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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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BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

2195

 

 

     

This excellent condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument belongs to a busy London professional who is pruning his extensive collection of clarinets. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 335379, which dates to 1990. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in perfect condition, with no wear. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original. The case is the original custom Buffet in good condition. The mouthpiece is a new Buffet.  

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BUFFET TOSCA CLARINET in Bb

2995

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most expensive models, a Tosca. The Tosca is the latest incarnation of the legendary R13 model.
The instrument is in near mint condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was bought new from Buffet less than 18 months ago. The instrument also has a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches, as well as the corrective low F key and vent. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 654018. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather in good condition. This clarinet is almost "as new", with only slight wear to the pads, corks and stamps, to distinguish it from new. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 65mm and 66mm with all pieces matching and original. The condition of the Buffet double Tosca case is also excellent. The m'piece is an upgrade to a "Rico Reserve", X5, S/N 000310, which is also in excellent used condition.

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LEBLANC, FRANCE, ESPRIT Bb CLARINET

895

A very good condition Leblanc Esprit Bb clarinet This clarinet was Leblanc's entry level professional wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.65mm. It was descibed by Leblanc as having a darker, and yet more flexible, sound than the slightly cheaper Sonata. It also features a separate post mounting for Ab/Eb. This model plays so well that it easily competes with a modern Buffet R13. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is in very good condition, with no wear. All pieces are original and having matching stamps. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 80003. The supplied m'piece is a Leblanc K10M in very good condition. The case is the original back pack Leblanc, in good condition.

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

795

An extremely fine, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinet in Nickel silver plate. This instrument was part of a pair with a fine provenance, having been bought new by Nicholas Carpenter, one of the UK's most successful clarinettists [a letter signed by Nick is included in the sale]. It was his recording of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet which was the BBCR3 CD review recommendation. In addition to his solo career Nick was Principal Clarinet of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and later a member of the LPO. The instrument was made in 1972, and at this time Buffet UK were based at Pages Walk in South London, it was from here that the clarinet was selected. This E&S Bb is much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is in fine condition with only slight loss to the RH ring keys.  The instrument has had a complete re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe leather pads and is sold with a full years' warranty. The Bb has S/N K26927, & the barrel supplied with this E13 is actually from a Buffet R13. The case is a brand new Stagg, and the m'piece an excellent condition modern Buffet. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instruments was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

 

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DOLNET C CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A rare Dolnet, Lefevre, & Pigis C clarinet. Dolnet were active as makers in Mantes from 1880 until WW 2. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current professional owner has been playing this C in a London based Klezmer band. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition, as are the pads which are fish skin in new condition. There is one old, pinned crack to the upper joint, which is shown in photo 6. It does not run through to the bore and has been stable with continuos professional use. The bell has a vent hole drilled through the tenon as well, to tune the low E/B twelfth better, this can effectively be close off, if desired, by rotating the bell, see photos 9 & 10. The instrument plays evenly and with a fine full tone across the registers, and at A=440Hz with standard French bore m'pieces. The case is a modern example, in good condition, as is the supplied Noblet m'piece.

 

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HOWARTH Bb CLARINET

1495

 

 

     

A near mint condition Howarth clarinet in Grenadilla wood. The only reason the clarinet cannot be desribed as mint is because the pads are not new, in all other respects the instrument is "as new". The wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches. There is no joint wobble. The tan leather pads are all sealing well, and should be good for several years to come. The Silver plated key work is pristine and there is no play to the mechanism. All stamps are bright. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1501. The supplied m'piece is a C85 120 Selmer. The Protech case is also as new.  

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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET

1495

An excellent Buffet R13 A clarinet. This instrument was owned formerly by Stuart Allen, and selected for him especially by Edward [Ted] Planas, whilst Ted was working for J & L Dawkes. Ted also customised this R13 with an additional pillar midway along the long barrel of the RH rings, see photo 7. This was because Stuart had a tendency to rest his fingers on this long barrel, and this was done to prevent excessive movement or deformation of the key work. This R13 has been played in many professional performances, as Stuart was, for many years, a member of the clarinet section of the English National Ballet Orchestra. And as a successful freelance player he also worked with most of London's finest orchestras. Therefore this R13 A clarinet has had much use, and this is reflected in surface marks to the wood, as well as some key work tarnish. However, as one would expect from the provenance, this instrument is a superb example of an R13 A, the modern equivalent would be a carefully chosen Prestige.
The wood is in good condition, without cracks or damage. The Silver plated key work is also fine for its age, with only some minor tarnishing. We have just overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The matching serial nos. are 212078 which dates to 1982. There are two supplied barrels, of 64mm and 66mm. The original Buffet double case shows scuffs to the exterior and interior wear, but latches securely.

 

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SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET

925

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only, there was formerly a floor peg attachment at the bottom of the body, and the screw holes for this have been filled. There is only slight plating loss to the Nickel Silver key work; the plating is around 90%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather repad and overhaul & is sold with our full years warranty. The crook and the bell both have dents, the most severe of which is to the bottom of the bell, we have just fitted a floor peg attachment so that the next owner will not rest the Bass directly on the floor, see photos 4 and 9. The serial nos. are 9947. The case is brand new, and the Bundy m'piece is in very good used condition. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design. It plays easily and is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

 

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LUIS ROSSI ENGLISH BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

2795

This is an excellent Luis Rossi English model clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct: With a 15.2mm bore these clarinets are based on a late pair of pre-war 1010 clarinets and are ideal for those players seeking to emulate the playing style of classic older British players, i.e. Jack Brymer, Gervase dePeyer. However they represent a considerable step forward in tuning over the original 1010. Luis Rossi long ago moved away from the traditional B&H concept that the 1010 bore should be basically a cylinder at 15.2mm, including the bore of the mouthpiece. Luis therefore uses a new modern acoustic design which includes a large reverse cone at the top of the upper joint, and a clever register key, with fully automatic Bb booster, to ensure that his wide bore design has world leading intonation and evenness.
This instrument is in very good condition, with white leather pads throughout. The wood is in superb condition, but there is one old filled small surface crack, which runs from the top tenon down to the first pillar on the upper joint, which is for the register key, see photo 5. The silver plating is in excellent condition throughout with no wear. There are two supplied barrels of 65.5mm and 69.5mm. Like all Rossi clarinets the instrument is in a single piece which allows the C#/G# hole to be correctly placed. The original wooden tenon guards are also included, and the single piece modern case with carry strap is in very good condition.

