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Clarinets Direct was founded a mere 12 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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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

A good condition vintage Buffet R13. The Silver plated key work is in good throughout, with only slight signs of wear. The wood is in good condition, but there are surface marks, consistent with its age. There is some evidence of what may be an old pinned repair, see photos 5, and 6. However there is no crack into the bore, and also no observable crack to the wood surface, so this just could be surface marks to the wood. The instrument has just been re-padded in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The tenon corks have been replaced as necessary. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The matching serial nos. are F67067, 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. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. This instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture. The case is a more modern Buffet example with keys, and the m'piece is a used Vandoren B45, NB not pictured.  

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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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PAIR OF JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINETS

£1995

 

 

     

A pair of superb Boehm system clarinets made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family. These instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct having come to us from a Belgian professional. The Bb has German Silver keywork throughout in very good condition. The wood shows no cracks or repairs, but there is a small chip to the outer tenon of the lower joint, see photo 4. This has absolutely no effect on the response and is hidden when the instrument is assembled. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a service, all white leather pads are either new, or in excellent condition, and corks are good. Though an Albert barrel is supplied, in fact, the instrument tunes much better with the other longer barrel. An excellent condition Pillinger 926 m'piece is also included.
The A, like the Bb, has white leather pads throughout in very good condition. The wood has no cracks or repairs. The makers stamp is clearly visible, as is the stamp of the supplying dealer, " W Hamie Amsterdam". The LH F/C touchpiece has been enlarged, and, like the Bb, another barrel is supplied to aid the tuning. These instruments were made in the late 1920's, or very early 1930's, as Albert had moved to London by 1933 and the clarinets are stamped "Made in Belgium". The Buffet double case is in fair condition with some wear to the interior lining.

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SELMER PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET

£1145

An extremely fine Selmer, Paris, 10S clarinet. The Selmer 10S was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, S/N E7735, dates to 1987 and has Silver plate in very good condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout, apart from a minor chip to the outer edge of the tenon of the top joint, see photo 2. This chip does not form the bore, and has no affect whatsoever on the response. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The clarinet has finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout in excellent condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren 5RV Lyre . The original Selmer case has some marks to the interior lining and exterior, but is in good condition.

 

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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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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES EMPEROR CLARINETS

£595

 

 

     


This matched pair of Boosey & Hawkes London & Paris clarinets are in good condition. A good condition pair of Boosey & Hawkes Emperors which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last owner was a professional player and teacher, and these instruments were loaned to a pupil who has now managed to purchase his own. The B&H Emperor was a top student model, which competed directly with the Buffet E13 in terms of quality. There are no cracks or damage to the wood. All fish skin pads, while not new, are sealing well. The silver plate is in very good condition throughout. The Bb, has matching serial numbers 482208, which dates to approximately 1978. The A has S/N A 528559, which matches on both joints, and dates to around 1981. As usual the A has seen less use than the Bb and the condition is very good. There are 2 barrels for tuning purposes of 63.5 mm & 65.5mm. The supplied case, is the original in very good condition. The mouthpiece is an original B&H 593, No. 2 of exactly the right type for this pair. In summation all pieces are matching and original, with B&H stamps, this pair represents excellent value for money.  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, LX Bb CLARINET

£1095

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc LX Bb Clarinet, which is sold with a full 1 year warranty from Clarinets Direct. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; which is unstained and superb throughout. The Silver plated key work is very fine, with only slight wear to the register key. This clarinet features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm and responds and tunes excellently, it was offered as an excellent alternative to the Buffet R13, or Selmer 10S. 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 matching serial nos. are 62156. The clarinet comes with all the original stamped pieces, including 2 barrels. The supplied single case is also orignal, as is the Leblanc m'piece.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET

£945

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

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LUCIAN BASSI C CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet RC Full Boehm clarinet, in Silver plate. This instrument features; fork Eb/Bb, LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# & to low Eb.  Therefore superior to current Prestige specification. This clarinet could be purchased as an alternative to buying a pair, as A clarinet parts can be successfully negotiated with the extra mechanism and the ability to transpose. There is no damage to the wood, which is pristine.  The Silver plate key work is very good throughout, with only slight wear to the 1st RH finger ring, and thumb bush. Indeed the fine quality of this Silver plate contrasts sharply with that found on more modern Buffet clarinets. The instrument has just had a full service at a cost of £199, and the invoice for this is included in the sale.  The matching serial nos. are F283110 which dates to 1986. The mouthpiece is a lightly used Vandoren B44. The case is the original Buffet in brown leather, it shows some stains to the interior, and exterior scuffs, but is fully serviceable.

 

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PAIR OF H SELMER, PARIS, VINTAGE CLARINETS

£1395

 

 

     

A rare and fine pair of original logo H Selmer Paris clarinets, probably dating to the mid-1920s. These instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having most recently been used by a University student.
The Bb has matching serial numbers 9015. There are no cracks or damage, but there is a metal reinforcing band to the top of the upper joint. The wood throughout shows light surface marks and surface scuffs. The German silver keywork is in good condition throughout. The system is Boehm, but with a fork Eb/Bb, i.e. 17 keys and 7 rings. The clarinets are stamped " Brevette SGDG" which is on both top joints, all pieces are matching and original. The clarinets have a bore of 14.9mm. The A, has matching serial numbers 4821, and again is an enhanced Boehm system with articulated C sharp/G sharp key. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The German Silver key work is very good throughout. All pads are Pisoni Deluxe Tan Leather in very good condition & both clarinets have just had a service, with touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The case is a more modern Selmer Pouchette leather example in good used condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Borbeck. These instruments play with a warm tone and fine intonation; it is easy to understand why Selmer clarinets of this period became so popular worldwide.  

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YAMAHA, CSG III CUSTOM, Bb CLARINET

£1895

 

 

     


A very good condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM III Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one careful adult owner from new. Yamaha made great claims for the CSG range; a new bore design is supposed to provide great tonal richness, as found in older instruments made from properly aged Grenadilla. Certainly the final incarnation of the CSG, the CSG III, has been a great success with many players.
The wood is finest unstained Grenadilla, in mint condition, no cracks or damage. The Bb has matching serial nos. 01122. The bore design features a reverse taper to the barrel. Unlike Buffet polycylindrical bore designs, the instrument features a taper also at the top of the upper joint. The bore at the middle of the instrument, however, is similar to the Buffet Bb R13/RC. Consequently the intonation and evenness of this instrument do feel like an improvement over Buffet standard designs. The pads are all finest white leather, in good condition. The clarinet comes with 2 original barrels, a standard of 56mm and a short of 55mm. The m'piece is a Selmer C85 120 in excellent used condition. NB The case is a used black leather Yamaha double in very good condition, not pictured.  

