had it new.
The Baritone has serial nos 59097, which makes it an early 1955 model, these "darker" sounding early Mark VI's are generally considered the finest. The original lacquer shows normal wear, as seen in the photographs, principally to the crook, and rear. There are no dents, only one slight "ding" which was difficult to photograph, see photo 8. This ocurred on a Gig at the Imperial War Museum in London, when John had a brief moment of contact with a cannon! The key work is in excellent condition, John has attached a piece of cork to the "B" touchpiece to facilitate contact with the Bb button, this could easily be removed. This instrument has tan leather pads throughout, which whilst used, are sealing well. The regulation is good. There is a stand, and gig bag also included in the sale. The original case is in good used condition, with some tape repairs to the exterior. The m'piece is a used Yamaha 5C.

 

498

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet, dating to 1976. When this instrument was manufactured it was only the second year of RC manufacture and it was the finest clarinet Buffet made, the latest models being finished by the most experienced workers. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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 clarinets with less "brightness" than the R13. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, due in part to a slightly larger bore, which attracted many UK players.
There is no damage or repairs to the wood, with only minor surface marks. The Nickel silver plate is in excellent condition throughout, with only minor wear to the rings. This instrument has just had a full re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads in our workshop, with all touch corks replaced, and tenon corks as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This instrument plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instrument with unstained Grenadilla wood, and, at the time, sold for more than the R13. Today one would have to spend over £5000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is a modern BAM with carry straps in excellent condition. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer HS.

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499

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£645

This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has just come to us via a top professional in the Bournemouth area, who is also an excellent repairer, the condition is very good. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, serial no. 382332, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all the tan leather pads and corks. The instrument will trouble free, with normal use, for many years to come. The supplied m'piece is an original B&H 926 No. 2. The case is the original Boosey and Hawkes, in good condition, and with keys. .

 

507

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-SOLD

£995

A very rare professional Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in very good condition. There are some minor scratches, but no spot wear; the plating is 99%. The main body of the wood is also in excellent condition, there are some slight surface scratches, but no cracks or repairs, the barrel is made from plastic. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are A15544. The case is the original which latches well, there is some wear to the lining, but it still protects the instrument. The mouthpiece is a Leblanc in excellent used condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

511

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

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 clarinet serial no. F136537 dating to 1973. This instrument was made therefore prior to the Boosey and Hawkes take over of Buffet, during a period when quality control and standards of manufacture were excellent. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in very good condition, with only minor wear to the RH rings and throat G# key, the plating is about 98%. This instrument also features an additional LH Ab/Eb key, which is now standard with the Prestige range, but previously this was a special order option from Buffet. The wood is in overall excellent condition, however there are two slight chips to the outer edge of the upper joint bottom tenon, see photo 4. These have absolutely no effect on the response as this part does not form the bore. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a Vandoren B45 spot in used condition. The original case is also in good condition.

 

513

LEBLANC LL PARIS PROFESSIONAL Eb PICCOLO CLARINET -SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc LL  Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. Leblanc Paris were especially well known for the quality of their harmony clarinets. The LL was named after Leon Leblanc, and features a tone which was described as "rich & full bodied". Useful on an Eb clarinet. This model was so successful that it continued in manufacture right up until the Leblanc French factory was bought by Buffet.
The wood condition overall is very good. There are NO cracks or repairs.  This Eb has "as new" fish skin pads throughout and they are sealing well, the key work is also well regulated.  The Nickel Silver plate is fine order throughout and shows no wear. All pieces are matching and stamped "Leblanc". The serial no. is 41210 which may date to 1974 [Leblanc serial no. lists are unreliable].     The original Leblanc case is also in very good condition, the mouthpiece is a lightly used Vandoren 5RV.  

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15

KING MARIGAUX, PARIS, ALTO CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition King Marigaux Alto clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. King, were, I believe, the agents for SML. Strasser, Marigaux, and Lemaire were makers specialising in professional, saxophones, oboes and clarinets. Today, as Marigaux, they survive as one of the World's finest oboe manufacturers.
All the Nickel Silver plate key work is in superb condition, with no discernable wear. The wood overall is also in excellent condition, with no damage or repairs. Likewise the crook and bell, which show no dents or dings, this Alto has been excellently cared for. The instrument has recently been entirely re-padded in Tan leather; all the pads are "as new". The instrument is a top professional model, featuring compensating low G/D vent, like a top of the range Bass clarinet, and LH Ab/Eb lever. The matching serial numbers are 216. The case is in good condition, as is the m'piece, which is a Noblet.

