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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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YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET, YCL62

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition professional Yamaha YCL 62 Bb clarinet, which has just been taaken in part exchange. It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerabily cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the 1970's, when Yamaha made their first serious foray into top of the range professional clarinets. The wood was computer controlled, kiln dried, to assist in avoiding cracking, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over. The clarinet model YCL62 was a professional instrument, which superceeded the YCL 61, in the late 1970's.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. The Silver plated key work is also excelent throughout, with no wear. The instrument was overhauled prior to trade in, with any worn pads replaced. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The barrel is not original to the instrument, it is a Selmer of 64.5mm and tunes the clarinet well. The serial nos. are 003109. The m'piece is an ebonite Buffet C in good condition, as is the Yamaha hard shell case.  

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SELMER, PARIS, MARK VI SOPRANO SAXOPHONE

£4595

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

 

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PAIR OF JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINETS

£1995

 

 

     

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

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SELMER PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£595

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

 

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

£POA

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

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF FRITZ WURLITZER, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM CLARINETS

£5745

 

 

     

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

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NOBLET PARIS PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET

£1500

 

 

     


This is a fine 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, which was originally professionally owned and played in London's West End then subsequently owned by an amateur, who has just bought a low C Buffet Bass, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. All the German Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, but it does show scuffs and surface marks, mostly where old screw holes have been filled. The bell and crook are both in good condition with only very slight scratches, there are only slight marks to the bell , and one old minor solder repair to the crook, see photo 4. The Bass has finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads throughout, all are in near new condition. There is a floor peg attachment to the bell with spike & also a sling hook. The matching serial nos. are 1531, which dates to the 1950's, at this period Noblet fitted articulated trill keys to the three highest pitches, in the manner of Selmer, later on, this superior design was simplified in order to save money with production costs. The case is an original Leblanc, it latches well and has some repairs to the interior lining, but is fully functional. The m'piece is an original Noblet in good condition.  

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

An extremely good condition Buffet E13 clarinet in Silver plate. The E13 is the top selling student wooden clarinet worldwide. The matching serial numbers are K130342, and all pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating shows no wear, it is in fine shape throughout. The instrument has just had a re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which is in good condition. The m'piece is the original Buffet, again in fine condition. The wood for current E13s is being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET

£1045

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

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LUCIAN BASSI C CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

 

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LEBLANC LEGACY, BY BACKUN, B FLAT CLARINET

£1995

 

 

     

A rare, very good condition Leblanc Legacy, by Backun, B flat clarinet. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a UK professional, now retired, who bought it new 8 years ago. Backun purchased the Leblanc brand after the company ceased trading in 2009, and this model was designed by Morrie Backun, and sold with the Leblanc logo. It was made in the USA.
This clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood, with all pieces original, matching, and stamped. The barrels and bell are stamped "Backun Canada". All the key work, which is Silver plate, is in excellent condition. There are several key work design features, including five adjusting screws to keep touch corks in good regulation. There is a RH touchpiece for C sharp/G sharp, as would be found in Simple System clarinets. The instrument features a polycylindrical bore of R13 type dimensions. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs. The clarinet has used white leather pads, and all are sealing well, and will be good for some time to come. The matching serial numbers are P1236. The case is an original leblanc double, with an excellent quality cover. The mouthpiece is a new Vandoren 5RV, which tunes the clarinet very well. This instrument represents a massive saving on the cost of new Backun models, and could well suit a player on a budget looking for a Backun designed clarinet.

