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Clarinets Direct was founded a mere 9 years ago and has, in a short time, established itself with unique success, on both the International and Domestic market. The reasons for this success are not hard to find: The company offers a personal, expert service, and value for money prices, which are ever more crucial in the current period of economic difficulty. In the past 8 years many other UK dealers have either gone out of business, or compromised on the quality of the instruments they offer to the customer. Clarinets Direct remains committed to offering both quality and value, as our mantra is that an older, beatifully made, and restored, professional instrument is often a far wiser purchase than the poor quality mass produced instruments sourced, or made with manufacturing plant sourced, from the Far East. It is more than ever a case of "buyer beware" as many companies who advertise their clarinets as made within the UK or USA are, whilst legally permitted to do so, misleading their customers.

 

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YAMAHA SE CUSTOM Bb CLARINET

£1175

 

 

     

A good condition Yamaha SE CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Bought new from Howarths in 1993, this instrument has been played professionally by a leading jazz clarinettist, his No. 1 instrument for the last twenty years. It has been played in Ronnie Scott's, UK and European Jazz Clubs, The Lincoln Center NYC, BBC Proms (John Wilson Orchestra), albums, sessions etc. It demonstrates a beautiful lively sound, with excellent intonation and easy response, even in the highest register It is received wisdom within the music industry that when Yamaha launch a new product, they will have made every conceivable effort to outdo their competitors, at a considerably cheaper price to the customer. So it was in the mid 1990's, when Yamaha began manufacture of the Custom CS-V and SE range. The SE features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the SE has slightly wider tonehole sizes, than the CS, resulting in a warmer, rounder sound with excellent resonance. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the RC Prestige, where as the CS, competed with the R13 Prestige.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 01022 We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with wear, commensurate with use. The supplied m'pieces is a new stock Buffet. The case is a brand new example. This instrument represents superb value for money: For about the cost of a new student Buffet E13, one can purchase a top of the range professional instrument more consistent than most Buffet RC Bbs.  

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LEBLANC, SPIRIT, C CLARINET

£1195

An excellent condition Leblanc Spirit Bb clarinet. Leblanc were bought by Buffet in 2009, this is one of the last Spirit C manufactured. This clarinet is Leblanc's intermediate wooden model, which features a cylindrical bore design, it was descibed by Leblanc as being very responsive & having a full-bodied sound. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, apart from the bell, which has a repaired, glued, crack to the bell, this is also covered by our 1 year warranty . The Nickel Silver plate key work is in very good condition. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. We have just overhauled the instrument in Pisoni fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D61383. The supplied m'piece is a stock Buffet in excellent condition. The case is the original in good condition.

 

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BUFFET 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 instrumemnt is a commission sale for us, as the current owner, a student at The Royal Northern College of Music, has just up-graded to a Buffet R13 A. 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 carry a Buffet stamp. The instrument has been very carefully owned. The Silver plated key work is in excellent condition, with only light scratches, signs of normal use. This clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pads have been replaced, with touch corks, and tenon corks replaced as necessary. NB The instrument was photographed prior to going through the workshop. The matching serial nos. are K119500. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture. The supplied case is an Orly, which has sen heavy use, but is still fully functional.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£1495

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet R13 Bb clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This one owner instrument has been extremely well cared for and maintained. Their current owner has just purchased a new pair of Peter Eaton clarinets.
This clarinet was bought new some 10 years ago, and has just been completely re-padded in tan leather. The Bb has matching serial nos. 581620. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The Silver plating overall is in excellent condition, with no wear. This Bb is in pristine condition, with no damage or repairs to the Grenadilla wood. The pads are all tan leather apart from the speaker key and lower trill keys which are in cork. The supplied original Buffet leather case is in excellent condition externally, and the interior lining shows little wear. The m'piece is an upgrade to a Leblanc Woodwind Co. K10M.

 

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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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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

An extremely fine E13 clarinet in Silver plate. The matching serial numbers are K110090 and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps, apart from the m'piece. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is pristine.  The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by Dave Kershook, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which is in very good condition, and comes with the keys. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instruments was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£895

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

 

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PAIR OF FRENCH BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS IN HONDURAN ROSEWOOD

£5495

 

 

     

This pair of Luis Rossi French bore clarinets, in Honduran Rosewood, are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's foremost professional players amongst our clientele. These instruments have come to us fom Joe Pacewicz, currently acting Principal Clarinet of the "Royal Scottish National Orchestra" and are in excellent condition.
The Bb has Silver plate in excellent condition. The instruments have been regularly serviced and have finest Pisoni tan leather pads throughout. Both clarinets feature an French bore based on the Buffet R13, but with much improved acoustics and intonation. Both are in Honduran Rosewood, with no cracks or damage, indeed the wood throughout is in excellent condition. Both have had Yamaha adjustable thumb rests fitted in a higher position than the original Rossi thumb rests, which are included in the sale. The A has Silver plate which is in pristine condition. As with the Bb, the instrument has tan leather pads. Both instruments have been through our workshop, for acheck up, and minor key work regulation. There are 4 barrels of 67.0mm, 68.0mm, 69.5mm and 70.5mm. There is no supplied mnouthpiece, but these clarinets have been designed to tune with Vandoren m'pieces, or indeed any standard French bore m'piece. The pair play with a smooth yet dark sound, with remarkable reponse and tuning. The case, whilst used, is in good condition.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF PRE-WAR, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS

£1095

This matched pair of rare Boosey & Hawkes, pre-war 1010 clarinets are in very good condition. Their current owner is a professional based in Wales, and these instruments have just been completely refurbished by Clarinets Direct and are sold with our full 1 year warranty.
The Bb has silver plated key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in wood throughout, which is in overall excellent condition. The matching serial nos. on all main pieces, apart from the bell, are 31158, which dates to 1934. The bell may be original, however the logo stamp is very worn; the tenon ring, and general appearance are all a good match. All pads are brand new finest tan leather Pisoni. There is no joint wobble or play in the mechanism, the instrument is near mint. The A, serial nos. 31552, which dates to 1935, has a repaired, pinned crack to the upper part of the top joint [see photo 6]. The crack runs down from the top tenon to the first trill key hole. This one pinned repair is very old and stable. There is also a tight surface crack to the barrel. All pieces are matching and serial numbered, including the m'piece. The key work throughout is "as new". All pads are brand new finest Pisoni tan leather. Both original m'pieces are in very good used condition. The case is the original which has been much used, but is still functional.

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EARLY BOXWOOD C CLARINET -RESERVED

£295

 

 

     

A very good condition early boxwood C clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. I am extremely grateful to Thomas Carroll, a period clarinet player visiting from the USA, for his assistance with the description below. This clarinet has been much worked over the the last 2 centuries. It is likely that it was of fine German manufacture, probably made around 1810. Originally it would have played about A=435, but subsequently it was shortened, rather crudely, at the top of the upper joint; the file marks can be seen. This was probably an attempt to bring it up to A=440 Hz pitch or even higher. It now plays at approximately that pitch, with a modern Eb clarinet m'piece which sits, however, 2 mm out of the top tenon of the original barrel. The makers stamp is so worn as to be almost indecipherable, but possibly a "Hapsburg" Eagle can be made out in very strong light. There are in total three surface cracks: One to the top of the top joint, above the speaker key, see photos 5 & 11. One to the barrel, see photo 4, and the last to the bell, see photo 10. There are 5 brass keys, and the clarinet is made of boxwood and animal horn. It appears to be in the style of a Grenser instrument. The m'piece, which I believe to be original, is included, but it is so worn as to be unplayable. As mentioned above a Bundy No. 3 Eb m'piece is also included which plays well. The supplied case is worn but functional.