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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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SELMER BUNDY Eb PICCOLO CLARINET

495

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Eb Piccolo in Resonite. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The Nickel Silver key work is very good condition, with no discernable wear. [NB The instrument has been photographed prior to going through our workshop.] The slight "cloudiness" of the plating will disappear once it has been polished. The clarinet will have a complete overhaul in Pisoni finest fish skin pads, and will be sold with our full 1 year warranty. The serial nos. are 646. The original case is in good condition it latches securely and protects the instrument well. The original m'piece is also in good condition with no damage to the tip or rails. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Eb clarinet purchase.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL A CLARINET

2195

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival A clarinet is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument has been professionally owned and played, it has been extremely well cared for. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The A has matching serial nos. 347796. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has finest Pisoni fish skin pads throughout in excellent condition. There are two supplied barrels measuring 67.0mm & 66.0mm. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in excellent condition. This instrument would pair well with number 15 on our list. NB. Though a B45 mouthpiece is pictured, in fact that has been replaced with a second barrel.

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G. LEBLANC, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET

1095

 

 

     

This is a good condition G. Leblanc Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The wood is in fine condition throughout with no cracks or repairs. A bridge bracket has been added between the main joints to fix the Alto as a one piece instrument, see photo 10. The nickel silver plated key work keywork shows some spot wear to the touch pieces, the plating is about 85%. Likewise the bell and crook which show some plating wear and minor dings, none of these affect the response, which is excellent. An additional security number has been scratched into the bell, which matches one on the back of the lower joint. It is likely, therefore, that this instrument was owned at some point by a school or Conservatoire. The Alto has recently been overhauled in white leather & fish skin pads which are all in excellent condition. The matching serial nos. are 6730, which probably dates to the early 1970's. The case is the original with scuffs to the exterior and some tears to the interior lining, but still fully serviceable. The m'piece is a Vandoren "Perfecta" in Diamond Ebonite, in excellent condition. Some reeds and a sling are also provided

 

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE Bb CLARINET

4195

This is an excellent Luis Rossi American model clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct: 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 in superb condition, with good pads throughout, the lowest pads feature metal reflectors. The wood is in pristine condition, with no cracks or damage. The silver plating is in excellent condition throughout with no wear. There are three supplied barrels of 58.5mm, 59.5mm and 60.5mm. The instrument was tuned by Luis to play with Vandoren mouthpieces. There are also two different bells, a thicker walled example which allows for a darker tone with more weight, and also a traditional thinner walled example for more projection and brilliance. The original wooden tenon guards are included, and the double case with carry strap is also in very good condition.

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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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GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

845

 

 

     

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 American collector.
This Bb has matching serial numbers 6493, 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, with only one old solder repair to the C#/G# key, see photo 6. All pads are tan leather, again in "as new" condition. This clarinet demonstrates an even and well tuned scale. It competes easily with much more expensive new instruments on the market today. The mouthpiece is a custom Ed Pillinger with a tip opening of 1.1mm and 15 mm length of lay, which plays well with Vandoren 2.5-3 reeds. The case is elderly but still fully functional. .

 

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BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET

1195

A superb condition Buffet RC clarinet in Bb which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had a careful adult owner who used it to play in a community orchestra, but sadly no longer has the time to play. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA, different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets.
This Bb has no serial numbers, which is not unique in our experience: Occasionally Buffet allow a player to purchase from the factory, or gift an instrument to a player from the factory, which can account for the lack of serial numbers. It is also possible that both joints are replacements from Buffet, however, in the case that both joints of a clarinet crack under warranty it is far more likely that Buffet would replace the instrument with a brand new example. The clarinet is in pristine condition; perfect Silver plate, and no cracks or damage to the wood. We have just entirely re-padded the instrument in finest Pisoni Deluxe fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full warranty. The mouthpiece is an upgrade to a Vandoren B45 in excellent condition. The original Buffet case is also in good used condition, and is supplied with the keys.

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DOLNET C CLARINET

995

 

 

     

A rare Dolnet, Lefevre, & Pigis C clarinet. Dolnet were active as makers in Mantes from 1880 until WW 2. This instrument seems to be of later manufacture, as it features a double pillar mount for the LH pinky keys, and has a screw through the top of the throat G# key. In addition it is stamped with the later logo design. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. We have just comnpletely re-padded the clarinet and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or repairs to the Grenadilla wood, only slight surface marks and scratches associated with normal use. The matching serial nos. are 9075. The m'piece is a brand new Vandoren AT45, No.3, though the instrument will tune well with any standard French bore m'piece. The case is a modern example, in good condition, and comes with keys.

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BUFFET/FOX BASSET CLARINET in A

3495

Clarinets Direct is pleased to be able to offer another superb and ultra rare clarinet to the market. Stephen Fox is known internationally as one of the World's finest acousticians and makers. We have been fortunate to re-sell instruments customised by him in the past. This is a Buffet Basset Clarinet in A, with fully automatic rear touchpieces for the lowest three pitches, D, C#, and C. The instrument was initially used professionally in the USA, and then was subsequently bought by an English collector, who is now selling off part of his collection.
This model has several advantages over the current RC Prestige model : It has an articulated C#/G# key, also the old "donut" LH 2 ring which offers the player a fork Eb/Bb, and it is significantly cheaper. Allied to this the response and intonation, courtesy of Stephen Fox, are superb. The instrument has Grenadilla wood throughout with no cracks or repairs, the German Silver key work is also in fine shape. The instrument had a thorough overhaul on 26th June 2014, and has pads and all corks in pristine condition. There are two supplied barrels, of 65mm and 67mm, the instrument tunes well with all standard French bore mouthpieces, including Vandoren. The serial nos. are 269N1 which date the original A to 1921. The instrument is supplied in a bespoke leather attache case, and also with sling and brace to rest on the players' abdomen.

