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Clarinets Direct was founded a mere 10 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, beautifully 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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NOBLET PARIS PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET

£1500

 

 

     


This is a fine condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is an early model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc, which was originally professionally owned and played in London's West End then subsequently owned by an amateur, who has just bought a low C Buffet Bass, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. All the German Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, but it does show scuffs and surface marks, mostly where old screw holes have been filled. The bell and crook are both in good condition with only very slight scratches, there are only slight marks to the bell , and one old minor solder repair to the crook, see photo 4. The Bass has finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads throughout, all are in near new condition. There is a floor peg attachment to the bell with spike & also a sling hook. The matching serial nos. are 1531, which dates to the 1950's, at this period Noblet fitted articulated trill keys to the three highest pitches, in the manner of Selmer, later on, this superior design was simplified in order to save money with production costs. The case is an original Leblanc, it latches well and has some repairs to the interior lining, but is fully functional. The m'piece is an original Noblet in good condition.  

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SELMER, PARIS, MARK VI SOPRANO SAXOPHONE

£4595

This is a very good condition Selmer Soprano Sax, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Soprano is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and the Mark V1 is considered the epitome of Selmer's production. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in London, with the current owner, John Sands, having bought it new.
The Soprano has serial nos. 144534, which dates it to 1967. The original lacquer shows normal wear, as seen in the photographs, principally to the palm keys, and bell rim. There are no dents, the instrument has been well cared for. The key work is in excellent condition. This instrument has tan leather pads throughout, which whilst used, are sealing well. The regulation is good, however, to be put into optimum playing condition, the new owner should factor in at least a minor service. The original case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a student model, provided only for play testing.

 

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS A CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A superb Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family. The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with an excellent shine. The wood is in amazing condition for its age, with no cracks or repairs, only light surface marks. All white leather pads and corks are good. This instrument was made in the late 1920's or very early 1930's as Albert had moved to London by 1933 and this clarinet is stamped "Made in Belgium". The makers stamp is clearly visible, as is the stamp of the supplying dealer, " W Hamie Amsterdam". This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been played professionally & it it has been exceptionally maintained. The LH F/C touchpiece has been enlarged, see photos photos 7 & 8. The case is in fair condition with some wear to the interior lining, the handle is missing. The bore is 14.9mm, and the instrument works well with the custom barrel which is supplied. It will tune nicely with any modern French bore m'pieces, including the Vandoren M13 range.

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SELMER PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£595

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet in excellent condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The pre-Centered Tone model, features a slightly smaller bore than the CT, but was constructed in the then usual Selmer manner with an "hour glass" interior bore.
The German Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has recently had an overhaul, on 12th July, and the invoice for this is included in the sale. 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 N1604, which dates to 1946. The m'piece is a Selmer HS** which is an open lay, again it is in very good condition. The case, is used, but latches securely, is in good condition and has an interior music pouch.

 

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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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MATCHED PAIR OF FRITZ WURLITZER, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM CLARINETS

£5745

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is Europe's leading specialist clarinet dealer. We are fortunate indeed to be able to offer these rare and fine Fritz Wurlitzer Schmidt Reform Boehm system clarinets. For many players these clarinets are the ultimate Boehm system: in tune, made with consumate craftsmanship and offering a uniquely characterful tone, which contrasts sharply with some modern mass produced instruments. Fritz Wurlitzer has a reputation second to none: He is considered the pre-eminent German maker, he was succeeded by his son Herbert, and these days the firm of Schwenke and Seggelke are generally accepted as the most highly regarded clarinet makers in the World. Unlike many modern manufacturers who claim to make a Schmidt Reform Boehm, these clarinets are the genuine and superb article.
These clarinets feature: A booster mechanism for throat Bb. An additional vent for the D/A twelfth, working off the LH 3rd ring. An additional vent for RH middle finger B/F#, a much neater system than the B&H 1010 Acton Vent. A compensating low G/D pad. A hole in the bell to improve low E/B. RH rollers between Eb/Ab and low F/C. A LH Ab/Eb lever. All of this results in a clarinet of superb evenness and unmatched security of intonation. Indeed the problem confronting the player used to the inherent shortcomings of the standard Boehm, is learning not to adjust embouchure pressure to correct the non existent faults on this instrument! These late Fritz Wurlitzer instrument features a small bore of 14.60mm, something which his son Herbert continued with in his own designs. These instruments play very well with modern French bore m'pieces aspecially those made for, our sourced from the American market. The Vandoren "M" range m'pieces will also work, but beware of a gap left at the bottom of the tenon of the barrel, by the shorter tenon of the m'piece into the receiver tenon of the Wurlitzer barrrel. If this gap is left unfilled, i.e. by a tuning ring, wide 12ths in the LH will be the result.
The Bb has serial no. 2322, which makes it a very late example, dating to the late 1960s, and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout, with no discernable wear. The wood is excellent condition, without cracks or repairs. The thumb rest screws have been replaced. The instrument has just been re-padded by ourselves in white leather, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument is stamped " Fritz Wurlitzer, Erlbach. V, Made in Germany". All pieces are matching and original, and the 2 supplied barrels measure 54.0mm & 55.5mm.
The A has serial no. 2494 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is again in excellent condition, in the main body, but the bell has cracked in the past, and the 3 cracks have been glued and filled, with the bell ring removed, probably as part of the repair. The cracks are only visible from the inside of the bell, see photo 8. The pads are used white leather, but all in very good condition. The instrument is stamped " Fritz Wurlitzer, Erlbach. V, Made in Germany". There are again 2 original barrels of 56.0mm and 56.5mm. The m'pieces are an "as new" Herbert Wurlitzer 3M+ which tunes the instruments in an exemplary fashion, and a J&D Hite in good used condition. The supplied case is much used but functional and comes with a Herbert Wurlitzer leather outer cover.  