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514

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, MODEL 45 Eb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is a near mint condition entry-level Professional model 45 Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is not the cheaper Noblet 40 Eb clarinet which is often mis-sold as a professional Eb. It was bought new from Michael White's in North Ealing, 4 years ago, and has had minimal use. The current owner has up-graded to a Boosey & Hawkes Imperial Eb. The reason it can only be described as "near mint" is a slight general "cloudiness" to the Nickel silver plating, which has developed only because of lack of use: The instrument has just been stored in the case.
The wood condition is perfect, There are NO cracks or repairs. The stamps are as new. This Eb has the original factory fitted double bladder fish skin pads, all are sealing well, and there should be no need to replace any in the immediate future. There supplied m'piece is an original Leblanc, in pristine condition. The case is the original Leblanc in excellent condition.

 

515

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£560

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 1033690. Includede is the receipt which shows the instrument was bought new in 2007 by Neath County Music Service for £449 + VAT. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. This instrument comes with a brand new Buffet mouthpiece and in the original case.

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516

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1595

 

 

     

A superb condition pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The sole owner, a busy GP who sadly has no time for the clarinet these days, bought them new in 1981. They have been extremely well maintained, and were re-padded with Gordon Beeson pads at Jack & Lindsay Dawkes. The tuning and response of the pair are excellent.
The Bb, serial no. 544027, has no cracks or repairs. All tan leather pads Gordon Beeson pads are "as new", as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is very good, with only a slight "blueing" mainly to the m'piece caps. Both instruments feature the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The A, serial no. 500869, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, with only a slight "blueing" to the E/B touchpiece. The current owner feels that this may possibly be down to lack of use, certainly the stamps are all bright, and the instrument is in near mint condition. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The two supplied m'pieces are both Boosey & Hawkes No. 2's, again in excellent condition. The case is the original in fair condition,the interior is excellent without stains, but there are some scuffs, and paint streaks to the exterior.

 

522

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

£945

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. This instrument has come to us as a commission sale trade in against a Buffet Bass to low C. The current owner is a Music Student at York University, and he has taken exceptional care of this Bass, and up-graded both the case, to a Pro-tech, and the m'piece. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The crook and the bell are both in fine condition, with no dents. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show minimal spot wear: Overall the plating is 95%. The Bass recently had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & the pads are "as new". The instrument has just been regulated in our workshop, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The serial nos. are 16757. The m'piece is a used Brillhart "Ebolin" in good condition. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

523

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL, Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£1695

This is a good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. The Silver plated key work shows little wear, the plating is very good throughout, with the exception of the thumb bush, see photo 10. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in good order throughout, though the wood does have surface marks and scratches consistent with the age of the clarinet. The instrument has just had a full overhaul in the Clarinets Direct workshop, with fish skin pads, & all touch corks replaced and regulation seen to as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The barrel is original and measures, 44.5mm. The original case is well used, but still latches securely. It shows that the instrument was bought from "Dallas of London" who were also the sole importers for Buffet Crampon in the 1950's and early 1960's. In addition to the original m'piece a B&H ebonite example, in good condition, a brand new Pillinger, with facing HH 1.07, is also supplied. This Eb is a top professional model, it plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation. The serial nos. are 120364 which dates to approximately 1956, sadly this model is no longer made.

 

524

NOBLET ARTIST, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

A fine condition professional Noblet Artist, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. The Nickel Silver, is in fine condition, with only slight wear to the LH ring touchpieces, it is about 98%. The Grenadilla wood is also in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. Unlike cheaper models in the Noblet range all the main body pieces are in wood. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; the wood oiled, key work buffed and polished, all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. The clarinet is "as new". All pieces are matching and original, the serial nos. are 99950. The case is a Buffet good condition as is the mouthpiece which is a G8 in ebonite. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

525

BUFFET SPECIAL ORDER E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

A superb condition rare special order Buffet E13 Bb clarinet, with additional LH Ab/Eb key, which is normally only seen on Prestige models. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have bright matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in perfect condition. This clarinet has just been overhauled in the Clarinets Direct workshop in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are K145515. The m'piece is brand new, and unplayed, as the original owner used the one supplied with her first clarinet. The case is an upgrade to a Buffet Prestige model. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.  

