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Clarinets Direct was founded a mere 10 years ago and has, in a short time, established itself with unique success, on both the International and Domestic market. The reasons for this success are not hard to find: The company offers a personal, expert service, and value for money prices, which are ever more crucial in the current period of economic difficulty. In the past 8 years many other UK dealers have either gone out of business, or compromised on the quality of the instruments they offer to the customer. Clarinets Direct remains committed to offering both quality and value, as our mantra is that an older, beautifully made, and restored, professional instrument is often a far wiser purchase than the poor quality mass produced instruments sourced, or made with manufacturing plant sourced, from the Far East. It is more than ever a case of "buyer beware" as many companies who advertise their clarinets as made within the UK or USA are, whilst legally permitted to do so, misleading their customers.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£1745

 

 

     


This is a fair condition Selmer Paris Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last former owner is a UK based amateur Bass clarinettist who has just bought a Buffet Bass to low C. The Selmer Paris Bass is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and automatic double overblowing vent for the second register. This particular example has had several modifications in the course of an eventfull life! The Nickel Silver key work is in fair condition, with only minor wear, the plating shows some "brassing" commensurate with the age of this instrument. but at some point the LH F/C key has been replaced with an unplated touch piece, see photos 6 & 7. There are no cracks or repairs to the Grenadilla wood though it shows minor surface scratches and marks. One of the rar sling hook holders is also missing. The bell is not original, but it fits the lower tenon well, and shows no dents or other damage. The Selmer crook is normally sleeved and adjustable, but this example has a collar repair over the adjustable part of the crook. This Bass has just had a thorough "check down" in our workshop and has been regulated. The pads are used, but still serviceable, again, any that needed changing were replaced in our workshop. There is a floor peg attachment to the bell. The matching serial nos. are V4262 which dates to 1968. The case is much used, and has string repairs to the handle. The m'piece is a used Selmer B*. In summation: This Selmer Bass would suit a professional on a budget, who is not overly concerned over cosmetic issues.  

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SELMER, PARIS, MARK VI SOPRANO SAXOPHONE

£4595

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

 

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS A CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

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

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SELMER PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£595

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet in excellent condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The pre-Centered Tone model, features a slightly smaller bore than the CT, but was constructed in the then usual Selmer manner with an "hour glass" interior bore.
The German Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has recently had an overhaul, on 12th July, and the invoice for this is included in the sale. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, just minor surface scratches and marks. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are N1604, which dates to 1946. The m'piece is a Selmer HS** which is an open lay, again it is in very good condition. The case, is used, but latches securely, is in good condition and has an interior music pouch.

 

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

£POA

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

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF FRITZ WURLITZER, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM CLARINETS

£5745

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET

£1075

An excellent condition early Selmer 10S Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has a single UK owner and was bought new from Selmer UK in 1979, as indicated in the valuation letter from Selmer, which is included in this sale. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner.
This Bb, S/N A2118, dates to the 1979 and has Nickel Silver plate, in fine condition throughout. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled in "Roo" white leather pads, and the card receipt for this work is included in the sale. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition. All pieces are original, and have matching stamps. There are two supplied barrels of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The m'piece is a used Selmer in very good condition. The case is a Buffet, again in good condition.

 

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BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

£1895

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET

£1045

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC OPUS CLARINETS

£3795

 

 

     

This very fine pair of instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner is a professional player based in the South West. He has taken excellent care of these instruments, and has had Andrew Roberts fully overhaul them, as well as modify the register key touchpieces. Andrew was an enthusiastic endorser of the Leblanc range as introduced in the 2000s. The Opus was the model at the top of this range. Leblanc offered this clarinet as an improvement over the Buffet R13 Prestige, with a higher placement of the speaker key tube for improved stability of intonation. Leblanc engineering has always been of a high standard and these clarinets feature integral raised and tapered tone holes; Inverted taper bore barrels of the Moennig pattern; 18 keys, i.e. LH Ab/Eb, and unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Bb and A are truly special and matched in that they share the exact same serial nos. 66610! The Silver plating overall is very good, with only tiny amounts of wear. The pads are all in excellent condition, as is the regulation, and all touch and tenon corks. Both clarinets have Ton Kooiman adjustable thumb rests fitted. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 2 interchangeable barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] of 65.7mm and 65.0mm. The mouthpiece is an "as new" D'Addario, X10E. The case is a BAM, in excellent condition.

 

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

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

 

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G LEBLANC, BASSET HORN in F-RESERVED

£4695

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc Basset Horn, model 315S, in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets, the larger bore favours orchestral use. This instrument is in pristine condition: NO cracks, or damage, with excellent silver plated key work throughout. There are no dents to the crook or bell. The Basset Horn has tan leather pads throughout in superb condition. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box, & the matching serial nos. are 14183. It responds with a large even tone, ideal for Strauss Operas or, as it has been often used, in the Mozart Requiem or Grand Partita for 13 Winds. A comparable Buffet retails today new for £7600. The Vandoren B44 m'piece is in fair condition. The case is in very good condition, and the still wrapped keys to the case are also included.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF PETER EATON ELITE CLARINETS,

£4195

 

 

     


This matched pair of Eaton Elites are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Initially they were ordered by Einar Johannesson, the well known Icelandic professional, and subsequently owned by a professional player and teacher here in the UK. They have been extremely well maintained.
The Bb has serial no. E202 and has Silver plate in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in fine condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pads are Edie Ashton superpads, in very good condition.
The A, serial no. E255, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all super pads and corks. There are 2 barrels of 61.5mm and 62.5mm. The m'pieces are both in good used condition: A Peter Eaton, but with very faint markings, and a B&H 1010 No. 2. The case is of modern light weight type, in excellent condition.  