 

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PAIR OF H SELMER, PARIS, VINTAGE CLARINETS

£1395

 

 

     

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

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YAMAHA, CSG III CUSTOM, Bb CLARINET

£1995

 

 

     


A very good condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM III Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one careful adult owner from new. Yamaha made great claims for the CSG range; a new bore design is supposed to provide great tonal richness, as found in older instruments made from properly aged Grenadilla. Certainly the final incarnation of the CSG, the CSG III, has been a great success with many players.
The wood is finest unstained Grenadilla, in mint condition, no cracks or damage. The Bb has matching serial nos. 01122. The bore design features a reverse taper to the barrel. Unlike Buffet polycylindrical bore designs, the instrument features a taper also at the top of the upper joint. The bore at the middle of the instrument, however, is similar to the Buffet Bb R13/RC. Consequently the intonation and evenness of this instrument do feel like an improvement over Buffet standard designs. The pads are all finest white leather, in good condition. The clarinet comes with 2 original barrels, a standard of 56mm and a short of 55mm. The m'piece is a Selmer C85 120 in excellent used condition, and the case is a new "Reed & Squeak".  

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet RC Full Boehm clarinet, in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. 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 excellent throughout, with no wear. Indeed the fine quality of this Silver plate contrasts sharply with that found on more modern Buffet clarinets. The instrument has used fish skin pads, but all are sealing well & will be good for some time to come.  The matching serial nos. are F301865 which dates to 1987. The mouthpiece is an "as new" stock Buffet. The case is the original Buffet in brown leather with keys, it is in excellent condition.

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting on the upper joint. Basically the polycylindrical bore design of the S1 differs only slightly from that of the R13. This Bb has matching serial nos. F153845, which dates to 1975. At this point in time Buffet Crampon had not been taken over by Boosey & Hawkes, and had not been forced to overproduce to meet the shortfall in supply left by the cessation of Boosey's own clarinet manufacture at the Edgware factory in London. The Silver plating is very good throughout with only a sight patch of wear to the RH index finger ring, and bottom RH F sharp/C sharp touchpiece The clarinet has just been overhauled in our workshop in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. All pieces are matching and stamped "Buffet". The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface marks, there are no cracks or repairs. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's. The Buffet case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a used Vandoren.  

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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET

£975

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET E11 F Bb CLARINET

£695

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON FULL BOEHM CLARINET

£795

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

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

£645

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

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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YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

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

 

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LEBLANC, "THE BIG EASY", PETE FOUNTAIN Bb CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     

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

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SELMER PARIS, 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 & 64.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer C85 120, in good condition. The case is the original Selmer double in good used condition.  

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BUFFET E10, SPECIAL ORDER, Bb CLARINET

£595

An excellent condition Buffet E10 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is an extremely rare example, in that it was a special order from Buffet, with a LH Ab/Eb key, more commonly found on Prestige Buffet clarinets. This instrument has had a careful adult owner, who has recently purchased a professional model Bb from ourselves. This clarinet is Buffet's semi-professional model, and differs from the E11 in that it has a resin wood effect bell, all other pieces are in Grenadilla wood. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has recently had an overhaul in fish skin pads and all pads are in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. The supplied m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in very good condition. The original Buffet case is also in good condition.

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON E13 A CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet E13 A clarinet, which would pair well with any of the more expensive Bb's in the Buffet range. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, as the current owner has just purchased an R13 A from us. He used this instrument as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, which explains the sticker on the case. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional wooden model & this example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in pristine condition throughout. All matching pieces still have a Buffet stamp. The instrument has been very well cared for and maintained. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in excellent, unmarked, condition. The pads, which are used fishskin, are in good condition, and sealing well. The matching serial nos. are K74218. The double case is the original Buffet black leather model with some exterior scuffs and wear, the key is also supplied.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

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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SELMER, PARIS, Bb 10S CLARINET

£1075

An excellent condition early Selmer 10S Bb clarinet, which was recently taken in part exchange by Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally played & owned and used nightly for a show in London's West End. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner.
This Bb, S/N A8650, dates to the 1980 and has Silver plate, in fine condition throughout, with the exception of the rear thumb bush, which shows slight wear, see photo 11. The clarinet has had an overhaul, as necessary, in our workshop, with any worn pads replaced. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition. All pieces are original, and have matching stamps. There are two supplied barrels of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The m'piece is a used Howarth in good condition. The original case is again in good condition.

