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

 

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YAMAHA SE CUSTOM Bb CLARINET

1225

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET

1495

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

 

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SELMER, PARIS, SA 80 II BARITONE SAX

4995

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 PRESTIGE A CLARINET

2095

This excellent Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one owner instrument, and she is a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted. .
This A, serial no. 406258, was bought new in 1996, it is in excellent condition. The Silver plate throughout is in superb condition. The instrument is padded throughout in Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather pads, in good condition. The key regulation is very good. The original barrel is of 65.0mm. All stamps are original and match on all parts. The case is the original Prestige Buffet with combination locks, in very good condition.

 

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

5480 inc. VAT

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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NOBLET PARIS, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST C CLARINET

1395

 

 

     

This is a Noblet Artist C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, 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 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 professional Artist model C Noblet clarinet, in fact it has been much altered: Most of the tone holes have been further undercut, particularly on the lower joint. John has made a custom barrel, bored out and re-layed a Vandoren 5RV m'piece, as well as adapting a further Buffet barrel in addition to the original Noblet barrel. A tuning ring has been added to the original barrel,as well as to the middle joint, which is why, in the photos, the instrument appears not to be fully assembled. In addition John also reamed a tuning hole in the bell, but subsequently this has been filled in with blue tack. This instrument features on many Philharmonia recordings, but it can be heard to excellent effect in the Mozartiana Suite Cadenza by Tchaikovsky, which John recorded in the late 1980's. The matching serial nos. are 37571, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in good condition throughout. The Nickel plate 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 bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes exceptionally well, and also demontrates a much more even and homogenous tone than the standard production model. It would suit a professional player.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

995

A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a professional player in Leicester.
The German Silver key work is in good order throughout, with a natural shine. The upper joint has a repaired crack, see photo 10. This repair is covered by our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has also just been re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads in our workshop, and again our full 1 year warranty applies. The serial nos. are 67328 which dates to 1961. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. The supplied mouthpiece is a Buffet Evette and Schaeffer "C" in ebonite. The case is a Leblanc in good condition.

 

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, FARRELL COLLECTION

995

 

 

     

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

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

1295

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

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SELMER PARIS PROFESSIONAL BASS to LOW C -RESERVED

5245

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Mark 2 Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C. The original and sole owner bought this instrument new in 1990, he has sadly now given up playing,and this instrument, along with his Selmer Basset Horn [which will be advertised later] are now offered for resale. It has been maintained carefully, but it does show minor surface marks and scratches, particularly to the bell, which also has a few small pin head dings. The Silver plate throughout shows only slight wear to the touchpieces, the plating is about 98%. The crook is in excellent order. The wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks, repairs, or any other damage. The matching serial nos. are E3564. All pads are tan leather in used condition, though old they are sealing well. The key regulation throughout is also precise and even. The case is the original in good condition, and it comes with the still wrapped keys. The m'piece is a Selmer C again in good used condition.

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     11   PETER EATON ELITE Bb CLARINET          2295
This Peter Eaton Elite Bb is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Elite is Peter Eaton's best regarded model and is based on the Boosey & Hawkes 1010, though it differs acoustically, in that it features a reverse taper in the upper joint for improved tuning, along with careful undercutting. The current professional owner bought this clarinet new from Eaton, and had it serviced recently by Joanna Estall, Peter's wife. The invoice detailing the service is included, and it has not been played since this service. The clarinet has seen very little use. The Eaton m'piece has never been used by the seller. The condition is near mint, with only slight wear to the top joint logo stamp to distinguish it from new.
This Bb, serial no. E737, has wood throughout in pristine condition. All Eaton style super-pads are as new, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is perfect throughout. The mouthpiece is a new Eaton stamped "Elite 1.20 21V ". The Orly case is used, but again in good condition.

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LEBLANC, PARIS, INFINITE Bb CLARINET

995

A near mint condition Leblanc Infinite Bb clarinet. The Leblanc Infinite is virtually identical in specification and design to the Leblanc Concerto: Whereas the Concerto was designed to play firmly down to pitch throughout all registers [aimed primarily at the USA market] the Infinite was designed to play slightly sharper in the altissimo register; perhaps a more traditional European model!
This instrument is one of Leblanc's top professional wooden models, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus and Concerto. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, separate pillar mounted Ab/Eb, and aged Grenadilla wood. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is pristine. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The only reason the instrument is described as "near mint" is that the fish skin pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. The matching serial nos. are 74285. The supplied m'piece is a professional Vandoren B45 13 Profile 88 in ebonite, in new condition. The case is the original, in excellent condition.

 

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SELMER BUNDY ALTO CLARINET TO LOW Eb

545

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Bundy Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. This instrument is unusual in that it has had only one careful adult owner, unlike most secondhand Bundy Alto's which have been owned by institutions. Consequently it is in better condition than many we have seen. This instrument was part of a collection which included a Selmer Paris Bass and Basset Horn. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook is in excellent condition with no dings or scratches. The bell is also in good condition, but it has a patch of wear to the plating, see photo 8. There is only slight plating loss to some of the Nickel Silver ring finger touchpieces; the plating is around 95%. The Alto has fish skin pads throughout in good order. The serial nos. are 11282. The instrument comes with a sling, and also there is a floor peg attachment to the bell. Usually Alto's are played with a sling, if, however, the new owner wishes to have a floor peg, we can supply one to the purchasers' requirements for an additional, 30.00 The case is used, but with a good interior and exterior, and unusually, a dust cover. All latches function well. The m'piece is a Noblet in ebonite in good condition. A selection of reeds is also supplied. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design. It plays easily and is an ideal first Alto clarinet purchase.  

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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET-RESERVED

995

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. The reason the instrument is described as "near mint" is because the pads are all not brand new, and theer is slight wear to the Buffet stamp on the barrel. Apart from this the instrument appears exactly as if it had just left the factory. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 001431. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition. The wood is without any mark or blemish. The supplied m'piece is the original Buffet, which is unused. Current Buffet E13's and E11's are giving a lot of trouble with shrinkage and wood movement, this basically started when Buffet moved the manufacture of these models from Germany back to France. Fortunately this instrument pre-dates this; it was made in Germany.

 

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NOBLET PARIS, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST C CLARINET

1245

 

 

     

This is a Noblet Artist C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in very good condition. This instrument is the professional Artist model 45 Noblet clarinet, with all parts made of finest unstained Grenadilla wood, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The matching serial nos. are B19887, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in pristine condition throughout. The Nickel plate is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full warranty. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes well with the supplied Vandoren B45 mouthpiece. The case is the original which is in fair used condition, the interior is good, but there are some scuffs to the exterior. In summation this is a fine tuning C, an entry level professional model, which would match well with the finest French instruments currently available.  