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£845

 

 

     

A good condition E13 clarinet in Nickel Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The matching serial numbers are K73282, which dates to the late 1980's, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Nickel Silver plating shows only slight wear, mainly to the throat G# key and ring fingers. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which is in good condition. The m'piece is an up-grade to a profesional Buffet B, in ebonite. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

A good condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last owner is Joe Pacewicz, long time member of the RSNO. Joe's instruments are always kept to the highest standards. This A, matching serial nos. 350517, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in very good condition. The Silver plate throughout is also without mark or blemish. The instrument has new tan leather pads throughout. There are 2 original B&H barrels, a long and short, for tuning. The case is of modern type also in excellent condition.  

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PAIR OF YAMAHA, CSG III CUSTOM, CLARINETS-RESERVED

£4745

 

 

     

A mint condition pair of Yamaha CSG CUSTOM III clarinets, which are a commission sale. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count a great many of the UK's top professional clarinettists as our customers: One such is Nicholas Carpenter, for many years Principal Clarinet of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and member of the LPO. Nick's recording of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet was chosen as the recommended recording by BBCR3 CD review. He chose this pair from many examples from Yamaha in 2012, and used them in the LPO, until he left in 2013. Yamaha made great claims for the CSG range; a new bore design is supposed to provide great tonal richness, as found in older instruments made from properly aged Grenadilla. Certainly the final incarnation of the CSG, the CSG III, has been a great success with many players.
The instruments are pristine, "as new", with perfect condition "Hamilton" key work. The wood is finest unstained Grenadilla, in mint condition, no cracks or damage. The Bb has matching serial nos. 01042. The bore design features a reverse taper to the barrel. Unlike Buffet polycylindrical bore designs, the instrument features a taper also at the top of the upper joint. The bore at the middle of the instrument, however, is similar to the Buffet Bb R13/RC. Consequently the intonation and evenness of this instrument do feel like an improvement over Buffet standard designs. The pads are white leather, in "as new" condition with lower trill keys and register key in cork. The clarinet comes with 2 original barrels, a standard of 56mm and a short of 55mm. The A has matching serial nos. 01014. Unlike the Bb this A comes with the corrective key, operated by the RH thumb, to raise the pitch on low E & F. Nick felt that the A needed this additional vent key, but that the intonation of the Bb on the lowest pitches was fine, so consequently he chose a Bb without this key. Again the pads are white leather, in "as new" condition with lower trill keys and register key in cork. The clarinet comes with 2 original barrels, a standard of 56mm and a short of 54mm. Again, in common with Buffet pairs, the A is of slightly larger bore than the Bb. The double case and part leather cover are also like new.  

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AMATI KRASLICE, 261 Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

£645

This is an Amati 261 Eb Clarinet, in very good condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was made in the Czech Republic and features a Grenadilla wood body and barrel, with a wood effect resin bell. For an intermediate wooden Eb clarinet it has a very good specification, with Silver plated keys and finest white leather pads throughout, which are all in very good condition. The tuning is excellent with standard French bore mouthpieces, in this regard the instrument is a major advance on older Amati instruments. The Silver plate is pristine throughout. The matching serial nos. are 231133. The supplied original m'piece is an Amati No. 6 in "as new" condition. The case is the original in good condition. This clarinet would suit a player looking for a bargain priced wooden Eb for occasional use, or a young beginner, with smaller hands, not quite ready for a standard Bb.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£1245

A Buffet R13 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is in good condition, and has had a professional UK owner, who unfortunately is forced to sell a number of his instruments due to an inheritance tax bill.
This clarinet has just been overhauled, in fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Bb has matching serial nos. 227247, which dates to 1982, this was just prior to the Boosey and Hawkes take over of Buffet, and also prior to the introduction of the Prestige range. R13s from this particular period are deservedly sought after, as they were made to a much higher standard than the contemporary R13. All pieces are matching and original, and stamped "Buffet". The Nickel Silver plating shows some wear, mainly to the ring fingers. There are no cracks or repairs to the Grenadilla wood which is in excellent condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer C* in good used condition. The supplied Buffet case comes with a leather case cover and is in very good condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1645

A fine pair of B&H Symphony 1010 clarinets which were selected from the Edgware factory new in 1969 by the late Gervase de Peyer for their original purchaser. They have only ever had one professional owner, and have been very well cared for.
The instruments have tan leather pads throughout, which are a mixture of new and old. All are sealing well and will be good for sometime to come. The Bb, matching serial nos. 318256, has no wear to the Silver plate, but there is some slight darkening and tarnish commensurate with the age of the clarinet. There is no damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. The A, matching serial nos. 318245, has Silver plate in fine order, and again no cracks or damage to the wood. All pieces are matching and original. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'pieces are a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is in fair used condition, with some discolouration to the ebonite, and a well used Peter Eaton 1010 m'piece. The case is a BAM original, which is in good condition.

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

A very fine condition E13 clarinet in Silver plate. This instrument was recently taken in part exchange by ourselves. The sole former owner is a student at the Royal Academy of Music. The matching serial numbers are K151527, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating shows no wear, it is in excellent shape throughout. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which is in fair condition, there is some wear to the exterior and interior. The m'piece is the original, which is unused, as the former owner upgraded to a professional model, in ebonite. The wood for current E13s is being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

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YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

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

 

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BUFFET TOSCA CLARINET in Bb

£2995

 

 

     

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most expensive models, a Tosca. The Tosca is the latest incarnation of the legendary R13 model, and this instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. The instrument features a corrective low F key and vent, & LH Ab/Eb key. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 553203, which dates to the late 2000's. The pads are tan leather throughout in excellent condition. There are 2 supplied barrels, one is the original Tosca Buffet of 66mm, and the other a shorter Buffet. The supplied mouthpiece is a used Selmer C85 120 in very good condition. In addition to the Buffet Tosca case, the instrument is also supplied with a new Buffet gig bag case cover, with carry straps and leather pouch.  