 

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D NOBLET, PARIS, C CLARINET

£1095

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON E11 Bb CLARINET

£595

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in fish skin pads in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Nickel Silver plating is very fine, as is the wood condition. All pieces are matching and original, the m'piece is the original Buffet F1 A. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 415979. In recent years the Buffet badged "France" Bb clarinet E11 model, which was made in the old Leblanc factory, gained an extremely poor reputation for build quality. So much so, that Buffet have deleted this model from their line up and, confusingly, renamed it the E12. Fortunately this E11 was made in Germany, before the move to manufacture in the French Leblanc factory and is, therefore, a significantly better made instrument.

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SELMER PARIS, SIGNATURE Bb CLARINET

£2195

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Paris Signature Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been professionally owned and played by a UK player. Selmer Signature clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide, featuring many improvements over other manufacturer's models. These include raised tone hole edges for improved pad seating and sound emission. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.5mm. 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 original supplied barrels are of 63 mm & 65mm. Though the instrument is stamped A=442, in fact, with the longer of the 2 barrels it plays comfortably down to A =440. Indeed, with Vandoren 13 series m'pieces, most players will find that the pitch is at A=440 Hz even with the short barrel. The matching serial numbers are PO 6543. The original Selmer case is in good used condition.  

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

£1195

A very fine condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting on the upper joint. Basically the polycylindrical bore design of the S1 differs only slightly from that of the R13. This Bb has matching serial nos. F123369, which dates to 1971. At this point in time Buffet Crampon had not been taken over by Boosey & Hawkes, and had not been forced to overproduce to meet the shortfall in supply left by the cessation of Boosey's own clarinet manufacture at the Edgware factory in London. The plating and finish on this clarinet is of such a high standard that it contrasts sharply with more recently manufactured professional models from Buffet. The clarinet has mainly white leather pads throughout in excellent condition, with some cork pads on the upper joint. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble. The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface marks, there are no cracks or repairs. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's. The original case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer HS** in ebonite also in good condition.

 

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LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     


A near mint condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has had only one careful adult owner. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional model, which, like the Buffet R13, features a polycylindrical bore in the upper joint. It was described by Leblanc as having " a classic balance of playing efficiency and tonal beauty and flexibilty that make it one of the world's finest clarinets". This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is finest unstained Grenadilla in excellent condition.  The Silver plate key work is pristine. All pieces are original & all have matching  stamps  The clarinet has just been re-padded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D40258. The supplied m'piece is a Vito in good condition. The original case is also in good condition, with some slight stains to the interior and minor marks to the exterior.  

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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET-RESERVED

£1495

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet R13 A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one UK based owner who bought it new. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free, and in fine order. The Silver plated key work is excellent throughout. The matching serial nos. are 339203 which dates to 1991. The instrument has recently had a partial overhaul in our workshop in fish skin pads, all of which are either new or in good condition. All pieces are matching and original. The supplied double case is the original Buffet, in brown leather, in good used condition. This instrument plays very well, and represents a substantial saving on the new list price.

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COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

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

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PAIR OF SELMER RECITAL CLARINETS-RESERVED

£3995

 

 

     

An excellent matched pair of Selmer Recital clarinets in Silver plate. These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their sole former owner is Paul Harvey, the well known clarinettist and saxophonist. These instruments were used by Paul, from the 1980s onwards, in many of the UKs leading orchestras, including a Prom season with the BBCSO.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is very good with no loss.  Both instruments have had a full check up in our workshop prior to sale; with pads, tenon corks and touch corks, replaced as necessary.   The Bb has S/N D1148, the A S/N C8105, the pair were bought new in 1983.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, the barrels measure, 61.5mm, 62.5 and 64.5mm. The case is the original leather Selmer example whith dust cover, it is used, but in good condition. The supplied m'piece is a lightly used Selmer C85 115. These instruments have been exceptionally well cared for.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 CLARINETS

£1745

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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BOOSEY AND HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET-RESERVED     

