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Clarinets Direct was founded a mere 9 years ago and has, in a short time, established itself with unique success, on both the International and Domestic market. The reasons for this success are not hard to find: The company offers a personal, expert service, and value for money prices, which are ever more crucial in the current period of economic difficulty. In the past 8 years many other UK dealers have either gone out of business, or compromised on the quality of the instruments they offer to the customer. Clarinets Direct remains committed to offering both quality and value, as our mantra is that an older, beatifully made, and restored, professional instrument is often a far wiser purchase than the poor quality mass produced instruments sourced, or made with manufacturing plant sourced, from the Far East. It is more than ever a case of "buyer beware" as many companies who advertise their clarinets as made within the UK or USA are, whilst legally permitted to do so, misleading their customers.

 

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YAMAHA SE CUSTOM Bb CLARINET

£1175

 

 

     

A good condition Yamaha SE CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Bought new from Howarths in 1993, this instrument has been played professionally by a leading jazz clarinettist, his No. 1 instrument for the last twenty years. It has been played in Ronnie Scott's, UK and European Jazz Clubs, The Lincoln Center NYC, BBC Proms (John Wilson Orchestra), albums, sessions etc. It demonstrates a beautiful lively sound, with excellent intonation and easy response, even in the highest register 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 considerably cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS-V and SE range. The SE features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the SE has slightly wider tonehole sizes, than the CS, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound with excellent resonance. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the RC Prestige, where as the CS, competed with the R13 Prestige.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 01022 We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with wear, commensurate with use. The supplied m'pieces is a new stock Buffet. The case is a brand new example. This instrument represents superb value for money: For about the cost of a new student Buffet E13, one can purchase a top of the range professional instrument more consistent than most Buffet RC Bbs.  

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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET

£1495

An excellent condition Buffet R13 A clarinet. This instrument was bought new by a London professional who, as a doubling player, now works mainly in the West End, and finds that her Bb clarinet is sufficient for her show work.
This instrument has had minimal use, the Silver plated key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in very good condition, without cracks or damage. The instrument has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop, with all pads replaced as necessary, as well as touch corks. The key work has been re-aligned and regulated. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The matching serial nos. are 463819 which dates to 2000. The mouthpiece is a brand new stock Buffet. The Orly double case shows some scuffs to the exterior and slight stains to the interior, but zips securely,and protects the clarinet well.

 

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LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

A mint condition Leblanc Esprit Bb clarinet. This clarinet was 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 pristine, with no wear. All pieces are original and having matching stamps. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 81386, and the original, unused, Leblanc Warranty/Guarantee card is included. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS* in very good condition. The case is the Leblanc original, with over the shoulder carry strap, again in excellent condition.

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BUFFET E13L Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

A rare Buffet E13L Bb clarinet, which features a LH Ab/Eb key and is a special order from Buffet Crampon. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is in very good condition with no wear. All pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, with no cracks or damage. The instrument has fish skin pads throughout in excellent condition, it was recently completely overhauled. The matching serial nos. are K109995. The m'piece is an up-grade to a professional Vandoren B40. The Orly case shows some staining to the interior but it zips securely and protects the instrument well. 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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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

£POA

This is a brand new Luis Rossi American model clarinet: With a 14.7mm polycylindrical bore this clarinet is based on the Buffet R13, though acoustically it is vastly superior. This model is Luis Rossi's best selling clarinet worldwide. It adds a new dimension of tonal warmth and improved intonation to the Buffet instrument from which it is derived. The instrument features a compensating G/D vent which has many benefits, including raising the pitch of the 3rd register; a major shortcoming of the R13 design. In common with all Rossi clarinets the instrument is in a single piece which allows the correct positioning of the C#/G# hole.
This instrument is sold with a maintenance kit, and also free 1 year check up in our Clarinets Direct workshop. There are three supplied barrels of 59.5mm, 60.5mm and 61.5mm. The instrument was tuned by Luis to play with standard Vandoren mouthpieces, in the event that the purchaser wishes to play "13" model Vandorens, or a Zinner derived American m'piece, a shorter barrel can be supplied as a replacement.

 

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LEBLANC, SONATA, Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which we have just taken in part exchange. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional model, which, like the Buffet R13, features a polycylindrical bore in the upper joint. It was described by Leblanc as having " a classic balance of playing efficiency and tonal beauty and flexibilty that make it one of the world's finest clarinets". 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  We have just fully repadded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fishskin pads, & the clarinet is sold with a full years' warranty. The matching serial nos. are D46870. The supplied m'piece is a Rico A5 in good condition. The case is the original, in good condition, with some stains to the interior and slight scuffs to the exterior.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£995

A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a professional player in Leicester.
The German Silver key work is in good order throughout, with a natural shine. The upper joint has a repaired crack, see photo 10. This repair is covered by our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has also just been re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads in our workshop, and again our full 1 year warranty applies. The serial nos. are 67328 which dates to 1961. 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. 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 supplied mouthpiece is a Buffet Evette and Schaeffer "C" in ebonite. The case is a Leblanc in good condition.

 

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, FARRELL COLLECTION

£995

 

 

     

A Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner is Julian Farrell, who was for many years a leading London Professional: A member of the English Chamber Orchestra, and Prof. of clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music.
The Silver plate key work is in good order throughout, with wear on the ring fingers commensurate with the use and age of the clarinet. The upper joint has a repaired surface crack through the top trill key hole, but it does not go through to the bore, see photo 6. This crack has been stable for many decades as this Bb was Julian's main instrument. The barrel also has repaired sealed cracks. The instrument has used fish skin pads throughout, all of which are sealing well. The clarinet has been down to our workshop for regualtion and to check for seal. The matching serial nos. are 261635 which dates to 1985. The supplied mouthpiece is a new stock Buffet. The case is of aluminium and in good condition.  

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

£1095

This matched pair of rare Boosey & Hawkes, pre-war 1010 clarinets are in very good condition. Their current owner is a professional based in Wales, and these instruments have just been completely refurbished by Clarinets Direct and are sold with our full 1 year warranty.
The Bb has silver plated key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in wood throughout, which is in overall excellent condition. The matching serial nos. on all main pieces, apart from the bell, are 31158, which dates to 1934. The bell may be original, however the logo stamp is very worn; the tenon ring, and general appearance are all a good match. All pads are brand new finest tan leather Pisoni. There is no joint wobble or play in the mechanism, the instrument is near mint. The A, serial nos. 31552, which dates to 1935, has a repaired, pinned crack to the upper part of the top joint [see photo 6]. The crack runs down from the top tenon to the first trill key hole. This one pinned repair is very old and stable. There is also a tight surface crack to the barrel. All pieces are matching and serial numbered, including the m'piece. The key work throughout is "as new". All pads are brand new finest Pisoni tan leather. Both original m'pieces are in very good used condition. The case is the original which has been much used, but is still functional.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON R13 CLARINETS

£2995

 

 

     

An extremely fine pair of Buffet R13 clarinets in Silver plate, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These one owner instruments have been extremely well cared for and maintained. Their current owner has just purchased a new pair of Peter Eaton clarinets.
The pair was bought new some 10 years ago, and have just been completely re-padded in tan leather, a copy of the repair invoice is to follow and will be included in the sale. The Bb has matching serial nos. 581620. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The Silver plating overall is in excellent condition, with no wear. This Bb is in pristine condition, with no damage or repairs to the Grenadilla wood. The pads are all tan leather apart from the speaker key and lower trill keys which are in cork. The A S/N 584628 is also in excellent condition, with only slight wear to the logo stamps to distinguish it from a new instrument. The supplied original Buffet black leather case is in excellent condition externally, and the interior lining shows little wear. There is also an Altieri case cover supplied, with carry pouches and shoulder straps. The m'piece is the original Buffet still wrapped.

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A rare Full Boehm Buffet C12 Conservatoire Bb clarinet. This instrument was bought new from Dawkes by a UK professional Jazz clarinettist, who now prefers a Selmer wide bore Full Boehm model. The instrument cracked within a short time of purchase, but was professionally repaired by Dawkes, the supplying dealer, under warranty. The cracks are at the top of the upper joint, see photo 6. This clarinet was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet [as marketing men at Buffet felt that this model represented too good value for money] it sits well above the E13 in terms of quality. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professional, about to enter Music Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work is in very good condition with only slight patches of plating wear, mostly on the throat A key and register key, see photos 7, and 11. The fish skin pads are in good order throughout, though not new, they are sealing well. The matching serial nos. are F365551 which dates to 1992. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS* and the case is also by Selmer in good used condition.

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LEBLANC, PARIS, INFINITE Bb CLARINET

£995

A near mint 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 pristine. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The only reason the instrument is described as "near mint" is that the fish skin pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. The matching serial nos. are 74285. The supplied m'piece is a professional Vandoren B45 13 Profile 88 in ebonite, in new condition. The case is the original, in excellent condition.

 

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET, MITCHELL COLLECTION

£1845

 

 

     


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 a fine provenance, having been owned and played professionally in London by Douglas Mitchell, second clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, and faculty member of the Royal College of Music & Birmingham Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work shows only slight wear, it is in good condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in very good condition. The instrument has just been overhauled in fish skin pads and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The serial nos. are 439232. The clarinet as undergone much after market improvement: Both sliver keys have been shortened to avoid accidental contact in fast passage work. The wood underneath the speaker key has been hollowed out slightly for improved venting and LH thumb position. Tuning work has been undertaken to improve the intonation. The mouthpiece is a B&H original. It plays comfortably with Vandoren No. 3 or 3.5 reeds. The case is again original, in good condition. In summation this Eb plays well, and with excellent intonation.  