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BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINET in Bb

1745

 

 

     

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

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige. The instrument is in very good condition. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. The Silver plating shows some light spot wear, mainly to the lower joint ring keys and "pinky" keys, see photo 5. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are F445162. The pads are mainly superpads, as fitted by John Coppen, and the instrument has gone down to our workshop for a thorough check down, with pads replaced as necessary. All pieces matching and original. The m'piece is an original Buffet, unused, and still in the wrapper. The supplied single case is in an Orly in used condition.

 

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

645

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

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NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-RESERVED

1145

 

 

     


A rare very good condition Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. This is an intermediate model Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau.
Unlike some of the cheaper models in the range, this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in good condition, with only slight wear to the "ring finger" touchpieces. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, there are only minor surface scuffs and marks, associated with normal use. The clarinet has just been overhauled in Pisoni Premium De-luxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. . The matching serial nos. are B32163. The case is the original in fair condition, there is one slight tear to the interior lining, but it latches and protects the instrument well. The mouthpiece is a used Vandoren B45, which tunes the clarinet very well. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, L200 Bb CLARINET

995

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

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PAIR OF NOBLET ARTIST CLARINETS

1095

 

 

     

THE A IS RESERVED. THE Bb STILL FOR SALE AT 545 This pair of Noblet Artist Clarinets are in good condition, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Noblet Artist was the top of the range Noblet model, with a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, these are entry level professional clarinets.
The Bb has serial no. 62025 and has Nickel plate in good condition, there is no wear to the plating, though there is some slight "cloudiness" to the lower pad cup plating. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. The instrument was recently completely re-padded by Howarth & Co. at great expense! All pads are "as new" finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather. The barrel is a Boosey and Hawkes in ebonite, which tunes and suits this Bb well.
The A, serial no. B47679, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in excellent shape. All pads are fish skin in good used condition. The instruments are made from Grenadilla wood, though the barrels are both in ebonite. The supplied m'piece is a professional Selmer Paris D in good condition. The case is a modern rucksack style "Soundwear" double, with many additional pockets and pouches, in excellent condition. The pair can be split as follows: A in double case, without m'piece, for 595. Bb in single case, with m'piece, for 545.

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BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET

2195

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in excellent condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument was bought new in 2007 by a student for his University performance degree, it has been extremely well cared for. He now works as an administrator for the London Symphony Orchestra. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 567109. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout in excellent condition. There are 2 supplied barrels of 65.0mm, and 66.0mm. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a Weinberg D3, in excellent used condition. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in very good condition.

 

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NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET

1195

 

 

     

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

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GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

795

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

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS

1245

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

 

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LEBLANC, PARIS, LL Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A fine example of a Leblanc LL  clarinet with 7 rings, i.e. enhanced Boehm system. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Bb is in good condition and has just had an overhaul prior to sale, it has matching serial nos. 33870. The 7 ring mechanism allows for a fork Eb/Bb in the LH. It is in Nickel Silver plate, and there is slight wear to the throat G# key, A key, and the low RH "pinky" keys. The plating is about 95%. The pads are finest tan leather throughout in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. There are 2 supplied barrels; the original Leblanc, of 66mm and a shorter barrel of 59mm. The case is a new Champion, and the supplied used Vandoren 5RV m'piece is in excellent condition.  

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

1295

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Nickel Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instruments' one former owner was a London based professional who has taken exemplary care of this clarinet. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 138073, which dates to 1973. It cannot be stressed enough how fine this period of manufacture was at Buffet Crampon, it is commonly referred to as "The Golden Era". To take one aspect: The quality of the Nickel Silver plating is so fine, that, to the untutored eye, it could be Silver plate.   Indeed the plating and finish on this clarinet is of such a high standard that it contrasts sharply with more recently manufactured professional models from Buffet. The clarinet has just been through our workshop for a comprehensive overhaul in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in pristine condition, there are no cracks or repairs. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's. The original Buffet case is in fine shape, with only slight stains to the interior, the key is included, and the mouthpiece is a used Vandoren 3UD.  

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PAIR OF SELMER, FULL MAZZEO, CENTERED TONE CLARINETS

5995

 

 

     


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

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

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LAFLEUR ARTIST, LONDON & PARIS A CLARINET

745

 

 

     

This is a Lafleur, Artist, London & Paris A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was made for Lafleur back in the 1930's before Lafleur were bought by B&H. Then they were a fine instrument maker/importer, and this instrument is a superb condition professional model. The original owner was the late Steve Morris: Steve was one of Manchesters finest jazz musicians, well known for his celebrated "Band on the Wall" and the eponymous pub, which he owned and which became one of the North Wests premiere live music venues. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla. The Silver Plate key work is also pristine throughout. The pads are double bladder fish skin which are in excellent condition. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 10095. The m'piece is a Selmer B* in very good condition. There is also a Cordier reed cutter. The double case is a Buffet in black leather, which is in very good condition.

 

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

995

 

 

     

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

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

645

 

 

     

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

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

1495

 

 

     

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF KOHLERT CLARINETS

1595

 

 

     

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

 

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SELMER BUNDY CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

1345

 

 

     

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

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COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

This is the top of the range professional "Monopole" Conservatoires model Bb clarinet made by Couesnon, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. At one time they were the largest French manufacturer of band instruments, and seem to have had a long tradition of supplying the French military. Trumpet and clarinet manufacture continued until the 1960's. Auguste Perier, the great French clarinettist, endorsed the "Monopole" clarinet, which was the best model made by Couesnon.
This example dates from the early 1960's or possibly late 1950's and is in superb condition. The matching serial nos., on all pieces , are 30570. The Maillechort key work is in pristine throughout. All of the fish skin pads are sealing well, and all corks are also good. We have thoroughly checked over the clarinet in our workshop. The Grenadilla wood is very fine. The bore is 14.7mm, remarkably close to a Buffet R13 of the period. The m'piece is again original but the clarinet will play and tune well with any standard Vandoren or Selmer mouthpiece.