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LEBLANC, ESPRIT, PROFESSIONAL Eb CLARINET

£1495

This is a rare Leblanc Esprit, Paris, professional Eb Clarinet, in superb condition. This instrument is a commission sale, having come to us from a top UK professional. Unlike older Noblet Eb's, the Leblanc Esprit, Concerto and Opus were extremely moderm designs with excellent acoustic properties and intonation. Designed to go head to head with the best Buffet and Selmer Eb clarinets. The Leblanc brochure states: "The Esprit Eb offers artist-quality performance, by featuring many playing charactersitics of the Opus/Concerto clarinets", namely; "Its high notes are particularly fine, with roundness and depth, free of the thin & strident traits often associated with the Eb."
The instrument is in mint condition. The wood, finest aged, unstained Grenadilla, shows no cracks or damage, it is pristine. The bore is 13.20mm, and the design features offset trill keys. The Silver plate is unmarked and excellent. We have just fully overhauled this clarinet in fish skin pads, and it is sold with our 1 year warranty. The mouthpiece is a used Lomax Classic, NC, in very good condition. The S/N is 75338. When it was bought new, the asking price was well above that of both the Buffet R13 Eb and RC Eb.

 

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BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

£1895

 

 

     

This is a good condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet, which was probably a custom order from Buffet. This early Prestige features several improvements over a standard model. There is an articulated C#/G# mechanism, the bell not only has a voicing groove to improve the bell note response and tuning, but also a vent hole, finally, the speaker key & tube have been re-designed to minimise bore intrusion. This has several advantages, not only are the acoustics and response of the second register improved, but also the risk of snagging the pull through is minimised. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F253728, which dates to 1985. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is excellent throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in good condition, with only slight wear to the ring keys, and slight spot wear to the LH "pinky" keys. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a brand new Buffet Prestige with combination locks. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer C85 120 in very good condition.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET

£1045

A very good condition Buffet RC Bb clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has used this instrument as part of a pair to see him through a clarinet performance degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Buffet RC model was launched in 1975, and named after Robert Carree, who had had a long career with Buffet Crampon, which culminated in him being chief designer. The RC places the speaker tube higher, and features a slighter wider initial polycylindrical bore than the R13. Most players find this results in a warmer, more "spread" tone, than the R13.
All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent, with no discernable wear. There are 2 repaired, glued cracks to the upper joint: One runs down from the top tenon into the 1st trill key hole. The second crack runs down from the speaker key down through the LH pillar of the speaker key. This Bb has matching S/N 573679. Like a Prestige model, it has a LH Ab/Eb key, which is an additional cost extra from Buffet. The instrument has used Eddie Ashton superpads throughout, which were fitted new some 3 years ago, and should be good for many years to come. The supplied m'piece is a used Selmer C85 115. The case is a brand new modern example with shoulder carry strap.

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LUCIAN BASSI C CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

A very rare Bassi C clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument was formerly owned by the late David Hamilton, an excellent teacher, who numbered amongst his many fine pupils Michael Collins. More recently it has been owned by an amateur player, who has maintained the clarinet very well, and purchased a Grabner C clarinet m'piece to use on the clarinet. The instrument is stamped also " Sole Agents J. Heyworth & Son Blackpool Paris London". Heyworth were also the agents for the great Albert company. The following is just conjecture, but curiously the instrument features a 5 pointed star: Albert "fakes" or "stencils", as manufactured by the French makers Thibouville, often carried a 5 pointed star rather than a 6 pointed star as found on genuine E J Alberts. I wonder, if in fact, this instrument was also made by Thibouville. Certainly the instrument appears to be of fine French manufacture.
The German Silver key work is in good condition, and is of excellent quality. The Grenadilla wood shows no cracks or damage. All main pieces are matching and original. All fish skin pads are in excellent order throughout, with no wear. David Hamilton has reduced the diameter of the C#/G# hole and also the bore at this point, with what appears to be nail varnish to correct the sharpness of this twelfth. The original m'piece is a dedicated C clarinet m'piece of the period, which tunes well at A=440, though the instrument can also be played with the supplied Grabner C m'piece . The case has repairs in tape to the exterior and additional padding to the interior with a duster cloth and foam. It latches and protects the instrument well.

 

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet C12 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. The instrument has good condition Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads throughout. 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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NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU Bb CLARINET

£1145

 

 

     

A rare, good condition Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. This is an intermediate model Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau. All the main pieces of the instrument are made from Grenadilla wood, with the exception of the barrel which is in ebonite.
All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in excellent condition, with no wear to the touchpieces. The wood throughout is in good condition, but there is a tight surface crack to the upper joint, which runs from underneath the logo stamp up to the top tenon, see photos 5 & 6. It is a surface crack only, it does not enter the bore, or run into a tone hole, nevertheless, we have filled and sealed it in our workshop. The clarinet has just been overhauled in Premium fish skin pads & the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The serial nos. are A15533. The case is in a brand new "Amoon" with shoulder carry strap. [ NB Not pictured.] The mouthpiece is a BARI BOF 0 in good condition. This clarinet continued to be made 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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YAMAHA, CSG III CUSTOM, Bb CLARINET

£1995

 

 

     


A very good condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM III Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one careful adult owner from new. 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 final incarnation of the CSG, the CSG III, has been a great success with many players.
The wood is finest unstained Grenadilla, in mint condition, no cracks or damage. The Bb has matching serial nos. 01122. The bore design features a reverse taper to the barrel. Unlike Buffet polycylindrical bore designs, the instrument features a taper also at the top of the upper joint. The bore at the middle of the instrument, however, is similar to the Buffet Bb R13/RC. Consequently the intonation and evenness of this instrument do feel like an improvement over Buffet standard designs. The pads are all finest white leather, in good condition. The clarinet comes with 2 original barrels, a standard of 56mm and a short of 55mm. The m'piece is a Selmer C85 120 in excellent used condition, and the case is a new "Reed & Squeak".  

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

An excellent condition E13 clarinet in Silver plate which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one careful owner from new, and since its last overhaul has not been played. The matching serial numbers are K224707, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating shows no wear, it is in excellent shape throughout. The instrument has recently had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and all pads are like new. The case is the original which is in very good condition, there is slight wear to the exterior and interior. The m'piece is the original, which is also in very good condition.

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting on the upper joint. Basically the polycylindrical bore design of the S1 differs only slightly from that of the R13. This Bb has matching serial nos. F153845, which dates to 1975. At this point in time Buffet Crampon had not been taken over by Boosey & Hawkes, and had not been forced to overproduce to meet the shortfall in supply left by the cessation of Boosey's own clarinet manufacture at the Edgeware factory in London. The Silver plating is very good throughout with only a sight patch of wear to the RH index finger ring, and bottom RH F sharp/C sharp touchpiece The clarinet has just been overhauled in our workshop in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. All pieces are matching and stamped "Buffet". The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface marks, 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 Buffet case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a brand new Roger Garret, not pictured.  