£745

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

 

     39   LEBLANC, CONCERTO, Bb CLARINET          £1145
An excellent condition Leblanc Concerto Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The Concerto is one of the last of Leblanc's top professional wooden model clarinets, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, under cut, tapered tone holes, and aged Grenadilla wood. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is near pristine, with no wear. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The tan leather pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 66mm and 65mm [this second barrel has lost its Leblanc logo plaque]. The serial nos. are 76881. The supplied m'piece is a Pillinger F1 with a DOV124 facing in excellent condition. The case is brand new with shoulder carry strap.
     40   MATCHED PAIR OF J HAMMERSCHMIDT CLARINETS          £2595
These are a rare and unique pair of J Hammerschmidt & Sohne clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having been owned and played most recently by a Dutch professional. These instruments have an excellent Provenance, having been originally owned and customised by the late John [Jack] McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible.
These instruments have been much customised. What follows is an accurate a description as can be managed without actually having a detailed schedule of work from Jack. Nearly every tone hole has been partly filled with shellac, and, in most cases, further undercutting has been done. The bore has been reduced in the area of the bottom of the lower upper joint, in order to correct the tuning of C#/G#. The flare at the bottom of the lower joint has also been reduced to aid in tuning the lowest pitches. The length of the lower joint of the A clarinet has been increased by some 3mm by means of a wooden insert and lengthened tenon ring, see photo 7.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 1201. The wood is in good condition throughout, for an instrument which has seen such heavy use. However there is a tight hairline crack to the top of the lower joint, it does not go through to the bore or near a tone hole. In addition to the makers stamp the instruments are stamped "Pro Arte Musica". The German Silver key work is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, which are in excellent condition throughout.
The A has matching serial nos. 1202. The wood is in good condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. The German Silver key work is in very good condition. The instrument also has very good condition Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads throughout.
The supplied m'piecec is an Eaton 926 which of similar type to the m'piece John McCaw used with the pair. The case is a modern Yamaha in good used condition. These instruments were used by John in his exemplary recording of the Holbrooke Quintet with the Delme String Quartet, issued by Blenheim records.

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SELMER, PARIS, PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£695

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

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON ENHANCED BOEHM CLARINET in A

£895

 

 

     

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

 

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£695

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

 

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SELMER PARIS, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     


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

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SELMER SERIES 9 FULL BOEHM A CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

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PAIR OF SELMER, PARIS, 10S CLARINETS

£2395

 

 

     

An excellent condition pair of Selmer 10S clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have belonged to a professional UK owner who was formerly a RAF musician, now retired. The Selmer 10 Series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner.
This Bb, matching S/N E5080, dates to 1988 and has Silver plate, in fine condition throughout. Both clarinets have been recently overhauled in white leather pads, and all are in very good condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition. All pieces are original, and have matching stamps. There are two supplied barrels of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The A, has matching serial nos. C4768, which dates to 1985. Like the Bb it is in Silver plate which is in pristine condition throughout. It has excellent condition wood with no blemishes. The two supplied barrels measure, 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The case is an Orly, again in good condition. The seller is prepared to split the pair, as follows: A in double case, with 2 barrels for £1295. Bb in single case with 2 barrels, & excellent condition Selmer D m'piece for £1125.  

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

£545

 

 

     

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

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PAIR OF YAMAHA YCL650 CLARINETS