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PAIR OF NOBLET, PARIS, ARTIST CLARINETS

1390

THE Bb IS "RESERVED". THE A STILL FOR SALE, IN DOUBLE CASE, FOR 745 These are a mint condition pair of Noblet Artist clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Noblet Artist was the professional top of the range Noblet model. The Bb, matching S/N B64692, has just been completely overhauled in Finest Pisoni tan leather pads. The Nickel Silver plate is pristine. The instrument is made entirely from Grenadilla wood, unlike the cheaper model 40 in the Noblet range. The barrel, stamped Noblet Leblanc 45, is actually a more recent replacement from the last incarnation of the "Artist" Noblet when the model was rebadged by Leblanc.
This A has matching serial nos. B47681, & has just been completely overhauled in Finest Pisoni fish skin pads. It has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in pristine condition. The nickel silver plate is also in very good condition with no discernable wear. This clarinet was made entirely from Grenadilla wood, including the barrel. The 2 supplied Noblet m'pieces are also in very good condition. The double case is an extremely fine Yamaha Custom double, with leather cover, including zippable pouches, this, again, is in mint condition. The seller is prepared to sell the instruments separately as follows: The A in double case for 745, and the Bb in single case for 645. Both instruments would come with a Noblet m'piece.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, A CLARINET

795

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare and fine original logo Selmer A clarinet. This A has matching serial numbers 8189, which date it to 1929/30. The Grenadilla wood has no cracks or damage, in fact the condition is very good, with only light surface marks. The German silver keywork is in pristine condition throughout, without tarnish or blemish. This A clarinet has a bore of 14.9mm, and will pair perfectly well with any other mainstream manufacturers Bb clarinet. i.e. Buffet, Yamaha, Leblanc, or, of course, Selmer. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in our Clarinets Direct workshop with Pisoni Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 years warranty. The double case is in excellent used condition, and is supplied with keys. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF YAMAHA CS-V CUSTOM CLARINETS

2395

 

 

     

A near mint condition pair of Yamaha CS-V CUSTOM clarinets, with only slight wear to the stamps to distinguish these instruments from new. The pair have been professionally owned and played here in the UK. In addition to the regular Yamha barrels, they are supplied with two "fat boy" interchangeable barrels in Rosewood and Grenadilla. 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 CS-V features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the CS-V has slightly smaller tonehole sizes, than the SEV, resulting in a clearer, more focused sound with excellent projection. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the R13 Prestige, where as the SEV, competed with the RC Prestige. The tuning and voicing is improved over the regular Yamaha CS, 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.
This Bb has matching S/N 03141. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The clarinet was recently re-padded in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads, which are all in "as new" condition. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear. The A has matching S/N 01153. Like the Bb it features an alternative LH Ab/Eb lever. The pads are mainly tan leather with cork on the register key, C#/G# key, and the first two trill keys. All pads are again "as new". The Silver plated key work is pristine. The supplied m'piece is a stock Buffet. The case is of modern back pack type in excellent condition. These instruments represents superb value for money: For less than the cost of a pair of new E13's, one can purchase a pair more consistent than most R13 Prestige.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

1195

A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout. The Grenadilla wood is in nice condition, no cracks or repairs just surface scuffs and marks, consistent with careful use. The last owner, a younger player, had the thumb rest moved lower by John Coppen, and the original screwholes have been left unfilled, see photo 10. John Coppen also re-padded the instrument with his version of superpads, which are well known for their longevity. The matching serial nos. are 47815 which dates to 1954. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold  standard  of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com  more details The case is the original, worn, but fully functional The mouthpiece is a Selmer C85 115.

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LEBLANC OPUS, Bb CLARINET

1395

 

 

     

This clarinet was Leblanc's flagship model of the 2000's. It was described as the "ultimate orchestral clarinet" by Leblanc, and was designed by Tom Ridenour. Offering a polycylindrical bore of 14.61mm, an inverted taper barrel, and a high placed speaker key, the intonation was excellent, much improved on the Buffet R13 Prestige, its leading competitor. Again according to Leblanc: "Its mature rich tone possesses great evenness, directnesss and power." Like the Prestige the specification includes, aged, unstained Grenadilla wood, and auxiliary LH Ab/Eb key. The model found much favour with many of Britain's leading young players.
The plating overall is very good, but there has been some slight loss to the plating on the LH little finger touchpieces, see photo 6. The instrument has had a full overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads in our workshop and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 2 interchangeable barrels of 67mm and 65mm. The mouthpiece is a used Vandoren B45 in very good condition. The original Leblanc case shows some scuffs to the exterior, the interior is in fine condition.

 

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BUFFET RC PRESTIGE A CLARINET

2195

 

 

     

This early RC A Prestige clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This model was the top of the line Buffet when made, and was the first mainstream production line clarinet to feature a voicing groove in the bell. Considering the instrument was made in 1983 it proves how much Buffet Crampon have always been a design innovator and market leader.

This A has matching serial numbers, F249547, which makes it one of the first RC Prestige ever manufactured. The condition of this instrument is excellent. There are no cracks or damage to the wood. The Silver plating is pristine throughout. The clarinet has "as new" Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather pads throughout. The original supplied Buffet double case is also in good condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET

1395

 

 

     

A fair condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed clarinets worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.4mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French instruments sold today.
The original, and sole former owner of this instrument, has had Eddie Ashton superpads fitted throughout, which are sealing well. He also had Ashton remove the alternative Eb/Ab LH lever, and modify the pin linkage mechanism at the bottom of the LH F#/C# LH lever, see photo 9. All Silver plate is in good condition, and indeed the look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. In addition to the modifications to the key work, the instrument also has repairs to the Grenadilla wood. The upper joint has been pinned several times in the past, there are 8 different points on the wood surface where filler has been applied, which would indicate 4 pins in total. In addition, there are 4 surface cracks to the upper joint: One into the first trill key hole, one midway between this and another which runs into the speaker tube, and another which runs into and through the right hand register key pillar, see photo 11. Apart from this last crack, all the others have been filled. The instrument has been down to the Clarinets Direct workshop for a thorough "check down". All crack repairs are sealing well, and the touch corks, and regualtion have been attended to as necessary. The supplied Selmer barrels measure 62.5 mm & 64.5mm. The 62.5mm barrel has also cracked and been filled. The matching serial numbers are D1134, which dates to 1984. The supplied m'piece is an ebonite Leblanc, and the case is a brand new Venus.