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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The pads are mainly fish skin, with cork on the register key and C sharp/G sharp key. The wood has no cracks or repairs, but there are a coule of chips to the outer edge of the lower tenon of the upper joint, see photo 5. These chips have no affect on the response, and are completely hidden when the instrument is assembled. The E11 C is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 001109. The Silver plated key work is in very good condition, with only light scratches. All pieces are matching and original. Current Buffet E13's and E11's are giving a lot of trouble with shrinkage and wood movement, these problems commenced when Buffet moved the manufacture of these models from Germany back to the old Leblanc factory in France. Fortunately this instrument pre-dates this; it was made in Germany. The E11 C is an ideal purchase for the player who wants to use the same mouthpiece that they currently use on their Bb instrument, as the instrument tunes well with all standard French bore Bb m'pieces.  

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BUFFET E11 F Bb CLARINET

£695

An excellent condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one owner who, having used it to succesfully audition for a performance course at University, then upgraded to a professional model clarinet.
This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. B223221. This is the last incarnation of the E11 Bb clarinet, and was manufactured at the old Leblanc factory in La Couture, Buffet having purchased the Leblanc factory in 2009. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 Year Clarinets Direct warranty. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. The supplied m'piece is an unused Buffet stock mouthpiece. The back pack Buffet case is also in good condition.

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BUFFET CRAMPON FULL BOEHM CLARINET

£795

An extremely rare & fine early Buffet clarinet in Grenadilla wood. The instrument probably dates from circa 1910, and is a Full Boehm. It has all the "bells and whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, articulated C sharp/ G sharp, LH Ab/Eb lever and bottom Eb key. The clarinet has just gone through our workshop for a complete overhaul, in tan leather pads, and is sold with our ful1 1 year warranty. The Maillechort keywork throughout is in fine order with a nice shine. The wood is in good order throughout, but originally the clarinet was made with a "wrap around" register key. Subsequently it has been adapted to feature a modern type speaker key. The original speaker hole on the upper part of the bore has been plugged, see photo 5. Also the screw holes for the pillars for the original key have been filled, see photo 10.This clarinet is perfectly playable as modern instrument at A=440 Hz, or it could make a fine acquisition for a collector. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer B* in used condition. The case is a used Rossi in good order.

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

£645

This fine Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet was recently taken in part exchange by Clarinets Direct. 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. 334676, has no cracks or repairs, with only minor surface marks to the wood. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition with no wear. The instrument has just been overhauled in tan leather pads by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an original B&H 926 No. 2 in good condition, there is some slight discolouration to the ebonite but no damage to tip or rails. The case is the original in fair used condition, there are some interior stains and scuffs to the exterior, it still protects the clarinet & latches well.

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

This is a Bb B&H Symphony 1010 clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Bb, with matching serial nos. 498604, has wood throughout in very good condition, apart from the bell, which shows some scuffs and dings, as well as crack. We have sealed and filled the crack in our workshop, see photo 9. The instrument has also been regulated and given a thorough "check down". All tan leather pads are used but in good condition. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is in very good order throughout. This clarinet features the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The m'piece is a used 1010 Vandoren 11.1 in good condition, as is the case which is an Artley.

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YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

A good condition Yamaha 650 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new some 6 years ago, and it has helped its original owner to take a specialist Music performance degree at Royal Holloway, she has just up-graded to a Buffet R13.
The Yamaha 650 is the top selling rival to the Buffet E13. It features a voicing groove to the interior neck of the bell to enhance the bottom E/B twelfth. The serial numbers are 116221. The instrument features tapered and undercut tone holes, and Silver plated keywork, which is in excellent condition. The clarinet has tan leather pads throughout, which are in very good condition. The upper joint has 2 pinned repaired surface cracks, see photos 6 & 7, neither go through to the bore. The cracks ocurred soon after the instrument was bought new, and subsequent to being repaired. the instrument was used for several years without any issues. The supplied m'piece is a Yamaha 4C, which is like new, as the original owner up-graded to a Vandoren m'piece. The case is in good condition, though there are a few interior marks.

 

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BUFFET TOSCA CLARINET in Bb

£2995

 

 

     

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, and this instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. The instrument features a corrective low F key and vent, & LH Ab/Eb key. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 553203, which dates to the late 2000's. The pads are tan leather throughout in excellent condition. There are 2 supplied barrels, one is the original Tosca Buffet of 66mm, and the other a shorter Buffet. The supplied mouthpiece is a used Selmer C85 120 in very good condition. In addition to the Buffet Tosca case, the instrument is also supplied with a new Buffet gig bag case cover, with carry straps and leather pouch.  

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BUFFET R13 Eb CLARINET

£1695

This is a very fine condition, Professional model Buffet R13 Eb Clarinet. It has been to our workshop for a full overhaul, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in excellent condition throughout. The Silver plate is in superb condition, with no wear. The matching S/N are 595972, which dates to 2005. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B40 in good condition. All main pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The original Buffet case is in good used condition.

 

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BUFFET E10, SPECIAL ORDER, Bb CLARINET

£595

An excellent condition Buffet E10 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is an extremely rare example, in that it was a special order from Buffet, with a LH Ab/Eb key, more commonly found on Prestige Buffet clarinets. This instrument has had a careful adult owner, who has recently purchased a professional model Bb from ourselves. This clarinet is Buffet's semi-professional model, and differs from the E11 in that it has a resin wood effect bell, all other pieces are in Grenadilla wood. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has recently had an overhaul in fish skin pads and all pads are in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. The supplied m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in very good condition. The original Buffet case is also in good condition.