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A rare Full Boehm Buffet C12 Conservatoire Bb clarinet. This instrument was bought new from Dawkes by a UK professional Jazz clarinettist, who now prefers a Selmer wide bore Full Boehm model. The instrument cracked within a short time of purchase, but was professionally repaired by Dawkes, the supplying dealer, under warranty. The cracks are at the top of the upper joint, see photo 6. This clarinet was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet [as marketing men at Buffet felt that this model represented too good value for money] it sits well above the E13 in terms of quality. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professional, about to enter Music Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work is in very good condition with only slight patches of plating wear, mostly on the throat A key and register key, see photos 7, and 11. The fish skin pads are in good order throughout, though not new, they are sealing well. The matching serial nos. are F365551 which dates to 1992. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS* and the case is also by Selmer in good used condition.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£1095

A very fine Buffet R13 Bb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been most recently owned by a young musician, who having studied at the Guildhall Scool of Music has just entered the Royal College of Music. It was with this clarinet that she successfully passed her Diploma and auditioned for the London Conservatoires. The matching serial nos. are 59253 which dates to 1959. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. 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 super pads are all sealing well, and they are in excellent condition. I understand from the seller that this instrument was fully overhauled by Eddie Ashton in 2013, the pads should be good for another 7 years or so. The wood shows a surface crack to the upper joint, which has been glued in the past; the repair is old and stable, see photo 6. It has given the last owner of this instrumnent no trouble whatsoever, throughout the last 6 years of heavy use. In addition the instrument as been down to our workshop for a thorough check down,and minor regulation. The German Silver key work shows no wear, only a "patina" commensurate with its age. The Buffet back pack case in black shows some scuffs to the exterior, and wear to the interior, but it is fully serviceable. The m'piece is an "as new" stock Buffet.

 

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET, MITCHELL COLLECTION

£1845

 

 

     


This is a very good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Eb has a fine provenance, having been owned and played professionally in London by Douglas Mitchell, second clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, and faculty member of the Royal College of Music & Birmingham Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work shows only slight wear, it is in good condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in very good condition. The instrument has just been overhauled in fish skin pads and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The serial nos. are 439232. The clarinet as undergone much after market improvement: Both sliver keys have been shortened to avoid accidental contact in fast passage work. The wood underneath the speaker key has been hollowed out slightly for improved venting and LH thumb position. Tuning work has been undertaken to improve the intonation. The mouthpiece is a B&H original. It plays comfortably with Vandoren No. 3 or 3.5 reeds. The case is again original, in good condition. In summation this Eb plays well, and with excellent intonation.  

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BUFFET, BASSET HORN in F-RESERVED

£5595

 

 

     

This is a second generation Rene Hagmann designed, Basset Horn manufactured by Buffet, which has become the preferred choice of Basset Horn players Worldwide. Hagmann's initial design was eventually deemed to be too costly by Buffet, and this model retains much of the excellence of the original prodution design, with some simplification of key work and mechanism. Hagmann was employed as a consultant by Buffet Crampon in the late 1990's, his work is generally acknowledged to be both innovative and exemplary. Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horns are wide bore designs, essentially based on Alto clarinets, whereas Selmer, Uebel, and older Buffet designs are narrower bore, designed to play with Bb clarinet m'pieces or similar. This Basset Horn was purchased new 18 months ago and has seen minimal use, it is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
This instrument is in near mint condition: NO cracks, or damage, with pristine Silver plated key work throughout. The only reason it is not described as mint, is the fact that there are normal signs of use to the tenon corks, and the rear of the m'piece has light ligature scratches. All white leather pads are "as new". The instrument features double fingering alternatives for low Eb and D, with single fingering options, off the rear thumb plates, for low C# and C. The crook is sleeved and adjustable, the matching serial nos. are H47832. The m'piece is an excellent condition Vandoren B44. This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Buffet retails today new for £6715. The original case is in excellent condition.

 

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SELMER RECITAL A CLARINET

£1995

 

 

     

A near mint condition Selmer Recital A clarinet in Silver plate. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The Selmer Recital design features a long reversed cone throughout the top joint, which results in exceptionally accurate and stable tuning. There are no cracks or damage, the instrument is pristine. The pads are all white leather in very good condition.   This A has matching serial nos. PO 4706.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, with barrels of 64.5 and 65.5mm & 66.5mm. The case is the original, again in excellent condition. This instrument has been exceptionally well cared for.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF J HAMMERSCHMIDT CLARINETS

£2545

 

 

     

These are a rare and unique pair of J Hammerschmidt & Sohne clarinets. These instruments have an excellent Provenance, having been 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#. In addition the C#/G# hole on the A has been metal sleeved, to stop water collecting in this hole. 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 dates to the late 1930's, and 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. The bell has also cracked, which we have repaired and sealed, it is not original but is stamped, "Hoehring Leipzig". In addition to the makers stamp the instruments are stamped "Pro Arte Musica", which could be the stamp of the original New Zealand dealer or importer. The German Silver key work is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, and is sold with our full warranty.
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 has just had an overhaul in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, and is sold with our full warranty.
The supplied m'piecec is a used B&H 926 No.2 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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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£645

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.

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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET

£995

 

 

     


An excellent condition Buffet E11 C clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This clarinet has just been through our workshop for a re-pad, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 001118. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition. The wood is without any mark or blemish. The supplied m'piece is an up-grade to a Vandoren B45, which is in extremely good used condition. Current Buffet E13's and E11's are giving a lot of trouble with shrinkage and wood movement, this basically started when Buffet moved the manufacture of these models from Germany back to France. Fortunately this instrument pre-dates this; it was made in Germany.  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, L200 Bb CLARINET

£995

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

£3495

 

 

     

An excellent condition pair of Howarth S1 clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments are a one owner pair, used by a semi-professional lightly, before her recent acquisition of an Eaton pair.
The unstained Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, only light surface marks, consistent with careful use. There is no joint wobble. All the tan leather pads are sealing well, both instruments have had recent overhauls by Max Ben, ex-Halle Orchestra. The key work shows no wear or play to the mechanism. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1018, & the A, matching serial nos. 1022. The supplied m'pieces are the original Howarth, and a Vandoren 11.6, both unused. The tuning is excellent with standard French bore m'pieces. The BAM case is "as new".

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BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET

£2195

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in excellent condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument was bought new in 2007 by a student for his University performance degree, it has been extremely well cared for. He now works as an administrator for the London Symphony Orchestra. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 567109. The wood, which is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla, is in perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout in excellent condition. There are 2 supplied barrels of 65.0mm, and 66.0mm. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a Weinberg D3, in excellent used condition. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in very good condition.

 

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HOWARTH S2 Bb CLARINET

£1445

 

 

     

A near mint condition Howarth S2 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been used extremely lightly. This was bought by an amateur in addition to his existing S2 pair, but preferring the Bb of his pair, he has decided to sell this clarinet. Whilst the original Howarth professional clainet, commonly known as the S1, featured a medium bore, the S2 has a small bore at 14.65mm, which is similar to the Buffet Crampon range of clarinets. However the Howarth, features careful precise undercutting, and a redesigned key work layout. This results in an even scale, with excellent intonation, and less maintenance, as adjusting screws are sited to allow for usual touch cork wear. In common with the Prestige range of Buffet, with which it easily competes, it features; hand selected unstained Grenadilla wood, and a LH Ab/Eb key.
The wood is in pristine condition, with no marks, consistent with careful use. There is no joint wobble. All the tan leather pads are sealing well, the only reason the clarinet can not be descibed as "mint" is that the pads are not new. The key work shows no wear or play to the mechanism. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 2280 . The supplied m'piece is a used Noblet in ebonite. The tuning is excellent with this, and all standard French bore m'pieces. The case is a Buffet.