526

BUFFET FESTIVAL A CLARINET -SOLD

£2195

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival A clarinet is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument has been professionally owned and played, it has been extremely well cared for. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The A has matching serial nos. 347796. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has finest Pisoni fish skin pads throughout in excellent condition. The supplied barrel measures 66.0mm. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a brand new Vandoren B45. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in excellent condition.

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527

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-SOLD

£1095

 

 

     

A rare near mint condition Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. According to the last published Leblanc brochure the Noblet Plateau model in Silver plate should be badged the 50S. It is identical to the intermediate model Noblet 45, except that the mechanism is covered hole, i.e. plateau, and the key work is Silver rather than Nickel plated. According to the Leblanc brochure therefore this plateau Bb is stamped incorrectly, i.e. 45. However, in my experience, both Leblanc serial number lists and nomenclature can be misleading and confused.
This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was bought as part of a pair of plateau Noblets from Dawkes last year by a professional player and teacher, who at that time was unfortunately suffering from arthritis. She had cork added to both RH3 and the speaker key in order to facilitate fingering. Fortunately her condition has eased so that she now feels able to play a standard open hole instrument. Unlike some of the cheaper models in the range, this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. All the key work, which is plated in Silver, is in pristine condition. The wood is also in superb condition. The only reason the clarinet cannot be described as "mint" is because the fish skin pads are all not brand new, though they are also in excellent condition. The matching serial nos. are B71394. The case is as new & is supplied with the keys. The mouthpiece is an also "as new" Yamaha 3C. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

     528   LEBLANC SYMPHONIE 3 Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £795
The Symphonie 3 clarinet was a professional model offered by Leblanc in the 1960's, which gradually evolved into the L7 series of the 1970's. The bore is of medium large size at 15.0mm, which matches the Leblanc Pete Fountain & Dynamic H models. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, it is has come from the collection of a fastidious American, his instruments are always offered for sale in excellent condition.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 11355, which probably dates to the early 1960's The German Silver key work is in excellent condition, likewise the wood which shows no cracks or repairs. The instrument has good condition fish skin pads, and cork on the register key, first 2 trill keys and C#/G# key. We have just checked over the instrument thoroughly in our workshop, with all regulation and touch corks attended to as necessary. The case is a more modern Leblanc example in very good condition.

529

GEORGE LEBLANC, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is a good condition G Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. It is a UK owner professional instrument, and has been extremely well cared for, even the metal guards for the crook and upper joint are still with the instrument. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows no wear, it is in very good condition throughout. The crook is in excellent condition, with only one tiny pin head ding. The bell shows a slight flattening to the base, see photo 8. We will fit a floor peg attachment in our workshop to stop this. NB The Bass has been photographed prior to going into our workshop. The Grenadilla wood shows no cracks or damage, apart from surface minor scuffs, and where screw holes and floor peg attachments have been fitted in the past and removed: 1. There was a bracket which held the two main pieces together, making the instrument effectively into a single piece Bass. This has been removed and the holes left unfilled, see photo 10. 2. There was a floor peg attachment at the rear of the lower joint. The screw holes for this have been filled, but in the process the lower joint serial number has been all but erased. This Bass will have a re-pad as necessary in our workshop, & the key work will be swaged and regulated. The upper joint serial nos. are 14301, but extremely difficult to make out, which probably dates to the late 1970's. The supplied mouthpiece is a student model in very good condition. The case is a Selmer from the 1960's which is in fair condition, with some stains and tears to the lining, it does latch very securely, however.