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PAIR OF SELMER, PARIS, 10S II CLARINETS

£2595

 

 

     

THE A IS RESERVED, THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE FOR £1215. An excellent condition 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. 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. M5288. Like the Bb it is in pristine condition throughout. Again it has white leather pads in very good condition, and excellent condition wood with no blemishes. There are 2 barrels, of 65mm and 66mm. The key work is well regulated. The double case is a Yamaha, again in very good condition, which is supplied with keys. If desired the pair can be split as follows: A in double case for £1395. Bb in new single case for £1215.

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

£1795

 

 

     

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, an early RC Prestige, which, when it was launched, was the most expensive Bb clarinet that Buffet marketed. The instrument is in good condition. The plating is very fine, with no discernable wear. The wood has no cracks or repairs, just minor surface marks and scuffs. This clarinet was one of the earliest Buffet models to carry the Prestige badge, with matching serial numbers F238058 it dates to 1983. This meant that it was made with hand selected unstained wood, unlike the cheaper models in the range. When Buffet launch a new model it is usually finished by the most experienced craftsmen. This undoubtedly contributes to the fine intonation and response, which are outstanding. The pads are all brand new Pisoni fish skin, the instrument has just had a complete overhaul in the Clarinets Direct workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original. The supplied Amoon single case is brand new, and the m'piece is a used Selmer C85 120 in very good condition.

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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET

£975

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. The pads are mainly white leather, in very good condition, with some cork pads on the upper joint. The wood has no cracks or repairs, but there is one chip to the outer edge of the lower tenon of the upper joint, see photo 10. This chip has no affect on the response, and is completely hidden when the instrument is assembled. The E11 C is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 000501. The Silver plated key work is in excellent condition, with only light scratches. All pieces are matching and original. The m'piece is an upgrade to a Selmer HS**, not pictured. Current Buffet E13's and E11's are giving a lot of trouble with shrinkage and wood movement, these problems commenced when Buffet moved the manufacture of these models from Germany back to the old Leblanc factory in France. Fortunately this instrument pre-dates this; it was made in Germany.The E11 C is an ideal purchase for the player who wants to use the same mouthpiece that they currently use on their Bb instrument, as the instrument tunes well with all standard French bore Bb m'pieces.  

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BUFFET E11 F Bb CLARINET

£695

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON FULL BOEHM CLARINET

£795

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

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

£645

This fine Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet was recently taken in part exchange by Clarinets Direct. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, serial no. 334676, has no cracks or repairs, with only minor surface marks to the wood. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition with no wear. The instrument has just been overhauled in tan leather pads by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an original B&H 926 No. 2 in good condition, there is some slight discolouration to the ebonite but no damage to tip or rails. The case is the original in fair used condition, there are some interior stains and scuffs to the exterior, it still protects the clarinet & latches well.

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, RADIO IMPROVED Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

A rare Selmer, Radio Improved, 7 ring Bb Clarinet ,which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instruments' last owner is a London based Jazz player. The R. I. was the first of the "modern" designs made by Selmer, with improved key work, and a bore design featuring a reverse taper cone at the top of the upper joint, and an expanding flare at the bottom of the lower joint. As the name suggests it was intended for Radio broadcasts as it featured both improved intonation and evenness of sound. The German Silver keywork is in good condition for a clarinet dating to 1931 with only a slight patina commensurate with age and use. The last owner has attached some cork to the LH F sharp/C sharp key to make it easier to reach. The Grenadilla wood shows many surface marks and scuffs, but there are no cracks or repairs. The clarinet  has predominantly used fish skin pads, with a leather pad on the speaker key, all are sealing well. There are 2 supplied barrels a long and short, both are Selmer, though the long is stamped only 2mm L. The matching serial numbers are L1159, though they are hard to make out. The case appears to be original in fair condition, as is the supplied m'piece, a used Selmer E.

 

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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet Master Model E13. The Nickel Silver key work shows no wear, it is very good condition. We have just re-padded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are D49150 which dates to the late 1970's. 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 is a minor chip to the outer edge of the tenon of the upper joint this has no effect on the response and is completely hidden when the instrument is assembled, see photo 4. Sadly this model is deleted now from the Buffet range. Modern E13s are made from inferior wood which is stained to hide imperfections, in addition there is no longer any hand finishing or testing, as was the case for this clarinet. Furthermore the wood for this clarinet is unstained, with all pieces matching and original. The case is the original in good condition, as is the m'piece.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

A rare and unusual pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and have an impressive provenance. These instruments were originally owned by Tom Whitestone, for many years a member of the English National Ballet Orchestra. Tom had the pair modified with the addition of the Acton patent vent, but, in a neat and excellent design, which Tom believes was by Ward & Winterbourne, though at this distance of time he is not completely sure who he commissioned to do the work. Subsequently, on his retirement, the pair were sold to Michael Pearce of the Philharmonia and BBC Concert Orchestra. The pair's most recent owner is an amateur, who has just bought a pair of Buffet Prestige clarinets. This pair have seen much use.
The instruments have Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather pads throughout, which are in excellent condition. The Bb, serial no. 264759, has had the rear thumb rest, with sling hook, re-positioned lower twice, and the screw holes for the thumb rest filled, with one left unfilled. The Silver plate throughout is in fair condition. There is noticeable wear to the ring finger touchpieces as well as the "pinky" keys, though the plating is not worn through. The A, serial no. 269569, has, like the Bb, had the thumb rest moved lower, and the screw holes filled, apart from one. The Silver plate throughout is in similar shape to the Bb. The A also has a repaired crack to the upper joint. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'pieces are a B&H 1010 No. 2, and a Vandoren M30, which has been bored out to 1010 dimensions, both are again, in good used condition. The case is a modern Pro-tech in excellent condition. NB Not pictured.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF SELMER RECITAL CLARINETS

£3395

A very fine matched pair of Selmer Recital clarinets in Silver plate. These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and have an impressive Provenance: The pair was bought initially by Leslie Craven, who used them for many years as Principal Clarinet of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Subsequently they were bought by a London based professional, who is now selling the pair. These instruments have seen much use, and the condition of the key work does reflect this, as it shows wear. The tuning and response are very fine, and they are outstanding examples of early Selmer Recitals.
The Bb has matching S/N D0467, and has mostly brand new tan leather pads. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free, apart from a filled surface crack to the 62.5mm barrel. The plating overall shows some loss to the ring finger touchpieces, in addition the LH F/C touchpiece has had a "criss-cross" pattern applied in the manner of a B&H 1010 instrument, see photo 7.   The A has matching S/N D0541, and has mostly used white leather pads. Again theer s no damage to teh wood, or any crack repairs, but like the Bb it shows wear to the ring finger plating. Both instruments have been to our workshop for a service, with key regulation and touch corks replaced as necessary All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, there are 4 barrels. The original barrels measure, 61.5mm, 62.5mm, 64.5mm and 64.5mm. The case is a BAM, it is used, but in good condition. The supplied m'piece is a Noblet, provided for play testing.