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LEBLANC, SONATA, Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

A very good condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which we have just taken in part exchange. 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 very good. All pieces are original & all have matching  stamps  We have just fully repadded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fishskin pads, & the clarinet is sold with a full years' warranty. The matching serial nos. are D46870. The supplied m'piece is a Rico A5 in good condition. The case is the original, in good condition, with some stains to the interior and slight scuffs to the exterior.  

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS

£1245

An excellent condition pair of B&H Imperial 926 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The 926 Imperial was B & H's top professional model, alongside the larger bore 1010. This pair are being sold as their owner has purchased another pair of clarinets.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 486253, it has unblemished Silver plating throughout. The wood is in fine condition with no cracks or damage. All pads are fish skin in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. A very good condition B&H 926 m'piece is also supplied.
The A has matching serial nos. 179366A. As with the Bb the wood condition is excellent, and all fish skin pads are also in very good shape. The double case is a Rudall Carte in good used condition.

 

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LEBLANC, PARIS, LL Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

A fine example of a Leblanc LL  clarinet with 7 rings, i.e. enhanced Boehm system. 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 Bb is in good condition and has just had an overhaul prior to sale, it has matching serial nos. 33870. The 7 ring mechanism allows for a fork Eb/Bb in the LH. It is in Nickel Silver plate, and there is slight wear to the throat G# key, A key, and the low RH "pinky" keys. The plating is about 95%. The pads are finest tan leather throughout in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. There are 2 supplied barrels; the original Leblanc, of 66mm and a shorter barrel of 59mm. The case is a new Champion, and the supplied used Vandoren 5RV m'piece is in excellent condition.  

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Nickel Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instruments' one former owner was a London based professional who has taken exemplary care of this clarinet. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 138073, which dates to 1973. It cannot be stressed enough how fine this period of manufacture was at Buffet Crampon, it is commonly referred to as "The Golden Era". To take one aspect: The quality of the Nickel Silver plating is so fine, that, to the untutored eye, it could be Silver plate.   Indeed 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 just been through our workshop for a comprehensive overhaul in fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in pristine condition, 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 Buffet case is in fine shape, with only slight stains to the interior, the key is included, and the mouthpiece is a used Vandoren 3UD.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1175

 

 

     

A Buffet R13, which dates to 1985, which has the original design placement of the speaker key, which is often much preferred by professional players. The Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with slight wear mainly to the ring finger touchpieces, and tarnish commensurate with the age of the clarinet. Most opf the plating wear is actually to the tenon rings, see photos 4 and 9. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe tan leather pads and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This clarinet demonstrates the classic qualities of an R13; a lovely sweet sound and excellent intonation, and is made with unstained, matched Grenadilla wood. The serial number on the instrument is 268082, which dates to 1985. There is no serial number on the upper joint, as Buffet do not stamp replacement joints with serial numbers. The supplied mouthpiece is an upgrade to a Selmer in good condition. The case is a Buffet brown leather pouchette type with key, it is in good condition.

 

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LAFLEUR ARTIST, LONDON & PARIS A CLARINET-RESERVED

£595

 

 

     

This is a Lafleur, Artist, London & Paris A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was made for Lafleur back in the 1930's before Lafleur were bought by B&H. Then they were a fine instrument maker/importer, and this instrument is a superb condition professional model. The original owner was the late Steve Morris: Steve was one of Manchesters finest jazz musicians, well known for his celebrated "Band on the Wall" and the eponymous pub, which he owned and which became one of the North Wests premiere live music venues. The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is finest Grenadilla. The Silver Plate key work is also pristine throughout. The pads are double bladder fish skin which are in excellent condition. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are 10095. The m'piece is a Selmer B* in very good condition. There is also a Cordier reed cutter. The double case is a Buffet in black leather, which is in very good condition.

 

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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A pristine condition Buffet C12 Bb clarinet. This instrument was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet, as marketing men at Buffet felt that this model represented too good value for money, it sits well above the E13 in terms of quality. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professsional, about to enter Music Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work is in superb condition with no plating wear. We have just completely repadded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our "Clarinets Direct" 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is excellent throughout, all pieces including barrel and bell, are matching and stamped. The matching serial nos. are 458218 which dates to 2000. The supplied m'piece is a stock Buffet in "as new" condition. The instrument has been very well looked after, and the original brown leather case is also in good condition.

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YAMAHA CSG CUSTOM, CLARINET

£1745

 

 

     

A mint condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner is a top UK professional, who is also an endorser for Yamaha. He was given this instrument brand new, and never used it, subsequently using the later CSG III. 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 design has found much favour with many fine players, including Michael Collins, Nicholas Carpenter and Nicholas Cox.
The instrument is pristine, "as new", with perfect condition key work. The wood is finest unstained Grenadilla. The original Yamaha Custom m'piece, and cap with ligature, are still wrapped. The matching serial nos. are 03497. The case and leather cover are also new.

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

£1495

 

 

     

A rare matched pair of Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris, pre-war 1010 clarinets in good condition. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's leading clarinettists amongst our Clientele, one such is Gary Holdsworth, who has owned and played this pair for the last several years. Gary was Principal Clarinet for Moscow City Ballet, and his father, Frank, was also a famous 1010 clarinet player, and Principal Clarinet of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
The London & Paris 1010 model, as the name suggests, was made for B&H in France. The clarinets have two matching serial nos. one stamped by the manufacturer, and the other by Boosey & Hawkes. The Bb has serial nos. 2159/1377. The instrument is in wood, which is in overall good condition, apart from the bell which is in ebonite. All pieces are matching and serial numbered apart from the barrel. The key work has been plated in Chrome at some point in the past, and apart from some minor signs of wear to the RH "pinky" keys the plating is good throughout. The instrument has tan leather pads throughout in very good condition.
The A has serial nos. 2266/1432. The instrument is in wood, which is in overall good condition, apart from the barrel which is in ebonite. All pieces are matching and serial numbered apart from the bell, which though of the correct type, and stamped Boosey & Hawkes, is of later manufacture. The key work is also Chrome plated and is very good throughout. The instrument has tan leather pads throughout in very good condition. The case is a Protech in good condition, and the mouthpiece, though not original is a B&H No. 2 1010 bore and tunes the pair well.

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MATCHED PAIR OF KOHLERT CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare and fine pair of Kohlert Boehm System Clarinets. The firm of Kohlert was established in Graslitz in 1840, and during the interwar years was flourishing as one of the largest makers of fine woodwinds in Bohemia, becoming famous for the quality of their bassoons and contra-bassoons. After the end of the 2nd World War the firm Kohlert split into two, a small subsiduary which manufactured in Winnenden, whilst the main body of the firm relocated behind the Iron Curtain, manufacturing in Czechoslavakia. These superior quality instruments were made by the "German" Kohlert and the bells are stamped "Winnenden". The instruments have been professionally owned in the UK by a player, who initially had ambitions to join a German orchestra, though subsequently her career took a different path.
These clarinets feature a German type bore with little flare at the bottom of the lower joint. The result is the dark homogenous sound associated with classic German style of clarinet playing. The Bb has serial number 101735. All pads are used White Leather in good used condition. The silver plate is in excellent condition throughout, though the pairs' owner had the RH F/C key lengthened to aid her small fingers. All key work and corks are in exemplary condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in pristine order throughout. The A has serial nos. 101937, again the condition of this instrument is near mint. Only the fact that the white leather pads are not new, means that the clarint cannot be described as mint condition. In addition to the original barrel, a modified Evette & Schaeffer barrel is supplied with tuning ring, which actually tunes this A clarinet more successfully than the original. Both instruments plays very well in tune at A=440, with the supplied Zinner m'piece, which measures 1.03mm at the tip by 17mm. The original case is also in excellent condition.

