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Clarinets Direct was founded a mere 8 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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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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MATCHED PAIR BUFFET R13 CLARINETS

2695

These very good condition R13s are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their one former owner used them through his time as a Music scholar at Charterhouse School. They were selected for him by his teacher, Nicholas Carpenter, clarinettist for the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and LPO. The owner is now a professional Opera singer, and these excellent older R13s are offered again for sale. It is extremely rare to find instruments of this calibre which have had such little use, but fortunately for the pairs' next owner such is the case here. These instruments date from 1984, just prior to the introduction of the R13 Prestige range, and when manufactured they were the most expensive professional instruments in the Buffet range. Both instruments have just been partially overhauled by "Clarinets Direct".
The Bb Clarinet, with matching S/N 261622 is in very good condition. The Grenadilla wood which is unstained, is pristine throughout, no cracks, repairs or damage whatsoever,though the thumb rest has been moved lower, and the original screw holes left unfilled: It could therefore be moved back again if so desired. The Silver plating is very good, with only slight wear to the rear thumb bush and F/C rod barrel: It is 98%. As part of the overhaul several pads have been replaced as has the lower joint tenon cork of the upper joint.
The A clarinet is in excellent condition. The matching S/N's are 254515. The Grenadilla wood and Silver plated key work are both in excellent condition. Again the thumb rest has been moved, in this case slightly higher. the A is supplied with 2 barrels of 63mm and 66mm. The case is a Boosey and Hawkes in good condition. ` The m'piece is a used Portnoy BP3.

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LEBLANC, PARIS, SPIRIT C CLARINET 

1095

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. It also features gold plated springs, in common with the professional models in the Leblanc range. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Nickel Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in Pisoni fish skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are D61228. The supplied m'piece is a Buffet. The case is the original in good condition, and with keys.

 

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PAIR OF HAWKES EXCELSIOR SONOROUS CLARINETS

1395

These are a very rare and fine pair of Hawkes & Co. Excelsior Sonorous Martels. This is the type of clarinet most closely asociated with Reginald Kell who reputedly recorded the Brahms Quintet with the Busch String Quartet at Abbey Road, on a borrowed instrument of the 4000 S/N series. I have been lucky enough recently to play test the pair Reg used and I can confirm that this pair are of comparable quality. The m'piece which tunes this pair well, has no makers stamp but plays very easily with Vandoren 3 or 3.5 reeds. In addition there is an original G. Howarth m'piece supplied but there is damage to the tip rail.
The Bb S/N 4691, has several repaired cracks to the bell, and a sealed crack to the upper joint which does not run through to the bore. All pads are tan leather and sealing well. The plating on the Bb, is I believe, original, i.e. these are the original German Silver keys. This clarinet carries the famous Draper X1 above the rear thumb rest, it probably dates to around 1913.
The A, S/N 1196, has a replacement bell, S/N 2063, but is actually in better overall condition than the Bb. There are no cracks or damage, but the key work has been replated in chrome at some point in the past. All tan leather pads are good, there is no joint wobble. This instrument is early, possibly 1907, and may well predate Draper's involvement with Hawkes.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

4595

 

 

     

This is a fair condition Selmer Contra-Alto Clarinet in Rosewood, to low E. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner is a professional in one of the UK's major orchestras. The Selmer Paris Contra-Alto is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and automatic double overblowing vent for the second register.
All German Silver key work is in excellent condition. There are repaired cracks to both joints. The upper joint has an old "banded" repair to a crack, which runs from the top tenon down through the register speaker key tube. It has also been pinned. The lower joint has a similar crack, which runs from the top of the middle tenon down some 8 cms, it has again been pinned, but does not run into a tone hole. Both repairs are old and stable. The instrument has just had an overhaul by Charles Connolly, ex-MIR, in tan leather pads. The pad seal and regulation are both good. The bell and crook are both in reasonable condition, with minor dings, no serious dents. The crook is sleeved and adjustable. There is a floor peg to the bell, the matching serial nos. are Q889 which dates to 1954. The Selmer case is in good condition. The m'piece is an excellent Selmer Paris C*, and some Rico reeds are also provided.

 

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LEBLANC LL PARIS PROFESSIONAL Eb PICCOLO CLARINET -RESERVED

1295

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc LL  Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. Leblanc Paris were especially well known for the quality of their harmony clarinets. The LL was named after Leon Leblanc, and features a tone which was described as "rich & full bodied". Useful on an Eb clarinet. This model was so successful that it continued in manufacture right up until the Leblanc French factory was bought by Buffet.
The wood condition overall is very good. There are NO cracks or repairs.  This Eb has "as new" fish skin pads throughout and they are sealing well, the key work is also well regulated.  The Nickel Silver plate is fine order throughout and shows no wear. All pieces are matching and stamped "Leblanc". The serial no. is 41210 which may date to 1974 [Leblanc serial no. lists are unreliable].     The original Leblanc case is also in very good condition, the mouthpiece is a lightly used Vandoren 5RV.  

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NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET

995

A very good condition professional Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. The Grenadilla wood is in overall excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. All the main body pieces are in wood, with the exception of the barrel, which is made of resonite. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in fine condition, with only slight spot wear to the main finger touchpieces. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The instrument has been completely stripped down; the wood oiled, key work buffed and polished, all pads replaced with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, springs replaced as necessary, all tenon and touch corks replaced, the mechanism re-aligned and regulated. The clarinet is "as new". All pieces are matching and original, the serial nos. are A83684. The case is elderly but fully functional, the mouthpiece is a student model in good condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

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NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, MODEL 45 Eb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION

795

 

 

     

This is a near mint condition entry-level Professional model 45 Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This is not the cheaper Noblet 40 Eb clarinet which is often mis-sold as a professional Eb. It was bought new from Michael White's in North Ealing, 4 years ago, and has had minimal use. The current owner has up-graded to a Boosey & Hawkes Imperial Eb. The reason it can only be described as "near mint" is a slight general "cloudiness" to the Nickel silver plating, which has developed only because of lack of use: The instrument has just been stored in the case.
The wood condition is perfect, There are NO cracks or repairs. The stamps are as new. This Eb has the original factory fitted double bladder fish skin pads, all are sealing well, and there should be no need to replace any in the immediate future. There supplied m'piece is an original Leblanc, in pristine condition. The case is the original Leblanc in excellent condition.

 

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LUIS ROSSI ENGLISH BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

2795

This is an excellent Luis Rossi English model clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct: With a 15.2mm bore these clarinets are based on a late pair of pre-war 1010 clarinets and are ideal for those players seeking to emulate the playing style of classic older British players, i.e. Jack Brymer, Gervase dePeyer. However they represent a considerable step forward in tuning over the original 1010. Luis Rossi long ago moved away from the traditional B&H concept that the 1010 bore should be basically a cylinder at 15.2mm, including the bore of the mouthpiece. Luis therefore uses a new modern acoustic design which includes a large reverse cone at the top of the upper joint, and a clever register key, with fully automatic Bb booster, to ensure that his wide bore design has world leading intonation and evenness.
This instrument is in very good condition, with white leather pads throughout. The wood is in superb condition, but there is one old filled small surface crack, which runs from the top tenon down to the first pillar on the upper joint, which is for the register key, see photo 5. The silver plating is in excellent condition throughout with no wear. There are two supplied barrels of 65.5mm and 69.5mm. Like all Rossi clarinets the instrument is in a single piece which allows the C#/G# hole to be correctly placed. The original wooden tenon guards are also included, and the single piece modern case with carry strap is in very good condition.