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27

PAIR OF SELMER, FULL MAZZEO, CENTERED TONE CLARINETS

6495

 

 

     


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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29

SELMER PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASSET HORN in F

4995

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C. The Selmer design of Basset Horn differs radically from that of Buffet and Leblanc in that it is basically an extended Bb instrument. Thus it can be played with your usual Bb clarinet m'piece. Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets. This instrument was part of the collection of Paul Willey's late father. Paul is a well known violinist, formerly the leader of the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Welsh Orchestra, and associate leader of the CBSO.
This instrument is a one owner example and is in very good condition. It goes without saying that Basset Horns do not get heavy use, and this example, amateur owned, has been exceptionally well maintained. The Nickel Silver keywork is good and shows only slight wear, the plating is about 95%. There are two crooks both in excellent condition, one for use at A=440 the other A=442. The bell shows no damage, only light surface marks. We will replace pads as necessary, and swage and regulate the key work prior to sale. The instrument was photographed prior to going down to our Clarinets Direct workshop. The wood is in overall excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. Selmer is generally held to be the finest manufacturer in the world of harmony clarinets, and this instrument would retail today new for 9700. The matching Selmer serial nos. are C7294 which dates to 1984, when it was bought new. The m'piece is a used Selmer C85 120 in excellent condition, as is the original case.

 

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30

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

1095

 

 

     

A nice condition vintage Buffet R13. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout,and exhibits a good shine. The Grenadilla wood shows light surface scuffs and marks, and there is a minor chip to the bottom tenon of the upper joint, see photo 4, which has no effect on the response. In addition the bell has two tight cracks, see photos 9 & 10. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 44148 which dates to 1953. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold  standard  of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com  for more details. The case is a brand new "Stagg" [not pictured]. The mouthpiece is a Mitchell Lurie M4.

31

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 A CLARINET

595

 

 

     

This Imperial 926 A Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been well maintained, with the last service on 26th June 2014. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
The A, serial no. 120924, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, with only slight spot wear to the F/C key and tenon rings. All the tan leather pads and corks, are in fine condition, because of the recent overhaul. The supplied m'piece is a good condition Holdsworth 926 No. 7. Frank Holdsworth was Principal clarinet of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and well known for his custom B&H m'pieces, his customers included Jack Brymer. This m'piece is a significant improvement on a standard B&H 926. There are two barrels, and original 926 and a shorter barrel from an Emperor A, which is of the correct bore for an Imperial 926. The double case is brand new.

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32

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET

1695

 

 

     

An "as new" Buffet RC clarinet in Bb which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It's owner bought it on a whim, and subsequently went on to wide bore English clarinets, consequently this clarinet was hardly played. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA, different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets.
This Bb has S/N 625358, it is new in every respect, and supplied exactly as it left the dealer: With manufacurers' guarantee card [unused], still wrapped mouthpiece and keys, all the accessories are included, even the Buffet pencil. The original Buffet packing box is also supplied.

 

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33

SELMER BUNDY CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

1345

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Contra-Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. This is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct and the curent owner has taken good care of this instrument. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook is in excellent condition, and the bell has only a few light scratches. There is only slight plating loss; the Nickel Silver plating is around 95%. The instrument plays well, and the pads which are tan leather are "as new". The key work is well regulated and The serial nos. are 6062. The used case protects the instrument well, and the interior is in good condition for its age. The exterior had originally 3 latches, of which 2 have failed, so a further 2 have been fitted,making a total of 5. However for extra security a stout leather belt is provided, to make sure the case remains closed safely. The m'piece is a used Selmer Bundy 3 in good condition. There are also 2 reeds, a "Legere" and a Vandoren.

     34   CONN, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET          595
This is a good condition Conn, Alto Clarinet in ebonite to low Eb. Most likely this was made as a top model: Not only does it feature a LH Ab/Eb, but also a compensating G/D hole. Both of these are consistent with a professional model, as was the use of ebonite in the manufacture of older superior quality clarinets. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, as the current owner has traded up to a wooden Noblet Alto.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout with only slight wear, though it would benefit from a good buffing and polish. The bell has a few minor dings but no dents, and slight flattening to the base. The crook is in good condition and shows no damage. The ebonite is in fine condition with no cracks or repairs, though it shows slight discolouration throughout. The Alto has just been given a thorough "check down" in our workshop, the pads though elderly are all sealing well. The instrument is in good regulation throughout, and all touch corks have been replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are M24575. The case is a modern brand new example. The m'piece is a rare superb Lelandais, in excellent condition.

35

SELMER 9* Bb CLARINET

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.  

36

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.

37

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.

 

38

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   YAMAHA CSG CUSTOM CLARINET          1495
A superb condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Yamaha made great claims for the CSG range; a new bore design is supposed to provide great tonal richness, as found in older instruments made from properly aged Grenadilla. Interestingly the bore is smaller than the R13 at 14.60mm, which is strongly reminiscent of the Buffet DG, as is the lack of undercutting on the upper joint. Certainly the design has found much favour with many fine players, including Michael Collins and Nicholas Cox. Indeed this particular clarinet was presented by Nicholas Cox as a prize. The latest CSG III differs from this model in that it offers revised key work, including a a LH Ab/Eb lever, and a voicing groove to the bell.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest unstained Grenadilla. This Bb, S/N 03324, has reflector fish skin pads throughout in good condition. The Silver plated key work is pristine throughout. The m'piece is the original Yamaha 5CM custom ebonite in excellent condition, as is the original case.

41

LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

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 very good condition. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 20525, which probably dates to the late 1960's. The Silver plate is in very good condition, with only slight wear to the low F#/C# & Ab/Eb keys, the plating is about 98%, see photo 7. 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 the original Leblanc, in good condition, though there is a slight tear to the fabric on the case handle. The mouthpiece is an ebonite Leblanc 2L.