 

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BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

£1145

 

 

     

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets.
This is a very good condition BC20 Bb clarinet with matching serial nos. F115074, dating to 1970. This period is known as Buffet's "Golden Era", as quality control at Buffet had not suffered the decline it was to undergo later. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in very good order throughout, with only slight wear to the RH ring keys. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs, apart from a crack to the bell rim, see photos 8 & 9. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads , and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The B&H case is also in good condition, and latches well.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

A pair of B&H Symphony 1010 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have only ever had one owner, and have been very well cared for, he has recently bought a pair of English bore Rossi clarinets.
The instruments have Eddie Ashton superpads throughout. All are sealing well and will be good for many years to come. The Bb, matching serial nos. 464896, has only slight wear to the Silver plate, mainly to the ring fingers. In common with the A clarinet the throat G sharp key has been lengthened in order that it can be played with LH2, as in the Simple System keywork layout. There is no damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout, though there are surface marks and scuffs. The A, matching serial nos. 463363, has Silver plate in fine order, with only a patch of wear to the register key touchpiece. Again there are no cracks or damage to the wood. All pieces are matching and original. Like the Bb, the A features the later design of Acton patent Vent for improved RH tuning. Both clarinets date to 1977. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is in fair used condition, with some discolouration to the ebonite, and ligature scratches. The case is the original, which is much used with tears to the interior.  

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BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET

£1295

A very good condition Buffet RC Bb clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Buffet RC model was launched in 1975, and named after Robert Carree, who had had a long career with Buffet Crampon, which culminated in him being chief designer. The RC places the speaker tube higher, and features a slighter wider initial polycylindrical bore than the R13. Most players find this results in a warmer, more "spread" tone, than the R13.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent, with no discernable wear. This Bb has matching S/N 451549, it was bought new by an professional clarinettist and teacher as a spare instrument to his R13 pair. The original Guarantee card is included in the sale. This excellent instrument has seen little use. The instrument has used fish skin pads, which though old, are sealing well. The supplied m'piece is a used Selmer C*. There are 2 barrels; the original Buffet of 66mm, and a Selmer 10S barrel of 64.5mm. The case is the original in good condition, it comes with the still wrapped keys.

 

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D NOBLET, PARIS, C CLARINET

£1095

 

 

     

This is an early D Noblet, Paris, C Clarinet, in excellent condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has just bought another Noblet C. This instrument probably dates to pre-WW II as is indicated by the keywork design, the fact that it has German Silver keys i.e. not plated, and that the bell appears to be in Cocus rather than Grenadilla wood. The matching serial nos. are 1065, the main pieces of the wood have no cracks or repairs, though the original barrel does have a crack which has been repaired in the past, it has been glued, filled and sealed. In addition to this barrel, a rosewood barrel is also supplied. The instrument has double bladder fish skin pads throughout, which are all in very good condition, the clarinet has been well maintained. The instrument tunes well with the supplied Gigliotti mouthpiece [which is in good used condition], though this instrument will also tune well with a Boosey & Hawkes 926 Bb clarinet m'piece. The case is of modern over-the-shoulder type, and is in excellent condition. In summation this is an older professional model, which might well suit a player who favours B&H clarinets.

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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1095

 

 

     

A Buffet R13 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is in good condition, and has been owned by a professional UK jazz player. It is an enhanced Boehm with 7 rings which enable a fork Eb/Bb in the left hand.
The Bb has matching serial nos. F70988, which dates to 1962, at this point in time the R13 was the finest professional model that Buffet Crampon made. The pads, which are fish skin, are well used, but all sealing well. All main pieces are matching and original, and stamped "Buffet", but the barrel is a more modern replacement of 65mm length. The Nickel Silver plating shows some wear, mainly to the ring fingers. There are no cracks or repairs to the Grenadilla wood which is in excellent condition. The m'piece is a used Seimer HS*. The supplied Buffet case is of Prestige type, in fair condition, the RH lock needs the catch lifting manually once the release button has been pushed to the side.

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30

SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 9 FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£945

 

 

     

A very good condition Selmer Series 9 Full Boehm Bb Clarinet ,which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument formerly belonged to a London based Jazz player, but was kept mainly as a spare. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes."
This clarinet has all the "bells and whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, articulated C sharp/ G sharp, LH Ab/Eb lever and bottom Eb key. The Nickel Silver keywork is in good condition with only slight  plating loss; mainly to the ring finger keys. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs. The clarinet  has predominantly cork pads on the upper joint, and fish skin pads on the lower joint. All pads are are in excellent condition. The clarinet measures 15.25mm at the top of the reverse cone of the upper joint. The matching serial numbers are U1555, dating to 1965. The case is the original in good condition, as is the supplied m'piece, a used Pomarico crystal No.2.  

31

BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

£1195

A very fine condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting on the upper joint. Basically the polycylindrical bore design of the S1 differs only slightly from that of the R13. This Bb has matching serial nos. F123369, which dates to 1971. At this point in time Buffet Crampon had not been taken over by Boosey & Hawkes, and had not been forced to overproduce to meet the shortfall in supply left by the cessation of Boosey's own clarinet manufacture at the Edgeware factory in London. 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 mainly white leather pads throughout in excellent condition, with some cork pads on the upper joint. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface marks, 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 case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer HS** in ebonite also in good condition.

 

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LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     


A near mint condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has had only one careful adult owner. 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 finest unstained Grenadilla in excellent condition.  The Silver plate key work is pristine. All pieces are original & all have matching  stamps  The clarinet has just been re-padded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D40258. The supplied m'piece is a Vito in good condition. The original case is also in good condition, with some slight stains to the interior and minor marks to the exterior.  

33

BUFFET CONTINENTALE Bb CLARINET

£1045

 

 

     

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets.
This is a rare Continentale Bb clarinet with upper joint serial no. F102076,and lower joint, F132904, dating to the early 1970s. The Continentale design features higher placement of the speaker tube, and significantly less undercutting of the upper joint, this results in a darker, more focussed, tone than the R13, with a typical Buffet "sweetness". Buffet Crampon advertised the Continentale as ideal for Chamber Music. This instrument was manufactured, right in the middle of Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era", and the intonation and response are much superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. The Silver plating is in very good condition, with no wear. However the register key has a solder repair to the bridge, see photo 11. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition throughout: No cracks or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has white Pisoni Premium Deluxe leather pads all of which are in very good condition. The m'piece is a Selmer HS**, in ebonite. The Buffet case is also in good condition, and is of modern light weight type.