 

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535

SELMER, PARIS, BASS CLARINET TO LOW C-SOLD

£5245

 

 

     

This is a superb condition Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Bass is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, fine tuning, and automatic double overblowing vent for the second register. This instrument is part of a large collection of exceptionally fine instruments which will be shortly offered to the market. The instruments were formerly in the collection of Paul Willey's late father. Paul is a well known violinist, formerly the leader of the Ulster Orchestra, and perhaps best known to British TV audiences as the leader of the orchestra for "Strictly Come Dancing".
All Silver plated key work is in good condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine throughout. The bell and crook are both in perfect condition, with no dents, dings, scratches or other marks. The crook is sleeved and adjustable for tuning. This Bass has tan leather pads throughout, which whilst used, are in excellent condition. The instrument has been down to our workshop for an overhaul, and regulation, it will play perfectly out of the case and for many years to come. There is no joint wobble and there is a floor peg to the bell. The serial nos. are E5207 which makes this a Selmer Mark II Bass dating to 1988/9. The Selmer case is un upgrade to a more modern back pack example in good used condition. For those familiar with Selmer Bass products, the Mark II Bass case was particularly poor, as the interior was of weak construction, and this often caused the key work to become bent in transit. This Bass case is therefore a necessary upgrade. In addition the Bass comes with 2 Selmer m'pieces, a C85 and C* both in excellent used condition, and also a Bass stand [not pictured].

 

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536

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

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 clarinet serial no. F92403 dating to late 1966, this period of manufacture is commonly referred to as Buffet Crampon's "Golden Era". This instrument was made therefore prior to the Boosey and Hawkes take over of Buffet, during a period when quality control and standards of manufacture were excellent. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no discernable wear the quality of this plating is excellent, in sharp contrast to modern Buffet manufacture. The wood is throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or damage. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a professional Buffet model 846 in ebonite in excellent used condition. Again modern Buffet policy is to outsource their mouthpiece manufacture: The result is a cheap plastic product which is really only compatible with the basic student clarinets in their range. The original case is also in good condition.  

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537

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£845

A near mint condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have bright matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in near perfect condition. The instrument is described as "near mint" because of a minor surface chip to the wood on the upper joint at the logo, see photo 5. All fish skin pads are in excellent condition, with no wear, they will be good for some time to come. The serial nos. are K145515. The case is an upgrade to a modern back pack model, which is "as new" condition. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

 

538

MATCHED PAIR OF SELMER RECITAL CLARINETS -SOLD

£3745

 

 

     

An excellent matched pair of Selmer Recital clarinets in Silver plate. These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner is a leading UK professional. He and his wife are currently looking forward to their first child and consequently a couple of pairs will be offered to the market.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is very good with no loss.  Both instruments have had a full check up in our workshop prior to sale; with pads, tenon corks and touch corks, replaced as necessary.   The Bb has S/N D0417, the A S/N D2001, which dates to 1984.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, with additional barrels of 62.5 and 64.5mm. The case is the original leather Selmer example whith dust cover, it is used, but in good condition. These instruments have been exceptionally well cared for.  

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539

YAMAHA CX CUSTOM PAIR OF CLARINETS-SOLD

£1895

An excellent pair of Yamaha CX Custom clarinets, which are a commission sale for CD. Their former, and sole, owner used them throughout her time as a student and later reading Music at Oxford University. Both clarinets are in excellent condition, they have been well maintained. The owner is also prepared to consider splitting the pair, with the A in double case for £945, and Bb in single case at £895.
The Bb, S/N 004135 has no cracks or damage to the wood. The Silver plated key work is also pristine throughout, and in perfect regulation. All fish skin pads are sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The A S/N 04135 is in superb condition, having had very little use from new. All pads are fish skin in good condition. The wood and silver plate keywork are pristine. The m'piece is an upgrade to a Vandoren in 2 tone "swirled" ebonite, which is in excellent shape; no damage to tip, rails or beak. The Orly double case is also in good condition.

 

540

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET -RESERVED

£845

 

 

     

This is a very fine condition Professional model Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The wood condition overall is perfect, there are NO cracks or repairs. The pads, which are fish skin, are not new, but are all sealing well. The Nickel silver plating is in very fine order throughout, with no discernable wear. There supplied m'piece is a Vandoren B44, in good used condition, as is the case.  

