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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

£3995

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 -SOLD

£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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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     


A good condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. Please click the link below to view high resolution, zoomable photos, and the full description on our new website. Or click on the title above, or thumb nail photo to the right.
BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET  

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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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SELMER, PARIS, BASSET HORN-

£5995

A rare and exceptional Selmer, Paris, Basset Horn. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
SELMER, PARIS, BASSET HORN

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EATON INTERNATIONAL Bb CLARINET

£2995

 

 

     


An mint condition Eaton International Bb clarinet. Please click the link below to view high resolution, zoomable photos, and the full description on our new website. Or click on the title above, or thumb nail photo to the right.
EATON INTERNATIONAL Bb CLARINET  

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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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WARD & WINTERBOURN Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1495

A fine Ward & Winterbourn Eb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
WARD & WINTERBOURN Eb CLARINET

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

An excellent Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
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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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MATCHED PAIR OF J HAMMERSCHMIDT CLARINETS

£2595

 

 

     

A fine pair of Hammerschmidt clarinets with a unique Provenance. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
MATCHED PAIR OF J HAMMERSCHMIDT CLARINETS

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BUFFET, S1, Bb CLARINET

£1245

 

 

     

A fine professional Buffet S1 Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
BUFFET, S1, Bb CLARINET

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LEBLANC, PARIS, L300 Bb CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare L300 professional model Leblanc Paris Bb clarinet. The L300 was the last incarnation of the L7/L27/L200 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 is easy to distinguish from its predecessors because it lacks a bell ring.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is in superb condition,and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a professional player in The Netherlands. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 58016. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some minor surface scratches to the wood, all normal signs of use. The instrument has finest Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads throughout which are all in excellent condition, with hardly any wear. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps, apart from an additional Boosey & Hawkes short barrel in ebonite which is not pictured. The case is in good condition, and comes with the still wrapped keys. The mouthpiece is a used Leblanc 2L, in excellent condition.

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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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EATON INTERNATIONAL Bb CLARINET

£2695

A very good condition Peter Eaton, International, Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
EATON INTERNATIONAL Bb CLARINET

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LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

£845

A very fine condition Leblanc Sonata Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

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BUFFET HAGMANN RC PRESTIGE A CLARINET

£2995

This very fine, rare, and unique, customised Rene Hagmann Buffet RC A Prestige clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. We are fortunate to count many of the leading clarinet players in the world amongst our clientele, one such is Pedro Franco, who commissioned the work on this clarinet from the great Swiss inventor and designer, Rene Hagmann. Buffet employed Hagmann as a consultant in the 1990's to develop both their Bass clarinet design, and their new wide bore Basset Horn. Thse models were a great success with players Worldwide. It is such a pity that cost cutting at Buffet caused the cessation of manufacture of the Hagmann Basset Horn. The modern Buffet Basset Horn is a much less successful acoustic design than when originally launched in the 1990's. This RC Prestige A is a radical and vast improvement on the standard Buffet production model, it was used to successfully audition for the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra against almost 600 other clarinettists. The instrument has been played in many orchestras both in Europe and here in the UK. The reason for the sale is that the owner now has another pair of Hagmann influenced customised Buffet RC Prestige clarinets.
The customisation is briefly described as follows: The single over blowing register vent, has been replaced by a "rocker" double vent. The lower of these vents acts as both a throat Bb and as the overblowing vent for the bell B, this by means of a linkage actuated by the low E/B touchpiece which operates through the wall of the body of the clarinet, see photo 12. This last is a Hagmann speciality. The instrument has had both joints shortened, with a guide screw added to the bottom of the upper joint to assist in the correct assembly of the double correspondence which is necessary for the re-designed speaker key mechanism. The upper joint lower tenon has been redesigned in metal. The upper joint C#/G# tone hole has been sleeved above the body of the joint to reduce water ingress into the hole, and improve the tuning. The low F has a touch piece, sleeved in rubber, and actuated by the players RH thumb, to correct the pitch upwards if desired. The lower joint upper tenon has been redesigned in metal.
The result of all of this mechanism which is, apart from the low F touchpiece, completely automatic, is to deliver a scale and intonation of unsurpassed evenness on a Buffet clarinet. The condition of this instrument is excellent. There are no cracks or damage to the wood. The Silver plating is very fine without wear or scratches. The clarinet has used fish skin pads throughout, with several on the upper joint in cork, all are sealing well and will be good for some time to come. The supplied double case is also in good condition, and comes with a dust cover.