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COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

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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35

YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET, YCL62

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition professional Yamaha YCL 62 Bb clarinet, which has just been taaken in part exchange. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerabily cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the 1970's, when Yamaha made their first serious foray into top of the range professional clarinets. The wood was computer controlled, kiln dried, to assist in avoiding cracking, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. The clarinet model YCL62 was a professional instrument, which superceeded the YCL 61, in the late 1970's.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work is also excelent throughout, with no wear. The instrument was overhauled prior to trade in, with any worn pads replaced. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The barrel is not original to the instrument, it is a Selmer of 64.5mm and tunes the clarinet well. The serial nos. are 003109. The m'piece is an ebonite Buffet C in good condition, as is the Yamaha hard shell case.  

36

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 CLARINETS

£1745

An interesting and unique pair of UK stamp Buffet Crampon, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinets in Nickel silver plate, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have a fine provenance, having been selected for a pupil by Graham Evans, 2nd clarinet in the Northern Sinfonia. She used them throughn her time as a music student at University. The pair were made in 1976, and at this time Buffet UK were based at Pages Walk in South London. Then the Evette and Schaeffer clarinet was manufactured alongside the superb R13, which was Buffet's top selling professional model. Interestingly the "Evette & Schaeffer" stamps on the pair are different; The A features the original stamp, whereas the Bb has the re-designed logo just introduced. At that time, the difference between the top student model and the professional R13 was much narrower than it is now: Like the R13, E&S clarinets were hand undercut and made in the same factory as the professional models. This E&S pair are much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. This was reflected in the asking price, E & S clarinets were only 20% cheaper than R13s of the period.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Nickel Silver plating overall is in fine condition with no discernable loss, which contrasts sharply with the quality of current Buffet plating.  Both instruments have had a complete re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and are sold with a full years' warranty. The Bb has S/N K38650, and actually was supplied with a Buffet R13 barrel. The A S/N K36178, comes with both an E&S barrel and a Buffet R13 barrel.  The two mouthpieces are a used Vandoren 5RV Lyre and a Buffet B "crown" in good condition. The double case is in brown leather, it shows some wear to the interior lining, and scuffs to the exterior but latches and protects the pair 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 these instruments were made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture. If desired the pair can be sold separately. The A in double case with Buffet m'piece and two barrels for £945. The Bb with Vandoren m'piece and Buffet barrel in a single case for £895.

37

STUBBINS, BY NOBLET, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

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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BOOSEY AND HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET     

£745

A good condition B&H 1010 A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument formerly belonged to a student at Leeds College of Music.
This A, with matching serial nos. 176434, dating to 1959, has no cracks or repairs, indeed the Grenadilla wood is in fine order throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition, with no signs of wear. The pads are all Tan leather, in good condition. All pieces are matching and original. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is, again, in good used condition. The case is an excellent condition BAM.

 

     39   LEBLANC, CONCERTO, Bb CLARINET          £1145
An excellent condition Leblanc Concerto Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The Concerto is one of the last of Leblanc's top professional wooden model clarinets, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, under cut, tapered tone holes, 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 near pristine, with no wear. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The tan leather pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 66mm and 65mm [this second barrel has lost its Leblanc logo plaque]. The serial nos. are 76881. The supplied m'piece is a Pillinger F1 with a DOV124 facing in excellent condition. The case is brand new with shoulder carry strap.
     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. In addition to John McCaw's original m'piece, a brand new Pillinger copy with the facing HH 107 [ a Hale Hambleton standard facing] is also supplied. If the new owner wishes this m'piece could be re-faced to their own specifications.
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 brand new compact Eb case, NB not pictured.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£895

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.

 

42

BUFFET CRAMPON ENHANCED BOEHM CLARINET in A

£895

 

 

     

An extremely rare & fine early Buffet clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument probably dates from circa 1900-1910, and is not quite a Full Boehm. It has: articulated C sharp/ G sharp, LH Ab/Eb lever and bottom Eb key, but no fork Eb/Bb. The clarinet has just gone through our workshop for a complete overhaul, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our ful1 1 year warranty. The Maillechort keywork throughout is in fine order with a nice shine. The one piece wood body is in good order throughout, though the thumb rest has been re-positioned higher. Both the bell and barrel have cracked. The bell has been pinned, glued, and sealed where it has cracked, and the barrel just filled and glued. Underneath the "Buffet" stamp on the upper joint is "LP" for low pitch, i.e. A= 440, and underneath that, "JJ", which may be the initials of a former owner. The bell, in addition to being stamped "Buffet", also has the USA importers stamp " CXXX New XXX", but much worn. It could be " Carl Fischer New York". This clarinet is perfectly playable as modern instrument, or it could make a fine acquisition for a collector. The supplied m'piece is a Boosey & Hawkes 926 No. 3 in used condition, which tunes this clarinet well. The serial numbers are very hard to decipher but could be 31T, which dates to 1904. At this time Buffet clarinets were of large bore, circa 15.0mm, which is why the B&H m'piece suits the instrument well. The case is much worn and is good only for shipping. This clarinet would pair well with the Buffet Bb No. 18 on our current list.

 

43

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£695

This is an early B&H Symphony 1010 A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Bb, with matching serial nos. 49798, has wood throughout in very good condition, with no cracks or damage. The instrument has been regulated and given a thorough "check down" in our workshop. All tan leather pads are used but in good condition. The Silver plate shows only slight wear, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces. The m'piece is a 1010 Vandoren 11.1 which is like new. The double case is in fine condition, and is supplied with keys.

 

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SELMER PARIS, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     


This is an extremely rare Selmer Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low E. This model, which is open hole, rather than plateau, and which features a double overblowing mechanism, like an Alto saxophone, was made by Selmer for only a short period after WW 2. Their subsequent designs adopted only a single overblowing vent, and full plateau mechanism. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct having come to us from a London based professional Jazz player. The advantage of this mechansim is that it allows for much better response and tuning in the second register, and overall the sound is "freer" than with a plateau instrument. The mechanism switches automatically to the upper vent for the pitches above G# in the clarion register. The disadvantage is that the player must be able to manage a much bigger finger stretch than with a plateau Alto.
The German Silver keywork is in very good condition and shows only slight wear. The crook is in good condition, but the bell has a few "dings" as well as some slight flattening to the bottom, see photo 8. The Alto has just had a partial overhaul in fish skin pads in our workshop. The regulation and feel of the mechanism is excellent. The wood is in overall good condition with no cracks or repairs, but there are many slight surface marks and scratches, which is to be expected with an instrument which was made over 60 years ago. The case has been stencilled with white marker & it is likely that this instrument was previously owned by either a school or college. The case itself, which is original, is much worn and has lost its handle. Both the catches still function as they should. This is a superb Alto; Selmer is generally held to be the finest manufacturer of harmony clarinets in the world. The matching Selmer serial nos. are N8179 which dates to 1951. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in good condition.  