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BUFFET, BASSET HORN in F

£5595

 

 

     

This is a second generation Rene Hagmann designed, Basset Horn manufactured by Buffet, which has become the preferred choice of Basset Horn players Worldwide. Hagmann's initial design was eventually deemed to be too costly by Buffet, and this model retains much of the excellence of the original prodution design, with some simplification of key work and mechanism. Hagmann was employed as a consultant by Buffet Crampon in the late 1990's, his work is generally acknowledged to be both innovative and exemplary. Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horns are wide bore designs, essentially based on Alto clarinets, whereas Selmer, Uebel, and older Buffet designs are narrower bore, designed to play with Bb clarinet m'pieces or similar. This Basset Horn was purchased new 18 months ago and has seen minimal use, it is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
This instrument is in near mint condition: NO cracks, or damage, with pristine Silver plated key work throughout. The only reason it is not described as mint, is the fact that there are normal signs of use to the tenon corks, and the rear of the m'piece has light ligature scratches. All white leather pads are "as new". The instrument features double fingering alternatives for low Eb and D, with single fingering options, off the rear thumb plates, for low C# and C. The crook is sleeved and adjustable, the matching serial nos. are H47832. The m'piece is an excellent condition Vandoren B44. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Buffet retails today new for £6715. The original case is in excellent condition.

 

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SELMER RECITAL A CLARINET

£1995

 

 

     

A near mint condition Selmer Recital A clarinet in Silver plate. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The Selmer Recital design features a long reversed cone throughout the top joint, which results in exceptionally accurate and stable tuning. There are no cracks or damage, the instrument is pristine. The pads are all white leather in very good condition.   This A has matching serial nos. PO 4706.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, with barrels of 64.5 and 65.5mm & 66.5mm. The case is the original, again in excellent condition. This instrument has been exceptionally well cared for.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF J HAMMERSCHMIDT CLARINETS

£2545

 

 

     

These are a rare and unique pair of J Hammerschmidt & Sohne clarinets. These instruments have an excellent Provenance, having been owned and customised by the late John [Jack] McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible.
These instruments have been much customised. What follows is an accurate a description as can be managed without actually having a detailed schedule of work from Jack. Nearly every tone hole has been partly filled with shellac, and, in most cases, further undercutting has been done. The bore has been reduced in the area of the bottom of the lower upper joint, in order to correct the tuning of C#/G#. In addition the C#/G# hole on the A has been metal sleeved, to stop water collecting in this hole. The flare at the bottom of the lower joint has also been reduced to aid in tuning the lowest pitches. The length of the lower joint of the A clarinet has been increased by some 3mm by means of a wooden insert and lengthened tenon ring, see photo 7.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 1201. The wood is in good condition throughout, for an instrument which dates to the late 1930's, and has seen such heavy use. However there is a tight hairline crack to the top of the lower joint, it does not go through to the bore or near a tone hole. The bell has also cracked, which we have repaired and sealed, it is not original but is stamped, "Hoehring Leipzig". In addition to the makers stamp the instruments are stamped "Pro Arte Musica", which could be the stamp of the original New Zealand dealer or importer. The German Silver key work is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, and is sold with our full warranty.
The A has matching serial nos. 1202. The wood is in good condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. The German Silver key work is in very good condition. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, and is sold with our full warranty.
The supplied m'piecec is a used B&H 926 No.2 which of similar type to the m'piece John McCaw used with the pair. The case is a modern Yamaha in good used condition. These instruments were used by John in his exemplary recording of the Holbrooke Quintet with the Delme String Quartet, issued by Blenheim records.

 

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£645

A very rare enhanced Boehm B&H 1010 Symphony Bb clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument features an articulated C#/G# key which allows for improved trilling and rapid alternation of pitches from C#/G# downwards.
This Bb, serial no. 437080, was recently bought from a dealer on eBay, and the current owner has asked us to sell it on for him. It was advertised on eBay has having had a full overhaul, which it has indeed had, [in fish skin pads, apart from the first trill key which is in cork]. However it was also advertised on eBay as being free from cracks and repairs, neither of which was true: The barrel was cracked, and the current owner has bought a new "old stock" example which is indeed crack free, this now supplied with the clarinet. There was also a crack at the top of the lower joint between the two top pads. This we have filled and sealed. Fortunately the interior of the tenon bore is metal sleeved at this point, so the crack does not go through to the bore. We have also re-seated several pads and set the instrument up well, so that it now plays as it should. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition. The instrument has serial number 437080 clearly stamped on the upper joint [photo 11], however the same serial number stamped on the lower joint [photo 9] appears irregular, with different type font, and seems to have been altered. Another anomaly is that B&H 1010's in this serial number range, 400,000, should feature the later Acton Patent Vent, which this instrument does not, and also, the linkage for the F/C pad cup is not present. Instead the "crows foot" mechanism, which is present, suggests a much older instrument prior to the 200,000 serial number range. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010, in fair condition. The case is modern and in fine used condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     


An excellent condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This model, and the CT Omega, were both endorsed by Benny Goodman. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
This clarinet is in superb condition for its age, and the wood surface shows few scuffs and marks. The instrument has just been through our workshop for a complete restoration, with new fish skin pads fitted throughout. The wood has been oiled. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are R6488 which dates to 1958.  The supplied case is brand new. The m'piece is a used Riffault N4. in good condition.  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, L200 Bb CLARINET

£995

This is an extremely rare L200 professional model Leblanc Paris Bb clarinet. The L200 was the penultimate model of the L7/L27/L200/L300 series, which were Leblanc's tapered bore upper joint models, introduced through the early 1970's, and culminating in the early 1980's with the L300. This particular instrument was considered Leblanc's most advanced design of the late 1970's.
This Leblanc L200 Bb clarinet is in very good condition, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a jazz player here in the UK, who now plays a Rossi Rosewood clarinet. The intonation and response of the L200 series are very good. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 49613. The L series did suffer from some plaring problems, commonly referred to as "bubbling plating". However the Silver plate on this isntrument is in very good condition, with only slight wear on the F/C pad cup and RH rings. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some minor surface scratches to the wood, all normal signs of use. We have just overhauled the instrument, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case shows some exterior stains but is sturdy and protects the clarinet well. The mouthpiece is a Leblanc 2L, in excellent condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

£3495

 

 

     

An excellent condition pair of Howarth S1 clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments are a one owner pair, used by a semi-professional lightly, before her recent acquisition of an Eaton pair.
The unstained Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, only light surface marks, consistent with careful use. There is no joint wobble. All the tan leather pads are sealing well, both instruments have had recent overhauls by Max Ben, ex-Halle Orchestra. The key work shows no wear or play to the mechanism. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1018, & the A, matching serial nos. 1022. The supplied m'pieces are the original Howarth, and a Vandoren 11.6, both unused. The tuning is excellent with standard French bore m'pieces. The BAM case is "as new".

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BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET

£2195

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in excellent condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument was bought new in 2007 by a student for his University performance degree, it has been extremely well cared for. He now works as an administrator for the London Symphony Orchestra. 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 matching serial nos. 567109. 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 Weinberg D3, in excellent used condition. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in very good condition.

 

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BUESCHER BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£845

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Buescher Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. The Buescher is a re-badged Selmer Bundy, made in the USA. This instrument was bought by a private individual in the USA, and has had very careful use, it is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which is in fine order throughout. The crook and the bell are both in very good condition, with only very light scratches commensurate with little use. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is no wear to the Nickel Silver key work, which is most rare with these Bass clarinets, the plating shows only slight cloudiness, again commensurate with very light use. The Bass has Tan Leather pads throughout in good 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 83309. The original case is again in very good used condition. The m'piece is an upgrade to a Yamaha 4C in excellent condition. The instrument comes with pull through, reeds and a sling. This is a fine example of an entry level Bass; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

£795

An exceptionally rare and fine professional Leblanc Bb Clarinet with 7 rings, automatic dual function Bb hole and speaker tube, and low G/D compensating vent. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner is an British collector.
This Bb has matching serial numbers C 5102, which probably dates to the 1950's. This was the time at which Selmer were also marketing the Centered Tone Omega Bb, wich had a similar mechanism, allowing dedicated tone holes for overblowing and throat Bb. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks and repairs. The German Silver key work is also in very good condition. All pads are fish skin, in fair condition, with the exception of the register key pads which are in cork. This clarinet demonstrates an even and well tuned scale. It competes easily with much more expensive new instruments on the market today. The mouthpiece is a Buffet "C" in ebonite. The case is elderly but still fully functional.

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS

£1245

An excellent condition pair of B&H Imperial 926 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The 926 Imperial was B & H's top professional model, alongside the larger bore 1010. This pair are being sold as their owner has purchased another pair of clarinets.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 486253, it has unblemished Silver plating throughout. The wood is in fine condition with no cracks or damage. All pads are fish skin in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. A very good condition B&H 926 m'piece is also supplied.
The A has matching serial nos. 179366A. As with the Bb the wood condition is excellent, and all fish skin pads are also in very good shape. The double case is a Rudall Carte in good used condition.

 

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LEBLANC, PARIS, LL Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

A fine example of a Leblanc LL  clarinet with 7 rings, i.e. enhanced Boehm system. 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 Bb is in good condition and has just had an overhaul prior to sale, it has matching serial nos. 33870. The 7 ring mechanism allows for a fork Eb/Bb in the LH. It is in Nickel Silver plate, and there is slight wear to the throat G# key, A key, and the low RH "pinky" keys. The plating is about 95%. The pads are finest tan leather throughout in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. There are 2 supplied barrels; the original Leblanc, of 66mm and a shorter barrel of 59mm. The case is a new Champion, and the supplied used Vandoren 5RV m'piece is in excellent condition.  