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SELMER PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET

£1995

This is a very good condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.4mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood is in very good condition, with only light surfarce marks, no cracks, repairs, or any damage. All the Silver plate key work is also in very good condition. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The fish skin pads have all been recently replaced, and are "as new". The are 2 supplied barrels of 62.5 mm & 64.5mm. The matching serial numbers are D0596, which dates to the mid-1980's. An excellent condition Selmer C85 120 m'piece is also supplied. The case is a brand new "Reed & Squeak", which features many pouches, and over-the-shoulder carry strap.

 

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 A CLARINET

£795

This Imperial 926 A Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010. According to O. Lee. Gibson in his book "Clarinet Acoustics", publ. Indiana University Press, the Imperial 926 A demonstrated the best intonation of any professional model manufactured by Boosey & Hawkes, provided it was played with the supplied m'piece; a B&H 926, which is the case here.
The A, serial no. 37240, has no cracks or repairs to the main body of the wood, however there is a tight surface crack to the bell, which is a B&H 2-20 model: This does not go through to the bore. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, with only slight wear. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in fish skin pads by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is a good condition B&H 926 No. 3. The case is a modern Buffet in very good condition.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, 10G Bb CLARINET

£1075

 

 

     

An extremely fine Selmer 10G clarinet, in Silver plate. The Selmer 10G was named for Anthony Gigliotti, onetime principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gigliotti had become frustrated with certain shortcomings in the Buffet R13 design in the late 1960's and went to Buffet Crampon with modifications, Buffet weren't impressed, but Selmer were. The result was the 10G: an improved, "Americanised" R13, with warmer sound and better intonation. Hans W Moennig and Ralph Morgan were also major contributors to the design.
This Bb, S/N Y1836, dates to the late 1970's and has Silver plate in good condition. What wear there is is mainly to the pillars, rather than the keywork, though there is slight tarnish to some of the longer barrels and trill keys. This is an earlier production model. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. The instrument has been well maintained, with the current owner just having up-graded to a pair, on starting a performance course at University, and this instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The fish skin pads, whilst used, are all sealing well. All parts are original and stamped "10G". The case is also the original, in good used condition, complete with leather case cover. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B40, again in good condition.  

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YAMAHA YCL 34 Bb CLARINET

£495

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition YCL34, entry level, wooden student clarinet, by Yamaha, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This example has no cracks or repairs to the wood. The plating, which is Nickel Silver, is also in very good shape, with no wear.  The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The serial no. is 023951. The case is brand new, with carry straps and the m'piece is a used student Buffet.  

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BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET

£1295

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

 

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NOBLET, PARIS, BY LEBLANC, PLATEAU ARTIST C CLARINET

£1495

 

 

     

This is an ultra rare and unusual Noblet Artist plateau C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, In fact it is the only example of its type which we have seen. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's foremost professional players amongst our clientele: This exceptional instrument has come to us fom Joe Pacewicz, currently acting Principal Clarinet of the "Royal Scottish National Orchestra" and is in excellent condition. This instrument is the professional Artist Noblet clarinet, with all parts made of finest unstained Grenadilla wood, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in "as new" condition throughout. The instrument has just been completely overhauled, by Mike Huntriss, ex-Bass clarinettist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, in tan leather pads. The Nickel Silver plate is also in pristine order throughout, with no wear. The upper joint has serial nos, 93638, and the lower joint, 89959. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes well with the supplied original Noblet mouthpiece [which is in fair used condition], though this instrument is compatible with all French bore m'pieces, which means that usually the player can use the same m'piece they play on their Bb. The case is the original, which is in good used condition. In summation, this is a C with excellent intonation, which, for a covered hole clarinet plays very freely.

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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET

£1095

 

 

     

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

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30

LEBLANC, PARIS, LX Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1025

 

 

     

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb IS RESERVED. These are an excellent condition pair of Leblanc LX clarinets. The clarinets feature a modern polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm and respond and tune excellently. The model was Leblanc's flagship design of the 1980s & was so successful that it continued in production right up until 2009 when the French factory was sold to Buffet Crampon. [The model was re-badged LX 2000 in 2000.] The instruments have just been completely re-padded in fish skin pads in the Clarinets Direct workshop and are sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; which is superb throughout. There is no plating loss to the Nickel Silver key work, which is excellent throughout, apart from a minute patch of wear to the rear thumb bush and register key of the Bb. The matching serial nos. on the Bb are 60811, and the A, 58502. The supplied double case is in excellent condition and comes with the still wrapped keys. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in good condition. There are 2 original Leblanc barrels and a further shorter barrel for use with the Bb. The pair can be split as follows: A in double case for £1195, Bb in single case with 2 barrels & m'piece for £1025.  

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PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON RC CLARINETS-RESERVED

£3095

An extremely fine pair of Buffet RC clarinets in Silver plate, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Buffet RC model was launched in 1975, and named after Robert Carree, who had had a long career with Buffet Crampon, which culminated in him being chief designer. The RC places the speaker tube higher, and features a slighter wider initial polycylindrical bore than the R13. Most players find this results in a warmer, more "spread" tone, than the R13. This pair date to 1978, commonly referred to as "The Golden Era" of Buffet manufacture. Certainly when one looks at the pristine quality of the Silver plate, and excellent quality of this pair one is left wondering why the contemporary standards of Buffet manufacture have fallen off so badly. Part of the reason for this could be that at this point in time the RC was the top of the range model made by Buffet, and sold at a 20% price premium over the R13.
The Bb has matching S/N F186195, it has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent with no discernible wear. The A has matching S/N 181519, again it has just been completely overhauled by ourselves and the condition is pristine. The 150th Anniversary Buffet double case also dates to the 1970s and is in good used condition. If desired the pair can be split as follows: RC A in double case for £1600. RC Bb in new single case with Buffet m'piece for £1500.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     


This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet in good condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner is a professional player in The Netherlands. The pre-Centered Tone model, features a slightly smaller bore than the CT, but was constructed in the then usual Selmer manner with an "hour glass" interior bore.
The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout, with a natural "patina" due to its age. The instrument has fish skin pads throughout in good condition, and has been through our workshop for a "check up" prior to sale. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, just minor surface scratches and marks. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are N4119, which dates to 1947. The m'piece is a student model in good condition. The case is brand new with shoulder carry strap and has an exterior music pouch.  