 

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SELMER PARIS A CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare and fine original logo Selmer A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This A has matching serial numbers 8189, which date it to 1929/30. The Grenadilla wood has no cracks or damage, in fact the condition is very good, with only light surface marks. The German silver keywork is in pristine condition throughout, without tarnish or blemish. This A clarinet has a bore of 14.9mm, and will pair perfectly well with any other mainstream manufacturers Bb clarinet. i.e. Buffet, Yamaha, Leblanc, or, of course, Selmer. The instrument was recently completely overhauled with Pisoni Deluxe fish skin pads, with the C sharp/G sharp pad in leather and the register key pad in cork, and all pads are in very fine condition. The double case is in excellent used condition, and is supplied with keys.  

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LEBLANC OPUS Eb CLARINET, Van HAAREN COLLECTION

£1995

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc Opus, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This rare Eb has had only one owner from new, a Dutch collector. The Leblanc Opus 1190EbS was the top of the range model manufactured by Leblanc, as their brochure claimed: "This Eb sets the standard for tone, response and tuning. "
The Silver plated key work shows virtually no wear, only the RH sliver key has some plating loss. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in pristine order throughout. This Eb has just had a Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin re-pad in our Clarinets Direct workshop & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble. The original case is in excellent condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Viotto RH K-6 in wood effect ebonite.  

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£845

A superb condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a professional, who now plays a different make of clarinet, consequently this excellent A is offered to the market.
This A, serial no. 507433, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in pristine condition. The Silver plate throughout is "as new". The instrument has Gordon Beeson Tan leather pads, in excellent condition. The original case is also in excellent condition. NB Though a metal cap and ligature are pictured, they have been replaced with a new LS set of Rovner type.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, PRIVILEGE A CLARINET

£1795

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Paris Privilege A Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument is Selmer's flagship model. Selmer Privilege clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide, featuring many improvements over other manufacturer's models. These include a metal tenon insert at the top of the lower joint and a sculpted rear touchpiece for the register key. Overall the impression is that the key work ergonomics are superb, and the design is built to withstand many years of professional use. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.6mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood is in good condition, but there is a teflon banded crack repair to the upper joint, see photo 4. The crack runs down into the throat A tone hole, and in addition to the exterior band, it has been glued internally. All the Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. The look and solid feel of the key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The white leather pads, whilst used, are all sealing well, and will be good for many months to come. The lower pads feature metal reflectors for improved sound emmission. The 2 original Selmer barrels are of 65.5mm, & 65.5mm. The matching serial numbers are QO 5352. The Bags case is in good used condition.

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BUFFET CRAMPON E11 Bb CLARINET

£575

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 Nickel Silver plating is very fine, as is the wood condition. All pieces are matching and original, the m'piece is the original Buffet F1 A. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 415979. 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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LEBLANC, "THE BIG EASY", PETE FOUNTAIN Bb CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     

This is a Pete Fountain, Leblanc, Jazz clarinet: The "Big Easy". Pete is probably the best-known clarinettist in popular music. As the King of Dixieland he lent his name for over 30 years to the Leblanc France 1611 model, with a 15.00mm bore, that puts Pete's distinctive "fat" sound within the reach of other players! Sadly Leblanc no longer manufacture: This example is a rare chance to own an excellent condition Big Easy. It has come to Clarinets Direct as a commission sale from the estate of a keen amateur player, who mostly played jazz.
This clarinet is in excellent condition. The wood throughout is pristine, and the Silver plate is in superb condition. Indeed the excellent quality of this Silver plate is in stark contrast to some more modern Leblanc clarinets. The pads are all used fishskin, but only gently used, they have many months of life left in them. The matching serial numbers are 26869 which probably dates to the late 1960s. Leblanc serial numbers lists were lost in a factory fire, and online lists are unreliable. It is a "top of the range" Leblanc, the specification includes: Offset trill keys, balanced key action, separate post mounted, C#/G# keys and Ab/Eb keys. Also tapered tone holes and a cylindrical upper joint. All pieces are matching and original. The m'piece is a heavily used Vandoren 5JB, and the case is the original in very good condition. As the nickname says: This instrument is a delight to play, superbly engineered, and excellently in tune.

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SELMER, PARIS, PRIVILEGE Bb CLARINET

£2195

This is an excellent condition Selmer Paris Privilege Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument is Selmer's flagship model. Selmer Privilege clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide, featuring many improvements over other manufacturer's models. These include a metal tenon insert at the top of the lower joint and a sculpted rear touchpiece for the register key. Overall the impression is that the key work ergonomics are superb, and the design is built to withstand many years of professional use. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.6mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks, scuffs or damage. All the Silver plate key work is also in pristine condition. The look and solid feel of the key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The white leather pads, whilst used, are all sealing well, and will be good for many months to come. The lower pads feature metal reflectors for improved sound emmission. The original Selmer barrel is of 65.5mm. Additionally an unstamped custom synthetic barrel of 63.5mm is supplied. The matching serial numbers are QO 4972. The m'piece is a used Selmer C* & the case is in good used condition.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF SELMER SERIES 9* CLARINETS

£1795

 

 

     


These Selmer Series 9* clarinets are in very good condition, and have come to us as a commission sale from an amateur UK player who is the original and sole owner. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
The Bb clarinet has serial nos., Y7892 which dates to 1975. Whilst under manufacturers warranty the original top joint of the Bb cracked, and it was replaced by Selmer. There are no cracks or repairs to the Grenadilla wood, only a slight chip to the outer edge of the lowest joint tenon, see photo 9, this has no effect on the response, and is completely hidden when the instrument is assembled. The wood condition throughout is very fine. Both clarinets have had the thumb rests re-positioned higher, we have returned the thumb rests to their original place, but left the screw holes unfilled, so that they will be easy to move again, should the new owner wish the higher position. The Nickel Silver plating is good throughout, with only slight wear to the ring fingers. The instruments have just had a full overhaul in the Clarinets Direct workshop in Pisoni fish skin pads, and are sold with our 1 year warranty. The A clarinet, matching serial nos. Y6953, again dates to 1975. The plating is excellent throughout. The instrument shows no evidence of cracks or repairs. There are 2 Selmer barrels, of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The case is an original Selmer which is fully functional, but does show scuffs to the exterior and stains to the interior. This interior, though fixed solidly within the case, has moved slightly from its original position. The keys are included. The m'piece is a used Vandoren 5RV.  

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YANAGISAWA CS-911 SOPRANO SAX

£2295

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Yanagisawa CS-911 curved Soprano Saxophone, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Many players consider Yanagisawa Sopranos amongst the best examples manufactured today. This model is well known for its stability of pitch, quality of tone, and build quality. This instrument has had only one owner, who bought it new in retirement, it has seen very little use and has been very well maintained. The Soprano has serial nos. 0032722. The original lacquer shows only minimal surface marks, it is excellent throughout. 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 are only sightly used & are sealing well. The regulation is good, and this Soprano will play perfectly out of the box. The original case is in pristine condition. The m'pieces are a student model, Yamaha 4C, and a professional CS-80 Selmer D, both are in very good condition.