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Nickel Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instruments' one former owner was a London based professional who has taken exemplary care of this clarinet. 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. 138073, which dates to 1973. It cannot be stressed enough how fine this period of manufacture was at Buffet Crampon, it is commonly referred to as "The Golden Era". To take one aspect: The quality of the Nickel Silver plating is so fine, that, to the untutored eye, it could be Silver plate.   Indeed the plating and finish on this clarinet is of such a high standard that it contrasts sharply with more recently manufactured professional models from Buffet. The clarinet has just been through our workshop for a comprehensive overhaul in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in pristine condition, there are no cracks or repairs. 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 original Buffet case is in fine shape, with only slight stains to the interior, the key is included, and the mouthpiece is a used Vandoren 3UD.  

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SELMER, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL Eb PICCOLO CLARINET

£1995

 

 

     


This is an excellent condition Selmer Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood.  Selmer Paris Eb clarinets are considered Worldwide the finest professional instruments available due to their superb intonation and ergonomics. This instrument is of exceptional quality, with very fine intonation and response. The wood condition overall is pristine: There are NO cracks or repairs.  This Eb has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, in Pisoni fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All Silver keywork is in good condition with no wear, though some of the pillars show tarnish commensurate with the instruments' age. The serial nos. are C3516 which dates to 1984.   The clarinet comes with the 2 original barrels of 44.5mm and 46.5mm. The case is the original in very good condition, even the keys are supplied still wrapped. The m'piece is a  Selmer C** in excellent condition.  

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LAFLEUR ARTIST, LONDON & PARIS A CLARINET

£595

 

 

     

This is a Lafleur, Artist, London & Paris A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was made for Lafleur back in the 1930's before Lafleur were bought by B&H. Then they were a fine instrument maker/importer, and this instrument is a superb condition professional model. 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 Wests premiere live music venues. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla. The Silver Plate key work is also pristine throughout. The pads are double bladder fish skin which are in excellent condition. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 10095. The m'piece is a Selmer B* in very good condition. There is also a Cordier reed cutter. The double case is a Buffet in black leather, which is in very good condition.

 

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A pristine condition Buffet C12 Bb clarinet. This instrument was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet, as marketing men at Buffet felt that this model represented too good value for money, it sits well above the E13 in terms of quality. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professsional, about to enter Music Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work is in superb condition with no plating wear. We have just completely repadded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our "Clarinets Direct" 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is excellent throughout, all pieces including barrel and bell, are matching and stamped. The matching serial nos. are 458218 which dates to 2000. The supplied m'piece is a stock Buffet in "as new" condition. The instrument has been very well looked after, and the original brown leather case is also in good condition.

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YAMAHA CSG CUSTOM, CLARINET

£1745

 

 

     

A mint condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner is a top UK professional, who is also an endorser for Yamaha. He was given this instrument brand new, and never used it, subsequently using the later CSG III. 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. Certainly the design has found much favour with many fine players, including Michael Collins, Nicholas Carpenter and Nicholas Cox.
The instrument is pristine, "as new", with perfect condition key work. The wood is finest unstained Grenadilla. The original Yamaha Custom m'piece, and cap with ligature, are still wrapped. The matching serial nos. are 03497. The case and leather cover are also new.

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MATCHED PAIR OF, LONDON & PARIS, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS

£1495

 

 

     

A rare matched pair of Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris, pre-war 1010 clarinets in good condition. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's leading clarinettists amongst our Clientele, one such is Gary Holdsworth, who has owned and played this pair for the last several years. Gary was Principal Clarinet for Moscow City Ballet, and his father, Frank, was also a famous 1010 clarinet player, and Principal Clarinet of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
The London & Paris 1010 model, as the name suggests, was made for B&H in France. The clarinets have two matching serial nos. one stamped by the manufacturer, and the other by Boosey & Hawkes. The Bb has serial nos. 2159/1377. The instrument is in wood, which is in overall good condition, apart from the bell which is in ebonite. All pieces are matching and serial numbered apart from the barrel. The key work has been plated in Chrome at some point in the past, and apart from some minor signs of wear to the RH "pinky" keys the plating is good throughout. The instrument has tan leather pads throughout in very good condition.
The A has serial nos. 2266/1432. The instrument is in wood, which is in overall good condition, apart from the barrel which is in ebonite. All pieces are matching and serial numbered apart from the bell, which though of the correct type, and stamped Boosey & Hawkes, is of later manufacture. The key work is also Chrome plated and is very good throughout. The instrument has tan leather pads throughout in very good condition. The case is a Protech in good condition, and the mouthpiece, though not original is a B&H No. 2 1010 bore and tunes the pair well.

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MATCHED PAIR OF KOHLERT CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare and fine pair of Kohlert Boehm System Clarinets. The firm of Kohlert was established in Graslitz in 1840, and during the interwar years was flourishing as one of the largest makers of fine woodwinds in Bohemia, becoming famous for the quality of their bassoons and contra-bassoons. After the end of the 2nd World War the firm Kohlert split into two, a small subsiduary which manufactured in Winnenden, whilst the main body of the firm relocated behind the Iron Curtain, manufacturing in Czechoslavakia. These superior quality instruments were made by the "German" Kohlert and the bells are stamped "Winnenden". The instruments have been professionally owned in the UK by a player, who initially had ambitions to join a German orchestra, though subsequently her career took a different path.
These clarinets feature a German type bore with little flare at the bottom of the lower joint. The result is the dark homogenous sound associated with classic German style of clarinet playing. The Bb has serial number 101735. All pads are used White Leather in good used condition. The silver plate is in excellent condition throughout, though the pairs' owner had the RH F/C key lengthened to aid her small fingers. All key work and corks are in exemplary condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in pristine order throughout. The A has serial nos. 101937, again the condition of this instrument is near mint. Only the fact that the white leather pads are not new, means that the clarint cannot be described as mint condition. In addition to the original barrel, a modified Evette & Schaeffer barrel is supplied with tuning ring, which actually tunes this A clarinet more successfully than the original. Both instruments plays very well in tune at A=440, with the supplied Zinner m'piece, which measures 1.03mm at the tip by 17mm. The original case is also in excellent condition.

 

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SELMER BUNDY CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

£1345

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Bundy Contra-Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook and the bell have only a few light scratches, with no dents or repairs. Though the Nickel Silver plating shows some "cloudiness" there is only slight wear to some of the ring finger touchpieces the plating is around 95%. The instrument plays well, and the pads which are tan leather are all sealing. The key work is well regulated and the serial nos. are 298. The used case protects the instrument well, and the interior shows some tears to the lining. The exterior had originally 3 latches, of which 1 has failed, the remaining 2 latch securely. The m'piece is a used Selmer Bundy 3 in good condition. There is also a Vandoren No. 2 reed.

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COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

This is the top of the range professional "Monopole" Conservatoires model Bb clarinet made by Couesnon, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 the best model made by Couesnon.
This example dates from the early 1960's or possibly late 1950's and is in superb condition. The matching serial nos., on all pieces , are 30570. The Maillechort key work is in pristine throughout. All of the fish skin pads are sealing well, and all corks are also good. We have thoroughly checked over the clarinet in our workshop. The Grenadilla wood is very fine. The bore is 14.7mm, remarkably close to a Buffet R13 of the period. The m'piece is again original but the clarinet will play and tune well with any standard Vandoren or Selmer mouthpiece.

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BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

£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. The great French player, Jacques Lancelot was particularly associated with the development of the BC20 model.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F199496 dating to 1979, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This was immediately before Buffet Crampon was bought by Boosey & Hawkes, a fine period of manufacture. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The key work is in Nickel Silver plate, which is in very good condition. 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 just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by newly qualified repairman Dave Kershook [who has just joined NAMIR]. The m'piece is an origianl Buffet C in ebonite in good used condition. The case is a used SML, again in good condition.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF SELMER SERIES 9* CLARINETS

£1795

This matched pair of Selmer Series 9* clarinets are in very good condition. They have been professionally owned and played in The Netherlands and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 Bb clarinet has matching serial nos., U8833 which dates to 1966. The Nickel Silver plating is good throughout, with slight wear mainly to the ring finger touchpieces. There are no cracks or repairs, the Grenadilla wood is in perfect condition. The instruments are padded in tan leather, and both have gone through our workshop, with pads replaced as necessary. Tenon corks and touch corks have also been replaced where worn. The A clarinet, with matching serial nos. U8668, is again in very good order. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood throughout is very fine. All pieces are matching and stamped, including the barrels. The case is an original Selmer which is again in excellent condition. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren B45.

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STUBBINS, BY NOBLET, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

£845

 

 

     

An extremely rare and desirable William Stubbins Bb clarinet, made by Noblet, France, featuring the Stubbins " booster key" for throat Bb. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come from the collection of a fastidious American. 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, which is in pristine order throughout. The key work shows only slight plating wear, to the RH F/C key, see photo 7. The instrument has just been completely re-padded in finest Pisoni white leather pads. There is no joint wobble, and the clarinet plays extremely well, with an even fine tone. All pieces are matching and original including the supplied m'piece, which is a Noblet in ebonite, of very good quality. The case, though elderly, is in good condition it latches & protects the instrument well.