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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-RESERVED

£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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MATCHED PAIR OF ROSSI ENGLISH BORE CLARINETS-SOLD

£7995

 

 

     

A special order pair of Rossi English bore clarinets. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
MATCHED PAIR OF ROSSI ENGLISH BORE CLARINETS

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PAIR OF SELMER SERIES 10 CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

THE A IS "RESERVED" THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE FOR £645 An extremely fine pair of Selmer Series 10 clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.  The Selmer Series 10 was the first of the narrow bore, heavily undercut Selmer clarinets which owed much of their design ethos to the Buffet R13.

The Bb has matching serial numbers, S/N X5771, dating to 1972, and has wood and Nickel Silver plate in good condition. The barrels, of 64.5mm and 66.5mm are stamped 10S, which was, along with the Selmer 10G, manufactured at the same time as the Series 10. The clarinet has used tan leather pads throughout, and all are in very good condition. The A has matching serial numbers, S/N Z3730, dating to 1976, and again has wood and Nickel Silver plate in good condition. There is an original Series 10 barrel, of 66.5mm and also a Buffet barrel of 64.5mm, which formerly had two holes for a pick up microphone, these are now filled and sealed. The clarinet has used fish skin pads throughout, and all are in good condition.   The case is an original Selmer in good condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer C85 115. If desired the pair can be split as follows: Bb in Yamaha single case for £645 with m'piece and 2 10S barrels. A in double case with original Series 10 barrel, and Buffet barrel, for £945.

 

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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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PAIR OF LEBLANC, PARIS, CLARINETS

£1495

 

 

     

A fine pair of Leblanc Paris clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.  This pair is in good condition with no cracks or damage, excepting minor surface marks commensurate with their age.  The Bb has matching serial nos. 10262, the A, S/N 1459B, these serial numbers indicate that the pair was made in the 1960s, at this time they were Leblanc's top professional model. The key work is plated in Nickel Silver, and is in good condition. Both instruments have had a full re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and the pair is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The m'pieces are both original Leblancs, as supplied with the pair at the point of initial sale. The case is an Orly, in fair condition, it still zips and protects the pair well  

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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 PRESTIGE A CLARINET

£2345

 

 

     

THE Bb IS SOLD, THE A STILL FOR SALE IN DOUBLE CASE FOR £2345 This excellent pair of Buffet R13 Prestige clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They were formerly owned by a student at Chetham's School of Music, and were bought new in the mid 2000's. His career has subsequently moved into electronic music production. The pair had only extremely light use, and are in pristine condition. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
The Bb, has matching serial nos. 558970. The silver plate throughout is in superb condition, with no wear. The clarinet has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in excellent condition. The instrument is padded mostly in fish skin pads, in good condition. This clarinet has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop prior to sale, and any pads which showed any sign of leaking were replaced. The key regulation is very good. The original barrel is of 66.0mm. The A is in pristine condition, it has matching serial nos. 549396. The white leather pads throughout are in excellent condition. The silver plate is "as new". The wood is also without mark or blemish, the insrument has had hardly any use. The barrel is of 65mm. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a BAM in good condition, there are some exterior scuffs, but the case fastens well. The mouthpiece is an upgrade to a professional Vandoren 5RV Lyre. If desired the pair can be split as follows: A in double case for £2345. Bb in Buffet Prestige single case, with Vandoren m'piece, for £2245.  

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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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MARTEL Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A fine and rare Martel Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
MARTEL Bb CLARINET

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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET-RESERVED

£995

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
BUFFET E11 C CLARINET

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES, LONDON & PARIS, 1010 CLARINETS

£1695

A very good condition pair of Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris, clarinets. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES, LONDON & PARIS, 1010 CLARINETS

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1435

 

 

     

NOW PRICE REDUCED BY 10%. And an additional B&H 1010 No. 2 mouthpiece included [NB Not pictured]. A pair of B&H Symphony 1010 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have only ever had one owner, and have been very well cared for, he has recently bought a pair of English bore Rossi clarinets.
The instruments have Eddie Ashton superpads throughout. All are sealing well and will be good for many years to come. The Bb, matching serial nos. 464896, has only slight wear to the Silver plate, mainly to the ring fingers. In common with the A clarinet the throat G sharp key has been lengthened in order that it can be played with LH2, as in the Simple System keywork layout. There is no damage to the wood, which is in good order throughout, though there are surface marks and scuffs. The A, matching serial nos. 463363, has Silver plate in fine order, with only a patch of wear to the register key touchpiece. Again there are no cracks or damage to the wood. All pieces are matching and original. Like the Bb, the A features the later design of Acton patent Vent for improved RH tuning. Both clarinets date to 1977. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is in fair used condition, with some discolouration to the ebonite, and ligature scratches. The case is the original, which is much used with tears to the interior.  