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LEBLANC, CONCERTO, Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

A very good condition Leblanc Concerto Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has has only one owner from new, and was part of a collection of Leblanc clarinets.
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 fine condition. The Silver plate key work is very good, with only a slight patch of wear to LH2 and the thumb bush. All pieces are original & have matching stamps. The fish skin pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. The matching serial nos. are 66641. The supplied m'piece is a used Vandoren B45. The case is the original, in good condition, apart from a tape repair to the handle.

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SELMER PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET

£1445

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer, Paris, Recital Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in the UK. The current owner did play this instrument for some time as his main clarinet but more recently it has been kept as a spare, and now he has decided to sell it. 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 shows no cracks or damage, it is in good condition. The original upper joint did crack , and this joint is a replacement, with serial number F0385. The lower joint has serial number F0378, which dates to the late 1980s. The replacement joint is an exceptionally close match, and the instrument responds very well. All Silver plate is in good order, there is only slight wear to the ring keys, and a small patch of wear to the throat A key. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. The pads are all Pisoni tan leather in "as new" condition. The two original barrels measure 62.5 mm & 63.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer C85 120, in good condition. The case is the original Selmer double in good used condition.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 A CLARINET

£945

THE Bb IS "SOLD". THE A STILL FOR SALE IN DOUBLE CASE FOR £945. An interesting and unique pair of UK stamp Buffet Crampon, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinets in Nickel silver plate, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have a fine provenance, having been selected for a pupil by Graham Evans, 2nd clarinet in the Northern Sinfonia. She used them throughn her time as a music student at University. The pair were made in 1976, and at this time Buffet UK were based at Pages Walk in South London. Then the Evette and Schaeffer clarinet was manufactured alongside the superb R13, which was Buffet's top selling professional model. Interestingly the "Evette & Schaeffer" stamps on the pair are different; The A features the original stamp, whereas the Bb has the re-designed logo just introduced. At that time, the difference between the top student model and the professional R13 was much narrower than it is now: Like the R13, E&S clarinets were hand undercut and made in the same factory as the professional models. This E&S pair are much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. This was reflected in the asking price, E & S clarinets were only 20% cheaper than R13s of the period.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Nickel Silver plating overall is in fine condition with no discernable loss, which contrasts sharply with the quality of current Buffet plating.  Both instruments have had a complete re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and are sold with a full years' warranty. The Bb has S/N K38650, and actually was supplied with a Buffet R13 barrel. The A S/N K36178, comes with both an E&S barrel and a Buffet R13 barrel.  The two mouthpieces are a used Vandoren 5RV Lyre and a Buffet B "crown" in good condition. The double case is in brown leather, it shows some wear to the interior lining, and scuffs to the exterior but latches and protects the pair well. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period these instruments were made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture. If desired the pair can be sold separately. The A in double case with Buffet m'piece and two barrels for £945. The Bb with Vandoren m'piece and Buffet barrel in a single case for £895.

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STUBBINS, BY NOBLET, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

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

 

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet E13 clarinet in Nickel Silver plate. The E13 is the top selling student wooden clarinet worldwide. The matching serial numbers are K75679, which dates to the late 1980s, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating shows only slight wear, mainly to a couple of the ring fingers, it is in fine 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 a brand new modern example, with pouches and carry strap. The m'piece is the original Buffet in good condition. The wood for current E13s is being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.  

     39   MATCHED PAIR OF PRE-WAR, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS          £1695
This matched pair of rare Boosey & Hawkes, pre-war 1010 clarinets are in excellent condition. Their current owner is a professional based in West London, and these instruments have just been completely refurbished by Clarinets Direct and are sold with our full 1 year warranty.
The Bb has silver plated key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in wood throughout, which is in very fine condition, with no cracks, damage or repairs. The matching serial nos. on all main pieces, apart from the mouhpiece, are 32260, which dates to 1936. All pads are brand new finest tan leather Pisoni. There is no joint wobble or play in the mechanism, the instrument is near mint. The A, serial nos. 32266, which dates to 1936, has again wood in excellent condition. All pieces are matching and serial numbered, excepting the m'piece. The key work throughout is "as new". All pads are brand new finest Pisoni tan leather. Both supplied m'pieces are actually E J Albert examples in very good used condition. They were re-layed by the late Prof. John Playfair. One has 1.13mm tip by 17mm lay, and the other, 1.0mm by 17mm, which plays slightly sharper in pitch. The case is a modern Leblanc which is in good used condition.
     40   MATCHED PAIR OF J HAMMERSCHMIDT CLARINETS          £2595
These are a rare and unique pair of J Hammerschmidt & Sohne clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having been owned and played most recently by a Dutch professional. These instruments have an excellent Provenance, having been originally owned and customised by the late John [Jack] McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible.
These instruments have been much customised. What follows is an accurate a description as can be managed without actually having a detailed schedule of work from Jack. Nearly every tone hole has been partly filled with shellac, and, in most cases, further undercutting has been done. The bore has been reduced in the area of the bottom of the lower upper joint, in order to correct the tuning of C#/G#. The flare at the bottom of the lower joint has also been reduced to aid in tuning the lowest pitches. The length of the lower joint of the A clarinet has been increased by some 3mm by means of a wooden insert and lengthened tenon ring, see photo 7.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 1201. The wood is in good condition throughout, for an instrument which has seen such heavy use. However there is a tight hairline crack to the top of the lower joint, it does not go through to the bore or near a tone hole. In addition to the makers stamp the instruments are stamped "Pro Arte Musica". The German Silver key work is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, which are in excellent condition throughout.
The A has matching serial nos. 1202. The wood is in good condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. The German Silver key work is in very good condition. The instrument also has very good condition Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads throughout.
The supplied m'piecec is an Eaton 926 which of similar type to the m'piece John McCaw used with the pair. The case is a modern Yamaha in good used condition. These instruments were used by John in his exemplary recording of the Holbrooke Quintet with the Delme String Quartet, issued by Blenheim records.

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SELMER, PARIS, PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£695

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. the instrument has been professionally owned and played by a London based musician. This type of large bore instrument is most closely associated with Jazz players of the 1940s. It demonstrates a warm and relaxed tone. The German Silver key work is in good condition throughout, with no wear. The instrument has used double bladder fish skin pads, and has had a thorough check down in our workshop, with touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are M9381, which dates to 1949. The m'piece is a used student model. The case is the original Selmer, well used, but it latches securely.

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON ENHANCED BOEHM CLARINET in A

£895

 

 

     

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

 

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£645

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

 

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SELMER PARIS, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     


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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SELMER SERIES 9 FULL BOEHM A CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

This Selmer Series 9 A is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Series 9 was the last of the jazz wide bore clarinets made by Selmer, with the top of the reverse cone at the start of the upper joint measuring 15.25mm. However these instruments were also popular with classical players; the great French virtuoso Ulysse Delecluse played Selmer Series 9. This A clarinet features all the usual Full Boehm refinements: Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G#, and low Eb. The instrument has matching serial nos., V6706 which dates to 1969 & is in excellent condition. The Silver plating is pristine throughout, with no wear. The pads are all fish skin in good order, and are sealing well. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood condition throughout is very good. There are 2 supplied barrels, an original short Series 9, and a more modern Selmer barrel of 66.5mm. The original double case is in fair condition, the interior lining shows wear, and has some screw repairs, but the case latches well.