 

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SELMER BUNDY CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

£1345

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Bundy Contra-Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook and the bell have only a few light scratches, with no dents or repairs. Though the Nickel Silver plating shows some "cloudiness" there is only slight wear to some of the ring finger touchpieces the plating is around 95%. The instrument plays well, and the pads which are tan leather are all sealing. The key work is well regulated and the serial nos. are 298. The used case protects the instrument well, and the interior shows some tears to the lining. The exterior had originally 3 latches, of which 1 has failed, the remaining 2 latch securely. The m'piece is a used Selmer Bundy 3 in good condition. There is also a Vandoren No. 2 reed.

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COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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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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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MATCHED PAIR OF SELMER SERIES 9* CLARINETS

£1795

This matched pair of Selmer Series 9* clarinets are in very good condition. They have been professionally owned and played in The Netherlands and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
The Bb clarinet has matching serial nos., U8833 which dates to 1966. The Nickel Silver plating is good throughout, with slight wear mainly to the ring finger touchpieces. There are no cracks or repairs, the Grenadilla wood is in perfect condition. The instruments are padded in tan leather, and both have gone through our workshop, with pads replaced as necessary. Tenon corks and touch corks have also been replaced where worn. The A clarinet, with matching serial nos. U8668, is again in very good order. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood throughout is very fine. All pieces are matching and stamped, including the barrels. The case is an original Selmer which is again in excellent condition. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren B45.

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STUBBINS, BY NOBLET, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

£845

 

 

     

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

 

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES PROTOTYPE 926 CLARINETS     

£1495

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

 

     39   BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          £595
This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is an "enhanced Boehm" i.e. in addition to standard Boehm system, it also has an articulated C#/G# key, and 7 rings, which provides a fork Eb/Bb fingering in the LH. The German Silver key work is in good condition for its age. All fish skin pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently overhauled. The Grenadilla wood shows surface scuffs and marks. There is also a stress crack between the top 2 holes of the lower joint. At this point the bore is metal lined, in order to accurately position the articulated C#/G#hole, this often causes a stress crack to the surface wood, which is cosmetic only, because it in no way affects the response, as the wood does not form the bore of the instrument at this point. The is also a full length crack running through the bell, which has been sealed at the surface. The low G/D hole nas been "bushed" in metal at some point in the past, maybe because of wear. The matching serial nos. are 21019 which dates  to 1936. The case is elderly but in very good condition.
     40   BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET          £1995
This is a Buffet Eb clarinet in very good condition. Clarinets Direct is fortunate in counting leading professionals amongst our clientele. This instrument has a unique and excellent Provenance, having been owned and customised by the late John McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra, initially as 2nd and Eb Clarinet, and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible. Though this instrument started life as a standard professional Buffet Eb clarinet, in fact it has been much altered: Most of the major alteration includes opening out the bore at the top of the instrument and also reaming out the m'piece. This means that the Eb will play sharp if standard French bore Eb m'pieces are used, it needs the supplied m'piece, or one with a similar bore.
The matching serial nos. are 31925, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in good condition throughout, though the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes left unfilled, see photo 10. The German Silver keywork is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full warranty. The instrument tunes exceptionally well, and also demontrates a much warmer and round tone than the standard production model. It would suit a professional player. The supplied case is a Bb, and Eb double. The zip has failed, but the case fastens with a velcro strip, and velcro handle. Carry straps are also included.

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

£695

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 superb condition,and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a professional player in The Netherlands. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has upper joint serial nos. 60074, and lower, 62946, though obviously made at different times the numbers are a close match, and the instrument plays very well. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some minor surface scratches to the wood, all normal signs of use. 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 in good condition. The mouthpiece is an original Leblanc L3, in excellent condition.

 

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BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINET in Bb-SOLD

£1845

 

 

     

A fine Buffet RC Prestige Bb clarinet The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was chosen new from many examples and used as a "doubling" instrument in London's West End.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige. The instrument is in very good condition. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. The Silver plating is also in excellent order throughout. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are F445162. The pads are mainly superpads, as fitted by John Coppen, and the instrument has gone down to our workshop for a thorough check down, with pads replaced as necessary. All pieces matching and original. The m'piece is an original Buffet, unused, and still in the wrapper. The supplied single case is in an Orly in used condition.

 

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BUFFET R13 A CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

A very fine Buffet R13 A clarinet. This instrument has an interesting provenance. It was bought new by Julian Farrell, and carefully selected from many examples. Julian was for many years a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and Clarinet Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
This instrument has Silver plated key work is very good order throughout, with no discernable wear. The wood is in good condition, but there are two old parallel cracks to the upper joint, running into the top and second highest trill key tone holes, see photo 5. The cracks were pinned many years ago, and have been stable for several decades. The instrument has tan leather pads, which are used, but still sealing well. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The supplied barrel is a R13 A Buffet of 64.5mm. The matching serial nos. are 204779 which dates to 1980, at this stage, prior to the introduction of the Prestige range, this A was manufactured as Buffet's top of the range model, second only to the RC A in cost. The supplied double case is an Orly in used condition, there are some interior stains, but it still zips up securely.

 

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LOUIS, LONDON, Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     


This an exceptionally rare and fine Louis early English clarinet. 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. This clarinets only former owner was a London professional who owned this instrument and a later set of Leblanc LL's which he used for the duration of his career. Charles Draper personally endorsed these makers. The perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow, superior to much on the mass produced market today.
The instruments is in very fine condition, for a clarinet made in the 1920's. Clarinets Direct have just entirely re-padded it in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is a small crack to the top of the lower joint of this Bb, which runs from the tenon ring down to the first tone hole, see photo 7. The crack is a surface crack only, and has no effect whatsoever on the response. This apart, the wood is in very good condition, with only scuffs and marks associated with careful professional use. There is no joint wobble. The German Silver key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. The wood is Grenadilla, apart from the bell which is in Cocus wood. This was a popular choice of wood with superior class instruments of the period, I believe that the finest craftsman thought that a Cocus wood bell would give extra vibrancy and resonance to the bell notes. Certainly when one changes register on these clarinets the timbre of the bell "B" is much more lively and this results in an even scale across the break. This clarinet features an ebonite "bushed" C/G hole, see photo 10. The reasons for this could be: 1. The hole may have been moved at the request of the original owner, also the thumb rest has been repositioned slightly lower, and the the wood surface filled with shellac, see photo 9. 2. The clarinet may originally have been made with 7 rings and the owner requested the tone hole chimney be remade, in the standard fashion. 3. As undercutting this tone hole can be extremely difficult, and indeed, the D/A twelfth is often very poor on modern clarinets, perhaps ebonite inserts were made so that the undercutting could be done to the most exacting standards, and then fitted to the clarinet. Certainly the scale, intonation, and response of these clarinets, is the equal, or superior to, the most expensive clarinets made today. The supplied m'piece is a Morgan RM06. This Bb features a bore of 14.65mm, which is similar to most modern French bore clarinets and therefore it will work well with any modern French bore mouthpiece. A box of original, used Louis reeds is also included. The case is a brand new Carmichael with pouches and carry strap.  