 

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES PROTOTYPE 926 CLARINETS     

£1495

An exceptionally rare pair of Boosey & Hawkes 926 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 have been customised by John, the A especially, which has a special key designed to correct an excessively wide 12th on E/B. An additional pad opens when the 1st line E is fingered, which is closed when the register key is pressed for B, the 12th above, see photos 6 & 10.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 36578, which dates to 1944/45. The wood is in overall excellent condition, though there are some slight surface indentations to the top of the upper joint, see photo 5. This Bb is of unique and remarkable manufacture in that the upper joint has been lengthened to allow the correct positioning of the C#/G# hole. The C/G hole now runs through both joints, with the upper tenon of the lower joint being metal sleeved, see photo 2. The bell has had a tuning hole drilled, to improve the pitch of both bottom E, and B the 12th above, in the German/Austrian manner, see photo 9. The pads are all tan leather in good condition, as is the German Silver key work.
The A has matching S/N 36821, which also dates to 1944/45. Like the Bb the bore is 15mm. Again like the Bb a tuning hole was drilled in the bell, though it has subsequently been filled. Unlike the Bb the A has standard upper and lower joints, though as mentioned above Prof. Playfair has corrected the poor tuning of the E/B 12th, with his own customised key design. The wood throughout is in excellent condition, as are the pads, which are mainly tan leather with some cork. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 593 in very good condition, as is the case.

 

     39   BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          £595
This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is an "enhanced Boehm" i.e. in addition to standard Boehm system, it also has an articulated C#/G# key, and 7 rings, which provides a fork Eb/Bb fingering in the LH. The German Silver key work is in good condition for its age. All fish skin pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently overhauled. The Grenadilla wood shows surface scuffs and marks. There is also a stress crack between the top 2 holes of the lower joint. At this point the bore is metal lined, in order to accurately position the articulated C#/G#hole, this often causes a stress crack to the surface wood, which is cosmetic only, because it in no way affects the response, as the wood does not form the bore of the instrument at this point. The is also a full length crack running through the bell, which has been sealed at the surface. The low G/D hole nas been "bushed" in metal at some point in the past, maybe because of wear. The matching serial nos. are 21019 which dates  to 1936. The case is elderly but in very good condition.
     40   BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET          £1995
This is a Buffet Eb clarinet in very good condition. Clarinets Direct is fortunate in counting leading professionals amongst our clientele. This instrument has a unique and excellent Provenance, having been owned and customised by the late John McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra, initially as 2nd and Eb Clarinet, and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible. Though this instrument started life as a standard professional Buffet Eb clarinet, in fact it has been much altered: Most of the major alteration includes opening out the bore at the top of the instrument and also reaming out the m'piece. This means that the Eb will play sharp if standard French bore Eb m'pieces are used, it needs the supplied m'piece, or one with a similar bore.
The matching serial nos. are 31925, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in good condition throughout, though the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes left unfilled, see photo 10. The German Silver keywork is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full warranty. The instrument tunes exceptionally well, and also demontrates a much warmer and round tone than the standard production model. It would suit a professional player. The supplied case is a Bb, and Eb double. The zip has failed, but the case fastens with a velcro strip, and velcro handle. Carry straps are also included.

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

£695

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 superb condition,and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a professional player in The Netherlands. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has upper joint serial nos. 60074, and lower, 62946, though obviously made at different times the numbers are a close match, and the instrument plays very well. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some minor surface scratches to the wood, all normal signs of use. We have just entirely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case is in good condition. The mouthpiece is an original Leblanc L3, in excellent condition.

 

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YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

An excellent condition Yamaha 650 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new by a customer of Clarinets Direct, some 2 years ago. As an adult amateur player she finds this clarinet, though excellent, not to her taste. The clarinet has been played only on a couple of occasions.
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 clarinet has just been re-padded in fish skin pads throughout, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct warranty. The supplied m'piece is an unused Yamaha 4C. The case is in good condition, though there are a few exterior marks.

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NOBLET ARTIST, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU A CLARINET

£1245

An extremely rare, very good condition, Noblet Artist, Paris France, Plateau A clarinet. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's foremost professional players amongst our clientele. One such is Pete Ripper, for many years a leading London Sax and clarinet player, and member of the London Saxophone Quartet. This is one of several of his instruments that we will be listing over the next few weeks. This is an entry level professional model Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau.
All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, there are minor surface scuffs and marks, associated with normal use. We have just overhauled the instrument in Pisoni Premium De-luxe fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. . The matching serial nos. are B47800. The double case is "as new". 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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LOUIS, LONDON, Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     


This an exceptionally rare and fine Louis early English clarinet. The firm was strongly associated with possibly the finest ever French makers: Martel Freres. Each Louis instrument was completely hand made and undercut in their London premises, 2 Burnsall Street, Chelsea W3. The finishing alone took 2-3 days. This clarinets only former owner was a London professional who owned this instrument and a later set of Leblanc LL's which he used for the duration of his career. Charles Draper personally endorsed these makers. The perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow, superior to much on the mass produced market today.
The instruments is in very fine condition, for a clarinet made in the 1920's. Clarinets Direct have just entirely re-padded it in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is a small crack to the top of the lower joint of this Bb, which runs from the tenon ring down to the first tone hole, see photo 7. The crack is a surface crack only, and has no effect whatsoever on the response. This apart, the wood is in very good condition, with only scuffs and marks associated with careful professional use. There is no joint wobble. The German Silver key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. The wood is Grenadilla, apart from the bell which is in Cocus wood. This was a popular choice of wood with superior class instruments of the period, I believe that the finest craftsman thought that a Cocus wood bell would give extra vibrancy and resonance to the bell notes. Certainly when one changes register on these clarinets the timbre of the bell "B" is much more lively and this results in an even scale across the break. This clarinet features an ebonite "bushed" C/G hole, see photo 10. The reasons for this could be: 1. The hole may have been moved at the request of the original owner, also the thumb rest has been repositioned slightly lower, and the the wood surface filled with shellac, see photo 9. 2. The clarinet may originally have been made with 7 rings and the owner requested the tone hole chimney be remade, in the standard fashion. 3. As undercutting this tone hole can be extremely difficult, and indeed, the D/A twelfth is often very poor on modern clarinets, perhaps ebonite inserts were made so that the undercutting could be done to the most exacting standards, and then fitted to the clarinet. Certainly the scale, intonation, and response of these clarinets, is the equal, or superior to, the most expensive clarinets made today. The supplied m'piece is a Morgan RM06. This Bb features a bore of 14.65mm, which is similar to most modern French bore clarinets and therefore it will work well with any modern French bore mouthpiece. A box of original, used Louis reeds is also included. The case is a brand new Carmichael with pouches and carry strap.  

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CABART, THIBOUVILLE, Bb CLARINET

£595

 

 

     

This is a professional Bb clarinet made by Cabart, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. From 1893 Thibouville Cabart were amongst the finest French producers of artist quality clarinets. They were still active after WW II though, according to Langwill, the stamp seems to have been used by another French dealer/maker.
This example dates from the late 1940's, or possibly 1950's, and is in mint condition. The Maillechort [ German Silver] key work is in pristine order throughout. All of the fish skin pads are sealing well, and all corks are also good. All receiving tenons are metal lined, and all other tenons are metal ringed, in other words this instrument was manufactured as a top professional model of the finest quality. The Grenadilla wood is very fine. The bore is 14.9mm, remarkably close to a Selmer of the period. The case is an Evette Schaeffer of the 1950's which is, again, in excellent condition.

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

An excellent condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has just traded up to a newer 1010 A and consequently this excellent A is offered to the market.
This A, serial no. 183532, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in very good condition. The Silver plate is also excellent throughout. The instrument has "as new" Tan leather pads. The supplied m'piece is a Peter Eaton "Kingston" 1010, in good condition. This particular m'piece tunes the instrument excellently & the single case is also in fine used condition.  

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ARNO WURLITZER, OEHLER SYSTEM Bb CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count the UK's foremost players amongst our clientele. One such is the current owner of this rare and fine Arno Wurlitzer full Oehler system clarinet which was originally part of the Joseph collection. Though less well known that Fritz or Herbert Wurlitzer, like them, Arno had a workshop in Erlbach.
The Bb has serial no. 2130 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is excellent condition, without mark or blemish. The pads are white leather, used, but all sealing. The instrument features a full Oehler system, and is stamped " Arno Wurlitzer, Erlbach, Made in GDR". The matching serial numbers are 2130. The mouthpiece is stamped "Lebu", and like the case is in very good used condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

£795

Clarinets Direct is pleased to be able to offer another rare clarinet  from the Charles collection, for sale.

This is a good condition Mazzeo System Selmer Series 10 Bb Clarinet. For those unfamiliar with the Mazzeo system the mechanism facilitates the production of a good throat Bb by using additional key work to open the third trill key in conjunction with throat A. Thus an excellent throat Bb can be produced by touching any of the rings from LH 2 down, with the throat A key. I remember ordering this system as a kit from Selmer USA in the 1970s, for addition to a Series 10S Bb.
This example has seen much use and has marks and surface scratches to the wood, in addition the bell has been repaired in the past, see photo 9. The Mazzeo bell is extremely thin and delicate. The silver plated key work is in good order throughout. The pads, whilst not new, are all double bladder fish skin and sealing well. The instrument has had a thorough check down in our workshop.
  The matching serial nos. are W3635 which dates to 1970. The case is the original in fair used condition, with some scuffs to the exterior, but it still latches and protects the clarinet well. The m'piece is a Brillhart.

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£895

An immaculate condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet, which has had only one former adult owner! It was bought new several years ago, and after many years of not being used, the current owner has just had it completely overhauled prior to sale. A copy of the invoice is included. The instrument is a commission sale. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Nickel Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is perfect, with no cracks or damage. The matching serial nos. are K71631, which dates to 1988. The m'piece is an up-grade to a Vandoren 5RV professional model, which is in pristine condition. The original case is in very good 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.