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S A CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

THE Bb IS SOLD. THE A STILL FOR SALE IN DOUBLE CASE FOR £1295. An excellent condition pair of Selmer 10S clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have belonged to a professional UK owner who was formerly a RAF musician, now retired. 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, matching S/N E5080, dates to 1988 and has Silver plate, in fine condition throughout. Both clarinets have been recently overhauled in white leather pads, and all are in very good condition. 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 A, has matching serial nos. C4768, which dates to 1985. Like the Bb it is in Silver plate which is in pristine condition throughout. It has excellent condition wood with no blemishes. The two supplied barrels measure, 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The case is an Orly, again in good condition. The seller is prepared to split the pair, as follows: A in double case, with 2 barrels for £1295. Bb in single case with 2 barrels, & excellent condition Selmer D m'piece for £1125.  

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

£545

 

 

     

This good condition Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet has been professionally owned here in the Uk. the current owner now faces an Inheritance Tax bill, and several of his clarinets are being sold through Clarinets Direct. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, with matching serial nos. 456300, has wood with no cracks or repairs to the main pieces, however the barrel has a repaired crack, which has been filled and sealed, see photo 4. The Silver plate shows some wear, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces. The tan leather pads are used, but all sealing well. The supplied m'piece is an original B&H 926 No. 3 in good condition. The case has some interior stains and scuffs to the exterior, it still protects the clarinet & latches well.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1595

A pair of late B& H Symphony 1010 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments have been professionally owned and played in many of Londons leading orchestras.
The instruments have very good condition tan leather pads throughout. All are sealing well and will be good for many years to come. The Bb, matching serial nos. 536551, has no discernable wear to the Silver plate, which is in good order throughout. There is a three pinned crack repair to the upper joint, but the instrument was played at the highest level for many years afer this repair, in addition, much after market tuning work was done on the pair to improve both the intonation and response. There are 2 original B&H barrels, one of 62.8mm and the other of 63.8mm, the shorter of which has a sealed surface crack. The A, matching serial nos. 507427, is in excellent conditon. The Silver plate is pristine throughout. There are no cracks or damage to the wood. The supplied m'piece is a Fobes, which has been bored out to 1010 dimensions by T W Howarth. It is in good used condition, with some discolouration to the ebonite, and ligature scratches. The case is of modern rucksack type, which is in very good condition.

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MATCHED TRIPLE SET OF JULLIEN/ E ALBERT CLARINETS

£1195

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

 

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

£4295

 

 

     

This is an excellent Luis Rossi American model clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct: With a 14.7mm polycylindrical bore this clarinet is based on the Buffet R13, though acoustically it is vastly superior. This model is Luis Rossi's best selling clarinet worldwide. It adds a new dimension of tonal warmth and improved intonation to the Buffet instrument from which it is derived. The instrument features a compensating G/D vent which has many benefits, including raising the pitch of the 3rd register; a major shortcoming of the R13 design. In common with all Rossi clarinets the instrument is in a single piece which allows the correct positioning of the C#/G# hole.
This instrument is in superb condition, with good pads throughout, the lowest pads feature metal reflectors. The wood is in pristine condition, with no cracks or damage. The silver plating is in excellent condition throughout with no wear. There are four supplied barrels of 58.5mm, 59.5mm, 60.5mm and 61.5mm. [ NB Only 3 barrels are pictured.] The instrument was tuned by Luis to play with Vandoren mouthpieces. There are also two different bells, a thicker walled example which allows for a darker tone with more weight, and also a traditional thinner walled example for more projection and brilliance. The original wooden tenon guards are included, and the double case with carry strap is also in very good condition.

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51

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY IMPERIAL 1010 CLARINETS 

£1545

A very fine pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and have had only one owner from new. They date to 1959, and are pre Acton patent vent models. The instruments have just been down to our workshop for a thourough "check down", and complete regulation. The Bb, with matching serial nos. 174915, has Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, apart from the tenon rings to the barrel which show some tarnish. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is excellent throughout. The pads are all tan leather in good used condition. The A, matching serial nos. 180035, has, like the Bb, used tan leather pads in good condition. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, again the wood is crack and repair free. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Peter Eaton, 1010 1.25 which is, again, in good used condition. The case is the original, which is well used, though still fully functional. .

 

     52   BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET          £1195
A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout, with no wear. The wood shows no cracks or repairs, though there are some filled thumb rest screw holes in the bottom joint where the thumb rest has been repositioned in the past. The instrument has very good fish skin pads throughout, the majority are "as new". The matching serial nos. are 49989 which dates to 1955. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold  standard  of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com  for more details. The case is Pro-Tech in good condition. The mouthpiece is a new Mitchell Lurie M3.

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£995

A mint 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 pristine condition with no plating wear. The instrument has brand new fish skin pads throughout, and will be completely maintenance free for some considerable time. There are no cracks or damage to the Grenadilla wood which is in perfect condition, all pieces are matching and stamped. The matching serial nos. are F369725, which dates to 1993. The supplied m'piece is an unused Buffet, and the case is again in excellent condition, and comes with the still wrapped keys.

 

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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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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£825

 

 

     

This pristine Bb B&H 1010 clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last owner of this clarinet was a saxophonist and clarinettist. Formerly the instrument belonged to Tony Lamb, who for many years was Principal Clarinet of English National Opera. All of Tony's clarinets were carefully selected and often underwent further expensive after market improvements by Jon Steward ex-T. W. Howarth & Co. Typically this involved correcting intonation faults and improving the evenness of the scale. Thus when his instruments are offered back to the market they are much improved on standard production line B&H 1010s.
This Bb, with matching serial nos. 504327, has wood throughout in excellent condition, with no cracks or damage. All tan leather pads are in good condition, as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is in perfect condition. This clarinet features the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The thumb rest has been replaced with a Howarth adjustable model, as part of the work mentioned above. The m'piece is an original Boosey & Hawkes No. 2 in good condition, and the Stagg case is in very good used condition.

 

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56

SELMER, PARIS, ST LOUIS Bb CLARINET

£2195

 

 

     

A near mint condition Selmer Paris St Louis Bb Clarinet. The only reason it cannot be described as "mint" is wear to the logo stamps and tenon corks. This instrument has been professionally owned and played in the UK, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The St Louis was Selmer's flagship clarinet design in the last decade and features a long reversed cone through the upper joint, with minimal undercutting. This results in exemplary tuning, and the clarinet also features a dark, even tone, throughout the registers.
The Bb clarinet, S/N P07680, is in excellent order throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine. The wood shows no cracks or damage. The pads throughout are white leather, in fine condition. The supplied barrels are 64.5 and 66.5mm in length. The m'piece is a student model, supplied for play testing. The case is the original in excellent condition, supplied with the instruction pack, and instrument passport.  