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

An extremely fine condition E13 clarinet in Silver plate, which is supplied with all original documentation, and keys to the case. This instrument has had only one careful adult owner from new. The matching serial numbers are K139918, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating shows no wear, it is in excellent shape throughout. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which is in very good condition. The m'piece is the original, which is also in very good condition. The wood for current E13s is 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.

46

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET,

£795

 

 

     

This is a fair condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet, in ebonite, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Eb was last owned by a young London professional, who having bought another model, is now selling this on. It is likely that this was used by the military in the past, as, usually, ebonite instruments were made for outdoor use.
The Nickel Silver plated key work shows much wear, with all the ring fingers affected, as well as the majority of the other keys. The ebonite body is in very good condition. The instrument has fish skin pads throughout, which are in good condition, and the instrument should be maintenance free for some time to come. The serial nos. are 248846, which dates to 1964. The mouthpiece is a B&H original, in good condition. It plays comfortably with Vandoren No. 3 or 3.5 reeds. The case is again original, in good condition. In summation this Eb would suit a professional player on a budget, as it is a top professional model at a student price.  

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

£545

 

 

     

This good condition Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet has been professionally owned here in the Uk. the current owner now faces an Inheritance Tax bill, and several of his clarinets are being sold through Clarinets Direct. 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, with matching serial nos. 456300, has wood with no cracks or repairs to the main pieces, however the barrel has a repaired crack, which has been filled and sealed, see photo 4. The Silver plate shows some wear, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces. The tan leather pads are used, but all sealing well. The supplied m'piece is an original B&H 926 No. 3 in good condition. The case has some interior stains and scuffs to the exterior, it still protects the clarinet & latches well.

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48

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1595

A matched pair of late B& H Symphony 1010 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments were hand selected, new in 1982, by Tom Kelly for a pupil, now a professional player, and are in exceptionally good condition.
The instruments have very good condition tan leather pads throughout. All are sealing well and will be good for many years to come. The Bb, matching serial nos. 544024, has no discernable wear to the Silver plate. There is no damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout, with no cracks or repairs. There are 2 barrels, one made by Bill Wrathel in ebonite of 62.8mm and the other an original B&H of 64mm, which has been lined in ebonite, also by Bill Wrathel. The A, matching serial nos. 516119, is in near mint conditon. The Silver plate is pristine throughout. Again there are no cracks or damage to the wood. Like the Bb, the A has 2 B&H ebonite lined barrels, of 63.8mm and 64.1mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is in fair used condition, with some discolouration to the ebonite, and ligature scratches. The case is the original, which is used but in good condition.

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MATCHED TRIPLE SET OF JULLIEN/ E ALBERT CLARINETS

£1195

A quite unique, and rare, set of early Simple System clarinets by E Albert of Brussels. Eugene Albert was the first member of the legendary Albert family, and their name became synonymous with the Simple system clarinet in large parts of the English speaking world, as the pre-eminent maker. The clarinets are high pitch, A=452 Hz, as, I believe, all instrumnets by E Albert were, and are in Cocus wood.
The instruments are complete, even with original mouthpieces and m'piece caps, and are in exceptional condition, with no cracks or damage. We have just fully restored the clarinets and they have been fully overhauled with tan leather pads throughout. The keys are solid Silver, and likely these instruments were made as a luxury item for a wealthy player. Jullien was established in London from c 1840, as a music publisher and dealer, and all 3 clarinets are stamped " Jullien Co. 214 Regent Street London". In addition each clarinet is stamped " E Albert A Bruxelles". E Alberts' Brussels workshop was established in 1842, so it is likely that this set date from 1840-1850. They are pitched in the keys of C, Bb, and A and each has its own dedicated original m'piece. The instruments are perfectly payable, indeed, 2 of them, the Bb and C, have been used recently in the filming of Mike Leigh's new film, Peterloo. The leather case has a label " R J Ward & sons, Liverpool" and is probably not original to the set. It is much worn and one leather strap has broken.

 

50

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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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET 

£795

This is a Bb B&H Symphony 1010 clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been owned by a professional player as a "back up" instrument. This Bb, with matching serial nos. 448627, has wood throughout in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. All tan leather pads are used but in good condition. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is in very good order throughout. This clarinet features the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The m'piece is a used B&H 1010 No. 2. The case is a GEWA of rucksack type, 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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NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET

£1445

This is a fine condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is a model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner having just bought a Selmer Privilege Bass to low C from ourselves. All the Nickel Silver key work is in good condition, with only the usual spot wear. There are no cracks to the wood, but it does show minor surface scuffs and marks. The crook & bell are both in good condition but the bell shows some scratches, and a few minor dings. There is a floor peg attachment to this bell. The Bass has used leather pads, with some newer than others, all are sealing well. The instrument has been down to our workshop for regulation. The keywork has been oiled and touch corks replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are 5454, which dates to the 1960's. The Protech case is in good condition, it protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a Selmer C* in good condition, which plays and tunes this Bass very well. The instrument would suit a professional looking for a reasonably priced entry level wooden Bass. A comparable model Amati Bass now retails new for £4220.

 

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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.  

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LUIS ROSSI VIENNESE BORE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£3295

 

 

     

This Luis Rossi Viennese bore Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Viennese bore model is based on a Koktan clarinet: It features a wide bore, with a dark creamy sound and superb intonation. It has had only one owner, a professional Jazz clarinettist, and is in excellent condition.
The Silver plate is pristine condition throughout. The wood is also in perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs, excepting the wooden thumb rest, which has cracked through the screw holes, this we have glued and filled in our workshop. There is a fully automatic Bb booster key. The serial numbers are V310. There are 4 barrels of 62.0mm, 63.0mm, 64.0mm, and 65mm. The m'piece is a Riffault which has been bored out to 1010 dimesnsions, which tune this model well, by T W Howarth. The Protech case is also in "as new" condition, and comes with still wrapped carry straps.