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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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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

1195

An excellent Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has matching serial nos. 147863, which dates to 1974. This was just prior to the launch of the RC, in 1975, and at this time the R13 was the finest model in the Buffet catologue. Consequently R13s from this period, the so called "Golden Era", are particularly prized.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has been recently re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and all are in "as new" condition. The regulation is excellent, the clarinet has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" prior to sale. There is no joint wobble. The mouthpiece is a used Vandoren 5RV in good condition. The case is a Selmer, in brown leather, there are some stains and scuffs to the interior, but the exterior condition is good, and the case is in remarkably fine shape for its age.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF TRIEBERT PLATEAU CLARINETS

2395

 

 

     

These superb and ultra rare plateau Boehm system clarinets were made by Triebert, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. At one time Triebert were considered to make the Worlds' finest oboes, but they also had a long and distinguished history of clarinet manufacture. In 1849 they patented a "clarinette multiphonique" which was a combination clarinet in the keys of A/Bb/C. By the end of the 19th Century they had been taken over by Couesnon. This pair have a truly remarkable provenance: Having been owned and played professionally by Paul Harvey. Paul suffered some health problems which necessitated switching to plateau instruments, initially he used these before ordering a custom pair of LL Leblanc plateau instruments, which were completed shortly before Leblanc sold their factory to Buffet. This pair have been used for many London sessions, most notably in Sid Sachs National Philharmonic Orchestra.
The design of both instruments is superb. The tone holes have been enlarged, so that there is none of the "stuffiness" which can be found on some other plateau makes. The large tone hole size is very reminiscent of a Selmer plateau C which was sold by ourselves some years ago: That was a similarly free blowing instrument. The Bb, S/N 2057, has some wear to the plating principally on the RH "pinky" keys. Like the A, this clarinet features "mother of pearl" touchpieces on the ring keys, and these are all in excellent condition. The pads throughout are finest Pisoni Tan Leather, again in "as new" condition. There is one old, repaired, pinned crack to the top of the upper joint, it is stable, and it has had absolutley no effect on the useability and response of this instrument. There is also an old solder repair to the register key barrel, see photo 11.
The A, S/N 2063, has had significantly less use than the Bb and is in exemplary condition for its age. There is virtually no wear to the plating, and the Grenadilla wood is in overall excellent shape. There is however, a repair to the top tenon of the barrel, which has been filled with a hardener, but the bore of the barrel has not been affected in anyway. From the look and style of key work, and the fact that both are stamped LP,i.e. A=440, these clarinets were probably made in the late 1920's or early 1930's. The Orly case is in good used condition, and the supplied m'piece is an excellent Morgan RM15.

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BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

2195

 

 

     

This excellent condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument belongs to a busy London professionsl who is pruning his extensive collection of clarinets. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 335379, which dates to 1990. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in perfect condition, with no wear. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original. The case is the original custom Buffet in good condition. The mouthpiece is a new Buffet.  

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE Bb CLARINET

4195

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

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BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

560

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 1033690. Includede is the receipt which shows the instrument was bought new in 2007 by Neath County Music Service for 449 + VAT. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. This clarinet has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The wood throughout is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs. This instrument comes with a brand new Buffet mouthpiece and in the original case.

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GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

845

 

 

     

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 American collector.
This Bb has matching serial numbers 6493, 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, with only one old solder repair to the C#/G# key, see photo 6. All pads are tan leather, again in "as new" condition. This clarinet demonstrates an even and well tuned scale. It competes easily with much more expensive new instruments on the market today. The mouthpiece is a custom Ed Pillinger with a tip opening of 1.1mm and 15 mm length of lay, which plays well with Vandoren 2.5-3 reeds. The case is elderly but still fully functional. .

 

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BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

2195

This extremely fine Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It is a one professional owner instrument, and has been very well cared for. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb, serial no. 511448, has been entirely re-padded by Eddie Ashton in his superpads which are "as new". The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition. The key regulation is very good. The barrel is of 66.0mm and all pieces are matching and original. The case is the original Buffet in good condition.

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

1345

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet S1 enhanced Boehm clarinet in Silver plate. Indeed this special order clarinet from Buffet has all the attributes of a Full Boehm, apart from the low Eb: Fork Eb/Bb, articulated C#/G# and LH, Ab/Eb. 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. F69219, which dates to 1962, an exceptionally fine period of manufacture at Buffet Crampon, commonly referred to as "The Golden Era".   There is only slight wear to the plating, mainly on the rings, the plating is approximately 96%. The clarinet has just been down to our workshop and the key regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface scuffs, there are no cracks or repairs. This clarinet has recently been re-padded in fish skin pads, the condition of which is perfect. 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 hard shell case is in fine shape, and the mouthpiece is a stock Buffet.

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F ARTHUR UEBEL, BASSET HORN in F

4195

This is a rare and unique Basset Horn by F A Uebel of a pattern which is much like todays more recent designs by Buffet and Leblanc. Previously Clarinets Direct had always understood that F A Uebel made Basset Horns only of the small bore type, i.e. basically as extended clarinets. These featured clarinet size mouthpieces slightly bored out to suit the extended range and compass of an F Basset Horn. F A Uebel was acknowledged as one of the finest Basset horn makers in the world, and, in fact, supplied Basset Horns to the clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This instrument then is of a completely different type; in that it features a mouthpiece of 97mm length which takes Bb clarinet reeds. The bore, at 17mm is also similar to modern Alto clarinet bore. The stamp reads " F A Uebel, Marknuekirchen" and "B & S".
This instrument is in superb condition: NO cracks, or damage, with pristine silver plated key work throughout. There are a few slight marks to the outer edge of the bottom tenon of the lowest tenon, apart from this the wood condition is perfect. The mechanism is enhanced Boehm, with an automatic register key, which features a dedicated Bb tone hole and overblowing vent. The instrument is also part plateau. The range is to low C, with compensating open tone hole on the bell. The three lower pitches are fingered using the standard Uebel triangle formation underneath the thumb rest. The design is beautifully simple and ideally weighted. The Basset Horn features, a grub screw into most pillars to stop lateral movement and poor regulation, the build quality and workmanship are much superior to contemporary mass manufacture. The Basset Horn has recently been entirely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads which are all as new. Interestingly the instrument is stamped "Made in Germany", therefore it is possible that this Basset Horn was made prior to the partition of East and West Germany i.e. before 1949. The matching serial nos. are 900-57631 This instrument will play perfectly out of the box. A comparable Selmer retails today new for 9700. The original m'piece and case are in excellent condition. In addition a pristine custom made Edward Pillinger mouthpiece ebonite copy of the original is supplied with a facing similar to a Vandoren B40.

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YAMAHA CX CUSTOM PAIR OF CLARINETS

1995

An excellent pair of Yamaha CX Custom clarinets, which are a commission sale for CD. Their former, and sole, owner used them throughout her time as a student and later reading Music at Oxford University. Both clarinets are in excellent condition, they have been well maintained.
The Bb, S/N 004135 has no cracks or damage to the wood. The Silver plated key work is also pristine throughout, and in perfect regulation. All fish skin pads are sealing well. All touch and tenon corks are good. There is no joint wobble. The A S/N 04135 is in superb condition, having had very little use from new. All pads are fish skin in good condition. The wood and silver plate keywork are pristine. The m'piece is an upgrade to a Vandoren in 2 tone "swirled" ebonite, which is in excellent shape; no damage to tip, rails or beak. The Orly double case is also in good condition.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS

2495

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare pair of superb condition early Buffet clarinets. 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 pair, with excellent intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. The drawbacks are flatter notes on low E and F, but to some extent this is corrected by the fact that, at this period, Buffet reamed the neck of the bell, continuing the flare of the lower joint: this does result in exceptionally even response across into the second register, a pity this is no longer standard practise.
The Bb has serial number 500L dating to 1898. It is in very good condition, and amazingly has no cracks. The wood shows some surface scratches and marks, but for a clarinet of this age, it is in remarkable condition. Both instruments have recently been entirely re-padded with cork on the upper joints and double bladder fish skin pads on the lower. The excellent quality key work is mainly of German Silver, though some of the key barrels are actually solid silver. The stamps read "Buffet Brevette SGDG". All pieces are matching and original. The key regulation is excellent and there is no joint wobble. There are 2 mouthpieces, one is a brand new Edward Pillinger copy of an original Carl Fischer Buffet m'piece. The original lay, accurately copied, is 0.98mm by 17.5mm. The other is an original Buffet wooden m'piece of the period.
A, S/N 84J, dates to 1896. Is is in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks or repairs to the wood, the surface condition is superb. The instrument has abviously had very little use. The keywork is also pristine. The pitch is exactly A=440 Hz. The case is the original Buffet, in good condition, and it still latches perfectly!  