 

42

SELMER, PARIS, METAL Bb CLARINET

1395

 

 

     

This is an early modern logo Selmer professional metal Bb clarinet. In a Selmer Paris brochure dating from the 1920's I read with interest that 3 different types of material were used in the making of their instruments: Grenadilla wood instruments were the cheapest, followed by ebonite clarinets, whereas the most expensive, by some margin, were their metal instruments. The logo is of the modern Selmer type, yet this clarinet has matching 1728 serial numbers. I have long suspected that websites which attempt to date early Selmer serial nos. are, at best, very approximate. All of this point to a late 1920's or early 1930's instrument.
This clarinet is in excellent condition for its age: All pieces are matching and original. Even the mouthpiece is an original "Henri Selmer" signature with a "B" facing. The intonation and response are excellent, exactly as stated on the barrel; "B=440". The Silver plating to the body does show some surface pitting and discolouration, as does the table of the m'piece, however this clarinet is over 80 years old. The plating on the keys is largely free from wear. The mouthpiece plays very well with a medium strength reed. The bore is large, at 15.3mm, much larger than the bore of contemporary wooden clarinets made by Selmer. This clarinet would be ideal for out door or jazz use, the tone is big and flexible. We have just completely overhauled the clarinet in Pisoni fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is used but in good condition.

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43

MATCHED PAIR OF ENGLISH BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS 

5995

This matched pair of Luis Rossi English bore clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have been used professionally in London,with most of the Capitals' major orchestras. The young player who owns these recently bought a new pair of Rossi clarinets and these are to be sold in order for him to order a Rossi clarinet in C.
The Bb has serial no. E431 and has Silver plate in very good condition, the only patch of wear is to the LH E/B lever, see photo 6. The wood is also in excellent condition, though during a Philharmonia Orchestra rehearsal the Bb bell was dropped and split in two. The bell was repaired by Jon Steward, ex-Howarth & Co. Ltd, and the repair has been stable for several years. The instruments have also been regularly serviced by Howarths. All pads are in good condition. Both clarinets feature an English bore based on the pre-war 1010, but with much improved acoustics and intonation. There is a fully automatic Bb booster key, and an additional low G/D vent.
The A, serial no. E430, has wood in overall excellent condition. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition. As with the Bb, the instrument has been regularly serviced at Howarths, and all pads are in good condition. There are 5 barrels of 64.0mm, 67.0mm, 67.0mm, 69.0mm and 70.0mm. The m'pieces is a B&H 1010 No.2, which has been relayed by Ramon Wodkowski. The case, whilst used, is in good condition.

 

44

MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS LONDON CLARINETS

2295

 

 

     


These are an exceptionally rare and fine pair of Louis early English clarinets. 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. These instruments are a one owner pair, their former owner was a London professional who owned this pair 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.
These instruments are in excellent condition, for clarinets made in the 1920's. Clarinets Direct have just entirely re-padded the instruments in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads, and the clarinets are sold with our full 1 year warranty. 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, 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 bells which are both 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 a lovely even scale across the break. Both instruments features an ebonite "bushed" C/G hole: I have several theories concerning this. 1. The hole may have been moved at the request of the original owner, certainly on both clarinets the thumb rests have been repositioned slightly lower, and the the wood surface filled with shellac, see photo 10. 2. The clarinets 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 the original and it has been relayed to 1.1mm by 17mm. With a bores of 14.65mm for the Bb and 14.75mm for the A this pair will work well with any modern French bore mouthpiece. In fact these bore dimensions are exactly the same as for a Buffet R13 pair. A box of original, used Louis reeds is also included. The case is a brand new Backun Leblanc double pouchette with pouches and carry strap.  

45

BUFFET R13 VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

1195

 

 

     

A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument comes from the collection of a fastidious collector, the instrument is in outstanding condition. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has been recently re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and all are in "as new" condition. The matching serial nos. are 48969 which dates to 1955. This is one of the first R13s made, and when one plays it and appreciates the excellent intonation, sound and response, it is easy to see why this model began to dominate the market, as the preferred choice of all serious clarinetists. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. The case is the original Buffet, in black leather, there are some stains and scuffs to the interior, but the exterior condition is good, and the case is in remarkably fine shape for its age.

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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.

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926, Bb CLARINET

525

 

 

     

An extremely rare B&H 926 Bb, in ebonite. The Imperial 926 was manufactured to the same standard as the Imperial Symphony 1010, both top of the range professional quality instruments. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been well maintained, with servicing carried out by Graham de Vere White. The instrument is lighter than a Grenadilla wood example, and has an exceptionally free and lively tone.
The instrument has tan leather pads which, whilst not new, are sealing well. The bore and body are excellent with no cracks, damage or wear, only slight surface marks. The Nickel plate is showing some wear to both rings and touch pieces, but the key work is in very good shape. There is no wobble or slackness in the regulation. I can just make out a serial no. which is 150509, which dates to approximately 1957. The white acrylic B & H m'piece is in good condition. The case is old, and original, it still functions well.

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48

SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

995

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

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

1395

 

 

     

A superb condition pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments were part of the collection of Paul Willey's late father. Paul is a well known violinist, formerly the leader of the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Welsh Orchestra, and associate leader of the CBSO. The instruments have had only one careful owner.
The Bb, serial no. 260510, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is pristine. The pair have just been completely overhauled in finest Pisoni Tan leather pads, and unusually for a commission sale, they are sold with the full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty and return policy. The A, serial no. 250117, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, and the instrument is in near mint condition. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a brand new Boosey & Hawkes No. 2, which was part of the Willey collection. The case is the original in fair condition,the interior is excellent without stains, but there are some scuffs, and streaks to the exterior.  

50

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.  