33

BUFFET CONTINENTALE Bb CLARINET

£1045

 

 

     

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

34

COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

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

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35

BUFFET RC A CLARINET-RESERVED

£1495

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet RC A clarinet, which has come to Clarinets Direct as a commission sale from well known repairer, David Kyle. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA, different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. The RC did sell very well: It has a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, which attracts many UK players.
This A has matching S/N 324466, which dates to 1989. The instrument is "as new" with only wear to the logo stamp on the bell to stop it as being described as in mint condition. The Grenadilla wood throughout is in perfect condition without any marks or blemish. The Silver plate is pristine. This instrument has just had a full re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads, with all touch corks replaced, and tenon corks as necessary. The supplied barrel is an upgrade to a Prestige of 64.5mm. The case is again "as new" and is an upgrade to a Prestige model with combination locks. The mouthpiece is a brand new stock Buffet.  

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S II Bb CLARINET

£1195

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb STILL AVAILABLE IN SINGLE CASE FOR £1195.00 An excellent condition matched pair of Selmer 10S II clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have been professionally owned and played here in the UK. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner. The 10S II represents a major revision of the design which was undertaken in the late 1980's. Selmer seem to have tried to make the 10S II sit more easily with the later Recital clarinet: Compared to the original the instrument seems "darker toned" and plays slightly lower in pitch, i.e. aimed more at the US market. Metal middle tenons are featured on both Bb and A, at the bottem of the upper joint, with the A also having a metal sleeved receiver tenon at the top of the lower joint. The impression is one of solid, durable, build quality. Both instruments feature adjustable thumb rests.
This Bb, S/N N06750, dates to the 2000's and has Silver plate, in pristine condition throughout. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. The white leather pads, which are not new, are very good throughout. The A, has matching serial nos. N09589. Like the Bb it is in pristine conditiuon throughout. Again it has white leather pads in very good condition, and excellent condition wood with no blemishes. The key work is well regulated. The case is an Orly, again in very good condition.

37

STUBBINS, BY NOBLET, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

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

 

38

BOOSEY AND HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET     

£745

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

 

     39   LEBLANC, CONCERTO, Bb CLARINET          £1245
An excellent condition Leblanc Concerto Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The Concerto is one of the last of Leblanc's top professional wooden model clarinets, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, under cut, tapered tone holes, and aged Grenadilla wood. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is near pristine, with no wear. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The tan leather pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 66mm and 65mm [this second barrel has lost its Leblanc logo plaque]. The serial nos. are 76881. The supplied m'piece is a Pillinger F1 with a DOV124 facing in excellent condition. The case is brand new with shoulder carry strap.
     40   BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET          £1995
This is a Buffet Eb clarinet in very good condition. Clarinets Direct is fortunate in counting leading professionals amongst our clientele. This instrument has a unique and excellent Provenance, having been owned and customised by the late John McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra, initially as 2nd and Eb Clarinet, and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible. Though this instrument started life as a standard professional Buffet Eb clarinet, in fact it has been much altered: Most of the major alteration includes opening out the bore at the top of the instrument and also reaming out the m'piece. This means that the Eb will play sharp if standard French bore Eb m'pieces are used, it needs the supplied m'piece, or one with a similar bore. In addition to John McCaw's original m'piece, a brand new Pillinger copy with the facing HH 107 [ a Hale Hambleton standard facing] is also supplied. If the new owner wishes this m'piece could be re-faced to their own specifications.
The matching serial nos. are 31925, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in good condition throughout, though the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes left unfilled, see photo 10. The German Silver keywork is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full warranty. The instrument tunes exceptionally well, and also demontrates a much warmer and round tone than the standard production model. It would suit a professional player. The supplied case is a brand new compact Eb case, NB not pictured.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£895

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

 

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SELMER, PARIS, 10G Bb CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

THE A IS "SOLD". THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN NEW SINGLE CASE WITH C85 120 M'PIECE FOR £1295. An extremely fine matched pair of Selmer 10G clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a UK amateur player. The Selmer 10G was named for Anthony Gigliotti, onetime principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gigliotti had become frustrated with certain shortcomings in the R13 design and went to Buffet Crampon with modifications, Buffet weren't impressed, but Selmer were. The result was the 10G: an improved, "Americanised "R13, with warmer sound and better intonation. Hans W Moennig and Ralph Morgan were also major contributors to the design. In his book "Clarinet Acoustics" O. Lee Gibson, stated that in comparisons with all other major clarinet manufacturers designs, the 10G was consistently the most in tune.
 The Bb, S/N D3861, has wood and Silver plate in good condition. There are no cracks or repairs, the wood is in fine condition throughout. The pads, which are tan leather, are also in good condition. The instrument has gone through our workshop, with any tenon and touch corks replaced as necessary. The A S/N C4825, is in excellent order throughout with wood showing no cracks or damage. Again all the tan leather pads are in excellent condition. The Orly double case is in good condition , the m'piece is a used Selmer C85 120. These are late 10Gs,featuring an adjustable thumb rest and replacing the "crows foot" with a screw regulated arm, in the manner of a B&H 1010. In the past many famous 1010 players initially made the change to French instruments via the 10G, which has a particularly warm tone, possibly foremost amongst these was the late Dame Thea King, Thurston's widow.