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MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC CONCERTO CLARINETS

2245

 

 

     

This very fine pair of instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Leblanc Concerto was one of many new designs launched when control of Leblanc Paris passed from the French to the American side of the Leblanc corporation. Tom Ridenour was the main designer. The instruments feature improved intonation and a "darker" sound quality, and were designed to take on the dominance of the Buffet R13 and RC. Like the Buffet instruments the bore is polycylindrical, but fractionally smaller at 14.61mm, and also with a register key tube higher than on the R13. The Leblanc Opus and Concerto were the flagship models of the new line up, with the Concerto described by Leblanc as having a more lyrical tone quality than the Opus.
The Bb, S/N 77557 has seen more use than the A: The Silver plating overall is excellent, and there is no damage or cracks to the wood, which is aged Grenadilla. All pads are white leather in good used condition. Both instruments have had a full check up in our workshop prior to sale. The, A S/N 77730, is in mint condition, all stamps are bright. It has seen hardly any use, the pad condition is excellent, and the plating pristine. The wood overall is very fine, there is, however, a tight hairline crack to the bell, so fine it cannot be photographed: The crack is airtight and has no effect on the response. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 3 interchangeable barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] one of 66mm and two of 65mm. There is no mouthpiece but Clarinets Direct is happy to provide either a student model or professional model at additional cost. The case is the original Leblanc, in excellent condition.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

1195

A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout. The Grenadilla wood is in nice condition, no cracks or repairs just surface scuffs and marks, consistent with careful use. The last owner, a younger player, had the thumb rest moved lower by John Coppen, and the original screwholes have been left unfilled, see photo 10. John Coppen also re-padded the instrument with his version of superpads, which are well known for their longevity. The matching serial nos. are 47815 which dates to 1954. 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  more details The case is the original, worn, but fully functional The mouthpiece is a Selmer C85 115.

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D NOBLET, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

545

 

 

     

This is an older professional Daniel Noblet Bb clarinet, with the older logo: The "D" and "N" are intertwined. The German silver key work is excellent throughout, not plated and with no wear. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full year's Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. All parts of the instrument are made from Grenadilla wood, unlike some more recent Noblets, which were made with plastic barrels and bells, as a cost saving exercise. The matching serial nos. are 6793. This instrument probably dates to the late 1950's or early 1960's. The case is in good condition, and the m'piece is an "AAA" in ebonite.

 

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BUFFET FESTIVAL A CLARINET

2195

 

 

     

This Buffet Festival A clarinet is in near mint condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument has been professionally owned and played, it has been extremely well cared for. 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 A has matching serial nos. 347796. 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 fish skin pads throughout in excellent condition. The supplied barrel measures 66.0mm. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a brand new Vandoren B45. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in excellent condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET

1395

 

 

     

A fair condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed clarinets worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.4mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French instruments sold today.
The original, and sole former owner of this instrument, has had Eddie Ashton superpads fitted throughout, which are sealing well. He also had Ashton remove the alternative Eb/Ab LH lever, and modify the pin linkage mechanism at the bottom of the LH F#/C# LH lever, see photo 9. All Silver plate is in good condition, and indeed the look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. In addition to the modifications to the key work, the instrument also has repairs to the Grenadilla wood. The upper joint has been pinned several times in the past, there are 8 different points on the wood surface where filler has been applied, which would indicate 4 pins in total. In addition, there are 4 surface cracks to the upper joint: One into the first trill key hole, one midway between this and another which runs into the speaker tube, and another which runs into and through the right hand register key pillar, see photo 11. Apart from this last crack, all the others have been filled. The instrument has been down to the Clarinets Direct workshop for a thorough "check down". All crack repairs are sealing well, and the touch corks, and regualtion have been attended to as necessary. The supplied Selmer barrels measure 62.5 mm & 64.5mm. The 62.5mm barrel has also cracked and been filled. The matching serial numbers are D1134, which dates to 1984. The supplied m'piece is an ebonite Leblanc, and the case is a brand new Venus.

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27

SELMER SERIES 10 Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION

675

 

 

     

An extremely fine Selmer Series 10 Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.  The Selmer Series 10 was the first of the narrow bore, heavily undercut Selmer clarinets which owed much of their design ethos to the Buffet R13. The basic 10 was to some extent the "Cinderella" of the 10 Series. Both the 10G and 10S were ultimately more successful designs for Selmer. However the Series 10 is a superbly made professional model by one of the World's most respected volume manufacturers, and the instruments represent excellent value for money.

This Bb, S/N Y8734, dating to 1975, has wood and Nickel Silver plate in very good condition. All pieces are matching and original with Selmer 10 stamps. The clarinet has just had a full re-pad in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads and is sold with our full 1 year Clarinets Direct warranty.  The case is an older Leblanc in good condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Selmer HS**.

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LAFLEUR ARTIST, LONDON & PARIS A CLARINET

745

 

 

     

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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29

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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30

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

1095

 

 

     

A nice condition vintage Buffet R13. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout,and exhibits a good shine. The Grenadilla wood shows light surface scuffs and marks, and there is a minor chip to the bottom tenon of the upper joint, see photo 4, which has no effect on the response. In addition the bell has two tight cracks, see photos 9 & 10. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 44148 which dates to 1953. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold  standard  of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com  for more details. The case is a brand new "Stagg" [not pictured]. The mouthpiece is a Mitchell Lurie M4.

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SELMER, PARIS, FULL BOEHM PICCOLO Eb CLARINET

2245

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest professional players amongst our clientele. The former owner of this ultra rare instrument, is one such. This is a good condition Selmer Paris professional Eb Clarinet, Full Boehm model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer Eb clarinets are probably the most popular choice amongst professional players worldwide due to their fine ergonomics and excellent intonation.
The main body of the wood shows no cracks or damage, with only minor scuffs and scratches. However the bell has two repaired sealed cracks, and in addition, perhaps due to the repair work there are some marks to the top of the bell tenon, see photo 12. The Nickel Silver plate shows some wear, mostly to the rings and the throat A & G# keys The S/N is A4228 which dates to 1981. The instrument has just been fully overhauled by Mike Huntriss in tan leather pads. The key work, which is complex and regulation are all in excellent order. There are two supplied barrels of 44.5mm and 46.5mm. The case is the original, which latches and protects the insrument well.

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     32   BUFFET CRAMPON R13 CUSTOM PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET,-RESERVED          2195
This extremely rare and unique custom order Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It belonged to the late Tommy Whittle, one of the UK's finest Tenor Sax players, and has been very well cared for. Tommy told me that this was a "special order" instrument direct from Buffet. He specified the articulated C#/G# key because of the similarities to the mechanism on the sax. After the 1981 take over by Boosey and Hawkes, the Prestige range represented an attempt by Buffet to recapture former high manufacturing and quality control standards. To that end the Prestige clarinet went back to the earlier specification: Unstained, hand selected Grenadilla wood was used, and more time was spent on hand finishing the instrument. In addition an additional Eb/Ab lever for the LH was fitted.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 318985, which dates to 1989. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with only minor spot wear to the register key, see photo 11. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key regulation is very good. The 2 barrels are of 66.0mm and 65.0mm All pieces are matching and original. The case is the original custom Buffet in good condition. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren 4V.

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SELMER BUNDY CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

1345

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Contra-Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. This is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct and the curent owner has taken good care of this instrument. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook is in excellent condition, and the bell has only a few light scratches. There is only slight plating loss; the Nickel Silver plating is around 95%. The instrument plays well, and the pads which are tan leather are "as new". The key work is well regulated and The serial nos. are 6062. The used case protects the instrument well, and the interior is in good condition for its age. The exterior had originally 3 latches, of which 2 have failed, so a further 2 have been fitted,making a total of 5. However for extra security a stout leather belt is provided, to make sure the case remains closed safely. The m'piece is a used Selmer Bundy 3 in good condition. There are also 2 reeds, a "Legere" and a Vandoren.