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BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

1195

 

 

     

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. The great French player, Jacques Lancelot was particularly associated with the development of the BC20 model.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F199496 dating to 1979, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This was immediately before Buffet Crampon was bought by Boosey & Hawkes, a fine period of manufacture. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The key work is in Nickel Silver plate, which is in very good condition. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by newly qualified repairman Dave Kershook [who has just joined NAMIR]. The m'piece is an origianl Buffet C in ebonite in good used condition. The case is a used SML, again in good condition.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET, RIPPER COLLECTION

2495

This is a superb condition Buffet Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Bass has been professionally owned and played in London from new by a leading London professional now retiring from professional work, and it is an outstanding example of a low Eb Bass. It has identical specification to the current Buffet Prestige model; double overblowing vent, articulated C#/G#, and LH alternative Ab/Eb.
All German Silver key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine. The bell and crook are both in excellent condition with no dents, just light surface scratches. The instrument is padded throughout in white and tan leather pads of the finest quality, all are in excellent condition. This Bass has just had a thorough check over in our workshop. The matching serial nos. are 20145 which dates to 1967. At that period, "Dallas" were the sole London agents for Buffet, and their stamp is also on the instrument. The original case shows some wear: The lining is worn, but still protects the instrument well, and the latches are secure. The m'piece is a professional ebonite model in good condition. A Yamaha floor peg attachment has been fitted to the bell, but the instrument has double sling hooks, so, if required, it could be played with a sling.

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STUBBINS, BY NOBLET, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

845

 

 

     

An extremely rare and desirable William Stubbins Bb clarinet, made by Noblet, France, featuring the Stubbins " booster key" for throat Bb. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come from the collection of a fastidious American. As one would expect the intonation and response are greatly improved over a standard Boehm system, but without the player noticing any difference in fingering, i.e the Stubbins mechanism does all the work! Selmer, in the past with their Omega clarinet, and many major German makers have adopted similar designs.
This example is in excellent condition: there is no damage to the wood, which is in pristine order throughout. The key work shows only slight plating wear, to the RH F/C key, see photo 7. The instrument has just been completely re-padded in finest Pisoni white leather pads. There is no joint wobble, and the clarinet plays extremely well, with an even fine tone. All pieces are matching and original including the supplied m'piece, which is a Noblet in ebonite, of very good quality. The case, though elderly, is in good condition it latches & protects the instrument well.

 

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES PROTOTYPE 926 CLARINETS     

1495

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

 

     39   BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          595
This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is an "enhanced Boehm" i.e. in addition to standard Boehm system, it also has an articulated C#/G# key, and 7 rings, which provides a fork Eb/Bb fingering in the LH. The German Silver key work is in good condition for its age. All fish skin pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently overhauled. The Grenadilla wood shows surface scuffs and marks. There is also a stress crack between the top 2 holes of the lower joint. At this point the bore is metal lined, in order to accurately position the articulated C#/G#hole, this often causes a stress crack to the surface wood, which is cosmetic only, because it in no way affects the response, as the wood does not form the bore of the instrument at this point. The is also a full length crack running through the bell, which has been sealed at the surface. The low G/D hole nas been "bushed" in metal at some point in the past, maybe because of wear. The matching serial nos. are 21019 which dates  to 1936. The case is elderly but in very good condition.
     40   SELMER PARIS, BASSET HORN in F-RESERVED          3500
Clarinets Direct is proud to count amongst its clients leading professional players across Europe and the UK. Once in a while a truly unique instrument is offered for sale by a top professional, and this Basset Horn is one such. This is a Selmer Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C, with an exceptional provenance: It was bought by the great conductor Sir Henry Wood, in the 1920's, for use in his "Queens Hall Orchestra". Subsequently it was owned for several decades by the Royal Academy of Music, here in London. It was then bought by the celebrated clarinettist Keith Puddy, and played in the revived, " New Queens Hall Orchestra" in the 1990's. Its last owner was the London based, New Zealand born, clarinettist: Pauline Ismay.
The Selmer design of Basset Horn differs radically from that of Buffet and Leblanc in that it is basically an extended Bb instrument. Thus it can be played with your usual Bb clarinet m'piece. Modern Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets. This instrument tunes well with the supplied Peter Eaton Bb m'piece of 1010 bore.
This is a very early Selmer Basset Horn, with serial number 480, which dates to 1927. That stated the modern Selmer Basset Horn, which retails at almost 10000, has not changed design all that radically. This example is part plateau: in the LH. This has the advantage of allowing the player to part cover the RH holes in the chalumeau, to improve intonation in soft passages. The instrument has tan leather pads on the upper joint, and old, white leather pads on the lower. It was last overhauled by Jon Steward of Howarths & Co. Ltd. at a cost of 600. It is in good regulation, though the pads on the lower joint are elderly. The low pitches, Eb, D, Db, and C are each fingered in only one way: Eb, and Db, are at the bottom of the RH "pinky" stack, just like a modern Selmer Basset Horn, low C is fingered by LH F/C, again just like the modern example. Low D, however, is fingered by the touchpiece at the back underneath the thummb rest. The original thumb rest was removed by Pauline, who also had a Leblanc floor spike attachment fitted. And the original thumb rest screw holes have been left unfilled, see photo 10. It goes without saying that Basset Horns do not get heavy use, but this instrument is almost 90 years old, and it shows marks and surface scuffs to the wood, and German Silver key work, commensurate with careful use, as do the crook and bell. However it has never cracked, or needed any major repair. We will replace the tenon corks on m'piece and crook prior to sale. This Basset Horn plays very well in tune and with a lovely sweet sound, it is ideal for Classical use, i.e. in the Mozart Serenades and Opera obbligatos, or the Mendelssohn Concert Pieces. The supplied case is robust and protects the instrument well.

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

695

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the use of scientific principles in clarinet manufacturing even further: Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is in superb condition,and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a professional player in The Netherlands. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has upper joint serial nos. 60074, and lower, 62946, though obviously made at different times the numbers are a close match, and the instrument plays very well. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some minor surface scratches to the wood, all normal signs of use. We have just entirely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case is in good condition. The mouthpiece is an original Leblanc L3, in excellent condition.

 

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AMATI KRASLICE, C CLARINET-SOLD

345

 

 

     

This is an Amati 251 C Clarinet, in very good condition. This instrument was made in Czechoslavakia and features a wooden bell and barrel, with a wood effect resin body. For a budget C clarinet it plays easily and is well made. The bore is 14.60mm, which is large for a C clarinet, in fact this is the same size bore as Selmer, Paris, C clarinets. The tuning is excellent with standard French bore mouthpieces, in this regard the instrument is a major advance on older Amati instruments. All fish skin pads are in good condition. The Silver plate is pristine throughout. The matching serial nos. are 228753. The supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a F3A in good used condition. The case is the original again in very good condition. This clarinet would suit a player looking for a bargain priced C for occasional use, or a young beginner, with smaller hands, not quite ready for a standard Bb.