£1645

An excellent condition pair of Yamaha 650 clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The fish skin pads are not new, however they are all in good condition, and will be good for some months to come. The Silver plated keywork and wood are both pristine. The Yamaha 650 is the top selling rival to the Buffet E13. It tends to give less trouble than the E13, because, unlike the current Buffet, the Grenadilla wood moves less, causing fewer problems with sticking joints. Yamaha quality control and build quality are exemplary, and these instruments are easy to live with and perfect for the advancing student. The Bb has matching serial numbers 106390, and is supplied with 2 barrels, a 65mm and a 67mm. The A has matching serial numbers 04500 and comes with a single barrel of 65mm. Despite this disparity in serial numbers they were actually bought new as a pair: Yamaha obviously make very few YCL650 A clarinets. The instruments feature an adjustable thumbrest, tapered and undercut tone holes, Silver plated keywork, and the Bb has a voicing groove to the neck of the bell. The supplied m'pieces are an used Yamaha 6C, and a Yamaha Custom 4C. The case is in perfect condition. If desired the pair can be split as follows: A in double case with 6C m'piece for £875. Bb in Yamaha single case with 2 barrels and 4C Custom m'piece for £795.

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MATCHED TRIPLE SET OF JULLIEN/ E ALBERT CLARINETS

£1195

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

 

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the use of scientific principles in clarinet manufacturing even further: Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is in pristine condition, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 62046. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is also in very fine condition, with no cracks or repairs. We have just entirely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case is worn with some stains to the lining and scuffs to the exterior. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren B45, in excellent condition.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY IMPERIAL 1010 CLARINETS 

£1545

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

 

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

53

NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET

£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 Selmer C* in good condition, which plays and tunes this Bass very well. 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.

 

54

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

55

ROBERT MALERNE, PARIS, FULL BOEHM B FLAT CLARINET

£525

 

 

     

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

 

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56

SELMER, PARIS, ST LOUIS Bb CLARINET

£2195

 

 

     

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

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57

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£745

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

58

CONN 12M, CROSSBAR, BARITONE SAXOPHONE

£1995

 

 

     


A Conn 12M "Crossbar" Baritone Saxophone to low Bb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last owner is the well known musician, Paul Harvey. Paul was for many years Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, in Twickenham. He was also the author of the "Saxophone" in Yehudi Menuhin series of music guides.
This instrument was bought second hand by Paul in the 1980s. The original owner had been a member of the band on the "Queen Mary" & this saxophone has voyaged many times across the Atlantic. For an instrument most likely made in the 1930s the condition is good. There are numerous solder repairs, and much wear to the original lacquer. All tan leather pads are in good condition. The serial numbers are 354262. There are three supplied m'pices, the original which shows much wear, a Tonalin S/N 108463 with 4* facing, and a more "polite" Yamaha 5C. There is also a stand, which has been customised to support a Baritone, and a BG sling. Several Vandoren reeds of different strengths are included also. The instrument comes in a Vincent Bach Gig bag. These Baritones are famed for their warm, robust, tone, and this is a prime example.  

59

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£995

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale. The current seller bought this instrument from us some 4 years ago, and has just purchased a low C Leblanc Bass. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks, but the logo stamp has completely worn off. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show some spot wear: Overall the plating is 85%. The Bass has Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads throughout in very good condition and has been regularly service & maintained. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The crook is in fine condition, with no dents, however the bell has some minor dings and scratches, there is only slight flattening to the bell base. In the past a floor peg attachment was fitted to the back of the lower body of the bass, the screw holes for this attachment have been filled. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell, as well as the original 2 sling hooks. The serial nos. are 703. The case supplied is in very good condition. The m'piece is a used professional model in ebonite. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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60

BUFFET E11 C CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The pads are mainly fish skin, with cork on the register key and C sharp/G sharp key. The wood has no cracks or repairs, but there are a coule of chips to the outer edge of the lower tenon of the upper joint, see photo 5. These chips have no affect on the response, and are completely hidden when the instrument is assembled. The E11 C is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 001109. The Silver plated key work is in very good condition, with only light scratches. All pieces are matching and original. 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. NB This instrument is now supplied in a Buffet brown leather pouchette case in very good condition, not the one pictured.  