     34   CONN, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET          595
This is a good condition Conn, Alto Clarinet in ebonite to low Eb. Most likely this was made as a top model: Not only does it feature a LH Ab/Eb, but also a compensating G/D hole. Both of these are consistent with a professional model, as was the use of ebonite in the manufacture of older superior quality clarinets. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, as the current owner has traded up to a wooden Noblet Alto.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout with only slight wear, though it would benefit from a good buffing and polish. The bell has a few minor dings but no dents, and slight flattening to the base. The crook is in good condition and shows no damage. The ebonite is in fine condition with no cracks or repairs, though it shows slight discolouration throughout. The Alto has just been given a thorough "check down" in our workshop, the pads though elderly are all sealing well. The instrument is in good regulation throughout, and all touch corks have been replaced as necessary. The matching serial nos. are M24575. The case is a modern brand new example. The m'piece is a rare superb Lelandais, in excellent condition.

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NOBLET ARTIST, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

845

 

 

     

This is a very fine condition Professional model Artist Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which has been professionally owned and played, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct.
The wood condition overall is perfect, there are NO cracks or repairs. The stamps are as new. The pads, which are fish skin, are not new, but are all sealing well. The Nickel silver plating is in very fine order throughout, with only slight wear to the low Eb/Ab and F/C RH touchpieces, see photo 7. There supplied m'piece is an original Noblet, in good condition, as is the case.  

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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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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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SELMER PARIS MARK VI BARITONE SAX     

5995

This is a good condition Selmer Baritone Sax, to low Bb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Baritone is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and the Mark V1 is considered the epitome of Selmer's production. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in London, with the current owner, John Sands, having used it for several years, having bought it from the original owner, Peter Ripper, who had it new.
The Baritone has serial nos 59097, which makes it an early 1955 model, these "darker" sounding early Mark VI's are generally considered the finest. The original lacquer shows normal wear, as seen in the photographs, principally to the crook, and rear. There are no dents, only one slight "ding" which was difficult to photograph, see photo 8. This ocurred on a Gig at the Imperial War Museum in London, when John had a brief moment of contact with a cannon! The key work is in excellent condition, John has attached a piece of cork to the "B" touchpiece to facilitate contact with the Bb button, this could easily be removed. This instrument has tan leather pads throughout, which whilst used, are sealing well. The regulation is good. There is a stand, and gig bag also included in the sale. The original case is in good used condition, with some tape repairs to the exterior. The m'piece is a used Yamaha 5C.

 

     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 supplied m'piece is a used Vandoren 5RV in ebonite. The case is elderly but in very good condition.
     40   LEBLANC SYMPHONIE 3 Bb CLARINET          795
The Symphonie 3 clarinet was a professional model offered by Leblanc in the 1960's, which gradually evolved into the L7 series of the 1970's. The bore is of medium large size at 15.0mm, which matches the Leblanc Pete Fountain & Dynamic H models. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, it is has come from the collection of a fastidious American, his instruments are always offered for sale in excellent condition.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 11355, which probably dates to the early 1960's The German Silver key work is in excellent condition, likewise the wood which shows no cracks or repairs. The instrument has good condition fish skin pads, and cork on the register key, first 2 trill keys and C#/G# key. We have just checked over the instrument thoroughly in our workshop, with all regulation and touch corks attended to as necessary. The case is a more modern Leblanc example in very good condition.

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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 very good condition. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 20525, which probably dates to the late 1960's. The Silver plate is in very good condition, with only slight wear to the low F#/C# & Ab/Eb keys, the plating is about 98%, see photo 7. 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 the original Leblanc, in good condition, though there is a slight tear to the fabric on the case handle. The mouthpiece is an ebonite Leblanc 2L.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, METAL Bb CLARINET

1395

 

 

     

This is an early modern logo Selmer professional metal Bb clarinet. In a Selmer Paris brochure dating from the 1920's I read with interest that 3 different types of material were used in the making of their instruments: Grenadilla wood instruments were the cheapest, followed by ebonite clarinets, whereas the most expensive, by some margin, were their metal instruments. The logo is of the modern Selmer type, yet this clarinet has matching 1728 serial numbers. I have long suspected that websites which attempt to date early Selmer serial nos. are, at best, very approximate. All of this point to a late 1920's or early 1930's instrument.
This clarinet is in excellent condition for its age: All pieces are matching and original. Even the mouthpiece is an original "Henri Selmer" signature with a "B" facing. The intonation and response are excellent, exactly as stated on the barrel; "B=440". The Silver plating to the body does show some surface pitting and discolouration, as does the table of the m'piece, however this clarinet is over 80 years old. The plating on the keys is largely free from wear. The mouthpiece plays very well with a medium strength reed. The bore is large, at 15.3mm, much larger than the bore of contemporary wooden clarinets made by Selmer. This clarinet would be ideal for out door or jazz use, the tone is big and flexible. We have just completely overhauled the clarinet in Pisoni fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is used but in good condition.

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43

LEBLANC,VITO, CONTRABASS BBb CLARINET 

2195

This is a Vito BBb Contrabass clarinet, model 7182, range to low Eb. The instrument is made from Resotone plastic, with a wood effect finish. It has a key lay out ideal for the beginning contrabass player. The design has a double register key, and also features balanced key action. The bore is 30mm & the S/N 5639B. The Nickel plated keywork is in very good condition throughout. We have just overhauled the Contra, in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, and it is sold with our full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty. There was a crack to the lower joint which we have filled, sealed, pinned, and lined internally, to make sure the repair is absolutely airtight and secure, [ see photo 10]. There are two supplied mouthpieces, an ebonite Leblanc professional model, and a Woodwind co. model as originally supplied with this Contra. The original case is also in good used condition, the latches are all sound, as is the interior finish, however there are some tears to the outer case covering fabric.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS LONDON CLARINETS

2295

 

 

     


These are an exceptionally rare and fine pair of Louis early English clarinets. 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. These instruments are a one owner pair, their former owner was a London professional who owned this pair 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.
These instruments are in excellent condition, for clarinets made in the 1920's. Clarinets Direct have just entirely re-padded the instruments in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads, and the clarinets are sold with our full 1 year warranty. 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, 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 bells which are both 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 a lovely even scale across the break. Both instruments features an ebonite "bushed" C/G hole: I have several theories concerning this. 1. The hole may have been moved at the request of the original owner, certainly on both clarinets the thumb rests have been repositioned slightly lower, and the the wood surface filled with shellac, see photo 10. 2. The clarinets 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 the original and it has been relayed to 1.1mm by 17mm. With a bores of 14.65mm for the Bb and 14.75mm for the A this pair will work well with any modern French bore mouthpiece. In fact these bore dimensions are exactly the same as for a Buffet R13 pair. A box of original, used Louis reeds is also included. The case is a brand new Backun Leblanc double pouchette with pouches and carry strap.  

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BUFFET R13 VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

1195

 

 

     

A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument comes from the collection of a fastidious collector, the instrument is in outstanding condition. The German Silver key work is pristine throughout. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has been recently re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish skin Pads, and all are in "as new" condition. The matching serial nos. are 48969 which dates to 1955. This is one of the first R13s made, and when one plays it and appreciates the excellent intonation, sound and response, it is easy to see why this model began to dominate the market, as the preferred choice of all serious clarinetists. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. The case is the original Buffet, in black leather, there are some stains and scuffs to the interior, but the exterior condition is good, and the case is in remarkably fine shape for its age.

46

KOHLERT SIMPLE SYSTEM Bb CLARINET 

495

An exceptionally rare Kohlert Simple System Clarinet with key mechansim for throat G# and A key as normally found on the Boehm system. After the end of the 2nd World War, the Czech firm Kohlert split into two, a small subsiduary which manufactured in the West Germany, whilst the main body of the firm remained behind the Iron Curtain, and eventually manufactured student quality instruments; some of which were badged "Corton" and sold by Boosey and Hawkes. This superior quality instrument was probably made by the "German" Kohlert and the bell is stamped with the name of the German music shop which presumably ordered the clarinet, " Musik Rollin Zug".
The clarinet has been the subject of a complete restoration by one of the UK's leading clarinet specialist designers and repairers. All pads are new finest Pisoni White Leather. The barrel, which is a Noblet, has been reamed to match the bore which is 15.2mm. All key work and corks are in exemplary condition, the instrument is in Pristine condition, and plays very well in tune at A=440. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent order throuighout, though the bell is in ebonite. The serial nos. are 1677. The clarinet features a moderately large bottom flare and would suit a jazz player, or clarinettist looking for a quality Simple System clarinet. The supplied m'piece is a Boosey and Hawkes 8-10.