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NOBLET ARTIST, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU A CLARINET

1245

An extremely rare, very good condition, Noblet Artist, Paris France, Plateau A clarinet. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's foremost professional players amongst our clientele. One such is Pete Ripper, for many years a leading London Sax and clarinet player, and member of the London Saxophone Quartet. This is one of several of his instruments that we will be listing over the next few weeks. This is an entry level professional model Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau.
All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, there are minor surface scuffs and marks, associated with normal use. We have just overhauled the instrument in Pisoni Premium De-luxe fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. . The matching serial nos. are B47800. The double case is "as new". This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

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LOUIS, LONDON, Bb CLARINET

995

 

 

     


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

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CABART, THIBOUVILLE, Bb CLARINET

595

 

 

     

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A superb condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a retired professional, ex-RAF band, who now plays a different make of clarinet, consequently this excellent A is offered to the market.
This A, serial no. 507433, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in pristine condition. The Silver plate throughout is "as new". The instrument has Gordon Beeson Tan leather pads, in excellent condition. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, in good condition. The original case is also in excellent condition.  

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ARNO WURLITZER, OEHLER SYSTEM Bb CLARINET

1595

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

795

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

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

49

BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET

1195

An extremely fine 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 prisitine, crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent, with no discernable wear, though Buffets from this period seem to have had the plating treated with an oil post-plating and this results in some discolouration to the plating over time. This Bb has S/N 571072 which dates to 2006, it was bought new by by student about to enter the RCM. He shortly began to concentrate on composing whilst at the RCM, and consequently this excellent instrument has seen little use. The instrument has mostly double bladder fish skin in good condition, whilst the more worn pads have been replaced with tan leather. The supplied mouthpiece is an upgrade to a professional model Vandoren 5RV. The case is the original in good condition, it comes with the still wrapped keys.

 

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.  

51

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET 

1425

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

 

     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.

53

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

1595

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

 

54

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet, Evette & Schaeffer Master Model E13. The German Silver key work shows is in excellent condition throughout. We have just re-padded in double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are K9217 which dates to 1960. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost identical to an R13 on quality, but at less cost. There are no cracks to the wood, but there are a few minor scuffs and surface scratches. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections, whereas the wood for this clarinet is unstained. The case is an original Buffet, with keys, and the m'piece is the original Buffet in ebonite.  

55

LEBLANC, SONATA, Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A very good condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which we have just taken in part exchange. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional model, which, like the Buffet R13, features a polycylindrical bore in the upper joint. It was described by Leblanc as having " a classic balance of playing efficiency and tonal beauty and flexibilty that make it one of the world's finest clarinets". This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition.  The Silver plate key work is very good. All pieces are original & all have matching  stamps  We have just fully repadded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fishskin pads, & the clarinet is sold with a full years' warranty. The matching serial nos. are D46870. The supplied m'piece is a Rico A5 in good condition. The case is the original, in good condition, with some stains to the interior and slight scuffs to the exterior.  

56

DOUBLE BOEHM Bb CLARINET

995

 

 

     

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

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57

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

1545

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

58

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

1195

 

 

     


A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. At this period of manufacture Buffet stored their wood at their factory [in the roof spaces], and it was carefully nutured and aged for at least 7 years before manufacture. Many experts attribute the gradual drop in quality of the R13 to progressively less control and care in wood maturation. Initially in the 1960s, for tax and cost saving reasons, Buffet appointed a reputable supplier to source their wood. Now they source their wood cheaply with "modern" techniques of artificial maturation, and, as a consequence, many of the models of their range suffer from cracking and wood movement.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with only a few scratches and slight wear natural to the age of the clarinet. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by newly qualified repairman Dave Kershook [who has just joined NAMIR], it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The serial nos. are 106517 which dates to 1969, though, as there are no observable serial nos., on the top joint it may well be a Buffet replacement. This is one of the finest periods of R13 manufacture, and this clarinet demonstrates the classic qualities of an R13; a lovely sweet sound and excellent intonation. 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 new stock Buffet. The case is of modern Buffet type with slight staining to the interior, otherwise it is in excellent condition.  

59

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

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

60

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A superb condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a London based professional, who now relies solely on a Bb clarinet, consequently this excellent A is offered to the market.
This A, serial no. 507427, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in pristine condition. The Silver plate throughout is "as new". The instrument has Gordon Beeson Tan leather pads, in excellent condition. The supplied m'piece is a Peter Eaton 1010, in very good condition. This particular m'piece tunes the instrument excellently & the case is also in fine used condition.

 

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61

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

495

An early Buffet clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments have a larger bore of 14.9mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing instrument, with excellent intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint: This improves response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise.
The Bb may have serial number 1J31, dating to 1896, it is extremely difficult to read. This clarinet has been much used, and repaired: The upper part of the lower joint, which is in a single piece with integral barrel, has been repaired in the past, and a new receiver tenon made, see photo 10. Also the thumb rest has been moved and replaced with a more modern example. A similar job has been done on the lower tenon of the upper joint which has been sleeved and re-made. And the upper tenon of the upper joint, has been re-lined in metal. So thought this clarinet has seen much use, it has also been well maintained. The excellent quality key work is mainly of German Silver, though some of the key barrels are actually solid silver. The stamps read "Buffet Cie". All pieces are matching and original. Curiously the lower joint has been stamped twice, once underneath the long rod, in the usual place, and again to the side. The case is a more modern replacememnt, in good condition.

62

PAIR OF E J ALBERT CLARINETS-RESERVED

795

 

 

     

This pair of E J Albert simple system clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have not been used for some years as the last owner, who is a young jazz player working here in London, inherited them from a member of his extended family. E J Albert was one of the most respected makers of the early 20th Century. He was one of three sons of the founder of the firm: Eugene Albert. E J Albert was active from 1895 through to the 1920's with his workshop in Brussels. Jack Heyworth, of Liverpool, Paris, and London, acted as his UK agent.
The Bb has German Silver keys in superb condition. The instrument has just been fully restored by Clarinets Direct, with tan leather pads fitted throughout, and all keys polished. The wood is in excellent condition, for an instrument which is probably around 100 years old. All main pieces are matching and stamped, apart from the bell, which is a "Hawkes Excelsior Sonorous", which we have adapted to fit.
The A has wood again in excellent condition. The German Silver keywork throughout is in pristine condition. Unlike the Bb it has not had a re-pad but it does have white leather pads throughout in excellent condition. Indeed, the condition of this pair is outstanding. There is no play in the mechanism, and no joint wobble. The original 2 barrels have smaller tenons than standard today. We could ream them out to accept modern m'piece tenon sizes, but, as the pair may be bought by a collector, we thought it best to leave that choice to the new owner. The m'piece supplied is an early T W Howarth, which, with an additional non-original barrel, tunes the pair nicely at A=440. Therefore they are perfectly usable for a modern Jazz player, looking for a superb pair of original Alberts. The case is a much worn Boosey and Hawkes.