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CABART, THIBOUVILLE, Bb CLARINET

£595

 

 

     

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

An excellent condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has just traded up to a newer 1010 A and consequently this excellent A is offered to the market.
This A, serial no. 183532, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in very good condition. The Silver plate is also excellent throughout. The instrument has "as new" Tan leather pads. The supplied m'piece is a Peter Eaton "Kingston" 1010, in good condition. This particular m'piece tunes the instrument excellently & the single case is also in fine used condition.  

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ARNO WURLITZER, OEHLER SYSTEM Bb CLARINET

£1395

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count the UK's foremost players amongst our clientele. One such is the current owner of this rare and fine Arno Wurlitzer full Oehler system clarinet which was originally part of the Joseph collection. Though less well known that Fritz or Herbert Wurlitzer, like them, Arno had a workshop in Erlbach.
The Bb has serial no. 2130 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is excellent condition, without mark or blemish. The pads are white leather, used, but all sealing. The instrument features a full Oehler system, and is stamped " Arno Wurlitzer, Erlbach, Made in GDR". The matching serial numbers are 2130. The mouthpiece is stamped "Lebu", and like the case is in very good used condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

£795

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

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

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NOBLET ARTIST, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

£845

This is a very good condition Professional model Artist, Noblet Paris, Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This is not to be confused with the cheaper Model 40 Noblet Eb clarinet, which is a student instrument. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and the current owner has spared no expense in maintaining and servicing this Eb. The instrument has had a full re-pad by Eddie Ashton in superpads, and the warranty card for this work is included in the sale. Normally the Noblet Artist was supplied in Nickel plate, and the condition of the plating of this example is good: There is no wear, only a "patina" of cloudiness to the keys, associated with normal use. The wood condition overall is very good, there are NO cracks or repairs. There is no joint wobble, and the regulation is in fine order. The serial nos. are A2827. The m'piece is an up-grade to a Vandoren B44, and the original Noblet m'piece is included as well. Several brand new, un-wrapped, Vandoren reeds are sold with this Eb. The case is also the original, and is in very good condition. This is an ideal purchase for a player looking for an inexpensive professional model Eb.

 

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

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PAIR OF ENGLISH BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS 

£4745

This pair of Luis Rossi English bore clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have been used professionally in The Netherlands, and are in excellent condition.
The Bb has Silver plate in very good condition,there is only one slight patch of wear to the register key. The wood is also in good condition, there is, however, a tight hairline crack to the upper joint which runs from the second highest trill tone hole down towards the throat G# hole. This has been stable throughout over 2 decades of use. The instruments have just been regularly serviced and have finest Pisoni white leather pads throughout. Both clarinets feature an English bore based on the pre-war 1010, but with much improved acoustics and intonation. There is a fully automatic Bb booster key.
The A features a left hand Ab/Eb key which the Bb does not have. The A has an old pinned crack to the upper part of the top joint, it has been stable for many years of professional use. The crack does not go through to the bore or into a tone hole. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition. As with the Bb, the instrument has just been serviced. The original thumb rests have been replaced with a traditional design, but both of Rossi's originals are included in the sale. There are 5 barrels of 66.0mm, 67.0mm, 68.0mm, 69.5mm and 71.5mm. The m'pieces are a B&H 1010 No.2, and a Pillinger F2 both of which have been relayed by Meinel. The case, whilst used, is in good condition. .

 

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1595

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

 

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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET TOSCA CLARINET in A

£3295

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most expensive models, a Tosca. The Tosca is the latest incarnation of the legendary R13 model.
The instrument is in near mint condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. It was hand selected by a professional player from Howarths some 5 years ago. The instrument features a corrective low F key and vent. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 562743. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather in good condition. This clarinet is almost "as new", with only slight wear to the pads, corks and stamps, to distinguish it from new. There are 2 supplied barrels, an original Buffet of 65mm and a Backun of 64mm. The condition of the Buffet double Tosca case is also very good.

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DOUBLE BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1545

A very good condition pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instruments have been professionally owned and played in The Netherlands, and the pair have seen very light use.
The Bb, serial no. 498625, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good condition. The pair have just been down to our workshop for a thourough "check down" with touch corks replaced as necessary, and minor regulation. The pads are all "Gordon Beeson" Tan leather pads, in very good condition. The A, serial no. 507578, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, with only slight tarnish to low F# & E. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is, again, in good used condition. The case is a modern BAM in very good condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     


An extremely fine Selmer 10S clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet has come to us from a professional player in The Netherlands. The Selmer 10S was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, S/N B9979, dates to 1982 and has Silver plate in superb condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The clarinet has just had an overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads at our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty; unusual for a commission sale. The m'piece is an "as new" stock Buffet. The case has some scuffs to the interior lining and exterior, but it still latches well.  

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

A good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This model, and the CT Omega, were both endorsed by Benny Goodman. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been professionally owned and played here in the UK.
This clarinet is in good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows few scuffs and marks. There is also a repaired, glued, pinned, crack running from the top tenon down into the 2nd trill key tone hole. The repair is an old one, and stable. The fish skin pads, whilst used, are all sealing well. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are R5469 which dates to 1958.  The supplied case is brand new. The m'piece is a used Riffault N4, in good condition. NB Neither the case nor the m'piece are pictured.  

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PAIR OF SELMER SIGNATURE CLARINETS

£4245

 

 

     

An excellent matched pair of Selmer Signature clarinets in Silver plate. The Selmer Signature was introduced in the 2000's based on the bore design of the Recital, i.e. it features a long reverse taper through the upper joint, for good, stable tuning. There is minimal undercutting, and the wood thickness is not so much as seen in the Recital. Also the instrument cleverly features raised tone hole chimneys above the surface of the clarinet bore. This allows for a better pad seal, reduced water problems and contributes to a uniquely dark and yet projected tone. These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner is a UK professional.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating overall is very good with no loss.  Both instruments have been meticulously maintained and are ready to play straight out of the box. The Bb has superpads throughout apart from 3 at the bottom of the lower joint which are in white leather. The A has superpads throughout, all are in excellent condition.   The Bb has matching S/N M8018, the A matching S/N M6654.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, with additional barrels of 62.5 and 64.5mm. The case is a Buffet in brown leather. The m'piece is a Selmer Concept, in excellent condition, which tunes these instruments superbly. These clarinets have been exceptionally well cared for.  

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£495

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

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NOBLET ARTIST Bb CLARINET

£545

 

 

     

This Noblet Artist Bb Clarinet is in good condition, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Noblet Artist was the top of the range Noblet model, with a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, these are entry level professional clarinets.
The Bb has serial no. 62025 and has Nickel plate in good condition, there is no wear to the plating, though there is some slight "cloudiness" to the lower pad cup plating. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. The instrument was recently completely re-padded by Howarth & Co. at great expense! All pads are "as new" finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather. The barrel is a Boosey and Hawkes in ebonite, which tunes and suits this Bb well. The supplied m'piece is a professional Selmer Paris D in good condition. The case is a Buffet.