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926, Bb CLARINET

525

 

 

     

An extremely rare B&H 926 Bb, in ebonite. The Imperial 926 was manufactured to the same standard as the Imperial Symphony 1010, both top of the range professional quality instruments. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been well maintained, with servicing carried out by Graham de Vere White. The instrument is lighter than a Grenadilla wood example, and has an exceptionally free and lively tone.
The instrument has tan leather pads which, whilst not new, are sealing well. The bore and body are excellent with no cracks, damage or wear, only slight surface marks. The Nickel plate is showing some wear to both rings and touch pieces, but the key work is in very good shape. There is no wobble or slackness in the regulation. I can just make out a serial no. which is 150509, which dates to approximately 1957. The white acrylic B & H m'piece is in good condition. The case is old, and original, it still functions well.

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48

SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

995

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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SELMER, PARIS, PICCOLO Eb CLARINET

1495

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Paris professional Eb Clarinet, enhanced Boehm, with articulated C#/G# and fork Eb/Bb. Selmer Eb clarinets are probably the most popular choice amongst professional players worldwide due to their fine ergonomics and excellent intonation.
The main body of the wood shows no cracks or damage, with only minor scuffs and scratches. We have just fully overhauled the instrument in double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition and shows hardly any wear. The third tone hole has been re-bushed in metal. I do not know if this was as the instrument wass made, or later work: I have seen similar work on early Buffet Eb clarinets, therefore it may well be original. The S/N is K5776, and this, with the early modern logo dates the instrument to the 1930's. The key work, which is complex, and regulation are all in excellent order. The case is brand new, and the m'piece a good condition used Selmer B*.  

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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.  

51

MATCHED G RUDOLF UEBEL PAIR OF CLARINETS     

1195

These are a rare and interesting pair of G Rudold Uebel handmade clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Though Boehm system clarinets, with a compensating G/D vent on both, there are some subtle design differences in these instruments as compared to those made by the mainstream French manufacturers, and these combine to contribute to a tone which has has a lovely warmth and focus, a quintessential German sound. The last owner, an amateur player, has used them successfully for many years as a pair.
The Bb is probably an earlier instrument than the A. The stamp is different, in that the country of manufacture is given as the "DDR", rather than "Germany" on the A. The rest of the stamp reads: " Wohlhausen [Vogtland]". The pressed steel type of keywork shows no plating wear, it is in excellent order throughout, Note also the quality of a tiny "grub screw" set into every pillar to stop movement within the mechanism. The Bb also features Uebel's earlier arrangement of the throat A and G# holes. Note how each note issues from its own dedicated tone hole, not sharing tone holes, as on standard Boehms: This all helps in achieving that German ideal of a pure tone. Along with the already mentioned compensating vent on the lower joint, there is also a wraparound register key. The Bb also has no bell ring, again unlike the A. All pads are in excellent condition. The wood throughout is in very good order, there is a repaired crack to the bell, see photo 8. In addition Alan Andrews, has just pinned a small crack to the top joint, which was running into the register key hole. This, of course, has a metal speaker pipe, so the integrity of the hole is in no way compromised by the crack. Nevertheless Alan has just come up with a unique way of pinning: He uses a computer generated model to accurately plot the course of the pins, which are custom designed to be self tapping and need only one entry hole. This technique represents a major advance over more traditional methods. So good is the repair, that I could not see it to photograph it. The matching serial nos. on the Bb are 2-75331.
The A is probably of later manufacture, though it plays in an extremely similar way to the Bb. The key layout is entirely standard Boehm except for the compensating G/D vent. All the plating is in pristine condition. All the pads and corks are also in good condition. There are no cracks or rpairs to the wood of the A, which is in very good order throughout. Both instruments have had adjustable thumb rests fitted. The matching serial nos. on the A are 651834. The two single cases provided are in good order. The instruments tune and respond excellently with standard Vandoren m'pieces. Unlike the modern Uebel range which is marketed as of "above average" student quality, these instruments were made as professional handmade models. For the player unwilling to learn the Oehler system they do offer an easier alternative to achieving a more traditional "German" sound. .

 

     52   IMPROVED LONDON Eb CLARINET          795
This is a superb condition boxwood and ivory Eb Piccolo Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. An 8 key clarinet had been invented as early as 1791 by Hoth of Berlin, but it is likely that this instrument is much later, even as late as early Victorian, however the condition makes this hard to believe. The "New Langwell Index" makes mention of a "London" maker active in the latter half of the 18th Century.
The wood condition overall is perfect, there are NO cracks or repairs. The stamps are as new. The pads, which are white leather on felt, are not new, but are all sealing well. This instrument was restored by one of the UK's leading repairers with over fifty years experience. The Brass keys show some discolouration, but function as they should. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has the original Grenadilla wood mouthpiece which takes cut down modern Eb reeds. The pitch is slightly higher than A=440, about A=442, but with the barrel pulled the Eb can be played comfortably at A=440. There supplied case is in good condition, and latches well.

53

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL, Eb PICCOLO CLARINET

1695

This is a good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. The Silver plated key work shows little wear, the plating is very good throughout, with the exception of the thumb bush, see photo 10. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in good order throughout, though the wood does have surface marks and scratches consistent with the age of the clarinet. The instrument has just had a full overhaul in the Clarinets Direct workshop, with fish skin pads, & all touch corks replaced and regulation seen to as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The barrel is original and measures, 44.5mm. The original case is well used, but still latches securely. It shows that the instrument was bought from "Dallas of London" who were also the sole importers for Buffet Crampon in the 1950's and early 1960's. In addition to the original m'piece a B&H ebonite example, in good condition, a brand new Pillinger, with facing HH 1.07, is also supplied. This Eb is a top professional model, it plays with an excellent warm tone, and very fine intonation. The serial nos. are 120364 which dates to approximately 1956, sadly this model is no longer made.

 

54

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 A CLARINET

645

 

 

     

This Imperial 926 A Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been professionally owned and well maintained; the condition is very good. 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.
The A, serial no. 250471, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all the tan leather pads and corks. The thumb rest has been moved higher in the past and the screw holes have been left unfilled, therefore if the next owner wished to move it back to the original position[s] this would be straightforward. The supplied m'piece is an excellent condition original B&H 926 No. 2. The case is an Ortola, with zip and pouches.  

55

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES EMPEROR CLARINETS

895

 

 

     


A near mint condition pair of B&H Emperors which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have been completely restored. The restoration included reaming the bore to correct Imperial 926 dimensions, and further under cutting and tuning work. In addition all of the pads have been replaced, with Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan leather pads. The result is a pair of Emperors playing as well as, or better than, the class above, i.e. a Imperial 926's. The Nickel Silver plate is pristine, as is the Grenadilla wood. All pieces are matching and stamped " Boosey & Hawkes". The Bb has matching serial nos. N154900, and the A matching serial nos. N163435, both date to the late 1950's. There are two reconditioned and re-layed mouthpieces, at the correct dimensions for the old B&H No.2: One is a professional 926 in ebonite, the other a 593. The case is a modern Buffet Prestige model in excellent condition, though one of the combination latches has failed and been replaced with a standard hinged latch.  

56

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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57

BUESCHER ALTO CLARINET

495

 

 

     

This is a nice condition Buescher Alto Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets direct, the owner having just up-graded to a Noblet Alto. There are no cracks or damage to the body; minor surface scratches and marks only. The crook is in excellent condition with no dings or scratches. The bell is also in good condition, it has only the slightest flattening to the base, and also light scratches where it comes into contact with the low E/B rod, the usual place to find scratches! There is only slight plating loss to some of the Nickel Silver ring finger touchpieces; the plating is around 95%. The Alto has Pisoni Premium Deluxe leather pads throughout in good condition. The instrument has just had a thorough "check down" in our workshop with pads replaced as necessary, and the key work re-aligned and regulated. The serial nos. are 21745. The case is used, but with a good interior and exterior: All latches function well. The m'piece is a Yamaha 4C in excellent condition. It works well with a Vandoren No. 2 or Rico 2.5 reed. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer Bundy design, as the Buescher is just a re-badged Selmer, it plays easily and is an ideal first Alto clarinet purchase. The last former owner was a professional, and has maintained the instrument well.  