 

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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 pristine condition, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 62046. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is also in very fine condition, with no cracks or repairs. We have just entirely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case is worn with some stains to the lining and scuffs to the exterior. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren M30, in excellent condition.  

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PAIR OF ENGLISH BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS 

£5745

This pair of Luis Rossi English bore clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have been used professionally in The Netherlands, and are in excellent condition.
The Bb has Silver plate in very good condition,there is only one slight patch of wear to the register key. The wood is also in excellent condition, with no cracks or damage. The instruments have just been regularly serviced and have finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout. Both clarinets feature an English bore based on the pre-war 1010, but with much improved acoustics and intonation. There is a fully automatic Bb booster key.
The A features a left hand Ab/Eb key which the Bb does not have. The A has an old pinned crack to the upper part of the top joint, it has been stable for many years of professional use. The crack does not go through to the bore or into a tone hole. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition. As with the Bb, the instrument has just been serviced. The original thumb rests have been replaced with a traditional design, but both of Rossi's originals are included in the sale. There are 5 barrels of 66.0mm, 67.0mm, 68.0mm, 69.5mm and 71.5mm. The m'pieces are a B&H 1010 No.2, and a Pillinger F2 both of which have been relayed by Meinel. The case, whilst used, is in good condition. .

 

     52   COUESNON, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET          £695
This is an extremely rare Couesnon Full Boehm Bb clarinet, which was part of the late Professor John Playfair's collection of Couesnon clarinets. 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 the best model made by Couesnon. The German silver key work is in good condition throughout, with minimal wear. Please note the extremely neat articulated C#/G# key design, which is unique to Couesnon, and gives little regulation trouble. The clarinet has recently entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe leather pads, the majority are white with some tan, all pads are in "as new" condition. There are no cracks or damage to the main body of the wood which is in good order throughout, apart from the shorter of the two barrels which has a repaired crack. The matching serial numbers are 6750. The mouthpiece is a Selmer Series 10 HS in excellent condition. The case is the original in fair condition, it latches well, but the handle has failed.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1595

A good condition pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These are rare and early 1010's with an unusual Boosey & Hawkes logo dating to the late 1940's or early 1950's. The pair play with a "classic" early 1010 sound with lots of character and projection in the tone. Despite pre-dating the Acton patent vent the tuning throughout is good. These instruments were professionally owned and played in The BBC Concert Orchestra by "Mick" Martin, who was second clarinet to both Michael Meyerowitz and Michael Pearce: The pair have seen much use.
The instruments have just been down to our workshop for a thourough overhaul, with all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather pads, all touch corks replaced, and complete regulation. The pair are sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Bb, serial no. 49740, has a repaired sealed surface crack to the back of the lower joint running into the RH screw hole for the thumb rest, which has been re-positioned lower. The original Bb bell has cracked multiple times, and a modern replacement is provided additionally. The Silver plate throughout is in good condition. The A, serial no. 80000, has no cracks or repairs, though like the Bb the thumb rest has been moved lower, and the screw holes left unfilled. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is, again, in good used condition. The case is a modern leather brief case, with combination locks, which has been adapted to house the pair, it is in very good condition.

 

54

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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 K9217 which dates to 1960. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost identical to an R13 on quality, but at less cost. There are no cracks to the wood, but there are a few minor scuffs and surface scratches. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections, whereas the wood for this clarinet is unstained. The case is an original Buffet, with keys, and the m'piece is the original Buffet in ebonite.  

55

BUFFET TOSCA CLARINET in A

£3295

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. The Tosca is the latest incarnation of the legendary R13 model.
The instrument is in near mint condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was hand selected by a professional player from Howarths some 5 years ago. The instrument features a corrective low F key and vent. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 562743. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather in good condition. This clarinet is almost "as new", with only slight wear to the pads, corks and stamps, to distinguish it from new. There are 2 supplied barrels, an original Buffet of 65mm and a Backun of 64mm. The condition of the Buffet double Tosca case is also very good.

56

DOUBLE BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

This is possibly the World's rarest clarinet, a Double Boehm. It was the brain child of the great Belgian Acoustician, and clarinet designer, Charles Houvenaghel. I had always believed that only resonite instruments were made in this system, however this is a Grenadilla wood, quality made instrument, which from appearances may well have been made in the Noblet or Leblanc factory, see the "in-line jump" trill keys." With a double Boehm clarinet basically the fingering system of the LH mirrors that of the RH. For the third register a touchpiece is provided similar to that found on Alto and Bass clarinets. Houvenaghel believed this would make for a much more even scale, in terms of both intonation and tone colour. Sadly this view was not shared by other manufacturers, including his own employer: Leblanc. Doubtless this must have been a source of disappointment to him. Though this clarinet is perfectly playable, it is, in my opinion, definitely for a collector!
The Bb has matching serial nos. 1025 and has Nickel Silver plate in fair condition, with some wear throughout, the plating is about 85%. The wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, to the main pieces, though the barrel has cracked, and been repaired and sealed with glue. All pads are brand new Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather. The instrument has been completely re-padded by Clarinets Direct and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is the original, in good condition. The case shows some tears to the interior lining but still latches well.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1545

A very good condition pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instruments have been professionally owned and played in The Netherlands, and the pair have seen very light use.
The Bb, serial no. 498625, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good condition. The pair have just been down to our workshop for a thourough "check down" with touch corks replaced as necessary, and minor regulation. The pads are all "Gordon Beeson" Tan leather pads, in very good condition. The A, serial no. 507578, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, with only slight tarnish to low F# & E. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is, again, in good used condition. The case is a modern BAM in very good condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     


An extremely fine Selmer 10S clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has come to us from a professional player in The Netherlands. 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 B9979, dates to 1982 and has 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. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The clarinet has just had an 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 has some scuffs to the interior lining and exterior, but it still latches well.  

59

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

A good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This model, and the CT Omega, were both endorsed by Benny Goodman. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been professionally owned and played here in the UK.
This clarinet is in good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows few scuffs and marks. The fish skin pads, whilst used, are all sealing well. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are R5469 which dates to 1958.  The original case is in good condition, though only one of the zips now functions. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in good condition.  

60

PAIR OF SELMER SIGNATURE CLARINETS

£4245

 

 

     

An excellent matched pair of Selmer Signature clarinets in Silver plate. The Selmer Signature was introduced in the 2000's based on the bore design of the Recital, i.e. it features a long reverse taper through the upper joint, for good, stable tuning. There is minimal undercutting, and the wood thickness is not so much as seen in the Recital. Also the instrument cleverly features raised tone hole chimneys above the surface of the clarinet bore. This allows for a better pad seal, reduced water problems and contributes to a uniquely dark and yet projected tone. These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner is a UK professional.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating overall is very good with no loss.  Both instruments have been meticulously maintained and are ready to play straight out of the box. The Bb has superpads throughout apart from 3 at the bottom of the lower joint which are in white leather. The A has superpads throughout, all are in excellent condition.   The Bb has matching S/N M8018, the A matching S/N M6654.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, with additional barrels of 62.5 and 64.5mm. The case is a Buffet in brown leather. The m'piece is a Selmer Concept, in excellent condition, which tunes these instruments superbly. These clarinets have been exceptionally well cared for.  

61

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£495

An early Buffet clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments have a larger bore of 14.9mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing instrument, 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 improves response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise.
The Bb may have serial number 1J31, dating to 1896, it is extremely difficult to read. This clarinet has been much used, and repaired: The upper part of the lower joint, which is in a single piece with integral barrel, has been repaired in the past, and a new receiver tenon made, see photo 10. Also the thumb rest has been moved and replaced with a more modern example. A similar job has been done on the lower tenon of the upper joint which has been sleeved and re-made. And the upper tenon of the upper joint, has been re-lined in metal. So thought this clarinet has seen much use, it has also been well maintained. The excellent quality key work is mainly of German Silver, though some of the key barrels are actually solid silver. The stamps read "Buffet Cie". All pieces are matching and original. Curiously the lower joint has been stamped twice, once underneath the long rod, in the usual place, and again to the side. The case is a more modern replacememnt, in good condition.

62

PAIR OF NOBLET ARTIST CLARINETS

£1095

 

 

     

THE A IS RESERVED. THE Bb STILL FOR SALE AT £545 This pair of Noblet Artist Clarinets are in good condition, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. 62025 and has Nickel plate in good condition, there is no wear to the plating, though there is some slight "cloudiness" to the lower pad cup plating. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. The instrument was recently completely re-padded by Howarth & Co. at great expense! All pads are "as new" finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather. The barrel is a Boosey and Hawkes in ebonite, which tunes and suits this Bb well.
The A, serial no. B47679, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in excellent shape. All pads are fish skin in good used condition. The instruments are made from Grenadilla wood, though the barrels are both in ebonite. The supplied m'piece is a professional Selmer Paris D in good condition. The case is a modern rucksack style "Soundwear" double, with many additional pockets and pouches, in excellent condition. The pair can be split as follows: A in double case, without m'piece, for £595. Bb in single case, with m'piece, for £545.

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     63   BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET          £575
This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner, as student at the RAM Jun. Dept. has just purchased an Eaton clarinet. The instrument has been well maintained, and has just gone through our workshop for a thorough check up, with pads, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. 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. 387825, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition with no wear. All the tan leather pads and corks, are in fine condition, because of the recent overhaul. The supplied m'piece is a Brian Ackerman copy of a 926 in excellent condition. The original thumb rest is a B&H, though a Ton Kooiman is also supplied. The case is also in good used condition and is supplied with the keys.