     63   BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET          575
This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner, as student at the RAM Jun. Dept. has just purchased an Eaton clarinet. The instrument has been well maintained, and has just gone through our workshop for a thorough check up, with pads, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, serial no. 387825, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition with no wear. All the tan leather pads and corks, are in fine condition, because of the recent overhaul. The supplied m'piece is a Brian Ackerman copy of a 926 in excellent condition. The original thumb rest is a B&H, though a Ton Kooiman is also supplied. The case is also in good used condition and is supplied with the keys.

64

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET, FARRELL COLLECTION-RESERVED

1695

 

 

     

This is a good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Eb has a fine provenance, having been owned and played professionally in London by Julian Farrell, member of the English Chamber Orchestra for many years, and Prof. of Clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music.
This instrument is in very fine condition the Silver plated key work shows only slight wear, mainly to the tenon rings, it is in good condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in very good condition. The instrument has fish skin pads which are all sealing well. The serial nos. are 292548. There are two original supplied barrels, one measuring 44mm, the other 42mm. The mouthpiece is a B&H original. It plays comfortably with Vandoren No. 3 or 3.5 reeds. The case is again original, in fair condition. In summation this Eb plays well, and with excellent intonation.

65

JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY

1295

 

 

     

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

66

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

795

A rare early Buffet Bb clarinet, serial number L727, which dates to 1898. These instruments have a larger bore, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing instrument, with good intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, which is down to the shorter lower flare which was reamed by Buffet at that time. This clarinet features the "do-nut" LH 2 ring, which, though complex to manufacture and regulate, is perhaps the nicest option for the player with regards to a fork Eb/Bb fingering. It also has a single piece top joint, i.e. no barrel.
This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and it has been partially overhauled and restored to bring it back into good playing order. The pads whilst not new, are all sealing well. The wood shows surface dings, scratches and marks, the worst of which is shown in photo 10. Though the instrument has many cosmetic flaws, there are no cracks or repaired damage. The German Silver key work, with some solid silver barrels, shows a patina consistent with a clarinet which is 115 years old. The stamps read "Buffet Brevette SGDG". All pieces are matching and original, and there is a further number "2" stamped on the lower joint and bell. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren M13 in very good condition, the instrument playes easily and sweetly at A=440 Hz. It is a perfectly usable clarinet, as is, or it could a useful addition for a collector.

 

67

COUTURE A1, PLATEAU A CLARINET

895

 

 

     

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

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68

BUFFET Bb PROFESSIONAL CLARINET

645

 

 

     

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

 

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69

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET 

645

This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been professionally owned and played in the Netherlands. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a superior quality professional instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, serial no. 476993, has matching Grenadilla wood with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. We have just overhauled the intrument in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads in the "Clarinets Direct" workshop, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an original Reginald Kell 926 No. 1. The case is a modern Buffet, in good condition.

70

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET, PEARCE COLLECTION

845

 

 

     

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

 

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71

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet Master Model E13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. We have just re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are D37561 which dates to the late 1970's, and makes this one of the last Master Models ever produced. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, and later Clarinette Solo de L'Opera-Comique, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost as good as an R13 but at less cost. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition with only slight surface marks, commensurate with careful use. These days E13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections, whereas the wood for this clarinet is unstained. The case is an original Buffet of pouchette type, NB not pictured. The m'piece is a used Windcraft in good used condition.  

72

SELMER, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

645

This is a very interesting early modern logo Selmer professional Full Boehm Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. In some ways the clarinet is a transitional model. The logo is the modern Selmer type, but a larger design, yet this is a K6190 serial number [though extremely hard to decipher] and a "Brevete SGDG" stamp also. All of this point to a 1930's instrument just prior to the introduction of Selmer's Radio Improved clarinet, the first of the great modern clarinet designs.
This clarinet has been well used: There are 2 cracks to the barrel which do go through to the bore, and these cracks have been filled and sealed. There is also a crack to the upper part of the lower joint, see photo 11. The pads are fish skin, in good condition and they are all sealing well. The German Silver keywork is in good condition, though the bottom E/B key has been cut through and shortened, presumably to stop a previous owner inadvertantly catching the Eb/Bb key, see photo 8. The case has been relined, it is worn, but latches well.

73

PAIR OF SELMER PROLOGUE CLARINETS

1995

 

 

     

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

 

74

CHALUMEAU in C, by WOLF-RESERVED

645

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare reconstruction [after Liebav] of a C Soprano Chalumeau in boxwood by Guntram Wolf. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct having come to us from a Swedish period instrument player. The instrument is in excellent condition, as new, and the serial number is 124. The pitch is A=415 Hz. The case is the original again in good condition.  

75

BUFFET CRAMPON CLARINETin B NATURAL, CIRCA 1899

995

 

 

     

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

76

ANONYMOUS A CLARINET

395

 

 

     

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

77

MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS LONDON CLARINETS, RIPPER COLLECTION

1995

 

 

     

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

78

SELMER, PARIS, PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet, which has been professionally owned and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is an enhanced Boehm with fork Eb/Bb and articulated C#/G#. The former owner was a saxophone player primarily, and the articulated C#/G# matches the similar mechansim on the Sax.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has just had an overhaul in tan leather pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All springs have been checked over, and replaced if necessary. All touch corks have been replaced, the wood has been oiled, and all key work regulated. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, just minor surface scratches and marks. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are P1158, which dates to 1951. The m'piece is a Selmer HS** which is an open jazz lay. The case, is well used, but latches securely.

 

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79

BAROQUE CLARINET in D, by WOLF-RESERVED

1195

 

 

     

A rare reconstruction of a Baroque D in boxwood by Guntram Wolf. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct having come to us from a Swedish period instrument player. The instrument is in excellent condition, as new, and the serial number is 146. The pitch is A=415 Hz. The case is old but functional.

 

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459

SELMER SERIES 9* A CLARINET, RIPPER COLLECTION-SOLD

895

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's professional players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is Peter Ripper, a onetime member of the London Sax Quartet, and well known as a Sax and Clarinet player. Pete has decided to retire from Clarinet playing, and we will be offering a selection of his instruments for sale. This clarinet was hand selected and thereafter only lightly used as a "doubling" instrument. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
This A clarinet has matching serial nos., X8540 which dates to 1969. The Nickel Silver plating is excellent throughout, with no discernable wear. The pads are all fish skin, and the instrument has been down to our workshop for a partial service, with pads replaced as necessary. There are no cracks or repairs, the Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition. All pieces are matching and original. The case is elderly but fully functional, the keys are included.