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     63   BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET          £575
This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner, as student at the RAM Jun. Dept. has just purchased an Eaton clarinet. The instrument has been well maintained, and has just gone through our workshop for a thorough check up, with pads, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. 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. 387825, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition with no wear. All the tan leather pads and corks, are in fine condition, because of the recent overhaul. The supplied m'piece is a Brian Ackerman copy of a 926 in excellent condition. The original thumb rest is a B&H, though a Ton Kooiman is also supplied. The case is also in good used condition and is supplied with the keys.

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ORSI Bb CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£595

 

 

     

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

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY

£1295

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£795

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

 

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COUTURE A1, PLATEAU A CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

An extremely rare, good condition, Couture, Paris France, Plateau A clarinet. La Couture is the small town near Paris in which the major French clarinet makers have their factories. This is a make that Clarinets Direct have never come across before: Because the instrument is stamped "A LP" & also features an ebonite bell, it way well date from the 1920's or 1930's. Certainly the instrument is well made and tunes very well with the supplied Alan Segal custom barrel, which was actually made for a Buffet 1930's A clarinet.
The Grenadilla wood is in fair condition, with surface scratches and scuffs, though there are no cracks or repairs. The silver plating also shows some wear, and in the past, some rather crude solder repairs have been made, most noticeably to the speaker key, see photo 10. We have just entirely overhauled this instrument, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is a single A case, one of the latches is missing, but it still functions well. The m'piece is a standard French bore model, and the instrument works well with a standard Vandoren m'piece. This clarinet will pair successfully with any Bb plateau of French origin, Buffet, Leblanc etc. Plateau models are "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".  

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BUFFET Bb PROFESSIONAL CLARINET

£645

 

 

     

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

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS

£1195

A superb condition pair of B&H Imperial 926 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The 926 Imperial was B & H's top professional model, alongside the larger bore 1010. This pair have been exceptionally well cared for, and come in a new Protech case.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 226659, it has unblemished Silver plating throughout. The wood is in fine condition with no cracks or damage. All pads are Gordon Beeson tan leather in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. A very good condition B&H 926 m'piece is also supplied.
The A has matching serial nos. 226712. As with the Bb the wood condition is excellent, and all leather pads are also in very good shape. This pair has the advantage of being supplied not only with an original Boosey &Hawkes 926 m'piece, but also a brand new Pillinger 926 F2 DOV 121.

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SELMER BUNDY Eb PICCOLO CLARINET-SOLD

£545

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Eb Piccolo in Resonite. The Selmer Bundy range of instruments were manufactured in the USA as student intruments, and are sturdily built, with good ergonomics and decent tuning. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The Nickel Silver key work is very good condition, with no discernable wear. The clarinet has just been re-padded in fish skin pads throughout, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct warranty. The serial nos. are 8439. The original case is in very good condition it latches securely and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is the original Bundy No. 3, also in good condition with no damage to the tip or rails. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Eb clarinet purchase.

 

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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet Master Model E13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Nickel Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. We have just re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. The matching serial nos. are D37561 which dates to the late 1970's, and makes this one of the last Master Models ever produced. Back then the E13 range was tested at the Buffet factory, by Pierre Lefebvre, first clarinet of the Guarde Republicaine Band, and later Clarinette Solo de L'Opera-Comique, with the finest instruments then undergoing further hand tuning and undercutting to improve the response. Therefore the customer had an instrument which was almost as good as an R13 but at less cost. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition with only slight surface marks, commensurate with careful use. 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 of pouchette type, NB not pictured. The m'piece is a used Windcraft in good used condition.  

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SELMER, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£645

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

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PAIR OF SELMER PROLOGUE CLARINETS

£1695

 

 

     

An extremely fine pair of Selmer Prologue clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments were formerly owned by a young musician, who having studied at Trinity College of Music, has now embarked on a singing career.  The Selmer Prologue was a top of the range student model, but of extremely advanced acoustic design, in that it shares with the more expensive Selmer designs, Recital, Privilege, etc. a reducing taper bore throughout the upper joint. This does result is exceptionally fine and stable tuning. The most recent version of the Prologue is now badged "SeleS by Selmer".
 The Bb, S/N F7304, has wood and Silver plate in pristine condition. There are no cracks or repairs, the wood is in perfect condition throughout. The pads, the majority of which are tan leather, are also in good condition. The instrument has gone through our workshop, with any pads replaced as necessary. The A S/N M1239, is in excellent order throughout with wood showing no cracks or damage. Again all fish skin pads are in very good condition. The double case is an "Orly" in good  used condition , the m'pieces are a used Selmer C85 120 amd Vandoren M13. In addition the following accessories are provided: A Vandoren Optimum Ligature with 3 interchangeable plates, 2 clarinet stands, and also a sling with two thumb rest attachments.

 

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PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1195

A fair condition pair of B&H Imperial Symphony 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have just undergone a copmplete restoration/overhaul at a cost of £492.75, the invoice for which is included with the sale. This includes a comprehensive description of the restoration of the pair, and the work was done by Gary Holdsworth. The pair have seen much use.
The Bb, serial nos. 120989, has brand new tan leather pads throughout. The Silver plate shows wear, it is about 75% remaining. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood. The thumb rest has been re-positioned higher, and the original screw holes have been filled. The A, serial no. 150188, has no cracks or repairs, though like the Bb the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes filled. The Silver plate throughout is in better shape than the Bb, with about 85% remaining. Again it has had brand new pads, corks and regulation throughout. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 61.5mm. The supplied m'pieces are original B&H 1010 No. BM2, and BM3, both are in good used condition. The case is a brand new BAM Classic.

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON CLARINETin B NATURAL, CIRCA 1899

£995

 

 

     

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

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

MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS LONDON CLARINETS, RIPPER COLLECTION

£1995

 

 

     

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.

78

SELMER, PARIS, PRE-CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet, which has been professionally owned and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is an enhanced Boehm with fork Eb/Bb and articulated C#/G#. The former owner was a saxophone player primarily, and the articulated C#/G# matches the similar mechansim on the Sax.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has just had an overhaul in tan leather pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All springs have been checked over, and replaced if necessary. All touch corks have been replaced, the wood has been oiled, and all key work regulated. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, just minor surface scratches and marks. There is no joint wobble. The matching serial nos. are P1158, which dates to 1951. The m'piece is a Selmer HS** which is an open jazz lay. The case, is well used, but latches securely.

 

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79

LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

£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

SELMER, PARIS, SA 80 II BARITONE SAX

£4995

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Super Action 80 Series 2 Baritone Sax, to low A, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Baritone is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics. The professional who currently owns this SA 80 II swapped it for his Selmer Mark V1 Baritone because he found it both more even in tone, and more in tune, than the earlier model. At that point in time he regularly played in "Cats" in London's West End, and this instrument has been professionally played here in London for many years. The current owner, now retired, finds this Bari too heavy, and is contemplating purchasing a Yanagisawa.
This Selmer Baritone has serial nos 442740, and the original lacquer is in very good condition with only slight wear, as seen in the photographs. There are no dents. The key work is in excellent condition. There is a very fine peg attachment to the rear, which supports the weight very cleverly, and, also, an extension to the thumb rest is provided to facilitate fingering in the RH. This instrument has tan leather pads throughout, which, whilst used, are sealing well. The regulation is good. The case is in good used condition. The m'piece is a used Link "Super" Tone Master 6* in excellent condition.