 

43

LEBLANC, CONCERTO, Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION-RESERVED

£1195

An excellent condition Leblanc Concerto Bb clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a well known London Jazz player. Unfortunately this player now faces a large inheritance tax bill, and a large part of his excellent selection of clarinets, and saxophones, must be sold.
The Concerto is one of the last of Leblanc's top professional wooden model clarinets, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, 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 near pristine,with only a slight patch of wear to the register key. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The fish skin pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 66mm and 67mm. The matching serial nos. are 77457. The supplied m'piece is a Leblanc K10M. The case is the original, in good condition.

 

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SELMER PARIS, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET-RESERVED

£1395

 

 

     


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

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CABART, THIBOUVILLE, Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£595

 

 

     

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

46

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET,

£795

 

 

     

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

47

MATCHED PAIR OF HERBERT WURLITZER, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM CLARINETS-RESERVED

£5745

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is Europe's leading specialist clarinet dealer. We are fortunate indeed to be able to offer these rare and fine Herbert Wurlitzer Schmidt Reform Boehm system clarinets. These instruments have come to us from the family of the late Jonathan Rutland, a well respected player, and teacher, and author of Abracadabra Clarinet. For many players these clarinets are the ultimate Boehm system: In tune, made with consumate craftsmanship and offering a uniquely characterful tone, which contrasts sharply with some modern mass produced instruments.
Herbert Wurlitzer, son of Fritz, adapted his fathers' design in several ways. The position of the tone hole underneath 1st line E/B was moved in order to correct the inherent sharpness of upper B/C at the top of the clarion. Dedicated tone holes for both throat G# and A, lean more towards the German concept of purity of tone. The throat Bb booster key mechanism is redesigned, as is the LH sliver key. Unlike his fathers' clarinets there is no vent for the middle finger B/F# twelfth. Though many modern manufacturers claim to make a Schmidt Reform Boehm, these clarinets are the genuine and superb article.
These clarinets feature: A booster mechanism for throat Bb. An additional vent for the D/A twelfth, working off the LH 3rd ring. A compensating low G/D pad. A hole in the bell to improve low E/B. All of this results in a clarinet of superb evenness and unmatched security of intonation. Indeed the problem confronting the player used to the inherent shortcomings of the standard Boehm, is learning not to adjust embouchure pressure to correct the non existent faults on this instrument! This early Herbert Wurlitzer instrument features a small bore of 14.60mm, and the instruments play very well with modern French bore m'pieces aspecially standard Vandorens. This is one of the main differences between Herbert's design and Fritz's; essentially these instruments work readily with standard m'pieces.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 27081, which dates to February 1970, and has Silver plate in excellent condition throughout. The wood is in very good condition, however there is one old surface crack to the upper joint, which does not enter the bore or a tone hole, it has been stable for over 45 years. The repair is excellent, I have attempted to photograph it, see photo 12, but, even with the naked eye it is extremely dificult to see. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in tan leather in our workshop, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument is stamped " Herbert Wurlitzer, Neustadt Aisch".
The A has serial no. 27082 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is in excellent condition. Again the instrument has just been overhauled in tan leather in our workshop, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are 3 barrels, 2 for the Bb of 55.5mm and 56mm, and 1 for the A of 57mm. The m'pieces are an original H Wurlitzer, which is much used, and Buffet in ebonite, which has been bored out to B&H 926 dimensions. The supplied case original, and has seen much use: The interior is worn, and the handle has been replaced with a strap.

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48

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1795

An extremely rare pair of "enhanced Boehm" B&H 1010's which were a special order from the factory and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments area one owner pair, and the original purchaser initially ordered a Bb from Boosey & Hawkes on the occasion of his first professional employment. A couple of years later, having saved up, he was able to then complete the pair with an A from B&H. The pair play with a "classic" early 1010 sound with lots of character and projection in the tone. Despite pre-dating the Acton patent vent, the tuning throughout is good.
The instruments have just been down to our workshop for a thourough check up, with pads, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Bb, serial no. 257141, has no cracks or repairs to the wood though the original screw holes for the thumb rest have been filled, which has been re-positioned higher. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition. All pads are used tan leather in excellent condition, the pair have been very well cared for. The A, serial no. 288926, has no cracks or repairs, though, like the Bb amore modern adjustable thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes left unfilled. The original thumb rests are also included in the sale. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. The A has had significantly less use than the Bb. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren B40, bored out to 1010 dimensions, which is, again, in good used condition. The original case is in good condition.

49

FRANK HAMMERSCHMIDT Bb CLARINET

£1745

Clarinets Direct is delighted to be able to offer this extremely rare custom made, Frank Hammerschmidt, Burgau, Boehm system clarinet for sale. This instrument has had only one former owner, an amateur, and he has taken exceptionally good care of this clarinet. Frank Hammerschmidt has one of the most enviable reputations Worldwide of clarinet makers: His clarinets manage to achieve a rare synthesis of German/Viennese dark tone with Boehm system fingering. They are amongst the most expensive and sought after clarinets.
The Bb features a bore size of 15.15mm, silver plated keys, with offset C#/G# hole, and adjusting screws for lower pad regulation. The pads are white leather in good condition. There is no wear to the Silver plate, which is pristine throughout. The wood is without marks or damage. There are 2 barrels of 61.5mm & 63.0mm. Also supplied are two mouthpieces, one a Frank Hammerschmidt "3F", the other a Noblet 3. The original case is also in excellent condition, and comes with the keys. The intonation and response are impeccable. The instrument will also play with most standard French bore m'pieces.

 

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the use of scientific principles in clarinet manufacturing even further: Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is in pristine condition, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 62046. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is also in very fine condition, with no cracks or repairs. We have just entirely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case is worn with some stains to the lining and scuffs to the exterior. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren M30, in excellent condition.  