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460

NOBLET ARTIST, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET-SOLD

795

 

 

     

This is a nice condition Professional model Artist Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This is not to be confused with the cheaper Model 40 Noblet Eb clarinet, which is a student instrument. The wood condition overall is good with only minor scuffs and marks, there are NO cracks or repairs. The instrument has used fish skin pads throughout, all are sealing well. There is no joint wobble, and the regulation is in fine order. The Nickel Silver key work shows a patina consistent with its' age, but there is no plating wear. The serial nos. are A66360. The original Noblet m'piece tunes the instrument well. The case is also the original, and despite some scufs to the exterior still latches securely and protects the instrument well. This is an ideal purchase for a player looking for an inexpensive professional model Eb.  

461

BUFFET CRAMPON, JAZZ FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

1995

This is a rare Buffet Jazz Festival Bb clarinet in good condition. The Jazz Festival was manufactured from the late 1980's through to the 1990's and is now a deleted model, though the standard Festival has proved a big success for Buffet, and continues in production. Buffet Crampon tend to put their most experienced craftsman to finishing the newest & most expensive models in their range. For this reason early examples of a new design of clarinet tend to play well, which is the case here, as this Bb has matching serial nos. 303302, which dates to 1988. The instrument features a re-designed lighter bell for a more lively, free sound, and was usually sold with the shorter, 65mm barrel. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The wood is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has had a full overhaul and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a stock Buffet, in excellent used condition. The case is the original Buffet Prestige with combination locks in brown leather, in fair condition.

 

462

SELMER 9* Bb CLARINET-SOLD

795

 

 

     

This Selmer Series 9* Bb clarinet is in very good condition. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
The clarinet has matching serial nos., A3213 which dates to 1981. The Nickel Silver plating is excellent throughout, with only slight wear to the LH rings. The pads are cork on the upper joint and tan leather on the lower, all in excellent condition. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood throughout is very fine. The case is fully functional, but does show scuffs to the exterior and interior stains.  

463

SELMER SERIES 9 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

795

This is a good condition Selmer Series 9 Bb clarinet. The 9 was the last of the wide bore Selmer models, ideal for flexible jazz playing. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
This Bb clarinet has matching serial nos., U7698 which dates to 1968. It is rare to find a Series 9 with Silver plating, this example is one such. The Silver plating is excellent throughout, with no discernable wear. The wood shows some surface marks and scratches, but there are no cracks or repairs. The instrument has just had a full overhaul, and is sold with our industry leading 1 year warranty. The case is in very good condition, as is the supplied Vandoren m'piece.

 

465

BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET-SOLD

1195

An extremely fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet in Nickel 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 discernible wear, indeed at this period the quality of Buffet's plating was so fine, that this could almost be mistaken for Silver plate. The Bb has S/N F177049 which dates to 1977, at this time this was the finest professional model that Buffet manufactured, it was sold at 20% more than the cost of an R13. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" and re-pad as necessary. All pads are double bladder fish skin in good condition. The supplied mouthpiece is an upgrade to a professional model Vandoren B45. The case is a "Protech" in excellent condition. The interior is well made and padded, and there as several handy exterior pouches for accessories and music.

 

466

MATCHED PAIR OF CUSTOM ORDER PETER EATON ELITE CLARINETS -SOLD

5495

 

 

     

This matched pair of Eaton Elite clarinets are in mint condition, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was this pair that Colin Parr ordered from Peter Eaton, approximately 2 years ago, just before Peter stopped making clarinets. This pair are one of the last made, and according to Colin represent the culmination of Peter Eatons years of experience in making the Elite clarinet. Colin was for many years Principal Clarinet of the CBSO and can be heard on many of the finest Sir Simon Rattle CBSO EMI recordings which are justly renowned.
The Bb has serial no. E980 and has Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is also without mark or blemish. All pads are Peter Eaton superpads in "as new" condition.
The A, serial no. E1009, is in perfect condition throughout. The Silver plate and wood are pristine, and, like the Bb, the pads are "as new". There are 4 barrels of 61.0mm, 62.0mm, 63.0mm, and 64.0mm. The are also no less than 4 m'pieces, all of which are Elite/1010 bore: A Morgan RM28, two Gigliottis; a P, and a No.2, and a Rick Sayre. The BAM case is also in excellent condition.

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467

MATCHED PAIR OF J A FILS BASSET CLARINETS by PLANAS-SOLD

4495

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to be able to offer to the market these rare and completely unique instruments. Jacques Albert Fils was the last, and most successful member of the legendary Albert family of makers, considered the finest makers in the World during the inter-war years. This pair has an amazing Provenance, some of which is known to us: Owned by the late John McCaw [ Principal Clarinet of the LPO and later the Philharmonia Orchestra] as an enhanced Boehm pair of Jacques Albert Fils clarinets, they were sold to Paul Allen [English National Ballet] in the 1970's. Paul was studying with Stephen Trier [Bass Clarinet of the LPO & Professor at the RCM], who then subsequently bought this pair, and had them modified by the legendary Edward [Ted] Planas into Basset clarinets. Ted was responsible for many Basset extensions, and indeed, gifted his design of Basset extension to Selmer Paris. Stephen used the Bb for the Bb Basset obbligato in "Titus" from "Idomeneo" at Glyndebourne, and the A was used for Mozart's Quintet and Concerto. Lastly the pair have been owned by myself for the last 10 years and used for the Mozart Quintet and Concerto.
The quality of work and finish of these instruments is unsurpassed. There are 3 touchpieces, in the manner of an Uebel Basset Horn, for the lowest 3 pitches, D, C#, and C, see photo 11. In addition the clarinets feature articulated C#/G#, fork Eb/Bb and LH Ab/Eb. The initials SLT have been stamped into the bottom of both lower joint extensions.
The Bb has serial number 3025, and had a crack repair to the upper joint when the instrument was extended to a Basset by Ted Planas. There are several pins, and the crack, which is beneath the register key, has been completely stable for over 30 years of use. It does not go through to the bore. The pads are a mainly tan leather, though there are a couple in cork and fish skin, all are sealing well. The German Silver key work is immensely strong, and in good regulation throughout.
The A has serial number 3030, and like the Bb has pads are a mainly tan leather, again there are a couple in cork and fish skin, all are sealing well. The German Silver key work is in good regulation throughout. Ted made a new bell for use with both clarinets, which has a floor peg attachment fitted. The pair can also be played with a sling, hooks are integral to the thumb rests. This new bell adds depth & resonance, there is a small tight surface crack to the bell, which I have left alone: It has absolutely no effect on the response. In addition the original Bb bell is included. The instruments tune well with all standard French bore mouthpieces. I have found a Pillinger F1 works well for me, and a mint condition example is included. I also found the tuning improved with Selmer barrels. There are no less than 4 different barrels provided, of which two are original, the lengths are 57mm, 60mm, 62.5mm and 64mm.  