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57

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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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS

£1095

 

 

     


A good condition matched pair of B&H 926 Imperial clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Imperial 926 was manufactured to the same standard as the Imperial Symphony 1010, both top of the range professional quality instruments. The 926, at 15.0 mm, was less large in the bore, and also required a correctly designed, tapered bore, 926 mouthpiece. These instruments do not play in tune with standard French m'pieces, i.e. Vandoren & Selmer, unless re-bored.
The instruments were last overhauled, with no expense spared, in 2011, and have been unused since. Each clarinet has what is termed an "Artist Quality" set up, with cork pads on the upper joint, and leather on the lower. The advantage of this type of overhaul is that the cork pads resist water intrusion, and are typically good for 10 years of use. The cost, at 360 Euros per clarinet, is usual for this level of overhaul, & the invoices are included in the sale. The bore and wood of the pair are excellent with no cracks, damage or wear. However, in the past, someone appears to have attempted to glue a bell ring on to the A clarinet, and the bell rim is covered with the residue, see photo 8. The matching serial nos. are 120023 on the Bb and 120510A on the A. This dates the pair to the mid 1950's. The Silver plating consequently does show some slight tarnish, and also a couple of the LH "pinky keys" on the A show light scratches. The B & H original m'piece is in good condition. The case is again in good used condition. This pair play very well and will be maintenance free for some considerable time, they would suit a player looking for a profesional quality pair at a bargain price.  

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YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET, YCL62, Van HAAREN COLLECTION -RESERVED

£945

 

 

     

A near mint condition professional Yamaha YCL 62 Bb clarinet, which his part of a large collection of instruments from a Dutch collector. Clarinets Direct will be listing a number of superb instruments from this collection in the next few weeks. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerabily cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the 1970's, when Yamaha made their first serious foray into top of the range professional clarinets. The wood was computer controlled, kiln dried, to assist in avoiding cracking, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. The clarinet model YCL62 was a professional instrument, which superceeded the YCL 61, in the late 1970's.
The clarinet cannot be described as mint, only because of some slight tarnish to the silver plate, caused by being kept in its case unopened for several decades. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work is also excellent throughout, with no wear. The original pads are "as new". All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. All piecse are matching and original with bright logo stamps The unfilled out warranty card from the supplying dealer in Utrecht is included. The matching serial nos. are 12581. The m'piece is in unused condition, as is the Yamaha hard shell case.

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60

BUFFET CRAMPON, SUPER DYNACTION, ALTO SAXOPHONE-RESERVED

£1095

 

 

     

A Buffet Super Dynaction Alto Saxophone, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Though primarily known for its clarinets, Buffet also made professional saxophones. Buffet Saxophones are probably amongst the most under-rated in the world. Certain models of Buffet Alto Saxophone were particularly highly-regarded for Classical playing. One was the S1 (particularly the copper body version), and the other was Super Dynaction. Daniel Deffayet, the well known French player, played one, as did the American Jazz player, Art Pepper. At the time they were made, the Super Dynaction was more expensive than a Selmer Mark VI. Some players feel that the Super Dynaction tunes better than Selmer Mark VI. Alto Saxophones often suffer from a flat and dull middle C# and the a sharp high C#. Buffet devised a unique correction mechanism which works well to cure this: It opens a tone-hole to lift and brighten middle C#, making it better in tune. It also detects when the octave-key is engaged, & the correction tone hole remains closed, so the top C# is lowered. The advantage of this mechanism is that it is fully automatic. Another advantage is that the Buffet design does not suffer from a slightly sharp middle D, which can be a Selmer design issue. For these reasons, the tuning is outstandingly good.
The instrument has had only one careful British owner, who selected it new from 3 at Carl Fischer's in New York in the 1960's, whilst on tour. It has been well-used, because it plays so well. It has been overhauled once in its life. It has never been re-lacquered, & the original lacquer shows wear. It has never been polished (which can damage the tone-hole rims). It is supplied with the original mouthpiece. The serial numbers are 8435, which dates to 1962. It works well with Vandoren AL3, and Selmer S80 C**. Vandoren AL3 is the most highly recommended for Classical playing. The new owner may well want to have a partial overhaul undertaken, the existing leather pads are old, but all sealing well. The original case shows much wear, but comes with the keys, the RH latch still functions but the catch is loose.  

61

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£495

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

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 9 Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition Selmer Series 9 enhanced Boehm Bb Clarinet. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes."
This clarinet has an articulated C sharp/ G sharp mechanism. The Silver plated keywork is in excellent condition with no  plating loss. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs. The clarinet  has predominantly fish skin pads with cork on the register key. All pads are are in excellent condition. The clarinet measures 15.25mm at the top of the reverse cone of the upper joint. The matching serial numbers are U4793, dating to 1966. The case is an Orly in good condition, as is the supplied m'piece.

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     63   LEBLANC, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          £695
This is an extremely fine professional model clarinet offered by Leblanc, which was probably made in the 1960's. The Bb has matching serial nos. 8271. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or repairs, the Grenadilla wood is in pristine condition. The clarinet has finest Pisoni white leather pads which are all in very fine condition. All pieces are matching and orignal including a fine Leblanc m'piece. The case is of modern gig bag type in very good condition. The instrument plays with a fine, full sound and good intonation. It would suit a player looking for a professional model on a budget.

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SELMER SERIES 9* Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

This Selmer Series 9* Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has belonged to a professional UK owner who was formerly a RAF musician, now retired. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore Series 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore Series 9 at the Jazz market. The clarinet has matching serial nos., X8877 which dates to 1973. The Nickel Silver plating is good throughout, with only slight wear to the rings. The pads are all used fish skin, apart from the register key pad which is in cork. All are in fine order, and will be good for many months to come. There are no cracks or repairs to the Grenadilla wood, which is excellent throughout. The supplied Selmer case is in very good condition, as is the m'piece, which is a used Vandoren 5RV.

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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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LEBLANC SYMPHONIE 3 Bb CLARINET

£645

The Symphonie 3 clarinet was a professional model clarinet offered by Leblanc in the 1960's, which gradually evolved into the L7 series of the 1970's. The bore is of medium large size at 15.0mm, which matches the Leblanc Pete Fountain & Dynamic H models.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 2266B, which probably dates to the early 1960's The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. There is one old repaired crack to the upper joint which just misses the top trill key hole, see photos 5 & 6. The crack has been pinned, filled and glued, we have checked it over for seal in our workshop during the course of an overhaul in fish skin pads. The clarinet is sold with our ful1 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and orignal including a fine Leblanc 4L m'piece. The case is a B&H example in good condition. The instrument plays with a fine, full sound and good intonation. It would suit a player looking for a professional model on a budget.