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E J ALBERT, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb 

£1495

This is a very rare E J Albert, Bruxelles, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last former owner is a UK based professional. Albert were considered one of the finest manufacturers of clarinets pre WW 2,and E J Albert was noted for the forward nature of his thinking, especially with key work design. This Bass is typical of that flair for innovation. It features a fully automatic double overblowing vent, with the throat Bb hole used as the initial vent for the second register, and the upper vent being on the crook. As with modern Bass clarinets the upper vent opens for the pitches from E upwards in the clarion register. This instrument was built at a time when many Bass clarinets had 2 separate speaker key touchpieces and only a range to low E. In this way the Albert is prefigures the sort of design Selmer were to adopt post WW 2.
The Silver plated key work is in good condition, with only minor wear, the plating shows some "brassing" commensurate with the age of this instrument. The key work throughout shows a robust solidity, and is of fine manufacture. The Grenadilla wood shows minor surface scratches and marks, and the lowest section of the bottom joint has been replaced or repaired in the past. It is possible that this is in fact a later extension, to enable the low Eb, though the key work all appears original, so this is unlikely, see photo 9. This Bass was last overhauled by Alan Andrews in tan leather and all pads are in excellent condition, the Bass is also well regulated. There is a modern floor peg attachment to the bell, as well as a rear sling hook. The case is a modern replacement for a single piece Bass, in fair used condition, there are some scuffs to the exterior and wear to the interior. The m'piece is a used Selmer C, which has been relayed by Alan Andrews. .

 

     52   COUESNON, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET          £695
This is an extremely rare Couesnon Full Boehm Bb clarinet, which was part of the late Professor John Playfair's collection of Couesnon clarinets. At one time they were the largest French manufacturer of band instruments, and seem to have had a long tradition of supplying the French military. Trumpet and clarinet manufacture continued until the 1960's. Auguste Perier, the great French clarinettist, endorsed the "Monopole" clarinet, which was the best model made by Couesnon. The German silver key work is in good condition throughout, with minimal wear. Please note the extremely neat articulated C#/G# key design, which is unique to Couesnon, and gives little regulation trouble. The clarinet has recently entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe leather pads, the majority are white with some tan, all pads are in "as new" condition. There are no cracks or damage to the main body of the wood which is in good order throughout, apart from the shorter of the two barrels which has a repaired crack. The matching serial numbers are 6750. The mouthpiece is a Selmer Series 10 HS in excellent condition. The case is the original in fair condition, it latches well, but the handle has failed.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1345

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

 

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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

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LUIS ROSSI VIENNESE BORE Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£3295

 

 

     

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

 

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DOUBLE BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£745

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

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NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1495

 

 

     


This is a fine condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is a model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us from a young professional who is about to start studying at the Guildhall School of Music. All the Nickel Silver key work is in good condition, with only the usual slight spot wear. There are no cracks to the wood, but it does show minor surface scuffs and marks. There are also surface marks, where old screw holes for the original floor peg attachment and marching band lyre have been filled. The crook & bell are both in good condition but the bell shows some scratches, it is not original, but from a Leblanc Vito Bass. There is a floor peg attachment to this bell. The Bass has just been fully re-padded, by Clarinets Direct, in finest Pisoni tan leather pads at our workshop. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 5383, which dates to the 1960's. The case is in fair used condition, it still latches and protects the instrument well, but theer arestains to the interior and scuffs to teh exterior. The m'piece is an Ebolin in good condition. The instrument would suit a professional looking for a reasonably priced entry level wooden Bass. A comparable model Amati Bass now retails new for £4220.  

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

£795

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

A good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This model, and the CT Omega, were both endorsed by Benny Goodman. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been professionally owned and played here in the UK.
This clarinet is in good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows only slight marks. There is a repaired, glued, pinned, crack running from the top tenon down into the 1st trill key tone hole, see photos 5 & 6. The repair is an old one, and stable. The white leather pads are a mixture of old and new, the last partial service was carried out at a cost of £80. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The Silver plated key work is in excellent condition, it is rare to see a Centered Tone in silver plate, and this example is a late one dating to 1960, with matching serial nos. S1112. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The supplied case is a brown leather Buffet with keys. The m'piece is a used Selmer E, in good condition. This is an open lay m'piece for Jazz.

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£495

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES IMPERIAL SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

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

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     63   BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET          £645
This early Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, serial no. 49342, has no cracks or repairs. The barrel is a later Boosey & Hawkes, of the correct bore marked "short". The Silver plate throughout is in good condition with no wear, apart from the LH thumb bush. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in Tan Leather pads by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is a custom 926 by Jon Steward in excellent condition, which tunes this clarinet exceptionally well. The case is a modern example also in good used condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF COCOBOLO HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS-SOLD

£3295

 

 

     

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

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY

£1195

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

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

 

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES PROTOTYPE 926 CLARINETS     

£1495

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

 

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BUFFET Bb PROFESSIONAL CLARINET

£645

 

 

     

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

 

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BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

£795

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

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

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BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£595

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£645

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

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SELMER, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£1845

 

 

     


This is an excellent condition Selmer Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrumnet has been professionally owned and played here in the UK. Selmer Paris Eb clarinets are considered Worldwide the finest professional instruments available due to their superb intonation and ergonomics. This instrument is of fine quality, with very good intonation and response. The wood condition overall is excellent: There are NO cracks or repairs.  This Eb has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, in Pisoni fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All Nickel Silver keywork is in good condition with no wear. The serial nos. are X9365 which dates to 1973.   The clarinet comes with the 2 original barrels of 45mm and 47mm. The case is the original in fair condition, there are some interior stains, and wear to the exterior. The m'piece is a  Selmer C85 115 in good condition.  