51

MATCHED G RUDOLF UEBEL PAIR OF CLARINETS     

995

These are a rare and interesting pair of G Rudold Uebel handmade clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Though Boehm system clarinets, with a compensating G/D vent on both, there are some subtle design differences in these instruments as compared to those made by the mainstream French manufacturers, and these combine to contribute to a tone which has has a lovely warmth and focus, a quintessential German sound. The last owner, an amateur player, has used them successfully for many years as a pair.
The Bb is probably an earlier instrument than the A. The stamp is different, in that the country of manufacture is given as the "DDR", rather than "Germany" on the A. The rest of the stamp reads: " Wohlhausen [Vogtland]". The pressed steel type of keywork shows no plating wear, it is in excellent order throughout, Note also the quality of a tiny "grub screw" set into every pillar to stop movement within the mechanism. The Bb also features Uebel's earlier arrangement of the throat A and G# holes. Note how each note issues from its own dedicated tone hole, not sharing tone holes, as on standard Boehms: This all helps in achieving that German ideal of a pure tone. Along with the already mentioned compensating vent on the lower joint, there is also a wraparound register key. The Bb also has no bell ring, again unlike the A. All pads are in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in very good order, there is a repaired crack to the bell, see photo 8. In addition Alan Andrews, has just pinned a small crack to the top joint, which was running into the register key hole. This, of course, has a metal speaker pipe, so the integrity of the hole is in no way compromised by the crack. Nevertheless Alan has just come up with a unique way of pinning: He uses a computer generated model to accurately plot the course of the pins, which are custom designed to be self tapping and need only one entry hole. This technique represents a major advance over more traditional methods. So good is the repair, that I could not see it to photograph it. The matching serial nos. on the Bb are 2-75331.
The A is probably of later manufacture, though it plays in an extremely similar way to the Bb. The key layout is entirely standard Boehm except for the compensating G/D vent. All the plating is in pristine condition. All the pads and corks are also in good condition. There are no cracks or rpairs to the wood of the A, which is in very good order throughout. Both instruments have had adjustable thumb rests fitted. The matching serial nos. on the A are 651834. The two single cases provided are in good order. The instruments tune and respond excellently with standard Vandoren m'pieces. Unlike the modern Uebel range which is marketed as of "above average" student quality, these instruments were made as professional handmade models. For the player unwilling to learn the Oehler system they do offer an easier alternative to achieving a more traditional "German" sound. .

 

     52   IMPROVED LONDON Eb CLARINET          795
This is a superb condition boxwood and ivory Eb Piccolo Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. An 8 key clarinet had been invented as early as 1791 by Hoth of Berlin, but it is likely that this instrument is much later, even as late as early Victorian, however the condition makes this hard to believe. The "New Langwell Index" makes mention of a "London" maker active in the latter half of the 18th Century.
The wood condition overall is perfect, there are NO cracks or repairs. The stamps are as new. The pads, which are white leather on felt, are not new, but are all sealing well. This instrument was restored by one of the UK's leading repairers with over fifty years experience. The Brass keys show some discolouration, but function as they should. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has the original Grenadilla wood mouthpiece which takes cut down modern Eb reeds. The pitch is slightly higher than A=440, about A=442, but with the barrel pulled the Eb can be played comfortably at A=440. There supplied case is in good condition, and latches well.

53

LEBLANC, PARIS, INFINITE Bb CLARINET

1195

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.

 

54

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

1595

 

 

     

A superb pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These were by the same collector who bought Emma Johnson's Elite pair reconditioned from Peter Eaton. Unfortunately due to tendon problems he can no longer play. They have been extremely well maintained.
The Bb, serial no. 551531, has no cracks or repairs. The serial number dates to 1983 which makes this an extremely late example. All Gordon Beeson tan leather pads are in good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is excellent without marks or blemish. Both instruments feature the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The A, serial no. 500877, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. Like the Bb all tan leather pads and corks are also in very fine condition. Both instruments will be maintenance free for several years to come with normal use. There are 2 barrels of 64.0mm and 61.5mm. The two supplied m'pieces are both Boosey & Hawkes No. 2, one of which is unused and in mint condition. The case is the original in excellent condition, it has been well protected by the supplied dust cover.  

55

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 F417904 which dates to 1996. The supplied m'piece is a stock Buffet 125 F3 A. The instrument has been very well looked after, and the case is excellent shape and is supplied with the key.  

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

BUESCHER ALTO CLARINET

495

 

 

     

This is a nice condition Buescher Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets direct, the owner having just up-graded to a Noblet Alto. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook is in excellent condition with no dings or scratches. The bell is also in good condition, it has only the slightest flattening to the base, and also light scratches where it comes into contact with the low E/B rod, the usual place to find scratches! There is only slight plating loss to some of the Nickel Silver ring finger touchpieces; the plating is around 95%. The Alto has Pisoni Premium Deluxe leather pads throughout in good condition. The instrument has just had a thorough "check down" in our workshop with pads replaced as necessary, and the key work re-aligned and regulated. The serial nos. are 21745. The case is used, but with a good interior and exterior: All latches function well. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in excellent condition. It works well with a Vandoren No. 2 or Rico 2.5 reed. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer Bundy design, as the Buescher is just a re-badged Selmer, it plays easily and is an ideal first Alto clarinet purchase. The last former owner was a professional, and has maintained the instrument well.  

58

NOBLET, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare Noblet Artist Full Boehm Bb clarinet. The Artist is the top of the range Noblet, an entry level professional model, unlike the cheaper 40/45 range. The instrument was part of the David Hamilton collection. David was a renowned teacher, and one time Head of Wind for Surrey County Music Service. His former pupils, many of whom are now professionals, included Michael Collins, Fiona Cross, and Ian Peters. The Nickel silver key work is excellent throughout, with minimal wear. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. The thumb rest has been moved slightly upwards and replaced with a sling hook model. The 2 screw holes have been filled, see photo 8. All parts of the instrument are made from Grenadilla wood, unlike some more recent Noblets, which were made with plastic barrels and bells, as a cost saving exercise. The barrel is a more recent Noblet replacement. The matching serial nos. are B68728. This instrument probably dates to the late 1970's. The case is the original in good condition, and features the supplying dealers plate.  

59

BUFFET CRAMPON R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

2095

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet, which was probably a custom order from Buffet. This early Prestige features several improvements over a standard model. There is an articulated C#/G# mechanism, the bell not only has a voicing groove to improve the bell note response and tuning, but also a vent hole in the bell, finally, the speaker key & tube have been re-designed to minimise bore intrusion. This has several advantages, not only are the acoustics and response of the second register improved, but also the risk of snagging the pull through is minimised. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F253728, which dates to 1985. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with only slight wear to the ring keys. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a Buffet Prestige double, the LH lock has jammed and it has been replaced with a standard catch, the RH combination lock still functions as it should. The mouthpiece is a used Vandoren B45 in very good condition.  