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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

£2095

 

 

     

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, 10S II Bb CLARINET

£1215

 

 

     

THE A IS SOLD. 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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36

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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SELMER BALANCED ACTION ALTO SAXOPHONE

£2795

 

 

     

A Selmer, Paris, Balanced Action Alto Saxophone. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
SELMER BALANCED ACTION ALTO SAXOPHONE  

     39   LEBLANC, LL BASSET HORN in F          £5995
This is a unique and impressive Leblanc Basset Horn, LL model, in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has an impressive provenance, having been owned from new by Hale Hambleton, and used by him, not only in most of the major Richard Strauss Operas Basset Horn parts, as a member of the English National Opera Orchestra, but also for the original sound track recording of the Gran Partita in the film Amadeus. It was also subsequently used for several recordings of Mozart's Serenade K361, including one for The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets, the larger bore favours orchestral use.
This instrument has been customised as follows: An additional LH Ab/Eb lever has been added, by the late Ted Planas, to facillitate passage work in various Strauss Opera parts. A custom crook, in Grenadilla wood, has been made by Alan Andrews for improved tone. The original Leblanc crook has also been modified by being made sleeved and adjustable for tuning purposes. The original Leblanc m'piece has been re-layed by Peter Eaton to 1.75mm by 23mm. A custom Paxman case was commissioned by Hale. Some rubber patches have been glued to the bell to assist in the silent removal of the Basset Horn from a stand in recording sessions. A cork touchpiece has been glued to RH1.
This instrument is in excellent condition: NO cracks, or damage, with good nickel silver plated key work throughout. There is only one patch of wear to the rear LH thumb touchpiece. There are no scratches or dents to the crook or bell. The Basset Horn has tan leather pads throughout in very good condition. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box, & the matching serial nos. are 9659. It responds with a large even tone, ideal for Strauss Operas or, as it has often been used, in the Mozart Basset Horn repertoire. A comparable Buffet retails today new for £8300. The case is in very good condition, and the key is also included.

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SELMER, PARIS, PRIVILEGE Bb CLARINET

£1995

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

£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.

 

42

BUFFET CRAMPON ENHANCED BOEHM CLARINET in A

£895

 

 

     

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

 

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YAMAHA YCL 650 Bb CLARINET

£645

A Yamaha YCL650 Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
YAMAHA YCL 650 Bb CLARINET

 

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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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MATCHED PAIR OF HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

£3295

 

 

     

An extremely fine pair of Howarth S1 clarinets with a fine provenance. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
MATCHED PAIR OF HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

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46

PAIR OF NOBLET, ARTIST CLARINETS

£1195

 

 

     

A pair of Noblet, Artist clarinets. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.If desired the instruments can be sold separately as follows: The A in double case for £695, and the Bb in new single case for £515. The A will pair well with any of the current major manufacturers' Bb clarinets, Buffet, Selmer, Yamaha etc
PAIR OF NOBLET, ARTIST CLARINETS

47

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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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET

£1545

An extremely fine Buffet R13 A clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
BUFFET R13 A CLARINET

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MATCHED TRIPLE SET OF JULLIEN/ E ALBERT CLARINETS-RESERVED

£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 

£1445

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. .

 

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

An excellent Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

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53

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 professional adult owner from new, who used this instrument in London's West End. He is primarily a Flautist & this clarinet was used for doubling. 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. 01484. 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 silver plated key work is in good order throughout. The pads are mainly finest white leather, in good condition, with some cork pads also in the upper joint. The clarinet had a partial service in 2018, and the Invoice for this work is included with the sale. The clarinet comes with 2 original barrels, a standard of 56mm and a short of 55mm. The m'piece is a Vandoren B40 13 Lyre in used condition. The original case is a used black leather Yamaha in very good condition, with cover.