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STRASSER, SML, Bb CLARINET

£645

This is an extremely interesting and rare professional model Bb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. It has come to us as a commission sale. Strasser, Marigaux, and Lemaire were makers specialising in professional, saxophones, oboes and clarinets. Today, as Marigaux, they survive as one of the World's finest oboe manufacturers. Lemaire was the clarinettist, and this instrument was made as a top quality professional model. Sadly Lemaire was the first of the founders of the company to die, so it is likely that this instrument was manufactured after his death; i.e. it dates to the early 1960's.
This clarinet has finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe White Leather pads in very good condition. All the German Silver key work exhibits a nice shine. The wood overall shows light surface marks and scratches, but is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All corks and the regulation are in good order. All pieces are stamped, matching, and original. The bell is also stamped "D. Ansingh & Co. Zwolle", which may be the original supplying dealers mark. The case is in fair condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Howarth of 926 bore. In summation: This clarinet represents superb value for money, and has had very little use.

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BUFFET CRAMPON CLARINETin B NATURAL, CIRCA 1899

£995

 

 

     

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

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ANONYMOUS A CLARINET

£395

 

 

     

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

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LOUIS LONDON Bb CLARINET, RIPPER COLLECTION

£995

 

 

     

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE AND WITH M'PIECE FOR £995. These are an exceptionally rare and fine pair of Louis of London English clarinets, which are a commission sale, having been formerly owned by Pete Ripper. The firm was strongly associated with possibly the finest ever French makers: Martel Freres. Each Louis instrument was completely hand made and undercut in their London premises, 2 Burnsall Street, Chelsea W3. The finishing alone took 2-3 days. Charles Draper personally endorsed these makers. The perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow, superior to much on the mass produced market today.
These instruments are in excellent condition, for clarinets made in the 1920's. The pads are tan leather throughout in perfect condition. There is a small crack to the top of the lower joint of the Bb, which runs from the tenon ring down to the first tone hole. The crack is a surface crack and has no effect whatsoever on the response. This apart, the Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, with only scuffs and marks associated with careful professional use. There is no joint wobble. The hand burnished German Silver key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. All pieces are matching and original apart from the barrel for the A, which is from a Selmer. This is however a good match for the A and tunes it well. The Bb has matching serial nos. 522, and the A has matching serial nos. 539 The 2 supplied m'pieces are both original, the shorter of the two plays well and tunes both instruments nicely. The case is a Selmer in good used condition, supplied with key.

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LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

£645

 

 

     

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

 

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LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£795

 

 

     

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

 

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LEBLANC, PARIS, L200 Bb CLARINET

£895

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

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BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£595

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

     83   BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          £545
This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is an "enhanced Boehm" i.e. in addition to standard Boehm system, it also has an articulated C#/G# key, and 7 rings, which provides a fork Eb/Bb fingering in the LH. The German Silver key work is in good condition for its age. All fish skin pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently overhauled. The Grenadilla wood shows surface scuffs and marks. There is also a stress crack between the top 2 holes of the lower joint. At this point the bore is metal lined, in order to accurately position the articulated C#/G#hole, this often causes a stress crack to the surface wood, which is cosmetic only, because it in no way affects the response, as the wood does not form the bore of the instrument at this point. The is also a full length crack running through the bell, which has been sealed at the surface. The low G/D hole nas been "bushed" in metal at some point in the past, maybe because of wear. The matching serial nos. are 21019 which dates  to 1936. The case is elderly but in very good condition.

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ORSI Bb CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£595

 

 

     

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF DORE CLARINETS

£795

 

 

     

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

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LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£945

 

 

     

A very good condition Leblanc, France, Esprit Bb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. 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 the Ab/Eb key. 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, though the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the old screw holes left unfilled. The Silver plate key work is in very good condition, with no wear, apart from a tiny patch at the base of the throat G# key. All pieces are original and having matching stamps, apart from an additional shorter barrel. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, with the exception of the register key which is in cork, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 79987. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren B45 in very good condition. The case is the original Leblanc, with exterior zippable pouch for accessories.

 

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GEORGE LEBLANC, PARIS, LL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1895

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare top of the range G Leblanc, Paris, LL Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, some designate this the model 500. This Bass features a fork Ab/Eb, i.e. you raise the middle finger in the RH to play Ab/Eb, which neatly does away with the necessity for another touchpiece for the LH little finger. 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 LL models, named for Leon Leblanc, demonstrate excellent evenness and intonation throughout the entire range. This is a UK professional owner instrument, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The Grenadilla wood throughout is in superb condition, with no cracks or damage, only slight scuffs associated with normal use. The Nickel Silver key work is in very good condition throughout, with no wear. The crook is in excellent condition, as is the bell, which has a floor peg attachment. The instrument has Tan Leather pads throughout, which are like new. The matching serial nos. are 7778, which probably dates to the early 1970's. The m'piece is an "as new" Noblet. There is no joint wobble, and the Bass is well regulated. The original case is also in excellent condition.

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON BC20 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

 

 

     

When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. The great French player, Jacques Lancelot was particularly associated with the development of the BC20 model.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F121199 dating to 1971, which is a commonly referred to as "The Golden Era" of Buffet manufacture. This clarinet is an "enhanced Boehm" featuring L/H fork Eb/Bb and a LH Ab/Eb lever, this last key would be found on todays Prestige models. Buffet Crampon descibed this clarinet as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The key work is in Silver plate, which is in very good condition, apart from slight wear to the L/H index ring finger. The wood is excellent throughout with no cracks, damage or repairs. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by Clarinets Direct,and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'piece is a Selmer C85 115 in ebonite in used condition. There are 2 supplied barrels, an original Buffet and a shorter one which is not a Buffet. The case is a used Buffet, again in good condition.  

679

YAMAHA SE-V CUSTOM Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1495

 

 

     

A Yamaha SE-V CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally owned by a UK player, and is in very fine condition. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerably cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS-V and SE range. The SE-V, which was Yamaha's most expensive clarinet, features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the SE has slightly wider tonehole sizes, than the CS, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound and an abundance of overtones. It also features a "scalloped" resonance chamber inside the bell to improve both projection and tuning of the lowest pitches. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the RC Prestige, where as the CS, competed with the R13 Prestige. Indeed the SE-V was such a succesful design for Yamaha that it has now been re-released as the SE-Artist, with an eye watering price of close on £6000.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 03039 We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Silver plated key work is in good order throughout with no discernable wear. The supplied m'pieces is a used Vandoren M30. The case is a used Protech. This instrument represents superb value for money: For about the cost of a new student Buffet E13, one can purchase a top of the range professional instrument more consistent than most Buffet Prestige Bbs.