468

SELMER, PARIS, ENHANCED SIMPLE SYSTEM Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

1795

 

 

     

This is an ultra rare and extremely desirable Selmer, Paris, Simple System clarinet specifically designed for the early 20th Century Jazz clarinettist. The tone, tuning and response of these models was far in advance of standard Simple System clarinets of the period, and they are now highly sought after by Jazz players keen to recapture an authentic Barney Bigard sound. The last owner of this clarinet is a professional player from the UK, who specialised in collecting unusual clarinets.
This Bb has German Silver keys in very good condition. And for a simple System the key work is unique: It features a LH and RH "pinky" key arrangment as found on standard Boehm system clarinets. This clarinet may well have been a special commission from Selmer. The index finger hole at the top of the upper joint is very large which has the advantage of making the F natural cross fingering in the chalumeau a usable note with decent intonation. The clarinet has fish skin pads, which are old but sealing, it has had pads replaced as necessary in our workshop. The wood is in overall good condition, for an instrument which is probably around 90 years old. There are surface marks and scratches commensurate with use. There is an old crack repair to the bottom tenon of the lower joint, see picture 4, which will be "tidied up" in our workshop. NB The photo shows the original repair, it is likely that this joint was dropped and the segment of wood has been glued back into place. The Bb has matching serial nos. K6974. The instrument most likely dates to 1930 due to the fact that the new logo is stamped, as well as "Sterling" London, who were the UK agents for Selmer at that time. The case is the original in poor condition, it still latches, but there is no handle. We can supply a replacement case for an additional 25.00. The mouthpiece is a fine sounding Selmer E in ebonite which tunes this instrument very well.

 

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469

PAIR OF HAWKES EXCELSIOR SONOROUS CLARINETS -RESERVED

1395

 

 

     

A pair of Hawkes Excelsior Sonorous Class clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These are rare and early Hawkes instruments which pre-date the 1930 merger with Boosey, which created the Boosey and Hawkes Company. The pair play with a "classic" early 20th Century sound, with lots of character and projection in the tone. These instruments were professionally owned and played in The BBC Concert Orchestra by "Mick" Martin, who was second clarinet to both Michael Meyerowitz and Michael Pearce: The pair have seen much use.
The instruments have just been down to our workshop for a partial overhaul, with pads replaced as necessary, touch corks replaced, and complete regulation. The Bb, serial no. 9903, has a repaired, pinned, sealed cracks to the upper part of the upper joint, running into the top trill keys, and also at the opposite side of the bore,see photo 9. All cracks have been stable for many decades of use. This Bb is stamped "Hawkes & Son Excelsior Sonorous Class, Manufactured for Whaley Royce & Co. Ltd. Toronto Canada". The German Silver keywork throughout is in good condition. All parts are correctly matching with serial nos. including the m'piece. The A, serial no. 11681, has no cracks or repairs, though like the Bb the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes left unfilled. The German Silver keywork throughout is in good shape. Again the instrument is cottectly serialnumbered on all pieces, including m'piece. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes in brown leather, which though much used, is still functional.

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470

PETER EATON, ELITE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

2195

 

 

     

This Peter Eaton Elite Bb is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Elite is Peter Eaton's best regarded model and is based on the Boosey & Hawkes 1010, though it differs acoustically, in that it features a reverse taper in the upper joint for improved tuning, along with careful undercutting. The current owner is a well known UK Jazz Band leader. It has been very well maintained & is in excellent used condition.
This Bb, serial no. 9013, has wood throughout in excellent condition. All tan leather pads are in very good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is 99%: The only slight wear is to RH rings, see photo 7. The 2 supplied barrels are of 64.5mm and 63.0mm. The mouthpiece is an Eaton stamped "1010 1.28 16.5 B" in very good condition. The BAM case is used, but again in good condition. As Peter Eaton no longer manufactures, this instrument is both desirable, and an excellent future investment.  

471

YAMAHA SE-V CUSTOM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

1245

An excellent condition Yamaha SE-V CUSTOM clarinet, wich is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerably cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS-V and SE range. The SE-V features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the SE-V has slightly wider tonehole sizes, than the CS-V, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound with excellent resonance. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the RC Prestige, where as the CS-V, competed with the R13 Prestige. The tuning and voicing is improved over the regular Yamaha SE, with each tone hole being individually hand-tapered and undercut for optimum tone quality, intonation, and uniform response throughout the instrument's range. The wood was unstained matched Grenadilla, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 02659. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear. The supplied m'pieces is a new stock Buffet. The case is an original Yamaha in good condition. This instrument represents superb value for money: For about the cost of a new student Buffet E13, one can purchase a top of the range professional instrument more consistent than most Buffet RC Prestige Bbs.

 

472

BUFFET,EVETTE, ALTO CLARINET-SOLD

595

 

 

     

This is a good condition Buffet, Evette, Alto Clarinet in Ebonite, to low Eb. This student model Alto was recently taken in part exchange by ourselves againt a professional model. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows spot wear to the ring finger touchpieces, the plating is about 90%. There are no cracks or damage to the ebonite, with only minor surface marks and scratches. For a student model this instrument has a very high spec: There is a LH, Ab/Eb lever, and also a compensating G/D vent pad. The crook shows only minor plating wear. The bell is also in good condition,though there is a solder repair to the pad cup on the bell, see photo 9. The Alto has recently had an overhaul in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads ,and all pads are in very good condition. The serial nos. are 1211. The case is the original with scuffs to the exterior and some wear to the interior lining, but still fully serviceable. The m'piece is in ebonite and is in very good condition, a sling is included.

473

SELMER BUNDY Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD 

545

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Eb Piccolo in Resonite, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner was a well known London professional who worked mainly in the West End doubling on Clarinet, Sax and Flute. Now, in retirement, he is selling off his collection of clarinets. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The Nickel Silver key work is very good condition, with no discernable wear. The clarinet has fish skin pads throughout, which, while not new, are in good condition. The serial nos. are 10921. The original case is in excellent condition it latches securely and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is an upgrade to a professional Selmer Paris C85 120, also in good condition with no damage to the tip or rails. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Eb clarinet purchase. .