61

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£495

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

62

SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 9 Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

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

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     63   BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET          £1145
A professional model Buffet BC20 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon company he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which evolved into the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets.
This is a very good condition BC20 Bb clarinet with matching serial nos. F150679, dating to 1974. This period is known as Buffet's "Golden Era", as quality control at Buffet had not suffered the decline it was to undergo later. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Silver plated key work is in fairly good order throughout, with only slight wear to the RH ring keys, and the lower RH "pinky" keys, see photo 8. 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 only slightly used Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads , and it should be maintenance free for at least 12 months. The m'piece is the original Buffet B crown in ebonite. The original case, which is a 150th anniversary edition is also in good condition, and latches well.

64

SELMER SERIES 9* Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£795

 

 

     

This Selmer Series 9* enhanced Boehm Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is in good condition, and has come to us from a Netherlands based professional player. 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. This instrument is an enhanced Boehm model with 7 rings, which usefully allows for a forked Eb/Bb in the left hand, articulated C sharp/G sharp, and left hand Ab/Eb. The clarinet has matching serial nos., Z0651 which dates to 1975 & and is one of the last 9*'s made. The Silver plating is good throughout, with only slight werar to the rings, mainly LH2. The pads are all fish skin, the instrument has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop with pads, and corks replaced as necessary. There are no cracks or repairs, though there are some surface scuffs to the wood, and other signs of normal use. The original case is much used but still fully functional. The m'piece is a used Selmer C*.

65

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.

66

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.

 

67

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.

 

68

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY IMPERIAL 1010 CLARINETS

£1445

 

 

     

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

 

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69

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

£795

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

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

71

LEBLANC PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET

£1495

 

 

     

This is a fair condition Leblanc, Paris, model 400 Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. It was last owned by an amateur player who had a collection of Leblanc clarinets, and specialised in playing Jazz. The instrument has seen much use and the condition of the Grenadilla wood reflects this: In addition to a small crack to the lower joint, which is in the tenon, running down to the first tone hole, there are several old screw holes, mainly where brackets to hold the instrument together as a one piece Bass, and brackets to hold the original floor peg, were formerly fitted. The screw holes have been filled, and are surface imperfections only; they do not go through to the bore. The crack has also been filled and glued, it is only in the tenon, it does not enter or form the bore, see photo 8. The crook is in very good condition,  but the bell has a few minor dings and scratches, only cosmetic issues. There is no plating loss to the  key work; which is German Silver in fine condition. The Bass has tan leather Pisoni Premium Deluxe pads throughout, which are in excellent condition. In addition to a floor peg to the bell, there is also a sling provided. The matching serial nos. are 3270. The case is a compact Yamaha, in very good condition. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45. In summation this is a very fine playing Bass clarinet, which would suit a player not overly concerned about cosmetic issues.  

72

SELMER, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£645

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

73

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1345

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet, whch was a special order from Buffet. This instrument is an enhanced Boehm model with 7 rings, which usefully allows for a forked Eb/Bb in the left hand, articulated C sharp/G sharp, and left hand Ab/Eb. Thus the keywork options on this instrument are superior to those on the current Prestige range. The matching serial numbers are F186484 which date to 1978, an excellent period of R13 manufacture. Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 6000-7000 per year, which contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year. 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. Certainly 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 instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Grenadilla wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine, which is testament to the quality of older Buffet plating. All pieces are original with matching Buffet stamps. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in ebonite in good condition.  

74

STRASSER, SML, Bb CLARINET

£645

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

75

YAMAHA SE CUSTOM Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

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

76

ANONYMOUS A CLARINET

£395

 

 

     

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

77

LOUIS LONDON Bb CLARINET, RIPPER COLLECTION

£995

 

 

     

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

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LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£645

 

 

     

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

 

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79

LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

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

 

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80

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.

81

BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

 

 

     

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

82

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£595

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

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

84

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.

85

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.

740

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£895

 

 

     

An excellent condition E13 clarinet in Silver plate which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has had only one careful owner from new, and since its last overhaul has not been played. The matching serial numbers are K224707, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating shows no wear, it is in excellent shape throughout. The instrument has recently had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and all pads are like new. The case is the original which is in very good condition, there is slight wear to the exterior and interior. The m'piece is the original, which is also in very good condition.