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70

SELMER, PARIS, PICCOLO Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1495

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Paris professional Eb Clarinet, enhanced Boehm, with articulated C#/G# and fork Eb/Bb. Selmer Eb clarinets are probably the most popular choice amongst professional players worldwide due to their fine ergonomics and excellent intonation.
The main body of the wood shows no cracks or damage, with only minor scuffs and scratches. We have just fully overhauled the instrument in double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition and shows hardly any wear. The third tone hole has been re-bushed in metal. I do not know if this was as the instrument was made, or later work: I have seen similar work on early Buffet Eb clarinets, therefore it may well be original. The S/N is K5776, and this, with the early modern logo dates the instrument to the 1930's. The key work, which is complex, and regulation are all in excellent order. The case is brand new, and the m'piece a good condition used Selmer B*.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF CUSTOM ORDER LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS-SOLD

£6795

This matched pair of Luis Rossi English bore clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was this pair that Colin Parr used for the last period 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. Colin ordered this unique Rosewood pair in 1998, and they were delivered in 2000.
The Bb has serial no. E356 and has Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is also in excellent condition. All pads are Pisoni White Leather in good condition. An invoice for the last service on the Bb is included in the sale and it shows the instrument had a thorough check down on 21st May 2014.
The A, serial no. E358, has wood in overall excellent condition, though there is one tiny surface crack to the back of the instrument, see photo 10, this never went through to the bore, and has been completely stable in 14 years of continuous use. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. This instrument was last serviced on 30th April 2014 when, amongst other work, 6 pads were replaced. Again the invoice for this is included in the sale. There are 5 barrels of 66.0mm, 67.0mm, 68.0mm, 69.0mm and 70.0mm. The are also no less than 4 m'pieces, all of which are 1010 bore: A Morgan RM06, & a custom Pillinger CP 108, a copy of a pre-war 1010 model, a Rick Sayre, and an original Luis Rossi. The case and dust cover are used, but in good condition.

 

543

G LEBLANC, BASSET HORN in F -SOLD

£4245

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Paul Harvey: Paul is well known as the author of many pieces for clarinet and saxophone, as well as the "Saxophone" in the Yehudi Menuhin series of music guides. From time to time Paul sells part of his superb collection of instruments. He is fastidious in his choice of instruments which are carefully selected, and then meticulously maintained. This instrument was bought new from Bill Lewington in the 1960's. It is a veteran of numerous film and studio recordings, and was particularly featured in the Carey Blyton's 1970 TV soundtrack to W Somerset Maugham's "Footprints in the Jungle". It has also been used for numerous performances of the Mozart 13 Wind Serenade and Requiem.
This is a superb Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C. The Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets. This instrument is in mint condition: NO cracks, marks or damage, pristine key work throughout. An additional short, sleeved and adjustable, crook is supplied, for Mozart Requiem work in extremely cold churches! The Bassset Horn has leather pads throughout in very good condition. A unique floor spike is included which screws together to provide a decent length, a sling is also supplied. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Buffet retails today new for £7000. The Vandoren 5RV m'piece is in excellent condition.  

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544

MATCHED PAIR OF PRE-WAR, LONDON & PARIS, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1395

This matched pair of extremely rare Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris, clarinets are in superb condition. Their current owner is a young London professional, and these instruments have been played in many of the Capitals finest orchestras. The London & Paris 1010 model, as the name suggests, was made for B&H in France. These instruments are in amazing original condition, with matching serial nos, throughout on both Bb and A, they are probably the finest pair of pre-war London and Paris Boosey & Hawkes 1010s in existence. Even the original case comes with the key.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 1242 and has key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in ebonite throughout, which is in overall excellent condition. All pads are Pisoni Tan Leather in good condition. Both instruments have been recently completely overhauled.
The A, serial nos. 1203, has no cracks or repairs. The key work throughout is in good shape. all pieces are wood apart from the original barrel, which is made of ebonite. The m'piece is stamped S/N 1203, in excellent condition,and matching to the A. The case is the original in good condition, with dust cover and key.

 

545

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 A CLARINET-SOLD

£645

 

 

     

This Imperial 926 A Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been professionally owned and well maintained; the condition is very good. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
The A, serial no. 250471, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all the tan leather pads and corks. The thumb rest has been moved higher in the past and the screw holes have been left unfilled, therefore if the next owner wished to move it back to the original position[s] this would be straightforward. The supplied m'piece is an excellent condition original B&H 926 No. 2. The case is an Ortola, with zip and pouches.  