 

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DOUBLE BOEHM Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£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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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£745

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. Though the instrument is not stamped "Centered Tone" it does feature the hexagonal speaker key tube, which is usually found on the CT clarinet. The serial number, P 5369 dates to 1953, which would make this an early CT.
This clarinet is in good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows only slight marks. The fish skin pads are old but sealing. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The German Silver key work shows wear, and a patina commensurate with the age of the clarinet. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The supplied case is worn but functional. The m'piece is a ebonite example, which tunes this clarinet very well.

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

£745

 

 

     


This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet, which has been professionally owned by a London based jazz player and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner faces a large inheritance tax bill, and is forced to sell off some of his extensive collection. This model was endorsed by Benny Goodman, and is the type of clarinet most closely associated with the American big band era.
The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has recently had an overhaul in fish skin pads, and all are in excellent condition. 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 N1901, which dates to 1947. The case, a Boosey & Hawkes, is well used, but latches securely.  

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET, TONY LAMB COLLECTION -SOLD

££795

 

 

     

This Bb B&H 1010 clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Tony Lamb: ex-Principal Clarinet of English National Opera. From time to time Tony sells part of his superb collection of 1010 instruments as he makes room for further acquistions; in the elusive search for the "perfect" 1010! All of Tony's clarinets are carefully selected and often undergo further expensive after market improvements by T. W. Howarth & Co. Typically this involve correcting intonation faults and improving the evenness of the scale. Thus when his instruments are offered back to the market they are immeasurably improved on standard production line B&H 1010s.
This Bb, with matching serial nos. 446937, has wood throughout in very good condition, apart from the bell rim, which shows some slight scuffs. All tan leather pads are in good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks, the instrument has only recently come back from Howarths after a service and tuning work. The Silver plate shows no wear it is excellent throughout. For the last several years this instrument has been Tony's spare Bb. This clarinet features the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The thumb rest has been re-positioned slightly higher and the old screw holes filled. The m'piece is an original Boosey & Hawkes No. 2 in very good condition, & case is in fair used condition, with some stains to the inetrior.

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£745

 

 

     

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 only slight marks. There is a repaired, glued, pinned, crack running from the top tenon down into the 1st trill key tone hole, see photos 5 & 6. The repair is an old one, and stable. The white leather pads are a mixture of old and new, the last partial service was carried out at a cost of £80. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The Silver plated key work is in excellent condition, it is rare to see a Centered Tone in silver plate, and this example is a late one dating to 1960, with matching serial nos. S1112. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The supplied case is a brown leather Buffet with keys. The m'piece is a used Selmer E, in good condition. This is an open lay m'piece for Jazz.

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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.

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES IMPERIAL SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

£695

 

 

     

A good condition B&H 1010 Imperial Symphony Bb clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has just traded up to a different clarinet and consequently this excellent Bb is offered to the market.
This Bb, serial no. 182899, which dates to 1960, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in very good condition. The thumb rest has been moved to a higher position in the past, and the original screw holes have been filled. The Silver plate is also in good condition throughout, with only minor spots of wear, which is to be expected in an instrument more than 50 years old. The instrument has "as new" Tan leather pads. The supplied m'piece is a Reginald Kell No.2 1010, in good condition. This particular m'piece tunes the instrument excellently & the Buffet leather single case is also in fine used condition.

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     63   BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET-SOLD          £645
This early Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. 49342, has no cracks or repairs. The barrel is a later Boosey & Hawkes, of the correct bore marked "short". The Silver plate throughout is in good condition with no wear, apart from the LH thumb bush. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in Tan Leather pads by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is a custom 926 by Jon Steward in excellent condition, which tunes this clarinet exceptionally well. The case is a modern example also in good used condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF COCOBOLO HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS-SOLD

£3295

 

 

     

An excellent condition pair of Howarth S1 clarinets, in Cocobolo wood, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments are a one owner pair, and were used by a University graduate to obtain his Music degree. The S1 was Howarths' original professional clarinet design with a bore of 14.85mm, and was greeted with much enthusiasm by many professional UK players, including Tony Pay. Subsequent designs were of smaller bore, and unfortunately Howarth no longer manufacture clarinets. The unstained Cocobolo wood is in very good condition, with only light surface marks, consistent with careful use, however there is either a section of coarse wood grain, or a tight surface crack to the upper joint of the Bb, see photo 10. If it is a crack, it does not go through to the bore, and it has been stable with regular playing over the last several years. There is no joint wobble. The instruments have just had a full and complete overhaul, in our Clarinets Direct workshop, and are sold with our 1 year warranty. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1168, & the A, matching serial nos. 1160. The supplied m'pieces are both, unused, original Howarths. The tuning is excellent with these and also standard French bore m'pieces. The Orly case is well used, but fully functional.

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY

£1195

 

 

     

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.

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£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.

 

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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.

 

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BUFFET Bb PROFESSIONAL CLARINET-SOLD

£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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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 Dave Kershook. 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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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 E11 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument was formerly owned by a London based professional saxophonist and clarinettist. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in fish skin pads in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Silver plating is pristine, as is the wood condition. All pieces are matching and original, the m'piece is an up-grade to a professional model Vandoren B45. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 734101. In recent years the Buffet badged "France" Bb clarinet E11 model, which was made in the old Leblanc factory, gained an extremely poor reputation for build quality. So much so, that Buffet have deleted this model from their line up and, confusingly, renamed it the E12. Fortunately this E11 was made in Germany, before the move to manufacture in the French Leblanc factory and is, therefore, a significantly better made instrument.  

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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.

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SELMER, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£1845

 

 

     


This is an excellent condition Selmer Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrumnet has been professionally owned and played here in the UK. Selmer Paris Eb clarinets are considered Worldwide the finest professional instruments available due to their superb intonation and ergonomics. This instrument is of fine quality, with very good intonation and response. The wood condition overall is excellent: 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 Nickel Silver keywork is in good condition with no wear. The serial nos. are X9365 which dates to 1973.   The clarinet comes with the 2 original barrels of 45mm and 47mm. The case is the original in fair condition, there are some interior stains, and wear to the exterior. The m'piece is a  Selmer C85 115 in good condition.  