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741

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET CRAMPON R13 CLARINETS

£2795

 

 

     


- THE Bb IS SOLD, THE A IS RESERVED.
An extremely fine pair of Buffet R13 clarinets in Nickel Silver plate, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These one owner instruments have been extremely well cared for and maintained. The owner bought the pair new in 1970 from Bill Lewington's, in London, for use in the National Youth Orchestra. Upon leaving the NYO his career to a different turn, and he put them away unused. Now, in retirement, he has taken up the clarinet again and just purchased a new pair of Buffet RC Prestige clarinets. Consequently this " Golden Era" pair is in exceptional condition for their age. At this period the R13 was the finest instrument Buffet manufactured. The response and intonation are so fine, that in order to match them it is necessary to invest in modern Buffet Prestige examples.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 114081. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The Nickel Silver plating overall is in excellent condition, with no wear. Shortly after purchase the top joint of the Bb developed a small surface crack, which was filled, pinned and sealed at Howarths, photo 5 is of the end of the pin. The crack is completely invisible to the eye and camera, and it has been stable for near on 5 decades. The pads are all tan leather, in excellent condition, apart from the speaker key which is in cork. The A has matching S/N F110758 and is also in excellent condition, with only wear to the logo stamps to distinguish it from a new instrument. It has no cracks or damage, and the plating is pristine. Like the Bb it has tan leather pads in excellent condition. The supplied Buffet Prestige black leather case is brand new, and it was this case which came with the new Prestige instruments the seller has just bought. The m'piece is a used Vandoren 5RV. If desired the pair can be split as follows: A in new Prestige double case for £1645. Bb in new Prestige single case with m'piece for £1175.  

742

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET,RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet E13 clarinet in Silver plate. The E13 is the top selling student wooden clarinet worldwide. The matching serial numbers are K150143, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating shows no wear, it is in fine shape throughout. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which is in good condition. The m'piece is an up-grade to a used professional model Vandoren 5RV, which substantially improves the response and tuning. The wood for current E13s is being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

743

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1295

 

 

     

A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13. The German Silver key work is excellent throughout, with no wear. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only surface marks, consistent with its age. 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 F53805 which dates to 1956. 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 worn but fully functional and the m'piece is a brand new Buffet student model.  

744

SELMER, PARIS, EEb CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET, TO LOW D -SOLD

£7995

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition and extremely rare, Selmer Contra-Alto clarinet in Rosewood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was ordered from Selmer, Paris, by Paul Harvey as a low D model, instead of the more common version with a range to low Eb. Thus the extension is by Selmer, with matching serial nos. on both joints, A2937, which dates to 1978. Paul Harvey used this instrument for much Film and TV session work, including several scores for BBCTV's "Dr Who". Subsequently the instrumnet was sold to another London professional player, who has kept this instrument in excellent condition. The Selmer Contra-Alto is generally considered the finest in the world, due to its excellent response and fine ergonomics. It plays almost as easily as a Bass clarinet.
This instrument is in pristine condition, without cracks or damage to the wood. The pads are all tan leather and in very fine condition. The Nickel Silver plating is also excellent throughout, with no wear. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer E, which is again in very good condition. A selection of Rico No. 2 reeds are also included. The original case shows some exterior scuffs, but the interior is excellent. The instrument can be supplied with a K& M Contra-Bass clarinet stand for an additional £60.00.

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745

SELMER, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-RESERVED

£1845

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. Selmer Paris Eb clarinets are considered worldwide the finest professional instruments available due to their superb intonation and ergonomics. This instrument is of typical fine quality, with very good tuning and response. The wood condition overall is excellent: There are NO cracks or repairs.  This Eb has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, in Pisoni fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All Nickel Silver keywork is in good condition with only slight wear to the ring fingers. The serial nos. are Y0502 which dates to 1974.   All pieces are matching and original with Selmer stamps. The case is the original in very good condition, as is the supplied m'piece, a  George Bundy No. 3.