 

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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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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY IMPERIAL 1010 CLARINETS

£1445

 

 

     

A matched pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their current owner has recently bought a more modern pair of 1010s. This pair date to 1960, and are pre Acton patent vent models. The Bb, with matching serial nos. 183978, has Silver plate throughout in good condition, what wear there is is mainly to the pillars, and the tenon rings which show some tarnish. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is excellent throughout. The pads are all tan leather, which were all recently replaced, so these are in excellent used condition. The A, matching serial nos. 183986, has, like the Bb, used tan leather pads in good condition. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, again with most wear to the pillars. The wood is crack and repair free. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'pieces are a modern 1010 copy, which is, again, in good used condition, and an original older B&H 1010 No.2. The case is the original, which has been re-lined, and protects the pair well.

 

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69

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.

71

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1795

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Eb has a fine provenance, having been selected at the B&H factory from new, and played professionally in London by David Rix, Principal Clarinet of the City of London Sinfonia for many years. The instrument has been used in the following Orchestras: Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, etc. Most recently it has been owned by a professional player in The Netherlands.
The Silver plated key work shows only slight wear, mainly to the LH Ring 2 it is in good condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in very good condition, excepting one minor chip to the bell rim, see photo 8. The instrument has recently been overhauled in fish skin pads by a repairer local to Dave Rix. The serial nos. are 431148, which dates to 1975. The RH sliver key has been shortened to a button touch piece, to avoid accidental contact in fast passage work. The mouthpiece is a B&H original, in excellent condition. It plays comfortably with Vandoren No. 3 or 3.5 reeds. The case is again original, in good condition. In summation this Eb plays well, and with excellent intonation.  

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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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LEBLANC SPIRIT Bb CLARINET, Van HAAREN COLLECTION

£725

 

 

     

A mint condition Leblanc Spirit Bb clarinet. This instrument was bought new by a Dutch collector, and never played, it was stored inside the case with the individual pieces still wrapped in cellophane. This clarinet is Leblanc's intermediate wooden model, which features a cylindrical bore design, of 14.85mm, with a resotone bell and barrel, it was descibed by Leblanc as being very responsive & having a full-bodied sound. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in perfect condition. The Nickel Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. All fish skin pads are as fitted by the factory, and, whilst not new, have never been used. The matching serial nos. are D48735, and the clarinet comes with the un-registered original warranty card. The supplied m'piece is an unused Leblanc. The case is the original in new 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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YAMAHA SE CUSTOM Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1195

 

 

     

An excellent condition Yamaha SE CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The sole former owner is a London based professional Bassoon player, who used this instrument solely in her Woodwind teaching practice on the occasions that she taught clarinet pupils. The clarinet was bought from Dawkes in the late 1990s. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerabily cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS and SE range. The SE features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, which are more exaggerated than those on the standard CS, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound with excellent resonance. The tuning and voicing is improved over the regular CS, and the bore, at 14.78mm, is larger than a comparable Buffet. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the Buffet RC, whereas the CS, competed with the R13. The wood is unstained matched Grenadilla, the silver plate, and key work, are of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. It is interesting that Yamaha have recently relaunched the SE as the SE Artist. The main differences being the addition of the RH thumb operated touchpiece to tune the low E & F better, different plating with Rose Gold, as well as a raised C/G tone hole, and a LH Ab/Eb lever. This all results in a new price of just under £5000!
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 01026. Though all fish skin pads are not new, they are all sealing well now, and should be good for some time to come, the instrument has had hardly any use. The clarinet has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" with corks and pads replaced as necessary, and key regulation. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear, only light surface scratches. The supplied m'pieces is a Yamaha 4C. The case is an original Yamaha in excellent condition.  

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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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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET, Van HAAREN COLLECTION-RESERVED

£945

 

 

     

This is a mint condition Leblanc LL Bb clarinet, part of the extensive Leblanc clarinet collection of a Dutch collector. The instrumnet was bought new, but stored in cellophane wrappers within the case, and never played. The Leblanc LL, was named after Leon Leblanc, George's son. The design features an exceptionally even scale and intonation, and though introdced in the 1960s, was so successful that the model continued in manufacture right up until when the firm was sold to Buffet in 2009.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 52593. The Nickel Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is also pristine, with no cracks or repairs. The original fish skin pads are as new. All pieces are matching and original with bright Leblanc stamps. The case comes with the still wrapped keys and is as new, as is the supplied Leblanc L2 m'piece.

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SELMER BUNDY ALTO CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£595

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last owner has just bought a Leblanc wooden Alto. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which is in pristine order. The crook and bell are in excellent condition with no dings or dents, but there are a few light scratches to the bell due to contact with the key work on assembly. The Nickel Silver plating is slightly cloudy but shows no wear. The Alto has mainly fish skin pads, with the exception of the bell which is in leather. Whilst the pads are not all new, the most worn have been replaced, so that the instrument will be maintenance free for some time to come. The serial nos. are 14648. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a check over prior to sale, and regulation. NB The pictured sling and reeds are not included in the sale. The original case is in very good condition with little wear. The m'piece is an original Bundy No.3 in good condition. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design, which features a part plateau mechansim.

 

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79

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

£645

 

 

     

This is a pre-R13 professional Buffet Bb clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver key work is in fine order throughout, and in good regulation. This clarinet has used Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads throughout, which are all in excellent condition. The wood shows minor surace marks, but there are no cracks or repairs, it is in fine order throughout. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 33688, which dates to 1949, an excellent period of hand manufacture. All parts are original, excepting the m'piece, which is an excellent condition modern Buffet example. The supplied case is the original Buffet which shows wear, and has a tear to the interior lining, however it still latches securely and protects the instrument well.

 

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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 plating problems, commonly referred to as "bubbling plating". However the Silver plate on this instrument is in very good condition, with only slight wear on the F/C pad cup and RH rings. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some minor surface scratches to the wood, all normal signs of use. We have just overhauled the instrument, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case shows some exterior stains but is sturdy and protects the clarinet well. The mouthpiece is a Leblanc 2L, in excellent condition.

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BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

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

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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.

782

D NOBLET, PARIS, C CLARINET-RESERVED

£1095

 

 

     

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

783

ROBERT MALERNE, PARIS, FULL BOEHM B FLAT CLARINET-RESERVED

£525

 

 

     

A rare, very good condition Malerne, Paris France, Full Boehm B flat clarinet. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Robert Malerne, was a second rank manufacturer active in Paris from 1932-50. Some authorities credit his company with manufacturing the Selmer Sterling student range of instruments.
This clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood, with all pieces original, matching, and stamped. All the key work, which is Nickel Silver plate, is in excellent condition. The instrument was obviously made to a very high standard: The upper joint ends are metal sleeved, and the springs are gold plated to avoid corrosion. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, excepting a small area underneath the lower joint tenon ring which appears to have been filled in the past, see photo 12. Luckily the tenon is metal lined at this point so the repair has absolutely no effect on the response. Apart fom this there are only minor surface scuffs and marks, associated with normal use. The clarinet has recently been overhauled in fish skin pads, and all are sealing well and will be good for some time to come. The serial numbers are 954. The case is well used but fully serviceable. The mouthpiece is a used stock Yamaha 4C, which tunes the clarinet very well.