58

NOBLET, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare Noblet Artist Full Boehm Bb clarinet. The Artist is the top of the range Noblet, an entry level professional model, unlike the cheaper 40/45 range. The instrument was part of the David Hamilton collection. David was a renowned teacher, and one time Head of Wind for Surrey County Music Service. His former pupils, many of whom are now professionals, included Michael Collins, Fiona Cross, and Ian Peters. The Nickel silver key work is excellent throughout, with minimal wear. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. The thumb rest has been moved slightly upwards and replaced with a sling hook model. The 2 screw holes have been filled, see photo 8. All parts of the instrument are made from Grenadilla wood, unlike some more recent Noblets, which were made with plastic barrels and bells, as a cost saving exercise. The barrel is a more recent Noblet replacement. The matching serial nos. are B68728. This instrument probably dates to the late 1970's. The case is the original in good condition, and features the supplying dealers plate.  

59

NOBLET PARIS ARTIST A CLARINET

645

 

 

     

This is a Noblet Artist A Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in very good condition, and it has been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct: Finest Pisoni fish skin pads have been fitted throughout, the key work polished, and all tenon and touch corks replaced. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Noblet Artist was the top of the range Noblet model, with a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, it will pair nicely with any other mainstream manufacturers French bore Bb, i.e. Buffet, Selmer, Leblanc and Yamaha.
This A, serial no. 44048, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in very good condition with no discernable wear. . This clarinet was made entirely from Grenadilla wood, including the barrel, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order. The supplied m'piece is stamped AAA. The case is in good condition, the interior lining is worn, but all latches still close the case securely.  

60

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET

545

 

 

     

NB THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb IS FOR SALE IN SINGLE CASE FOR 545.00 This matched pair of Imperial 926 Clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair were one of the last 926 Imperial pairs to be made by Boosey and Hawkes. The 926 Imperial was B & H's top professional model, alongside the larger bore 1010. The pair have been down to our workshop for a thorough check down and regulation prior to sale.
The Bb has serial no. 531747 dating to 1981, and has Silver plate in good condition. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. The pads throughout are fish skin, worn, but still sealing well.
The A, serial no. 504363 dating to 1980, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, like the Bb the pads are not new, but sealing well. There are 2 barrels of 66.4mm, & 66.8mm. Unlike Buffet clarinets, the barrels on B&H clarinets are interchangeable between the Bb and A. The supplied m'piece is an original Boosey &Hawkes 926 No. 2. The case is also original, it still latches and protects the pair well.  

61

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

495

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

62

SELMER  PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

495

 

 

     

A nice condition Selmer 7 ring Bb clarinet, of the old logo dating to the mid 1920's.  The German Silver key work is in very good condition and  all pieces are stamped Selmer. The wood is in overall good condition for an instrument of this vintage, with minor surface marks and scratches, no major cracks or repairs. The clarinet has been  just completely re-padded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Pads & is in excellent playing order. The matching serial nos. are 5309. There are some thread repairs to the tenon corks, but all touch corks are fine  The supplied m'piece is a Selmer HS*, and the case is also in  good used condition.

63

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET/PLAYFAIR CUSTOM CLARINETS

1995

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare pair of custom Buffet 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 were heavily customised by John over a period of several years. John had met Hans Moennig in the USA and to some extent the work owes something to Moennig's own adaptation of the Buffet R13 A.
The Bb started life as a BC20 with serial number F217159 dating to 1982. The bore has been enlarged to 15.0mm, with the register key tube re-positioned. The upper joint has been altered to 4 rings, with a new tone hole insert in ebonite for LH3. LH2 tone hole has been redesigned with an upward slant, and the pad in between LH1 and LH2 has been rebushed. This is to enable a good Ab/Bb trill in the 2nd register when trilling LH2. As a result of this work, the correspondence linkage from the top joint has had to be lengthened.
The lower joint has been lengthened at the top tenon, and the bottom of the joint shortened. In effect, therefore, all the tone holes have been moved downwards by approximately 2mm. The lower joint flare has also been enlarged. The twelfths are thus much improved over a standard Buffet BC20. The tenon rings have been re-made, and 2 custom enlarged bore barrels are provided of 66 and 67mm length. The wood and fish skin pads are all in excellent condition. Both instruments have had a "thorough check" down in our workshop prior to sale.
The A, a C12 Conservatoire model with S/N 266037, dates to 1986. Like the Bb the bore hs been enlarged, in this case to 14.85mm. The bottom of the lower joint has been shortened, but the work necessary to tune this clarinet to John Playfair's standards was less than that on the Bb. Like the Bb the mechanism has been altered to 7 rings, with exactly similar work to LH1, 2, and 3. The bell of the A has had the interior reduced, it appears to have been filled with shellac. The pair play with standard Vandoren mouthpieces but the response is much more "English". The tone is full and round, these instruments would suit perfectly a professional, who though obliged to play instruments with a Buffet stamp, was in fact at heart a Boosey and Hawkes enthusiast!

64

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.

65

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.

66

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.

 

451

BUFFET VINTAGE COCUS WOOD CLARINET in Bb-RESERVED

695

 

 

     

A rare early Buffet Bb clarinet, serial number 208L1, which dates to 1918. 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 wrap-around register key.
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, indeed there are 2 small interior cracks in the barrel, which do not go completely through the wood, see photo 4. The bell ring has also suffered some damage in the past, it has been glued in place, but the ring does not seat against the rim of the bell tightly. The German Silver key work, with some solid silver barrels, is in overall fine condition. All pieces are matching and original. The mouthpiece is a Leblanc K10M 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. The case is a more modern Buffet example dating to the 1960s in good condition.

466

BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINET in A  -RESERVED

995

A rare early Buffet A clarinet, without serial number. 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 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 a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and came to us from a young woodwind repairman who has prepared this clarinet to a fine standard. Buffet Crampon began to stamp serial numbers on clarinets from about 1885, either this clarinet is earlier than this [which from the key work and bore design is possible] or it is later, but with no serial number. Certainly, given the keywork design, large bore and small flare in the lower joint, this instrument is pre-WW1. The wood shows some surface cracks, scratches and marks, but for a clarinet of this age, it is in good condition. The first crack runs into the first trill key hole, it does not go into the bore, see photo 5. The second crack runs from the upper tenon ring of the lower joint to the first tone hole rim, again it does not go through to the bore or enter the tone hole, see photo 8. The third crack is at some 180 degrees to the 2nd, at the rear of the upper part of the lower joint, again it is a surface crack only, seee photo 10. All cracks have been glued, filled and sealed by the aforementioned owner. He also had the instrument entirely re-plated in Silver, consequently the key work is in exceptional condition for a vintage Buffet. All pads have been replaced with tan leather, apart from the register key, which is in cork. The stamps read "Buffet Brevette SGDG". All pieces are matching and original, excepting the barrel, which is of more modern Buffet type. The key regulation is excellent and there is no joint wobble. The mouthpiece is a Selmer C85 115 in very good condition, which plays the instrument at A=440 Hz. The case is brand new Buffet Prestige, in black leather, with warranty card and lock instruction manual.

468

MATCHED PAIR OF LEBLANC OPUS CLARINETS-RESERVED

2895

 

 

     

This very fine pair of instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner, is one of Britain's leading young players. This pair have been played professionally in some of the UK's premiere orchestras i.e. The London Philharmonic. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Bb and A are truly special and matched in that they share the exact same serial no. 66610! This is unique in the experience of Clarinets Direct.
The plating overall is good but there has been some slight loss to the plating mainly on the Bb, which has seen more use: The RH little finger touchpieces are slightly affected, see photo 6. Both instruments have had a full check up in our workshop 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 cork. The A has no plating loss, but some tarnishing to the tenon ring at the top of the lower joint and rear thumb bush. All pieces are original and stamped Leblanc, with 2 interchangeable barrels [ the bores of the Bb and A are identical] of 65.7mm and 65.0mm. The mouthpiece is a used Buffet m'piece provided for play testing. The case is a modern back pack style, in excellent condition.  