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680

A LEFEVRES, PARIS, PLATEAU Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£995

 

 

     

An extremely fine, and rare, A Lefevres, Paris, covered hole clarinet. Albert Lefevres was apparently active in La Couture near Paris from the 1930s, and given the "Mother of Pearl" touchpieces and design of keywork this would seem to be an instrument from this period.
There is no damage to the main pieces, which are all original, crack and repair free. The condition of the wood is very good,with only minor marks and scuffs associated with normal use. The original German Silver key work is in lovely condition, without any wear, again only light scratches. The fish skin pads, whilst not new, are all in very good condition, and will be serviceable for many months to come. The Buffet case is in good condition, as is the supplied mouthpiece, which is a used Selmer C85 115. The instrument tunes extremely well at A=440 Hz, and is excellent value for a "plateau" wooden clarinet. It does not exhibit any of the "stuffiness" sometimes found in cheaper covered hole clarinet designs. It would suit a sax/flute doubler or a player suffering from arthritis.  

681

PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS-SOLD

£1395

A rare pair of early Buffet clarinets. This pair have been professionally owned and played in period instrument orchestras here in the UK. These instruments have a larger bore of 15.0 mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing pair, with excellent intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint: this does result in exceptionally even response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise. This pair also feature wrap around speaker keys.
The Bb has serial number 491L1 dating to 1918. It is in good condition for its age, with no cracks to the main body pieces. However the bell has a repaired, glued crack, and also there is a tight hairline crack to the original barrel, which measures 67mm. However the last professional owner of the pair preferred to play the Bb with an Evette & Schaeffer Buffet barrel, of 63.5mm. The pads areused fish skin but sealing well, the instrument has been through our workshop for a thorough "check down". The stamps on the Bb bell read "Buffet Crampon a Paris, C Fischer New York". The clarinet was therefore originally supplied to the USA, where Carl Fischer were an authorised Buffet distributor.
A, S/N X [6]271, probably dates to 1906. The digit "6" seems to have been stamped later, as it of a different font type. The clarinet is in good condition throughout, though there is a repaired glued, and pinned, surface crack to the upper joint, which runs down to the first pillar for the speaker key, it does not enter the bore, which is in excellent condition. Like the Bb, the bell also has a repaired, glued crack. The instrument has German silver keywork, which like the Bb, shows a patina commensurate with its age. Again it has used fish skin pads which are all sealing well. Like the Bb, the A comes with 2 barrels, of 64.5mm and 61.6mm. The longer of the two has had the m'piece tenon sleeved in metal. A custom ebonite m'piece is included which was re-layed to 1.1mm by 17mm by the late Prof. John Playfair; it tunes the pair very well. The supplied case is of modern light weight type with carry straps and many pouches. These instruments would make an excellent addition to a period players inventory, or possibly, might delight a collector of rare, historic clarinets.

682

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     


A rare, excellent condition Noblet Artist, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. This is an entry level professional model Noblet, later given the designation model 50, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau.
Unlike some of the cheaper models in the range, this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in superb condition, with no wear at all to the touchpieces. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs to the main pieces, there are only minor surface scuffs and marks. The clarinet has just been overhauled in fish skin pads, with the C#/G# key and throat notes in cork. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 59482. The case is a modern example in very good condition. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer C85 120 again in good condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".  

683

BUFFET CRAMPON BASS CLARINET-RESERVED

£1795

 

 

     

This is a superb condition Buffet Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This Bass is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, & has been professionally owned and played here in the UK. All Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no wear or scratches. The instrument features an articulated C#/G# and LH Ab/Eb key. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. The bell and crook are both in excellent condition, with no dents or dings. The instrument is padded throughout in white leather pads of the finest quality, all are in good condition. This Bass has just had a thorough check over in our workshop. The matching serial nos. are 21881 which dates to the mid 1970's. The original case is also in good condition, the interior is fine, and there are only a few scuffs to the exterior. The m'piece is a professional Buffet "C" in ebonite, again in good condition. There is a floor peg attachment to the bell, as well as 2 sling hooks. This Bass responds extremely well, and would make an ideal purchase for a player looking for a fine quality low Eb Bass.  

684

PAIR OF NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU CLARINETS-RESERVED

£2595

A rare, excellent condition pair of Noblet, Paris France, Plateau clarinets. These are entry level professional model Noblets, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau. The instruments have had one careful elderly owner, who bought them from new to help with fingering health issues.
The instruments are not exactly a matched pair: The Bb is a model 45, formerly known as the "Artist", this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. It has adjusting screws for the correspondence and also the ring finger touchpieces on the lower joint. All the key work, which is plated in Silver, is in very good condition, with no wear to the touchpieces, only very slight marks natural to normal use. The Grenadilla wood throughout is in excellent condition. The clarinet has fine condition fish skin pads throughout, it has just been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" with pads replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are D65108, which make this clarinet a very late example.
The A is an "Artist" model again this clarinet is made from Grenadilla wood, apart from the barrel, which is made of resin. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in very good condition, with no wear to the touchpieces, only very slight marks natural to normal use. The Grenadilla wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or damage. Like the Bb clarinet it has fine condition fish skin pads throughout and has just been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" with pads replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are B16718. There are 2 original Noblet m'pieces supplied. The case is a brand new "Bags" with over the shoulder carry strap. These clarinets continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole". If desied the pair can be split as follows: Bb in new single case with m'piece, £1295. A in double case with m'piece, £1345.00