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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. 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 finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe White Leather pads in very good condition. All the German Silver key work exhibits a nice shine. 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" Howarth of 926 bore. In summation: This clarinet represents superb value for money, and has had very little use.

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BUFFET CRAMPON CLARINETin B NATURAL, CIRCA 1899-RESERVED

£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.  

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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.

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LOUIS LONDON Bb CLARINET, RIPPER COLLECTION

£995

 

 

     

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE AND WITH M'PIECE FOR £995. 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

LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

£645

 

 

     

A fine professional Leblanc Bb Clarinet. This Bb has matching serial numbers 4212, which probably dates to the 1950's. The clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fishskin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks and repairs. The Silver plated key work is also in very good condition. 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 Selmer E, which is an open Jazz m'piece. The case is brand new.

 

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79

LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£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

LEBLANC, PARIS, L200 Bb CLARINET

£895

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 plating problems, commonly referred to as "bubbling plating". However the Silver plate on this instrument 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.

81

BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

This is an extremely fine single piece, Professional model Buffet Eb Clarinet, S/N 238S which dates to 1903. It was the former property of a professional player and is in extremely good condition for its age. The wood shows no cracks or damage, only minor surface marks, though the original thumb rest has ben replaced with a modern example, and the screw holes filled, see photo 10. One feature of these early Buffet Eb clarinets is that the tone holes are metal rimmed, possibly because the tone holes are so small. I believe this was a design feature to avoid the possibility of chips or cracks to the tone hole. The instrument has just been fully overhauled in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, and is sold with our full years warranty. The m'piece is a later Buffet B40 in ebonite, in good condition. The case is the original, which still latches well, though it shows wear to both interior and exterior. A superb quality Eb with a lovely tone and excellent intonation. In summation this instrument would suit a professional player looking for a fine Bb on a budget, or a period instrument player.  

82

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£595

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.

     83   BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          £545
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.

84

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.

85

MATCHED PAIR OF DORE CLARINETS

£795

 

 

     

These are an extremely interesting and rare pair of professional model clarinets, in Grenadilla wood, manufactured by Dore, Paris, France. They have come to us as a commission sale from an amateur player, he purchased these instruments as a pair in the 1970's. From the look of the German silver key work, and its design, it is likely that the instruments were made in either the late 1930's or just post war.
The Bb clarinet has tan leather pads throughout in good order. The matching serial nos. are 2285 All the German Silver key work exhibits a nice shine, and is in good condition. The wood overall shows light surface marks and scratches, there is one tight surface crack to the upper joint, which does not go through to the bore. The instruments have gone down to our workshop for a thorough "check down", and all corks and the regulation are in good order. All pieces are stamped, matching, and original. The A clarinet has tan leather pads throughout which are elderly, but sealing well. The matching serial nos. are 2514. All the German Silver key work shows a patina consistent with its age but is in good condition. The wood overall shows light surface marks and scratches, but there are no cracks or repairs. In addition to the originai two barrels, which have no cracks, there is a Boosey and Hawkes Emperor barrel which was used to tune the A clarinet, this does have a repaired surface crack. The case is an Ortola in very good condition. The m'piece is a Portnoy BPO2. In summation: These clarinets represents superb value for money, they play extremely well, with a lovely sonority.

722

YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET, YCL61-RESERVED

£745

 

 

     


A good condition professional Yamaha Bb clarinet. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerabily cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the 1970's, when Yamaha made their first serious foray into top of the range professional clarinets. The wood was computer controlled, kiln dried, to assist in avoiding cracking, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. The clarinet models YCL61 and YCL81 were launched as professional clarinets, with the YCL81 Yamaha's most expensive Custom model.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work is also good throughout, with only slight wear to the LH Ab/Eb key, F/C key and second trill key. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a partial overhaul, all pads are either new or in very good condition. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The barrel is not original to the instrument, though it is made of Grenadilla wood also and tunes the clarinet well. The matching serial nos. are 002672. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in good condition, as is the Yamaha hard shell case.  

723

KARL HAMMERSCHMIDT, PROFESSIONAL BASS TO LOW Eb,-RESERVED

£1695

 

 

     


This is an extremely rare and fine Karl Hammerschmidt Bass clarinet to low Eb. It was formerly the property of "Croydon Music Service" and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Bass features a double overblowing vent, LH Ab/Eb lever and an articulated C sharp/G sharp mechanism. In other words a similar specification to all top professional models manufactured today. The Silver plate keywork throughout is in excellent order, with only slight wear. There is one old, repaired crack, to the upper joint which runs between the 2 speaker key holes. It has been pinned, glued and filled and is an old stable repair. The matching serial nos. are 1062, and from the style of case we would imagine this instrument dates to the 1960s. All pads are brand new finest Pisoni tan leather, the instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The key regulation throughout is also precise and even. The case is the original, in fair condition, there is some wear to the interior and scuffs to the exterior. It still latches well. The m'piece is a brand new "Ebolin". There is some flattening to the bottom of the bell, which was due to the lack of a floor spike. We have fitted a new spike attachment to the bell which should stop this recurring. This Bass plays very well, even throughout the entire range, with fine response in the upper register and excellent tone. It would make an ideal purchase for a professional on a budget, or enthusiastic amateur.  

724

AMATI KRASLICE, 361S Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

£645

 

 

     

This is an Amati 361 Eb Clarinet, in mint condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The professional owner of this Eb now wishes to trade up to a more expensive model. This instrument was made in the Czech Republic and is made entirely in Grenadilla wood, unlike the cheaper models in the range. For an intermediate wooden Eb clarinet it has a very good specification, with Silver plated keys and finest white leather pads throughout, which are all in very good condition. The tuning is excellent with standard French bore mouthpieces, in this regard the instrument is a major advance on older Amati instruments. There are 2 supplied barrels of different lengths, the longer of which is still wrapped. The Silver plate is pristine throughout. The matching serial nos. are 233792. The supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a Vandoren B44, in very good condition. The case is the original in "as new" condition with keys. This clarinet would suit a player looking for a bargain priced wooden Eb for occasional use, or a young beginner, with smaller hands, not quite ready for a standard Bb.