480

BOOSEY & HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET, TONY LAMB COLLECTION-RESERVED

845

 

 

     

This pair of B&H 1010's are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Tony Lamb: Principal Clarinet of English National Opera. From time to time Tony sells part of his superb collection of 1010 instruments as he makes room for further acquistions; in the elusive search for the "perfect" 1010! All of Tony's clarinets are carefully selected and often undergo further expensive after market improvements by Jon Steward of T. W. Howarth & Co. Typically this involve correcting intonation faults and improving the evenness of the scale. Thus when his instruments are offered back to the market they are immeasurably improved on standard production line B&H 1010s.
The Bb, serial no. 505254, has wood throughout in very good condition, and it was for 3 years until Nov. 2013, Tony's Principal Bb. All tan leather pads are "as new", as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is pristine. Both instruments feature the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The A, serial no. 472877, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm, and 63.5mm. The supplied m'piece are is a Boosey & Hawkes No. 2 in good condition. The case is the original B&H, in fair condition.  

482

GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, CB Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

895

An exceptionally rare and unique professional Leblanc Bb Clarinet with automatic dual function Bb hole and speaker tube, and articulated C#/G#. This clarinet is a wide, parallel bore model, at 15.1mm, with designation "CB". It is likely that this clarinet was manufactured in the early 1950's as a direct competitor with Selmer's contemporaneous Omega Centered Tone model, which also featured an automatic dual function Bb and speaker key. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner is an American collector.
This Bb has matching serial numbers 6525, which probably dates to the 1950's. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks and repairs. The German Silver key work is also in very good condition. The pads are mainly fish skin in good condition, with some cork pads on pad cups likely to be affected by water. This clarinet demonstrates a fat and flexible tone, with excellent intonation, rather like a "super improved" Pete Fountain model. It competes easily with much more expensive new instruments on the market today. The case is elderly but still fully functional. .

 

484

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

795

 

 

     

A very good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This instrument was originally sold by ourselves back in 2009. The current owner has just invested in a Bass clarinet, and recently had this instrument overhauled at T W Howarth & Co. Since then it has not been played, and it is now offered back for sale.
This clarinet is in very good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows hardly any scuffs and marks. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are P3404 which dates to 1952.  The Protech case is in good condition. The m'piece is a Selmer "HS*" in good condition.  

485

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

845

 

 

     

A mint condition Buffet, E13 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new by a retired gentleman along with a Yanagisawa Tenor Saxophone. Unfortunately the retirement has proved too busy for musical pursuits, and the instrument is offered for sale "as new".
The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no scuffs or scratches. There is no joint wobble. The instrument has just had an overhaul in finest Pisoni Fish skin pads, in our workshop, and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key work has also been regulated, with all touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Silver plating throughout is pristine, with no wear. The serial nos. are K150958, which dates to the early 2000's. Contemporary E13s are treated with a chemical compound designed to prevent cracking. Unfortunately this appears to leach out of the wood after a few weeks of playing, causing many problems with joints sticking or refusing to go together. Thankfully when this instrument was manufactured, Buffet Crampon were still ageing the wood naturally. The supplied Buffet m'piece is brand new and the original Buffet leather case is supplied with keys.  

489

BUFFET PROFESSIONAL CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET TO LOW Eb -SOLD

4495

 

 

     

This is a superb condition Buffet Professional Contra-Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood to low Eb. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and it has had one careful and fastidious London collector from new, who specialises in buying Contra-Bass instruments, more from his collection will be advertised shortly. This clarinet is ultra rare, probably the only example in recent years ever offered to the market. The design is a small bore one, which makes the Contra very easy to play, and in fact the Contra uses a standard Bass clarinet mouthpiece, which makes it very different from Selmer's design.
The instrument is in excellent condition, and the pads, which are finest Pisoni white leather are "as new". The Nickel Siver key work shows absolutely no wear and is well regulated. The matching serial nos. are 21588, which dates to 1972, in the middle of Buffet's so called "Golden Era". There is a repair to the upper part of the lower joint. Originally when the instrument cracked, it was sent back to the Buffet factory for inspection. Unfortunately they no longer had a length of Grenadilla long enough to replace the lower joint. Therefore a carbon fibre banded repair was done, which is probably the finest repair we have ever seen, much superior to the normal pinning and glueing. The repair has been stable for several decades. The case in excellent condition & protects the instrument well. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in good condition.  

     492   LEBLANC, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD          795

This is an extremely rare Leblanc, Paris, Full Boehm clarinet. This Bb instrument was part of the principal pair of clarinets played by David Hamilton. David was a renowned teacher, and one time Head of Wind for Surrey County Music Service. His former pupils, many of whom are now professionals, included Michael Collins, Fiona Cross, and Ian Peters.
The Bb, S/N 14941 has Nickel silver key work which is very good throughout, with minimal spot wear to the RH little finger keys, and register key. We have just entirely re-padded in Pisoni Deluxe double bladder fishskin & the clarinet is sold with our full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, with only minor surface marks and scratches. The thumb rest has been adapted to a sling hook model. The single case is in good condition. The mouthpiece is a Vandoren B45 spot in excellent used condition.

498

BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

1195

 

 

     

An extremely fine Buffet RC Bb clarinet, dating to 1976. When this instrument was manufactured it was only the second year of RC manufacture and it was the finest clarinet Buffet made, the latest models being finished by the most experienced workers. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon 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 clarinets with less "brightness" than the R13. The RC did sell very well: It had a more relaxed warm tone than the R13, due in part to a slightly larger bore, which attracted many UK players.
There is no damage or repairs to the wood, with only minor surface marks. The Nickel silver plate is in excellent condition throughout, with only minor wear to the rings. This instrument has just had a full re-pad in double bladder fish skin pads in our workshop, with all touch corks replaced, and tenon corks as necessary. It is sold with our full 1 year warranty. This instrument plays with a dark, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. It was manufactured as Buffet's top professional instrument with unstained Grenadilla wood, and, at the time, sold for more than the R13. Today one would have to spend over 5000 on RC Prestige instruments, and choose from a large number of examples, to get anything of like quality. The case is a modern BAM with carry straps in excellent condition. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer HS.

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499

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

645

This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has just come to us via a top professional in the Bournemouth area, who is also an excellent repairer, the condition is very good. 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. 382332, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all the tan leather pads and corks. The instrument will trouble free, with normal use, for many years to come. The supplied m'piece is an original B&H 926 No. 2. The case is the original Boosey and Hawkes, in good condition, and with keys. .

 

500

SELMER PARIS PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-RESERVED     

2195

This is a fine condition Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Selmer Paris Bass is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and automatic double overblowing vent for the second register. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in the UK, with the current owner having used it for the last 5 years, he has just bought a low C Bass.
All German Silver key work is in good condition. There is an old stable crack to the upper joint, which has been pinned, see photo 9: As mentioned above, this has proved completely trouble free, with regular professional use, for the last 5 years. The bell and crook are both show a patina consistent with the age of the Bass, there is also one minor dent to the bell, see photo 7. The crook is sleeved and adjustable. This Bass has tan leather pads throughout, which whilst used, are sealing well. There is no joint wobble and the regulation is good. There is a floor peg to the bell, the matching serial nos. are N7200 which dates to 1950. The original case is in good used condition. The m'piece is an "as new" Morgan Protone.

 

501

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET -SOLD

1195

 

 

     

A very fine condition vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The German Silver  key work is excellent throughout. The Grenadilla wood is in nice condition, no cracks or repairs just surface scuffs and marks, consistent with careful use. The last owner has taken extremely good care of this instrument, and it was recently re-padded throughout in Tan leather pads, all of which are in excellent condition. The matching serial nos. are 51013 which dates to 1955. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold  standard  of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com  more details The case is a modern "Tom & Will". The mouthpiece is an original Buffet.