 

54

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£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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SELMER, PARIS, ST LOUIS Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£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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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. If desired the pair can be split as follows: A for £595 in double case, and the Bb, in new single case with m'piece, for £545.  

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MARTIN FRERES C CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

An excellent condition Martin Freres C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, made in France. Martin Freres are a long established French manufacturer, who can trace the origin of the company back to Jean Baptiste Martin, who was active as a luthier in "La Couture" as far back as 1796. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us from an amateur player. It is stamped on all main pieces, "Martin Freres Paris 1740". This trade mark appeared on clarinets sold in the USA by Martin Freres Woodwinds from 1960 onwards. This instrument has matching serial nos. S6011N 870. The pads are fish skin on the upper joint, and tan leather on the lower, all are in very good condition. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in very good condition. The wood is without any mark or blemish. The instrument has been down to our workshop, for a thorough "check down" and regulation prior to sale. The supplied m'piece is a brand new stock Buffet, the case is also by Buffet. This is a bargain priced French made C, in excellent condition throughout.

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PAUL GERARD Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£695

 

 

     

This is a very rare, Paul Gerard Eb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Paul Gerard was actually a clarinet dealer in Paris, and it is likely that this instrument was made by a manufacturer and then stencilled. Thibouville Freres were one good quality French maker who offered this service to other dealers and makers, it could possibly have come from that factory. The clarinet is of fine manufacture, with excellent German Silver keywork throughout. The wood, which is unstained Grenadilla, shows no cracks or damage, it is in very fine condition throughout with only slight scuffs. The fish skin pads are only lightly used and will be good for many months to come. The S/N are 345. From the look of the keywork, the instrument probably dates to the 1950s, or early 1960s. The m'piece is stamped N4 France, and could be a Riffault. This Eb plays extremely well, and with nice tone and intonation. It could well suit a player on a budget, looking for a fine French made wooden Eb at a bargain price. The original case is much used, but comes with the key.  

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YAMAHA YCL450 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£495

This Yamaha YCL 450 is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was last fully overhauled in the Summer of 2018. The fish skin pads are in good used condition. The silver plated key work is in fine condition. The wood has no cracks or damage, but there are some light surface scratches, mostly to the barrel. The serial numbers are 141428. The Yamaha 450 is the top selling rival to the Buffet E11. It has a couple of major advantages over its Buffet rival: 1. The wood tends to give less trouble than the E11, which indeed, has developed such a poor reputation in this regard, that the Buffet E11 "France" is now a deleted model in the Buffet range, and has been re-badged E12. Yamaha quality control and build quality are exemplary, and these instruments are easy to live with and perfect for the advancing student. 2. The instrument has a "voicing" groove in the bell, in common with the more expensive models in the Yamaha range and also the Buffet Prestige RC. The supplied m'piece is a used Yamaha 4C, which shows some ligature scratches to the back. The original case is in very good condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 9 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£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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BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

£795

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

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF CABART, PARIS, CLARINETS

£745

 

 

     


THE A IS "RESERVED" THE Bb STILL FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE WITH K10M M'PIECE FOR £370 These are a good condition matched pair of Cabart clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. All pieces are original, matching, and stamped "Cabart Paris". Cabart was a fine professional maker pre WW2. The current owner has just welcomed her first baby, and consequently has decided to stop playing. These instruments have been used orchestrally for many years.
There is no damage to the wood on the main joints, though there are cracks to both of the bells, see photos 9, & 10. Both cracks have been filled. The key work is Maillechort, German Silver, and is in fine order throughout. The tan leather pads, while not new, are all sealing well. Both instrumnets have been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" prior to sale. All touch & tenon corks are fine. The joints are a good fit and there is no joint wobble. The clarinets plays extremely well, very even and with a fine tone. The 2 supplied m'pieces are an original Cabart & a Leblanc K10M. These instruments will play well with most modern French bore m'pieces, including Zinner and Vandoren 13 series. The zip on the case, a BAM, has failed but the latches still function and the case protects the instruments well.  