546

BUFFET CRAMPON PRESTIGE BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£4495

 

 

     

This is a mint condition Buffet Prestige Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one professional owner, who bought the instrument new from Howarth's 7 years ago whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music. The quality of recent Buffet Bass clarinets is such that they now rival Selmer. The instrument has seen negligible use, and a potential car purchase means the Bass is now offered to the market.
All Silver plated key work is in "as new" condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. This type of Buffet Bass has a double overblowing vent, and features alternative fingerings for low D. This Bass has finest Pisoni White Leather pads throughout in perfect condition. It was necessary to have the lower tenon "eased" as the fit was very tight, and in addition the key work has been oiled. The playing condition is superb. There is a floor peg to the bell, and the matching serial nos. are H41238. The instrument is supplied in the original case, which is in new condition, and has the still wrapped key. The m'piece is a brand new Vandoren B40, in addition an unused box of Vandoren No. 3 reeds is supplied and a K&M Bass stand.  

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547

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

This is a very fine condition Professional model Artist Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which was selected and bought direct from Leblanc Paris. Unusually it was made with gold plated springs, which are more usually reserved for only the most expensive models in the Leblanc range. The serial nos. are 68346 which make this one of the last Artist Eb clarinets produced.
The wood condition overall is perfect, there are NO cracks or repairs. The instrument will be completely overhauled in our workshop in finest Pisoni fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Nickel silver plating is in very fine order throughout. There supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a Leblanc No. 2 which is in excellent condition, as is the case.  

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548

F ARTHUR UEBEL, BASSET HORN in F-SOLD

£4195

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

549

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1595

 

 

     

A very fine pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These were sourced by Vic Slaymark through Geoffrey Acton, the designer of the Acton Vent in 1983, for their current owner. And the 1983 bill of sale from Geoffrey Acton is included. They have been extremely well maintained, and were recently re-padded with Gordon Beeson pads. The tuning and response of the pair are excellent.
The Bb, serial no. 509842, has no cracks or repairs. All tan leather pads are in good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is excellent without marks, thouigh there is a slight darkening to the tenon rings of 2 of the barrels. Both instruments feature the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The A, serial no. 527569, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. There are 4 barrels of 64.5mm 64.3mm, 64.2mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Boosey & Hawkes No. 2, in goodcondition. The case is the original in poor condition, the interior shows tears to the lining and stains, and there are some scuffs to the exterior. This case had originally belonged to Vic Slaymark, and on receiving the pair, the current owner exchanged the new case of this pair for Vic's old case as a thank you for sourcing the instruments. If desired we can supply a new Rosetti modern back pack style double case for an additional £45.  

550

SELMER, MARCHI SYSTEM, PAIR OF CLARINETS-SOLD

£6995

 

 

     

THE Bb IS "SOLD". THE A STILL FOR SALE FOR £3495. These are an ultra rare pair of Selmer Paris, Marchi System clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer have made instruments with extremely short production runs: Clarinets Direct recently sold a plateau Selmer C clarinet, which was one of only three ever made. The Marchi system is comparable, as it is probably one of the rarest production line clarinets ever manufactured: Some sources state that only 83 Marchi system instruments were made. These instruments were a special order from Selmer. Indeed the Bb, which is unstamped, but with serial number, was either a prototype, or according to the seller, kept in the Selmer showroom for prospective clients to play test. For those unfamiliar with the Marchi, a fingering chart, with instructions in French, is included. The second register key [using Marchi fingerings] makes it easy to play up to high G#, the fingering chart runs out almost an octave higher at super G, three and a half octaves above middle C! The Marchi system starts as a Full Boehm with all the extras, and then adds vents, and new touch keys to facilitate extreme high register playing. The main feature of the system allows for a second register vent, linked by double correspondence to the barrel. This actually activates two different pads from one hole, one for the initial part of the third register, [which on the Marchi system runs from G# above the stave through to C] the second smaller vent is triggered from the G/D hole and helps sound the notes from top C# on upwards.
The Bb is an earlier instrument than the A, the serial nos. are Y2622. As mentioned previously the instrument is unstamped, apart from the bell. The instrument is in mint condition. The pair were bought new from Selmer direct and never used. All pads and plating are pristine. There are two supplied barrels, of 64.3mm and 64.7mm. The original case is "as new".
The A is of later manufacture, the serial nos. are C1179. This dates to around 1984. The instrument is stamped "Marchi Series 10". The Silver plating is in pristine condition. All the pads and corks are as if it had just left the factory. There is one barrel of 66.2mm. The case, with combination locks, is brand new. Taken together these instruments represent a rare opportunity for the serious player or collector.