 

474

BUFFET PRESTIGE R13 A CLARINET-RESERVED

2045

 

 

     

This near mint condition Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument belongs to an Icelandic professional. The instrument is decribed as "near mint" only because of slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This A has matching serial nos. 383159, it was bought new from Buffet Crampon, and last serviced by them 5 years ago, being re-paded in their own unique brand of white leather pads. Since then it has not been played. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with no wear. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original, with 2 supplied barrels one of 62mm, and a Bb Prestige barrel, of 66mm, which its former owner found tuned this A well. The case is the original Buffet which has been much used; there are scuffs to the exterior, one of the combination locks has failed, and it has been replaced with a standard latch. The handle has also been replaced.  

     475   PETER EATON INTERNATIONAL Bb CLARINET-SOLD          2395
Clarinets Direct has built up an enviable reputation in the last few years. We are the UK's foremost dealer in second hand quality clarinets and are fortunate to count many of the leading professional players in the UK as our customers and clients. This is a very good condition Eaton International Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for us. The first owner was Mark Simpson, who used this instrument throughout the early part of his successful career, including winning the BBC 2006 Young Musician of the Year competition. He had the instrument fully overhauled by Peter Eaton, and since then the clarinet has had little use. It subsequently went to an amateur player who now wishes to sell it in order to invest in a Bass clarinet. A letter of Provenance from Mark Simpson is included in the sale. This clarinet has no cracks or damage to the wood, it is in very good condition. The Silver plating does show some minor tarnishing, unusually in places which are not touchpieces, i.e. the underside of keys and the tenon rings, see photo 8. Overall the plating is about 95%. The International is Eaton's version of a medium bore clarinet. The matching serial nos. are S613. The m'piece is an Eaton stamped 1.21A with S/N 3786, in used condition. There are 2 barrels of 63 and 64mm length. The case is an Orly, with zip and carry strap. Here is a chance for someone to own a instrument with an impressive provenance at a considerable cost saving from new.

476

GEORGE LEBLANC, PARIS, LL C CLARINET -SOLD

1495

 

 

     

An extremely rare and fine G Leblanc LL C Clarinet, in excellent condition. Leon Leblanc was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to the manufacture of 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.
The serial nos. are 49144, the wood has no cracks or repairs, and is in superb order throughout. The Silver plated keywork is also in fine condition throughout. All fish skin pads and corks are in very good condition. This instrument tunes exceptionally well, and demonstrates a surprisingly warm and even tone for a C clarinet. The supplied m'piece is a very good condition Vandoren 11.6 in ebonite. The case is the original and comes with the key.

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477

LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

895

 

 

     

A near mint condition Leblanc Esprit Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet was Leblanc's entry level professional wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.65mm. It was descibed by Leblanc as having a darker, and yet more flexible, sound than the slightly cheaper Sonata. It also features a separate post mounting for Ab/Eb. This model plays so well that it easily competes with a modern Buffet R13. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original and having matching stamps. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 81371. The supplied m'piece is a Leblanc K10M in very good condition. The case is the original back pack Leblanc, in good condition. NB The pictured warranty card is not included in the sale.  

478

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

795

 

 

     

A very good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This model, and the CT Omega, were both endorsed by Benny Goodman. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been professionally owned and played here in the UK.
This clarinet is in good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows few scuffs and marks. The fish skin pads are all new, the clarinet has just been overhauled. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are R5734 which dates to 1958.  The ase is in good condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer C85 115 in good condition.  

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479

SELMER PARIS PROFESSIONAL BASS, LOW C, FARRELL COLLECTION-RESERVED

4495

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Mark 1 Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C. The original and sole owner was a Julian Farrell a well known London professional, who is now retired, he selected it new in 1975 from Selmer Paris. It has been maintained very carefully, but has had much use. The Nickel plate throughout shows wear to the touchpieces, the plating is about 90%. The Bell and crook are both in excellent order. The wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks repairs or any other damage. The matching serial nos. are X9570. All pads are tan leather in used condition, though old they are sealing well. The key regulation throughout is also precise and even. The case is a BAM, in very good condition. The m'piece is a Vandoren B40 again in very good used condition.

 

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480

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET, PEARCE COLLECTION-RESERVED

1795

This is a very good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct This Eb has an outstanding Provenance, as it was this Eb that Michael Pearce used in the Philharmonia Orchestra, as co-Principal and Eb clarinettist, from 1978-1988. This instrument is featured on many of the Philharmonia recordings of this era, when the Orchestra was justly renowned for the superb quality of the Wind Section. As Michael Pearce stated: "This Eb has played all of the standard Eb Orchestral repertoire, and more!"
This instrument is in very fine condition the Silver plated key work shows no wear, it is in excellent condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in pristine condition. The instrument has fish skin pads which are all sealing well. The serial nos. are 510268. The mouthpiece is a B&H original. It plays comfortably with Vandoren No. 3 or 3.5 reeds. The case is again original, in good condition, it comes with the keys. In summation this Eb plays with a mellow, broad sound, and with excellent intonation.

481

BUFFET CRAMPON RC PRESTIGE BASS CLARINET -SOLD

4245

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Buffet RC Prestige Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one professional owner, and the instrument was bought in 2006 and used for approximately 8 years as part of a busy freelance career. As she no longer plays the Bass it is now offered to the market.
All Silver plated key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. The crook is in perfect condition, and the bell has a few light scratches and a couple of tint "pin head" dings, see photo 9. This type of Buffet Bass has a double overblowing vent, and features alternative fingerings for low D. This Bass has finest Pisoni White Leather pads throughout, in good to excellent condition. The Bass has been down to Mike Huntriss, ex-Bass Clarinet with the BSO, for a partial repad and regulation, and, in addition the key work has been oiled. The playing condition is superb. There is a floor peg to the bell, and the matching serial nos. are 27852. The instrument comes in the original case, which is in good used condition, and comes with the key.

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482

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET, -RESERVED

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, which was launched in the 1960's. Current "blurb" on the Buffet Crampon website is inaccurate. They claim that the Buffet E13 was based on the BC20, this is false: The E13 design pre-dates the BC20 by some 30 years, the E13 [as the model name suggests] is firmly based on the R13.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F95694 dating to 1967, which is commonly referred to as the "Golden" era of manufacture. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The key work is in Silver plate, which is in superb condition, indeed the quality of this plating puts contemporary Buffet standards to shame. 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 and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren 5RV lyre. The case is used but again in good condition.