60

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

545

 

 

     

NB THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb IS FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE FOR 545.00 This matched pair of Imperial 926 Clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair were one of the last 926 Imperial pairs to be made by Boosey and Hawkes. The 926 Imperial was B & H's top professional model, alongside the larger bore 1010. The pair have been down to our workshop for a thorough check down and regulation prior to sale.
The Bb has serial no. 531747 dating to 1981, and has Silver plate in good condition. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. The pads throughout are fish skin, worn, but still sealing well.
The A, serial no. 504363 dating to 1980, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, like the Bb the pads are not new, but sealing well. There are 2 barrels of 66.4mm, & 66.8mm. Unlike Buffet clarinets, the barrels on B&H clarinets are interchangeable between the Bb and A. The supplied m'piece is an original Boosey &Hawkes 926 No. 2. The case is also original, it still latches and protects the pair well.  

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

SELMER  PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

495

 

 

     

A nice condition Selmer 7 ring Bb clarinet, of the old logo dating to the mid 1920's.  The German Silver key work is in very good condition and  all pieces are stamped Selmer. The wood is in overall good condition for an instrument of this vintage, with minor surface marks and scratches, no major cracks or repairs. The clarinet has been  just completely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Pads & is in excellent playing order. The matching serial nos. are 5309. There are some thread repairs to the tenon corks, but all touch corks are fine  The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS*, and the case is also in  good used condition.

     63   SELMER, PARIS, MATCHED PAIR OF PRE-CENTERED TONE CLARINETS          1595
These are a matched pair of Selmer Pre-CT clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their owner is a UK academic who is also a keen collector. The German Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instruments have just had an overhaul in fish skin pads, and touch corks and tenon corks have also been replaced as necessary. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, just minor surface scratches and marks. There is no joint wobble. The Bb has matching serial nos. N4119, which dates to 1948. The A has matching serial nos. M9907, which dates to late 1946. Both instruments are in excellent condition for their age. The Selmer case, is well used, but latches securely.

64

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.

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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70

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

1195

An excellent Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has matching serial nos. 147863, which dates to 1974. This was just prior to the launch of the RC, in 1975, and at this time the R13 was the finest model in the Buffet catologue. Consequently R13s from this period, the so called "Golden Era", are particularly prized.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has been recently re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and all are in "as new" condition. The regulation is excellent, the clarinet has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" prior to sale. There is no joint wobble. The mouthpiece is a used Vandoren 5RV in good condition. The case is a Selmer, in brown leather, there are some stains and scuffs to the interior, but the exterior condition is good, and the case is in remarkably fine shape for its age.

 

71

AMATI 36N CONTRABASSOON

3995

 

 

     

This is a good condition Amati 36N Contrabassoon, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought secondhand at Myatt's for 4995 in 2011, and this receipt is included.
The Contra has serial nos 5022. The original lacquer shows only slight wear, as seen in the photographs, with light scratches. The nickel plated key work is in excellent condition, and there are two crooks, one of which is 2mm longer. This instrument has white leather pads throughout, some of which were replaced by Myatts' prior to it being last sold, since then the instrument has had little use. The regulation is good. The original case is in good used condition.  

72

D NOBLET, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

545

 

 

     

This is an older professional Daniel Noblet Bb clarinet, with the older logo: The "D" and "N" are intertwined. The German silver key work is excellent throughout, not plated and with no wear. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. All parts of the instrument are made from Grenadilla wood, unlike some more recent Noblets, which were made with plastic barrels and bells, as a cost saving exercise. The matching serial nos. are 6793. This instrument probably dates to the late 1950's or early 1960's. The case is in good condition, and the m'piece is an "AAA" in ebonite.

 

73

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

695

 

 

     

This B&H 1010 Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Unusually this Bb has been worked on by Geoffrey Acton, the inventor of the Acton patent vent. An invoice is included with the sale, which gives details of a replacement top joint for the Bb. This was personally tuned and set up by Acton who, as head designer for Boosey and Hawkes, was the foremost authority on 1010s.
This Bb, serial no. 530239, has a replacement top joint, as mentioned above this has a crack repair by Acton, and this has been stable for 23 years. The tuning and response are excellent. All tan leather pads are "as new", as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is very good. The instrument features the later version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The supplied m'piece is a used Boosey & Hawkes No. 1. The case is an original Boosey, in fair condition.

 

76

BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

1995

This extremely fine Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one professional owner instrument, and has been very well cared for. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb, serial no. 511448, has been entirely re-padded by Eddie Ashton in his superpads which are "as new". The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition. The key regulation is very good. The barrel is of 66.0mm and all pieces are matching and original. The case is the original Buffet in good condition.

542

PAIR OF HAWKES EXCELSIOR SONOROUS CLARINETS-SOLD

1395

These are a very rare and fine pair of Hawkes & Co. Excelsior Sonorous Martels. This is the type of clarinet most closely asociated with Reginald Kell who reputedly recorded the Brahms Quintet with the Busch String Quartet at Abbey Road, on a borrowed instrument of the 4000 S/N series. I have been lucky enough recently to play test the pair Reg used and I can confirm that this pair are of comparable quality. The m'piece which tunes this pair well, has no makers stamp but plays very easily with Vandoren 3 or 3.5 reeds. In addition there is an original G. Howarth m'piece supplied but there is damage to the tip rail.
The Bb S/N 4691, has several repaired cracks to the bell, and a sealed crack to the upper joint which does not run through to the bore. All pads are tan leather and sealing well. The plating on the Bb, is I believe, original, i.e. these are the original German Silver keys. This clarinet carries the famous Draper X1 above the rear thumb rest, it probably dates to around 1913.
The A, S/N 1196, has a replacement bell, S/N 2063, but is actually in better overall condition than the Bb. There are no cracks or damage, but the key work has been replated in chrome at some point in the past. All tan leather pads are good, there is no joint wobble. This instrument is early, possibly 1907, and may well predate Draper's involvement with Hawkes.