81

PAIR OF SELMER, FULL MAZZEO, CENTERED TONE CLARINETS

£5995

 

 

     


Clarinets Direct is pleased to be able to offer another extremely rare pair of clarinets for sale. These instruments have a fine provenance: They were originally owned by Edward [Ted] Planas, who was a renowned clarinettist, designer, and acoustician, as well as a Selmer agent for many years here in the UK. After Ted's death they were bought by a collector who is now selling off part of his collection.

These instruments demonstrate the most complete and full Mazzeo system that we have ever encountered. For those unfamiliar with the Mazzeo system the mechanism facilitates the production of a good throat Bb by using additional key work to open the third trill key in conjunction with throat A. Thus an excellent throat Bb can be produced by touching any of the rings from LH 2 down, with the throat A key. This system can be disconnected at will by sliding down a cylinder placed on top of the third trill key. In addition to all the usual Full Boehm refinements this pair offer the following: 1. There is a low E/F#, B/C# articulated trill mechanism. 2. An extra LH low Eb/Bb lever. 3. An additional linkage to the first sliver key on the lower joint, and the low Ab/Eb key, which allows for trilling E to Eb/B to Bb. 4. Finally a unique cogged wheel attachment to the throat A key [only on the A clarinet] which is, we imagine, to facilitate a throat Ab/Bb trill i.e. as called for in the 1st Mvt of the Mozart Quintet. This can be extended or disconnected at will by pulling on the cogged wheel.
The Bb has matching serial nos. throughout of Q7509. This is unique with Selmer in our experience, in that the serial nos. are stamped on all the pieces of the clarinet. All wood is in pristine condition, as is German Silver key work. The instrument was last serviced on 26th June 2014, all pads and corks are in very good condition.
The A has again matching serial nos. on all pieces, Q7627, excepting the barrel, this dates the pair to 1957. Like the Bb the wood is pristine throughout, as is the key work. All fish skin pads, whilst not new, will be good for many months to come. The original case is also in very good condition. This pair is probably one of the finest and most advanced Mazzeo pairs in existence, both instruments play with a warm tone and excellent intonation.  

82

BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINET in A-RESERVED

£495

 

 

     

A rare, early single piece, near Full Boehm, Buffet A clarinet. These instruments have a larger bore of 15.0mm, and larger tone holes than the contemporary Buffet's. The result is a free and easy playing A, with good intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint: this does result in exceptionally even response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise. This instrument is almost a Full Boehm, lacking only a 3rd ring finger for the LH.
This instrument has come to us from an adult player and is a commission sale. However the clarinet has just had a complete re-pad in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The stamps read "Buffet LP". In addition the bell is stamped "Carl Fischer New York", Fischer were the agents for Buffet prior to WW1 and with serial number 94J1 this instrument dates to 1914. There are several repaired cracks: The first is an old pinned repair to the upper joint, there is a second surface crack running up from the pillar of the register key. In addition both the bell and barrel have cracks which we have sealed. These repairs are also covered by our warranty, see photos 5 & 10. The German Silver key work is excellent, with a lovely shine, and there is no joint wobble. The instrument tunes at A=440 Hz with all standard French bore modern mouthpieces. The case is a used leather gig bag, in good condition.

 

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83

PRE-WAR, LONDON & PARIS, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£645

 

 

     

A rare Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris, pre-war 1010 clarinet in good condition. The current owner is a young London professional, and this instrument has been played in many of the Capitals' finest orchestras. The London & Paris 1010 model, as the name suggests, was made for B&H in France. The clarinet has matching serial nos. throughout of 1103.
This Bb has key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in wood, which is in overall good condition. However there is one old crack which runs down from the top of the to joint to the speaker key tube, see photo 4. The repair is old and stable, and we have checked it thoroughly in our workshop. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in finest Pisoni Tan Leather pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 years warranty. The case is in fair condition, and the mouthpiece, though not original is of 1010 bore and tunes the clarinet well.

84

GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

£795

An exceptionally rare and fine professional Leblanc Bb Clarinet with 7 rings, automatic dual function Bb hole and speaker tube, and low G/D compensating vent. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner is an British collector.
This Bb has matching serial numbers C 5102, which probably dates to the 1950's. This was the time at which Selmer were also marketing the Centered Tone Omega Bb, wich had a similar mechanism, allowing dedicated tone holes for overblowing and throat Bb. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks and repairs. The German Silver key work is also in very good condition. All pads are fish skin, in fair condition, with the exception of the register key pads which are in cork. 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 Buffet "C" in ebonite. The case is elderly but still fully functional.

511

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET-SOLD

£1495

An excellent condition Buffet R13 A clarinet. This instrument was bought new by a London professional who, as a doubling player, now works mainly in the West End, and finds that her Bb clarinet is sufficient for her show work.
This instrument has had minimal use, the Silver plated key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in very good condition, without cracks or damage. The instrument has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop, with all pads replaced as necessary, as well as touch corks. The key work has been re-aligned and regulated. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The matching serial nos. are 463819 which dates to 2000. The mouthpiece is a brand new stock Buffet. The Orly double case shows some scuffs to the exterior and slight stains to the interior, but zips securely,and protects the clarinet well.

 

512

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET-RESERVED

£1495

A very fine Buffet R13 A clarinet. This instrument has an interesting provenance. It was bought new by Julian Farrell, and carefully selected from many examples. Julian was for many years a member of the English Chamber Orchestra and Clarinet Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This instrument was lent out by Julian Farrell to a student of his at the GSMD. As a "thank you" to him for the loan, she has just had it fully overhauled on returning it.
This instrument has had extremely careful use, the Silver plated key work is very good order throughout, with only minor wear to the ring fingers, mainly in the RH. The wood is in excellent condition, without cracks or damage. The instrument has just been padded in fish skin pads. The clarinet will be maintenance free for many months to come. All pieces are matching and original with Buffet stamps. The supplied barrel is a R13 A Buffet of 65mm. The matching serial nos. are 283356 which dates to 1986. The supplied double case is an Orly in used condition, there are some interior stains, but it still zips up securely.

 

514

NOBLET ARTIST, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU A CLARINET-SOLD

£1245

An extremely rare, very good condition, Noblet Artist, Paris France, Plateau A clarinet. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's foremost professional players amongst our clientele. One such is Pete Ripper, for many years a leading London Sax and clarinet player, and member of the London Saxophone Quartet. This is one of several of his instruments that we will be listing over the next few weeks. This is an entry level professional model Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau.
All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, there are minor surface scuffs and marks, associated with normal use. We have just overhauled the instrument in Pisoni Premium De-luxe fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. . The matching serial nos. are B47800. The double case is "as new". This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

515

LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

A mint condition Leblanc Esprit Bb clarinet. This clarinet was Leblanc's entry level professional wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.65mm. It was descibed by Leblanc as having a darker, and yet more flexible, sound than the slightly cheaper Sonata. It also features a separate post mounting for Ab/Eb. This model plays so well that it easily competes with a modern Buffet R13. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is pristine, with no wear. All pieces are original and having matching stamps. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 81386, and the original, unused, Leblanc Warranty/Guarantee card is included. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS* in very good condition. The case is the Leblanc original, with over the shoulder carry strap, again in excellent condition.

516

BUFFET CRAMPON RC FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1395

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet RC Full Boehm, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrumnet features; fork Eb/Bb, LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# & to low Eb.  Therefore superior to current Prestige specification. Buffet made this clarinet as an alternative to buying a pair, as A clarinet parts could 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 only one tiny patch of wear to the register key, see photo 11. The instrument has recently been overhauled in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads and all are in excellent condition.  The matching serial nos. are F279670 which dates to 1986. This was just about the time of the introduction of the Prestige range. Thus this clarinet was amongst the finest instruments Buffet then made; a special order clarinet. The barrel is a Prestige Bb 65.0mm, which is of the right quality for this instrument and tunes it well with the supplied "as new" stock Buffet m'piece. The original case is well used, with stains and scuffs to the interior but still fully functional.