64

ORSI Bb CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£595

 

 

     

This is a unique and rare Prof. Romeo Orsi Bb clarinet which features interchangeable bells: One of which allows a low Eb, whereas the other is a standard bell allowing the instrument to sound low E as the lowest pitch. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us from a retired professional who liked to collect rare and unusual instruments. Orsi, of Milan, were one of the most highly repected Italian makers.
From the look of the German Silver keywork this instrument appears to have been made between the two World Wars. The clarinet has several crack repairs, one to the barrel, and also to the larger, low Eb bell, which has a metal lined receiver tenon. There is also a small crack to the top of the lower joint, which only runs into the tenon, it does not affect the bore. We have checked all the repairs for seal thoroughly in our workshop. The pads are all used tan leather but sealing well. The serial numbers are 50585. The supplied m'piece is a mint condition B&H 926 Imperial which tunes this instrument well. The original case is much worn but functional.

65

JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY

£1295

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare and unique Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family: Jacques Fils. The clarinet is part of the collection of an American, who tells me that the instrument dates from 1925-1930. This instrument appears to be one of the earliest instruments to feature a dual function register key, which opens a dedicated Bb hole, and automatically defers to the register key, when the LH Thumb is depressed. The mechansim is ingeniuos and remarkably well thought out; typical Jacques Albert Fils. There are 3 adjusting screws, including one atop the register key to keep the mechansim in regulation. The whole design is much improved over the later Rosario Mazzeo design, equal in quality to Selmer's Omega design as seen on the Centered Tone.
The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with a light patina appropriate to its age. In addition to the overblowing mechanism, the clarinet has 7 rather than the usual 6 rings, giving a fork Eb/Bb. The upper joint has been pinned in the past, one crack runs down through the upper joint logo, from the top of the top joint into the "A" hole, the crack is held with 3 pins, see photo 4. The repair is old and stable. There is also another crack at 180 degrees to this, which runs from the top of the top joint down to the speaker tube, this has also been pinned with one pin. The pads throughout are fish skin, old, but all sealing. There is no joint wobble, the instrument is perfectly playable as is. the clarinet is stamped " Manufactured Jacques Albert Fils Bruxelles" The case appears to be original and is in good used condition.

66

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£795

A rare early Buffet Bb clarinet, serial number L727, which dates to 1898. These instruments have a larger bore, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing instrument, with good intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, which is down to the shorter lower flare which was reamed by Buffet at that time. 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 single piece top joint, i.e. no barrel.
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, the worst of which is shown in photo 10. Though the instrument has many cosmetic flaws, there are no cracks or repaired damage. The German Silver key work, with some solid silver barrels, shows a patina consistent with a clarinet which is 115 years old. The stamps read "Buffet Brevette SGDG". All pieces are matching and original, and there is a further number "2" stamped on the lower joint and bell. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren M13 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.

 

67

COUTURE A1, PLATEAU A CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

An extremely rare, good condition, Couture, Paris France, Plateau A clarinet. La Couture is the small town near Paris in which the major French clarinet makers have their factories. This is a make that Clarinets Direct have never come across before: Because the instrument is stamped "A LP" & also features an ebonite bell, it way well date from the 1920's or 1930's. Certainly the instrument is well made and tunes very well with the supplied Alan Segal custom barrel, which was actually made for a Buffet 1930's A clarinet.
The Grenadilla wood is in fair condition, with surface scratches and scuffs, though there are no cracks or repairs. The silver plating also shows some wear, and in the past, some rather crude solder repairs have been made, most noticeably to the speaker key, see photo 10. We have just entirely overhauled this instrument, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is a single A case, one of the latches is missing, but it still functions well. The m'piece is a standard French bore model, and the instrument works well with a standard Vandoren m'piece. This clarinet will pair successfully with any Bb plateau of French origin, Buffet, Leblanc etc. Plateau models are "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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68

BUFFET Bb PROFESSIONAL CLARINET

£645

 

 

     

A rare & fine early Buffet clarinet. The instrument dates from 1924 with S/N 1R967, and has wood in good condition for its age. There is an old, stable, pinned repair to the top of the upper joint, the crack does not run through into the bore, nor through a tone hole[ see photo 12]. And also a sealed crack repair to the bell. The Maillechort key work is well regulated with no wear. The pads are all sealing & are mainly fishskin, with the register key and top trill key being tan leather. All corks are good.   This instrument has been well maintained, & played regularly by an amateur with no problems for the last several years. The mouthpiece is a used Vandoren 3V in good condition, 1.15mm by 17.5mm. The case is A Buffet Evette & Schaeffer , fully functioning but with some interior stains & wear to the handle

 

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69

STRASSER, SML, Bb CLARINET 

£645

This is an extremely interesting and rare professional model Bb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. It has come to us as a commission sale from a profesional clarinet and sax player, he purchased this instrument as a pair with a very fine SML sax, but does not need to keep the clarinet. 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 was made as a top quality professional model. 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 clarinet has just had a complete Pisoni Premium Deluxe White Leather re-pad. All the German Silver key work exhibits a nice shine, and is in very good condition. The wood overall shows light surface marks and scratches, but is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All corks and the regulation are in good order. All pieces are stamped, matching, and original. The bell is also stamped "D. Ansingh & Co. Zwolle", which may be the original supplying dealers mark. The case is in fair condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren B45. In summation: This clarinet represents superb value for money, and has had very little use.

70

SELMER BUNDY Eb PICCOLO CLARINET

£545

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Eb Piccolo in Resonite. The Selmer Bundy range of instruments were manufactured in the USA as student intruments, and are sturdily built, with good ergonomics and decent tuning. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The Nickel Silver key work is very good condition, with no discernable wear. The clarinet has just been re-padded in fish skin pads throughout, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct warranty. The serial nos. are 8439. The original case is in very good condition it latches securely and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is the original Bundy No. 3, also in good condition with no damage to the tip or rails. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Eb clarinet purchase.

 

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71

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet Master Model E13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 D37561 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 case is an original Buffet of pouchette type, NB not pictured. The m'piece is a used Windcraft in good used condition.  

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SELMER, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£645

This is a very interesting early modern logo Selmer professional Full Boehm Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. In some ways the clarinet is a transitional model. The logo is the modern Selmer type, but a larger design, yet this is a K6190 serial number [though extremely hard to decipher] and a "Brevete SGDG" stamp also. 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 2 cracks to the barrel which do go through to the bore, and these cracks have been filled and sealed. There is also a crack to the upper part of the lower joint, see photo 11. The pads are fish skin, in good condition and they are all sealing well. The German Silver keywork is in good condition, though the bottom E/B key has been cut through and shortened, presumably to stop a previous owner inadvertantly catching the Eb/Bb key, see photo 8. The case has been relined, it is worn, but latches well.

73

PAIR OF SELMER PROLOGUE CLARINETS

£1995

 

 

     

An extremely fine pair of Selmer Prologue clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments were formerly owned by a young musician, who having studied at Trinity College of Music, has now embarked on a singing career.  The Selmer Prologue was a top of the range student model, but of extremely advanced acoustic design, in that it shares with the more expensive Selmer designs, Recital, Privilege, etc. a reducing taper bore throughout the upper joint. This does result is exceptionally fine and stable tuning.
 The Bb, S/N F7304, has wood and Silver plate in pristine condition. There are no cracks or repairs, the wood is in perfect condition throughout. The pads, the majority of which are tan leather, are also in good condition. The instrument has gone through our workshop, with any pads replaced as necessary. The A S/N M1239, is in excellent order throughout with wood showing no cracks or damage. Again all fish skin pads are in very good condition. The double case is an "Orly" in good  used condition , the m'pieces are a used Selmer C85 120 amd Vandoren M13. In addition the following accessories are provided: A Vandoren Optimum Ligature with 3 interchangeable plates, 2 clarinet stands, and also a sling with two thumb rest attachments.

 

74

PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1195

A fair condition pair of B&H Imperial Symphony 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have just undergone a copmplete restoration/overhaul at a cost of £492.75, the invoice for which is included with the sale. This includes a comprehensive description of the restoration of the pair, and the work was done by Gary Holdsworth. The pair have seen much use.
The Bb, serial nos. 120989, has brand new tan leather pads throughout. The Silver plate shows wear, it is about 75% remaining. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood. The thumb rest has been re-positioned higher, and the original screw holes have been filled. The A, serial no. 150188, has no cracks or repairs, though like the Bb the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes filled. The Silver plate throughout is in better shape than the Bb, with about 85% remaining. Again it has had brand new pads, corks and regulation throughout. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 61.5mm. The supplied m'pieces are original B&H 1010 No. BM2, and BM3, both are in good used condition. The case is a brand new BAM Classic.

 

75

BUFFET CRAMPON CLARINETin B NATURAL, CIRCA 1899

£995

 

 

     

This is the earliest, and rarest Buffet Crampon clarinet, of the David Hamilton collection. David was one of the finest teachers of his generation, counting Michael Collins amongst his many pupils.
The clarinet is in Grenadilla wood throughout. To the best of our knowledge all pieces are matching and original, but one of the barrels no longer has a Buffet stamp. The instrument itself is in excellent condition for its age, with no cracks or damage to the wood. In the key of B natural, it features a bore of 14.5mm, with the usual Buffet under-cutting. There is a short flare at the bottom of the lower joint. It also has the so called "do-nut" fork Eb/Bb LH fingering as well as a wrap-around register key. The tuning is at A=440 Hz with modern Vandoren or Gigliotti m'pieces. The pads are fish skin, and though elderly are sealing well. There are some thread repairs to the lowest tenon, but the instrument is well regulated and all touch corks are good, it will play straight out of the box. The case is a much travelled double case, which protects the instrument well.  