 

589

MATCHED PAIR OF TRIEBERT PLATEAU CLARINETS -RESERVED

2395

 

 

     

These superb and ultra rare plateau Boehm system clarinets were made by Triebert, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. At one time Triebert were considered to make the Worlds' finest oboes, but they also had a long and distinguished history of clarinet manufacture. In 1849 they patented a "clarinette multiphonique" which was a combination clarinet in the keys of A/Bb/C. By the end of the 19th Century they had been taken over by Couesnon. This pair have a truly remarkable provenance: Having been owned and played professionally by Paul Harvey. Paul suffered some health problems which necessitated switching to plateau instruments, initially he used these before ordering a custom pair of LL Leblanc plateau instruments, which were completed shortly before Leblanc sold their factory to Buffet. This pair have been used for many London sessions, most notably in Sid Sachs National Philharmonic Orchestra.
The design of both instruments is superb. The tone holes have been enlarged, so that there is none of the "stuffiness" which can be found on some other plateau makes. The large tone hole size is very reminiscent of a Selmer plateau C which was sold by ourselves some years ago: That was a similarly free blowing instrument. The Bb, S/N 2057, has some wear to the plating principally on the RH "pinky" keys. Like the A, this clarinet features "mother of pearl" touchpieces on the ring keys, and these are all in excellent condition. The pads throughout are finest Pisoni Tan Leather, again in "as new" condition. There is one old, repaired, pinned crack to the top of the upper joint, it is stable, and it has had absolutley no effect on the useability and response of this instrument. There is also an old solder repair to the register key barrel, see photo 11.
The A, S/N 2063, has had significantly less use than the Bb and is in exemplary condition for its age. There is virtually no wear to the plating, and the Grenadilla wood is in overall excellent shape. There is however, a repair to the top tenon of the barrel, which has been filled with a hardener, but the bore of the barrel has not been affected in anyway. From the look and style of key work, and the fact that both are stamped LP,i.e. A=440, these clarinets were probably made in the late 1920's or early 1930's. The Orly case is in good used condition, and the supplied m'piece is an excellent Morgan RM15.

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590

LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

895

 

 

     

A near mint condition Leblanc Esprit Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one careful owner, and the original warranty card is included in the sale. 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.  

594

BUFFET E11, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

595

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 303628. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. This instrument comes in the original case, with a good condition student mouthpiece.  

595

NOBLET ARTIST, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET-SOLD

845

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 excellent condition finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout. There is no joint wobble and he regulation is in fine order. The German silver key work shows a patina consistent with its' age, but there is no plating wear. There supplied m'piece tunes the instrument well, but the case is, in fact, a single Bb case which has been adapted to fit the Noblet Eb. It latches well and protects the clarinet as it should.

596

BUFFET, BC20 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

1195

 

 

     

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F77235 dating to 1963. This, therefore, is right in the middle of Buffet Crampon's so called "Golden Era", instruments from this period are particularly sought after. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The key work is pristine Nickel Silver. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a brand new stock Buffet. The original case is used but in good condition.

 

597

NOBLET PARIS, BY LEBLANC, C CLARINET-SOLD

1295

This is a Noblet 45 C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in mint condition. This instrument is new, it was used as a shop demonstrator, and was one of the last C clarinets made by Leblanc before their factory was sold to Buffet in 2009. The model 45 was the last incarnation of the professional Artist model Noblet clarinet.
The matching serial nos. are B96599, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is pristine. The Nickel plate throughout is in perfect condition. All fish skin pads and corks are in good condition. This clarinet was made entirely from Grenadilla wood, including the barrel, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes exceptionally well with all standard French bore m'pieces, i.e. Vandoren. The instrumnent comes in a new Leblanc case supplied with keys.

598

EATON ELITE Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

2595

 

 

     

This mint condition Eaton Elite is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was bought direct from Peter Eaton a few months ago by a UK based professional. He has decided that this model is not for him, and it has been played for only a few hours since purchase.
This Bb has serial no. E759 and has Silver plate in perfect condition, as are all the logo stamps. The wood throughout is in pristine condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pads are Pisoni Tan Leather in "as new" condition and were fitted by Peter Eaton. There are 2 barrels of 63.0mm & 64.0mm. The m'piece is an "as new" B40 13 profile 88 Vandoren bored out to the corect dimensions. The case is a mint condition Buffet in brown leather.

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599

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

845

A near mint condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale. The instrument has had just one owner, he bought the clarinet 3 years ago, prior to reading Music at York University. The instrument has been very well cared for. The pads were recently all replaced, with special durable felt pads, the work was done in New Zealand. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, with no cracks or damage. The matching serial nos. are K181014. The m'piece is the original Buffet, which is as new, the original owner up-graded his m'piece to a professional model. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

 

600

BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

1195

 

 

     

A superb condition Buffet S1 clarinet in Nickel Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This S1 Bb has matching serial nos. 138072, which dates to 1973, this is in the middle of the period which is commonly called the "Golden Era", and instruments from this time are considered the best of post war Buffet manufacture. The clarinet has been down to our workshop and has just been completely overhauled in Pisoni fish skin pads, it is sold with our full 1 year warranty.  The wood is in excellent condition, there are no cracks or repairs. An adjustable thumb rest has been fitted by the former owner who has taken excellent care of this instrument, unfortunatelty she now finds it necessary to play a plateau clarinet, which is why this clarinet is offered for sale. 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 hard shell case is in excellent shape, and is supplied with dust cover. The mouthpiece is an "as new" Vandoren M30.  

601

NOBLET PARIS ARTIST A CLARINET-RESERVED

695

This is a late manufactured Noblet Artist A Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in excellent condition, and it has been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct: Finest Pisoni fish skin pads have been fitted throughout, and all tenon and touch corks replaced. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Noblet Artist was a professional top of the range Noblet model, with a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, it will pair nicely with any other mainstream manufacturers French bore Bb, i.e. Buffet, Selmer, and Yamaha. This example was one of the last made, it features a separate post mounted Ab/Eb key and gold plated springs.
This A has matching serial nos. B94629, which probably dates to 2008/2009. It has no cracks or repairs, only minor surface marks. The Nickel plate throughout is in very good condition with no discernable wear. This clarinet was made entirely from Grenadilla wood, including the barrel, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The supplied m'piece is also in very good condition. The double case shows some wear to the exterior, but the interior lining is fine, the latches still close the case securely.

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