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517

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     


An excellent 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.
This clarinet is in superb condition for its age, and the wood surface shows few scuffs and marks. The instrument has just been through our workshop for a complete restoration, with new fish skin pads fitted throughout. The wood has been oiled. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are R6488 which dates to 1958.  The supplied case is brand new. The m'piece is a used Riffault N4. in good condition.  

518

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET, FARRELL COLLECTION-RESERVED

£995

 

 

     

A Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner is Julian Farrell, who was for many years a leading London Professional: A member of the English Chamber Orchestra, and Prof. of clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music.
The Silver plate key work is in good order throughout, with wear on the ring fingers commensurate with the use and age of the clarinet. The upper joint has a repaired surface crack through the top trill key hole, but it does not go through to the bore, see photo 6. This crack has been stable for many decades as this Bb was Julian's main instrument. The barrel also has repaired sealed cracks. The instrument has used fish skin pads throughout, all of which are sealing well. The clarinet has been down to our workshop for regualtion and to check for seal. The matching serial nos. are 261635 which dates to 1985. The supplied mouthpiece is a new stock Buffet. The case is of aluminium and in good condition.  

519

BUESCHER BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb -SOLD

£845

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Buescher Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. The Buescher is a re-badged Selmer Bundy, made in the USA. This instrument was bought by a private individual in the USA, and has had very careful use, it is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which is in fine order throughout. The crook and the bell are both in very good condition, with only very light scratches commensurate with little use. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is no wear to the Nickel Silver key work, which is most rare with these Bass clarinets, the plating shows only slight cloudiness, again commensurate with very light use. The Bass has Tan Leather pads throughout in good condition. 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 serial nos. are 83309. The original case is again in very good used condition. The m'piece is an upgrade to a Yamaha 4C in excellent condition. The instrument comes with pull through, reeds and a sling. This is a fine example of an entry level Bass; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.

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520

YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

An excellent condition Yamaha 650 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new by a customer of Clarinets Direct, some 2 years ago. As an adult amateur player she finds this clarinet, though excellent, not to her taste. The clarinet has been played only on a couple of occasions.
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 instrument features an adjustable thumbrest, tapered and undercut tone holes, Silver plated keywork, and a voicing groove to the neck of the bell. The clarinet has just been re-padded in fish skin pads throughout, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct warranty. The supplied m'piece is an unused Yamaha 4C. The case is in good condition, though there are a few exterior marks.

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521

BUFFET CRAMPON R13 A CLARINET -RESERVED

£1295

 

 

     

An extremely rare and fine Buffet R13 A, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been most recently owned by a Music Graduate of Oxford, who has just completed a further year of study at the Royal Academy of Music. The instrument has 7 rings, which enables a fork Eb/Bb fingering in the left hand. The matching serial nos. are F56339 which dates to 1957. At this time the sole UK importers for Buffet clarinets were "Dallas", a London dealer, and their stamp is on the bell, see photo 10. This period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. 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. In fact, this A plays so much better than contemporary R13 A clarinets, which often feel very "stiff": the response is lively, and it is much closer to the feel of a Bb clarinet.
The leather pads are all sealing well, though mostly they are not new. I understand from the vendor that this instrument was last overhauled very recently, and any necessary pads replaced. The wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The German Silver key work shows no wear, only a "patina" commensurate with its age. There is one old solder repair to the register key, see photo 11. The Pro Tech double case in black shows some scuffs to the exterior corners, and wear to the interior, but it is fully serviceable.

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522

MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC OPUS CLARINETS-RESERVED

£3895

 

 

     

This exceptional pair of clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their sole and former owner, is one of Britain's leading professionals, this pair were his main instruments for over a decade as co-Principal clarinet of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These instruments were the finest in the modern Leblanc range and were manufactured until the sale of the Leblanc Paris factory to Buffet, in 2009. They are of polycylindrical bore design at 14.61mm and were designed to be better in tune and more stable than their direct competitor; the Buffet Prestige R13. Leblanc engineering has always been of a high standard and these clarinets feature integral raised and tapered tone holes; Inverted taper bore barrels of the Moennig pattern; 18 keys, i.e. LH Ab/Eb, and unstained hand selected Grenadilla wood. All in all a thoroughly modern design with many novel features. Quite rightly the Opus quickly gained a large following amongst top professional players. This particular pair were hand selected from the distributor, Arbiter, here in London from an entire batch before distribution to UK dealers, they are truly outstanding examples: Demonstrating a near perfectly even scale and exemplary intonation throughout the entire compass.
The Bb has matching serial numbers 71563. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is excellent with no discernable loss to the keys or ring fingers, however there has been some slight loss to the plating on the tenon rings, see photo 6. Both instruments have had a full check by Michael Huntriss prior to sale, with pads and tenon corks replaced as necessary, and all key work regulated. All pads are either Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather, or original Leblanc with reflectors. The A, matching serial numbers 71653, again has no plating loss, but some tarnishing to the tenon rings. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 4 interchangeable barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] of 65.2mm 67.5mm, 63.0mm, and 66.0mm. The mouthpiece is a used Buffet m'piece provided for play testing. The case is the original, which has seen much use, but is in good condition.

523

BUFFET E13L Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

A rare Buffet E13L Bb clarinet, which features a LH Ab/Eb key and is a special order from Buffet Crampon. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is in very good condition with no wear. All pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, with no cracks or damage. The instrument has fish skin pads throughout in excellent condition, it was recently completely overhauled. The matching serial nos. are K109995. The m'piece is an up-grade to a professional Vandoren B40. The Orly case shows some staining to the interior but it zips securely and protects the instrument 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 this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

 

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525

NOBLET ARTIST, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Professional model Artist, Noblet Paris, Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This is not to be confused with the cheaper Model 40 Noblet Eb clarinet, which is a student instrument. Unusually this instrument is in Silver plate, with gold plated springs. Normally the Noblet Artist was supplied in Nickel plate, and the condition of the plating on this example is very good: There is no wear, only a slight area of tarnish to the trill keys, see photo 5. The wood condition overall is pristine, there are NO cracks or repairs. The instrument has had a re-pad in fish skin pads in our workshop. There is no joint wobble, and the regulation is in fine order. The serial nos. are A37831. The m'piece is an up-grade to a new Vandoren B44. The case is also the original, and is in very good condition, it comes with the keys. This is an ideal purchase for a player looking for an inexpensive professional model Eb.  

527

LEBLANC, PARIS, INFINITE Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£995

A near mint condition Leblanc Infinite Bb clarinet. The Leblanc Infinite is virtually identical in specification and design to the Leblanc Concerto: Whereas the Concerto was designed to play firmly down to pitch throughout all registers [aimed primarily at the USA market] the Infinite was designed to play slightly sharper in the altissimo register; perhaps a more traditional European model!
This instrument is one of Leblanc's top professional wooden models, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus and Concerto. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, separate pillar mounted Ab/Eb, and aged Grenadilla wood. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is pristine. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The only reason the instrument is described as "near mint" is that the fish skin pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. The matching serial nos. are 74285. The supplied m'piece is a professional Vandoren B45 13 Profile 88 in ebonite, in new condition. The case is the original, in excellent condition.