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502

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE A CLARINET -SOLD

2195

 

 

     


The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was hand selected at Buffet. The sole former owner is a young professional currently studying at the Paris Conservatoire with Phillipe Cuper. He originally paired this clarinet with a Luis Rossi American bore Bb which will be offered for sale shortly.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, an RC Prestige. The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. 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 F464106. The pads are finest Pisoni white leather. All pieces matching and original, but in addition a Buffet Moennig, 63.0mm Bb barrel is also supplied, the original owner found this tuned well for him. The original supplied Buffet double case is in excellent condition.  

503

LEBLANC, PARIS, LX Bb CLARINET-SOLD

995

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc LX Bb Clarinet, which is sold with a full 1 year warranty from Clarinets Direct. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads. There are no cracks or damage to the wood; which is superb throughout. There is no plating loss to the Silver key work, which is pristine. This clarinet features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.60mm and responds and tunes excellently. The model was Leblanc's flagship design of the 1980s & was so successful that it continued in production right up until 2009 when the French factory was sold to Buffet Crampon. The matching serial nos. are 60595. The supplied single case is a brand new "Stagg" [not pictured] and the m'piece is a Vandoren B45.

 

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     504   F A UEBEL, MATCHED PAIR OF CLARINETS-RESERVED          1195
These are a rare and interesting pair of F A Uebel handmade clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Though Boehm system clarinets, with a compensating G/D vent on both, there are some subtle design differences in these instruments as compared to those made by the mainstream French manufacturers, and these combine to contribute to a tone which has has a lovely warmth and focus, a quintessential German sound.
The Bb has serial number 811-74837. This gives a model number of 811 with 1974 as the year of manufacture. The Silver plated keywork shows no plating wear, it is in excellent order throughout, Note also the quality of a tiny "grub screw" set into every pillar to stop movement within the mechanism. The Bb also features Uebel's compensating, low G/D vent, which has the added advantage of improving intonation in the upper register. Along with the already mentioned compensating vent on the lower joint, there is also a wraparound register key. The Bb has no bell ring, and the wood throughout is in excellent order, with no cracks or repairs. The pads throughout are Pisoni tan leather, again in "as new" condition.
The A has serial number 811-74662, making a good match with the Bb. Both instruments were made in the DDR. All the plating is in pristine condition. There are no cracks or rpairs to the wood of the A, which is in very good order throughout. Both instruments have had a thorough "check down" in our workshop, with all work done as necessary. The case is old, and shows scuffs to the exterior and stains to the interior, it still latches securely. The handle has some black tape repair. The instruments tune and respond excellently with standard Vandoren m'pieces. Unlike the modern Uebel range which is marketed as of "above average" student quality, these instruments were made as professional handmade models. For the player unwilling to learn the Oehler system they do offer an easier alternative to achieving a more traditional "German" sound.

505

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

795

 

 

     

This Bb, serial no. 505213, has wood throughout in very good condition, there are no cracks or repairs. It is a late Acton Patent vent model and in addition has just had the tuning improved by Jon Steward. All tan leather pads are Gordon Beeson in "as new" condition. The clarinet has been down to our workshop for minor regulation with tenon and touch corks, replaced as necessary. The Silver plate is pristine. The supplied m'piece is a Boosey & Hawkes No. 2 in good condition. The case is the original B&H, in good condition.

 

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506

SELMER, PARIS, ARTHEA A CLARINET -SOLD

1495

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Paris Arthea A Clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by one careful adult owner, a peripatetic teacher, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. He bought the clarinet new whilst studying at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Whitton. The clarinet is pristine, and has "as new" Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather pads throughout. Selmer clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and this makes Selmer's amongst the best tuned instruments on the market today.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in perfect condition. All Silver plate is excellent, as new. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to contemporary Buffet manufacture. The supplied barrel measures 65.0 mm & the matching serial numbers are P09639. The double case is an excellent condition BAM original.  

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507

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-RESERVED

995

A very rare professional Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in very good condition. There are some minor scratches, but no spot wear; the plating is 99%. The main body of the wood is also in excellent condition, there are some slight surface scratches, but no cracks or repairs, the barrel is made from plastic. The clarinet has just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are A15544. The case is the original which latches well, there is some wear to the lining, but it still protects the instrument. The mouthpiece is a Leblanc in excellent used condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

 

508

SELMER BUNDY BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-SOLD

895

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Bundy Bass Clarinet in Resonite to low Eb. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. There is only slight wear to the Nickel Silver key work, the finger touchpieces show some spot wear: Overall the plating is 85%. The Bass has had a full Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather Repad and overhaul & is sold with our 1 year warranty. The instrument is well regulated, with all touch and tenon corks in good condition, it will play perfectly out of the box and for many years to come. The crook is in fine condition, with no dents, however the bell has some minor dings and scratches, there is only slight flattening to the bell base. In the past a floor peg attachment was fitted to the back of the lowere body of the bass, the screw holes for this attachment have been filled. We have fitted a new floor spike attachment to the bell. The serial nos. are 703. The case supplied is brand new, and is pictured in photos 1 & 12. The m'piece is a used professional Conn in ebonite. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.  

509

SELMER, PARIS, VINTAGE FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

795

An exceptionally rare and fine vintage Selmer clarinet. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, their current owner is a collector. As a Full Boehm instrument it features all the extras: Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G#, and low Eb.
The Bb has matching serial numbers 8369, which probably dates to late 1930. This was the point at which Selmer began to stamp their clarinets with the more modern logo. The clarinet has been recently fully overhauled in fish skin pads, all of which are in fine condition. For Vintage instruments the grenadilla wood is in very good condition. There is only one small stress crack, which has been glued, and is in fact very common with this type of Full Boehm design. Because the upper tenon of the lower joint is metal lined, often a crack occurs between the top two tone holes of this joint where the wood is very thin. Fortunately the crack is cosmetic only, as the metal lining seals the tenon, see photo 7. Apart from this there are only light surface marks. The German silver keywork is in very good condition throughout. The case is an original Pouchette leather example from the 1930's in excellent used condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer B.

 

510

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS-RESERVED

1395

 

 

     

This pair of B&H 1010's are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Unusually the Bb of this pair has been worked on by Geoffrey Acton, the inventor of the Acton patent vent. An invoice is included with the sale, which gives details of a replacement top joint for the Bb. This was personally tuned and set up by Acton who, as head designer for Boosey and Hawkes, was the foremost authority on 1010s.
The Bb, serial no. 530239, has a replacement top joint, as mentioned above this has a crack repair by Acton, and this has been stable for 23 years. The tuning and response are excellent. All tan leather pads are "as new", as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate is very good. Both instruments feature the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The A, serial no. 460685, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, as are all Pisoni Tan Leather pads and corks. There are 3 barrels of 64.5mm, 62.5mm, and for extremely cold weather, 56mm. The supplied m'piece is a used Boosey & Hawkes No. 1. The case is the modern back pack example, in excellent condition.  

511

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

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.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F136537 dating to 1973. This instrument was made therefore prior to the Boosey and Hawkes take over of Buffet, during a period when quality control and standards of manufacture were excellent. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Nickel Silver plated key work is in very good condition, with only minor wear to the RH rings and throat G# key, the plating is about 98%. This instrument also features an additional LH Ab/Eb key, which is now standard with the Prestige range, but previously this was a special order option from Buffet. The wood is in overall excellent condition, however there are two slight chips to the outer edge of the upper joint bottom tenon, see photo 4. These have absolutely no effect on the response as this part does not form the bore. The key regulation is tight and there is no joint wobble. The instrument has had a complete overhaul & re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads, and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a Vandoren B45 spot in used condition. The original case is also in good condition.

 

512

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET  -RESERVED

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.
This is a BC 20 Bb clarinet serial no. F190559 dating to 1978. This instrument was made therefore prior to the Boosey and Hawkes take over of Buffet, during a period when quality control and standards of manufacture were excellent. Buffet Crampon descibed this model as being designed for Recital and Orchestral playing. The Silver plated key work is pristine. 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 had a complete overhaul & re-pad with Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads on the upper joint, and super pads on the lower, and it is sold with a full years' Clarinets Direct warranty. The m'piece is a Vandoren M15 in good used condition. The original Buffet case is also in good condition.