76

ANONYMOUS A CLARINET

£395

 

 

     

An extremely rare and unusual clarinet in A. Though a Boehm system instrument, the arrangement of the G#/A throat keys actually looks back to the mechanism as found on the Simple System clarinet. Therefore throat G# is actually played with LH2. The instrument is in ebonite throughout, and apart from the mouthpiece, which is a London & Paris Lafleur there is no makers stamp. The tenons are metal sleeved, and photo 4 shows how the lowest metal tenon ring, on the bottom of the lower joint, has become detached and is now stuck in the receiving tenon of the bell. Also stuck fast is the mouthpiece on the barrel. The pads, which are fishskin, are all sealing well. The tenon corks seem to have all been replaced recently, and the instrument is in excellent condition throughout. The style of key work is most unusual, as is the 3 screw thumbrest. The instrument would suit a collector, as the key work is perhaps most acccurately descibed as Boehm System/ Hybrid.

77

MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS LONDON CLARINETS, RIPPER COLLECTION

£1995

 

 

     

These are an exceptionally rare and fine pair of Louis of London English clarinets, which are a commission sale, having been formerly owned by Pete Ripper. The firm was strongly associated with possibly the finest ever French makers: Martel Freres. Each Louis instrument was completely hand made and undercut in their London premises, 2 Burnsall Street, Chelsea W3. The finishing alone took 2-3 days. Charles Draper personally endorsed these makers. The perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow, superior to much on the mass produced market today.
These instruments are in excellent condition, for clarinets made in the 1920's. The pads are tan leather throughout in perfect condition. There is a small crack to the top of the lower joint of the Bb, which runs from the tenon ring down to the first tone hole. The crack is a surface crack and has no effect whatsoever on the response. This apart, the Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, with only scuffs and marks associated with careful professional use. There is no joint wobble. The hand burnished German Silver key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. All pieces are matching and original apart from the barrel for the A, which is from a Selmer. This is however a good match for the A and tunes it well. The Bb has matching serial nos. 522, and the A has matching serial nos. 539 The 2 supplied m'pieces are both original, the shorter of the two plays well and tunes both instruments nicely. The case is a Selmer in good used condition, supplied with key.

78

SELMER, PARIS, PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet, which has been professionally owned and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is an enhanced Boehm with fork Eb/Bb and articulated C#/G#. The former owner was a saxophone player primarily, and the articulated C#/G# matches the similar mechansim on the Sax.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has just had an overhaul in tan leather 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. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, just minor surface scratches and marks. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are P1158, which dates to 1951. The m'piece is a Selmer HS** which is an open jazz lay. The case, is well used, but latches securely.

 

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79

LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

A near mint condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which ia a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has had only one former owner, a UK based professional. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional model, which, like the Buffet R13, features a polycylindrical bore in the upper joint. It was described by Leblanc as having " a classic balance of playing efficiency and tonal beauty and flexibilty that make it one of the world's finest clarinets". This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition.  The Silver plate key work is pristine. All pieces are original & all have matching  stamps  The clarinet is padded in Pisoni premium Deluxe tan leather pads, all in "as new" condition. The matching serial nos. are D40218. The supplied m'piece is a Buffet good condition. The case is also in good condition, with some stains to the interior and slight scuffs to the exterior.

 

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80

SELMER, PARIS, SA 80 II BARITONE SAX

£4995

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Super Action 80 Series 2 Baritone Sax, to low A, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Baritone is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics. The professional who currently owns this SA 80 II swapped it for his Selmer Mark V1 Baritone because he found it both more even in tone, and more in tune, than the earlier model. At that point in time he regularly played in "Cats" in London's West End, and this instrument has been professionally played here in London for many years. The current owner, now retired, finds this Bari too heavy, and is contemplating purchasing a Yanagisawa.
This Selmer Baritone has serial nos 442740, and the original lacquer is in very good condition with only slight wear, as seen in the photographs. There are no dents. The key work is in excellent condition. There is a very fine peg attachment to the rear, which supports the weight very cleverly, and, also, an extension to the thumb rest is provided to facilitate fingering in the RH. This instrument has tan leather pads throughout, which, whilst used, are sealing well. The regulation is good. The case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a used Link "Super" Tone Master 6* in excellent condition.

81

PAIR OF SELMER, FULL MAZZEO, CENTERED TONE CLARINETS

£5995

 

 

     


Clarinets Direct is pleased to be able to offer another extremely rare pair of clarinets for sale. These instruments have a fine provenance: They were originally owned by Edward [Ted] Planas, who was a renowned clarinettist, designer, and acoustician, as well as a Selmer agent for many years here in the UK. After Ted's death they were bought by a collector who is now selling off part of his collection.

These instruments demonstrate the most complete and full Mazzeo system that we have ever encountered. For those unfamiliar with the Mazzeo system the mechanism facilitates the production of a good throat Bb by using additional key work to open the third trill key in conjunction with throat A. Thus an excellent throat Bb can be produced by touching any of the rings from LH 2 down, with the throat A key. This system can be disconnected at will by sliding down a cylinder placed on top of the third trill key. In addition to all the usual Full Boehm refinements this pair offer the following: 1. There is a low E/F#, B/C# articulated trill mechanism. 2. An extra LH low Eb/Bb lever. 3. An additional linkage to the first sliver key on the lower joint, and the low Ab/Eb key, which allows for trilling E to Eb/B to Bb. 4. Finally a unique cogged wheel attachment to the throat A key [only on the A clarinet] which is, we imagine, to facilitate a throat Ab/Bb trill i.e. as called for in the 1st Mvt of the Mozart Quintet. This can be extended or disconnected at will by pulling on the cogged wheel.
The Bb has matching serial nos. throughout of Q7509. This is unique with Selmer in our experience, in that the serial nos. are stamped on all the pieces of the clarinet. All wood is in pristine condition, as is German Silver key work. The instrument was last serviced on 26th June 2014, all pads and corks are in very good condition.
The A has again matching serial nos. on all pieces, Q7627, excepting the barrel, this dates the pair to 1957. Like the Bb the wood is pristine throughout, as is the key work. All fish skin pads, whilst not new, will be good for many months to come. The original case is also in very good condition. This pair is probably one of the finest and most advanced Mazzeo pairs in existence, both instruments play with a warm tone and excellent intonation.  

82

BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINET in A

£495

 

 

     

A rare, early single piece, near Full Boehm, Buffet A clarinet. These instruments have a larger bore of 15.0mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing A, with good 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. This instrument is almost a Full Boehm, lacking only a 3rd ring finger for the LH.
This instrument has come to us from an adult player and is a commission sale. However the clarinet has just had a complete re-pad in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The stamps read "Buffet LP". In addition the bell is stamped "Carl Fischer New York", Fischer were the agents for Buffet prior to WW1 and with serial number 94J1 this instrument dates to 1914. There are several repaired cracks: The first is an old pinned repair to the upper joint, there is a second surface crack running up from the pillar of the register key. In addition both the bell and barrel have cracks which we have sealed. These repairs are also covered by our warranty, see photos 5 & 10. The German Silver key work is excellent, with a lovely shine, and there is no joint wobble. The instrument tunes at A=440 Hz with all standard French bore modern mouthpieces. The case is a used leather gig bag, in good condition.

 

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83

PRE-WAR, LONDON & PARIS, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET

£645

 

 

     

A rare Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris, pre-war 1010 clarinet in good condition. The current owner is a young London professional, and this instrument has 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. The clarinet has matching serial nos. throughout of 1103.
This Bb has key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in wood, which is in overall good condition. However there is one old crack which runs down from the top of the to joint to the speaker key tube, see photo 4. The repair is old and stable, and we have checked it thoroughly in our workshop. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in finest Pisoni Tan Leather pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 years warranty. The case is in fair condition, and the mouthpiece, though not original is of 1010 bore and tunes the clarinet well.

491

SELMER BUNDY ALTO CLARINET TO LOW Eb-RESERVED

£545

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Bundy Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. This instrument is unusual in that it has had only one careful adult owner, unlike most secondhand Bundy Alto's which have been owned by institutions. Consequently it is in better condition than many we have seen. This instrument was part of a collection which included a Selmer Paris Bass and Basset Horn. 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, but it has a patch of wear to the plating, see photo 8. There is only slight plating loss to some of the Nickel Silver ring finger touchpieces; the plating is around 95%. The Alto has fish skin pads throughout in good order. The serial nos. are 11282. The instrument comes with a sling, and also there is a floor peg attachment to the bell. Usually Alto's are played with a sling, if, however, the new owner wishes to have a floor peg, we can supply one to the purchasers' requirements for an additional, £30.00 The case is used, but with a good interior and exterior, and unusually, a dust cover. All latches function well. The m'piece is a Noblet in ebonite in good condition. A selection of reeds is also supplied. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design. It plays easily and is an ideal first Alto clarinet purchase.  