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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

£645

 

 

     

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-SOLD

£645

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1095

 

 

     

A Buffet R13 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is in very good condition. This clarinet has fish skin pads throughout in good used condition, they will be good for several months to come, and, at that point, only some will need replacing. The Bb has matching serial nos. 363545, which dates to 1992. All pieces are matching and original, and stamped "Buffet". The Silver plating shows no wear, it is in excellent condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the main body pieces of the clarinet, which are in fine condition. The clarinet has been down to our workshop for a thorugh "check down" prior to sale. All touch corks have been replaced as necessary, and the instrument has been regulated. The m'piece is the original stock Buffet as supplied with the clarinet. The original Buffet case is also in good condition, though the handle has been replaced.  

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S A CLARINET-SOLD

£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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YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET, YCL62, Van HAAREN COLLECTION -SOLD

£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 considerably 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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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 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 E11 Bb CLARINET

£495

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet E11 Bb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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. The pads are all used fish skin which are sealing well This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 385677. 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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BUFFET CRAMPON, SUPER DYNACTION, ALTO SAXOPHONE-RESERVED

£1135

 

 

     

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.  

     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.

86

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.

87

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.

88

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.

815

SELMER 10G Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A Selmer, Paris, 10G Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
SELMER 10G Bb CLARINET

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816

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET-SOLD

£645

This is an early B&H Symphony 1010 A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This A, 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.

 

817

BUFFET, DIVINE, Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£3995

 

 

     

A top of the range Buffet, Divine, Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
BUFFET, DIVINE, Bb CLARINET  

818

NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1695

This is a good condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is an early model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc, Paris. The Nickel Silver key work shows some slight spot wear, mainly to the ring finger touchpieces, but, for an instrument dating to the 1960s, the plating is in good condition. The wood also shows scuffs and surface marks, and in the past security numbers have been etched into the wood on both joints, and the bell. The crook is in very good condition with no dings or plating wear, the bell has several small dings, but all of these are commensurate with the age, and normal use of the instrument. The Bass has just been completely overhauled in finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is a floor peg attachment to the bell with spike & also a sling hook. The matching serial nos. are 5506, dating to the 1960s. The case is an original Leblanc, with the name of the then London Leblanc dealer, Bill Lewington, on the top. It is actually for a low C Bass, but it protects the Bass well. There are scuffs to the exterior and wear to the interior, but the latches are good. The m'piece is a No. 3 Selmer Bundy in good condition. In summation this is a very fine responding Bass, but the cosmetic condition reflects its age and use. It would suit a professional player, or doubler, on a budget.

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819

F A UEBEL BASS CLARINET TO LOW C-SOLD

£3995

 

 

     

A rare F A Uebel Bass clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
F A UEBEL BASS CLARINET TO LOW C

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820

NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

£1445

 

 

     

This is a fine condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is a model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner having just bought a Selmer Privilege Bass to low C from ourselves. All the Nickel Silver key work is in good condition, with only the usual spot wear. There are no cracks to the wood, but it does show minor surface scuffs and marks. The crook & bell are both in good condition but the bell shows some scratches, and a few minor dings. There is a floor peg attachment to this bell. The Bass has used leather pads, with some newer than others, all are sealing well. The instrument has been down to our workshop for regulation. The keywork has been oiled and touch corks replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are 5454, which dates to the 1960's. The Protech case is in good condition, it protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a brand new stock Buffet with matching metal cap and ligature, NB not pictured. The instrument would suit a professional looking for a reasonably priced entry level wooden Bass. A comparable model Amati Bass now retails new for £4220.

821

LEBLANC, PARIS, A CLARINET -SOLD

£845

 

 

     

A fine professional Leblanc, Paris, A clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
LEBLANC, PARIS, A CLARINET

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822

LUCIAN BASSI C CLARINET-SOLD

£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.

 

823

BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

 

 

     


A very good condition "Golden Era" Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. Please click the link below to view high resolution, zoomable photos, and the full description on our new website. Or click on the title above, or thumb nail photo to the right.
BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET  

824

LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

An entry level professional Leblanc, Esprit, Bb clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET

825

BUFFET E11 C CLARINET-RESERVED

£995

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. The E11 C is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 002848. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are matching and original. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. 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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826

BUFFET, RC, A CLARINET-RESERVED

£1595

 

 

     

A very fine professional Buffet A clarinet. Please click the link above, or the photo to the right, or the link below to read the full description on our new website.
BUFFET, RC, A CLARINET

827

MATCHED PAIR OF FRITZ WURLITZER, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM CLARINETS-SOLD

£POA

 

 

     

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.