 

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784

BUFFET FULL BOEHM R13 Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-RESERVED

£1995

 

 

     

This is a rare and fine Full Boehm Buffet R13 Eb clarinet in extremely good condition. This instrument features; fork Eb/Bb, LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# & range to low Eb. Therefore superior to current Prestige specification, and allowing all D clarinet parts to be played. Clarinets Direct is fortunate in counting many leading professionals amongst our clientele. This instrument has come to us from a Spanish professional.
The serial nos. are 183297, which dates to 1977, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture. The instrument would have been specially ordered from Buffet Crampon. The wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in good condition throughout. The Silver plated keywork is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The clarinet is well regulated and will play perfectly out of the box. It has white leather pads throughout, in very good condition. The instrument tunes exceptionally well, and also demontrates a much warmer and rounder tone than the current standard production model Buffet R13 Eb. It would suit a professional player. The supplied case is the original Buffet which has been re-lined, and the m'piece is also an original Buffet "B" in ebonite.

785

BUFFET C CLARINET SOLD

£895

 

 

     

A very rare Buffet C clarinet, which has an impressive Provenance. The instruments' last owner is a UK based professional [who has used it for much Opera work] and it was formerly owned by Tony Coe, who modified it in order to improve the intonation. The instrument dates to 1888, and, at that time, the Buffet large C bore design of 14.75mm employed only a very slight flare at the bottom of the lower joint, which, while creating a rich focussed sound for the lower pitches, also means that they can be flat. Accordingly Tony had a hole drilled in the lowest tenon and bell, in the German/ Austrian manner to correct the tuning. In addition some work has been done on the upper part of the upper joint bore to reduce the bore which was presumably to help the problem of narrow 12ths in the RH. The Grenadilla wood and German Silver key work are in good condition, and it is obvious from inspection that this instrument has had little use. The wood has only light surface scuffs and shows no cracks or damage, apart from a tight hairline crack to the upper tenon of the lower joint, see photo 7. This crack does not enter the bore, and consequently has no effect on the response. All main pieces are matching and original. The instrument has old fish skin pads which are sealing well, it has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop, and the key work has been regulated. The S/N 577C dates to 1888, Buffet made less than 1800 clarinets in that entire year. The m'piece is a Pillinger copy of a Carl Fischer steel ebonite Buffet m'piece as supplied with a set of 1903 Buffet instruments, however the lay is an open facing with a 1.21mm tip. In the past the clarinet has been played professionally with a Vandoren B45 mouthpiece also. The intonation and response of this C are superb: The instrument is stable in terms of tuning and remarkably even across the registers.  The Yamaha case is not original to the clarinet, but protects the clarinet  well.

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786

MATCHED PAIR OF SELMER RECITAL CLARINETS-RESERVED

£4195

 

 

     

A superb matched pair of Selmer Recital clarinets in Silver plate. These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and have an impressive Provenance: The pair was bought initially by one of the leading British clarinettists of her generation, Dame Thea King. Subsequently they were then sold by Thea to Joy Farrall, who is also one of Britain's leading clarinettists. These instruments have been used in nearly all of the major British orchestras as well as for solo recordings and performances. The tuning and response are very fine, and they are outstanding examples of their type.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is very good with no loss, apart from the two lowest trill keys on the A clarinet, see photo 6.  Both instruments have tan leather pads throughout which are in excellent condition. There key regulation is good, there is no joint wobble.   The Bb has S/N M7329, the A S/N M6105. All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, there are no less than 6 barrels. The original barrels measure, 61.5mm, 62.5mm, 63.5mm and 64.5mm and there are 2 further, more recent barrels of 63.5mm. The case is a Protech, it is used, but in good condition. These instruments have been exceptionally well cared for.  

787

ROBERT MALERNE, PARIS, PLATEAU Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£945

 

 

     

An extremely fine, and rare, Robert Malerne, Paris, covered hole clarinet. Malerne was apparently active in Paris from the 1930s to the 1950s, and given the German Silver keywork and design this would seem to be an instrument from the later period.
There is no damage to the main pieces, which are all original, crack and repair free. The condition of the wood is excellent, with only 2 minor marks on the upper joint, see photo 12. The original German Silver key work is in lovely condition, without any wear, again only light scratches. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in finest Pisoni white leather pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied case is brand new. The instrument tunes extremely well at A=440 Hz, and is excellent value for a "plateau" wooden clarinet. It would suit a sax/flute doubler or a player suffering from arthritis.  

     788   SELMER, PARIS, SIMPLE SYSTEM Bb CLARINET-RESERVED          £1995
This is an ultra rare and extremely desirable Selmer, Paris, Simple System clarinet, with a range to low Eb, specifically designed for the early 20th Century Jazz clarinettist. The tone, tuning and response of these models was far in advance of standard Simple System clarinets of the period, and they are now highly sought after by Jazz players keen to recapture an authentic Barney Bigard sound. The last owner of this clarinet is a professional player from the Netherlands.
The Bb has German Silver keys in very good condition. And for a simple System the key work is advanced: It features a LH fork Eb/Bb, 4 trill keys, an articulated C#/G# key which has an alignment mark on the back of the joints so that the central tenon hole is assembled properly. Also a LH lever for Ab/Eb. The clarinet has used Pisoni white leather pads, but all are sealing well. The wood is in overall excellent condition, for an instrument which is probably around 90 years old. There are only slight surface marks to the wood, with no cracks, damage or repairs. The Bb has matching serial nos. K8863, which probably dates to 1930, this was likely one of the last of the Selmer "Albert" system clarinets made, as it offers a range to low Eb it may well have been a special order instrument. The case is the original in fair condition, it still latches but there is a crack to the upper lid. The mouthpiece is again original, the table is stamped " facing C ".

789

LEBLANC OPUS Bb CLARINET, Van HAAREN COLLECTION -RESERVED

£1695

 

 

     

This Opus Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us from a Dutch collector, who was the original, and sole owner. The Opus was Leblanc's flagship model of the 2000's. It was described as the "ultimate orchestral clarinet" by Leblanc, and was designed by Tom Ridenour. Offering a polycylindrical bore of 14.61mm, an inverted taper barrel, and a high placed speaker tube, the intonation was excellent, much improved on the Buffet R13 Prestige, its leading competitor. Again according to Leblanc: "Its mature rich tone possesses great evenness, directnesss and power." Like the Prestige the specification includes, aged, unstained Grenadilla wood, and auxiliary LH Ab/Eb key. The model found much favour with many of Britain's leading young players.
The Silver plating overall is very good, with no loss. The Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks, repairs, or damage. The instrument has had a full overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads in our workshop and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 3 interchangeable barrels of 63mm, 64mm, and 64.5mm. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer Focus in very good condition. The original Leblanc case is in fine condition.

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