492

MATCHED PAIR OF PRE-WAR, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS -RESERVED

£1495

 

 

     

An extremely rare and fine pair of Boosey & Hawkes 1010's which, though of pre-war pattern, were actually made during WW2. This pair have recently been owned and played professionally here in major London Orchestra's: The BBCSO and LPO. Formerly they were owned by Charles Healey.
The Bb has silver plated key work in good condition, with only slight patches of wear, mainly to the throat "A" key and register key. The instrument, though much used, has wood in overall excellent condition. The matching serial nos. on all main pieces, apart from the barrel, are 35108, which dates to 1944. This was a year in which only a handful of such clarinets were produced, and it is apparent from the key work design that this instrument used parts which were prevalent in manufacture a decade earlier. For instance, there is only a single pillar mount for LH E/B F/C levers and there is no Bb bis key. In addition the older style "crowsfoot" is used for RH F#/C# E/B. The barrel is not original, it is a later example, and has a repaired crack, however it has been reamed by Jon Steward to accurately tune a pre-war Bb. All pads are used tan leather in good condition. There is no joint wobble or play in the mechanism, the instrument will play straight out of the box. The A, serial nos. 34468, which dates to 1943, has a repaired, pinned crack to the upper part of the top joint but the crack does not run through to the bore. This one pinned repair is very old and stable. I understand that the original purchaser of this A clarinet, was Albert Cooper, famous for "Cooper" flutes. All pieces are matching and serial numbered, apart from the barrel. Though stamped with an earlier serial number than the Bb, this A is actually of later design: It has a double pillar mounting for the LH levers, a "bis key" and the later design of arm for the F/C pad rather than the "crows foot". The silver plate key work throughout is very good. All pads are Beeson tan leather in very good used condition. The m'piece is another pre-war example S/N 31214, which has been re-layed by Peter Eaton. The case is the original which has been much used, but is still functional. If desired, a good condition Selmer double case can be supplied for an additional £75.00

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499

NOBLET ARTIST, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET -RESERVED

£695

 

 

     

This is a nice condition Professional model Artist Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This is not to be confused with the cheaper Model 40 Noblet Eb clarinet, which is a student instrument. The wood condition overall is good but there are minor scuffs and marks, [ the worst of which is around the top trill key, see photos 5 & 6] there are NO cracks or repairs. The instrument has excellent condition finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout. There is no joint wobble and the regulation is in fine order. The instrument has serial number 18139. The German silver key work shows a patina consistent with its' age, and what little plating wear there is, is mainly to the pillars. The supplied m'piece tunes the instrument exceptionally well, and the case is a modern replacement in good condition.  

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500

ROBERT MALERNE, PARIS, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-RESERVED

£625

 

 

     

A rare, very good condition Malerne, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. This is an intermediate model Grenadilla wood clarinet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau. Robert Malerne, was a second rank manufacturer active in Paris from 1932-50. Some authorities credit his company with manufacturing the Selmer Sterling student range of instruments.
This clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood, with all pieces original, matching, and stamped. All the key work, which is German Silver, is in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, there are only minor surface scuffs and marks, associated with normal use. The clarinet has just been overhauled in Finest Pisoni Premium De-luxe white leather pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. . The case is brand new, with shoulder carry strap. The mouthpiece is a used stock Buffet, which tunes the clarinet very well. This plateau clarinet i.e. "covered hole" is designed for the younger player, doubler, or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole.  

501

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

£645

This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been professionally owned and played in the Netherlands. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a superior quality professional 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. 476993, has matching Grenadilla wood with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. We have just overhauled the intrument in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads in the "Clarinets Direct" workshop, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an original Reginald Kell 926 No. 1. The case is a modern Buffet, in good condition.

502

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET, PEARCE COLLECTION-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest professional players amongst our clientele. The former owner of this fine 1010 Bb clarinet, is one such; Michael Pearce. Michael left the RCM, before completing his studies, taking up the position of Principal Clarinet with Welsh National Opera. After a short time he joined the Philharmonia, as co-Principal clarinet and Eb. He finished his long and successful career as Principal Clarinet of the BBC Concert Orchestra, a post from which he recently retired. We are indeed fortunate to be able to offer his large collection of instruments to discerning clarinettists.
This is a Symphony 1010 Bb in good condition, featuring the later Acton Patent Vent. The matching serial numbers are 536551, which dates to 1982, making this a very late example. The clarinet has tan leather pads throughout which are all in good condition. The key work has been oiled and regulated in our workshop, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary, and all spring tensions adjusted for optimum feel. The Silver plate key work overall is good, with only slight wear to the throat A key. This instrument was Mike's preferred Bb of recent years. The wood overall is also in good condition, but there is a repaired pinned crack to the upper joint. The repair is old and stable, the clarinet having seen much use, see photo 4. The m'piece is a Vandoren 1010 model 5RV in mint condition. The supplied barrel is of 63mm, it has been custom re-lined and sleeved in ebonite for more accurate tuning. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is a brand new example of carry strap type.

 

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503

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£995

 

 

     

An unusual Buffet R13, which is without serial numbers or makers stamp on the main pieces. The wood on this instrument is unstained which suggests a date of manufacture in the early 1980's, in all respects; keywork, tone hole position and interior bore this is an instrument of R13 type. The workmanship and build quality are too fine for it to be a copy, and indeed when it was serviced through our workshop the original pads and touch corks were all Buffet Crampon originals. It is, of course, possible that the instrument is made from two replacement joints, as Buffet do not stamp replacement joints with serial numbers.
The Silver plated key work is in pristine order throughout, with only a few scratches and slight wear natural to the age of the clarinet. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This clarinet demonstrates the classic qualities of an R13; a lovely sweet sound and excellent intonation, and is made with unstained, matched Grenadilla wood. The supplied mouthpiece is a stock Buffet in good condition. The case is of 1980's Buffet type with slight staining to the interior, otherwise it is in excellent condition.  

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504

LEBLANC,PARIS, BBb CONTRABASS CLARINET-RESERVED

£3745

 

 

     


This is a Leblanc, Paris, BBb straight Contrabass clarinet, in metal, Model 342, range to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and it has come from a careful and fastidious owner, and is in superb condition throughout. Indeed it is hard to believe that this instrument dates to 1968.
The instrument is in excellent condition, with only slight surface marks to distinguish it from new. There are no dents or damage, and the plating is pristine throughout. The pads, which are tan leather, are all in very good condition. The springs are gold plated to preserve from rust. The serial nos., matching on all 3 pieces are 561. Having been completely "checked down" in our workshop this Contra will play perfectly out of the box. The corks and regulation are all in good working order. The case is also in extremely good condition. The mouthpiece is a used Precision, a student model, in very good condition. There are reeds and a ligature supplied, and a mouthpiece cap made from PVC tube.  

505

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

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. The crook and the bell are both in fine condition, with only minor marks & dings, 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 the usual spot wear: Overall the plating is 90%. The Bass has Tan Leather pads throughout 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 14965. 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 an original Selmer Bundy No.4 in good condition. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.  

506

BUFFET CRAMPON PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET, RIPPER COLLECTION-RESERVED

£2495

This is a superb condition Buffet Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Bass has been professionally owned and played in London from new by a leading London professional, and it is an outstanding example of a low Eb Bass. It has identical specification to the current Buffet Prestige model; double overblowing vent, articulated C#/G#, and LH alternative Ab/Eb.
All German 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 and tan leather pads of the finest quality, all are in excellent condition. This Bass has just had a thorough check over in our workshop. The matching serial nos. are 20145 which dates to 1967. At that period, "Dallas" were the sole London agents for Buffet, and their stamp is also on the instrument. The original case shows some wear: The lining is worn, but still protects the instrument well, and the latches are secure. The m'piece is a professional ebonite model in good condition. A Yamaha floor peg attachment has been fitted to the bell, but the instrument has double sling hooks, so, if required, it could be played with a sling.

507

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINET in Bb-RESERVED

£1745

 

 

     

A fine Buffet RC Prestige Bb clarinet The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was chosen new from many examples and used as a "doubling" instrument in London's West End.

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 very good condition. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. The Silver plating shows some light spot wear, mainly to the lower joint ring keys and "pinky" keys, see photo 5. 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 F445162. The pads are mainly superpads, as fitted by John Coppen, and the instrument has gone down to our workshop for a thorough check down, with pads replaced as necessary. All pieces matching and original. The m'piece is an original Buffet, unused, and still in the wrapper. The supplied single case is in an Orly in used condition.

 

508

NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET -RESERVED

£1195

 

 

     

This is a good condition Noblet, Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows wear to the ring finger touchpieces, the plating is about 90%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, with only minor surface marks and scratches. In the past the instrument was linked together as a one piece Alto with two plates on both joints, and the screw holes from these plates have been filled. The crook, which is sleeved and adjustable, shows some wear and has an old solder repair, see photo 4. The bell is a replacement from a Leblanc Vito,and this shows much signs of use, with many small dings and scratches. The Alto has Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads in good condition throughout, they are all sealing well. The matching serial nos. are 4546, which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original with scuffs to the exterior and some wear to the interior lining, but still fully serviceable, both the latches and handle have been replaced. The m'piece is an upgrade to Selmer C* in very good condition, which plays very easily.

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509

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET-RESERVED 

£1425

An excellent condition Buffet R13 A clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This A has matching serial nos. 252389, which dates to 1984. This was just at the point where Boosey & Hawkes had taken over Buffet, and were about to insist on a large increase in production, and consequent loss of quality. The Silver plating is very good throughout, without any wear or tarnish. Indeed the quality of this plating contrasts sharply with contemporary standards of Buffet plating. The clarinet has just been re-padded in tan leather, all pads are new. The key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  This R13 A clarinet plays with a sweet sound and excellent evenness and intonation. The m'piece is a used Selmer C85 115, and the case is a brand new BAM. .

 

510

SELMER BUNDY ALTO CLARINET TO LOW Eb-RESERVED 

£575

This is a very good condition Selmer Bundy Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook and bell are in excellent condition with no dings or dents, only light scratches. There is only slight plating loss to some of the Nickel Silver ring finger touchpieces; the plating is around 98%. The Alto has fish skin pads throughout in good order. The serial nos. are 24033. The instrument comes with a double hook sling. The case is used, but with a good interior and exterior. All latches function well. The m'piece is an upgrade to a Vandoren 5RV in ebonite in excellent condition. This is an expensive addition, as a new Vandoren Alto m'piece retails for over £120. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design. It plays easily and is an ideal first Alto clarinet purchase. .