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

 

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BUFFET PRESTIGE R13 A CLARINET

2045

 

 

     

This near mint condition Buffet R13 Prestige A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument belongs to an Icelandic professional. The instrument is decribed as "near mint" only because of slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks. 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 A has matching serial nos. 383159, it was bought new from Buffet Crampon, and last serviced by them 5 years ago, being re-paded in their own unique brand of white leather pads. Since then it has not been played. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with no wear. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original, with 2 supplied barrels one of 62mm, and a Bb Prestige barrel, of 66mm, which its former owner found tuned this A well. The case is the original Buffet which has been much used; there are scuffs to the exterior, one of the combination locks has failed, and it has been replaced with a standard latch. The handle has also been replaced.  

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NOBLET PARIS, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET

1545

 

 

     

This is a fine condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is an early model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc, which has been professionally owned and played in London's West End and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. All the German Silver key work is in excellent condition, with no wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, but it does show scuffs and surface marks, mostly where old screw holes have been filled. The bell and crook are both in good condition with only very slight scratches, there are only slight marks to the bell , and one old minor solder repair to the crook, see photo 4. The Bass has just had a complete overhaul, in finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, & is sold with a full Clarinets Direct 1 years' warranty. We have fitted a new floor peg attachment to the bell with spike. There is also a sling hook. The matching serial nos. are 1531, which dates to the 1950's, at this period Noblet fitted articulated trill keys to the two highest pitches, in the manner of Selmer, later on, this superior design was simplified in order to save money with production costs. The case is now an original Leblanc, pictured in the 1st photo only, it latches well and has some repairs to the interior lining but is fully functional. The m'piece is the original Noblet in good condition.

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YAMAHA YCL450 Bb CLARINET

545

 

 

     

A near mint condition Yamaha 450 clarinet, which is offered for sale due to the current owner having recently purchased a professional model clarinet from Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one careful adult owner from new. The only reason that the instrument is not described as "mint" is that the pads are all not brand new, however these pads show only slight signs of use. The Silver plated keywork and wood are both pristine. The serial numbers are 131560. The Yamaha 450 is the top selling rival to the Buffet E11. It has a couple of major advantages over its Buffet rival: 1. The wood tends to give less trouble than the E11, which indeed, has developed such a poor reputation in this regard, that the Buffet E11 "France" is now a deleted model in the Buffet range, and has been re-badged E12. Yamaha quality control and build quality are exemplary, and these instruments are easy to live with and perfect for the advancing student. 2. The instrument has a "voicing" groove in the bell, in common with the more expensive models in the Yamaha range and also the Buffet Prestige RC. The supplied m'piece is an unused Yamaha 4C, and the original instruction manual is also included. The original case is in very good condition.

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BUFFET CRAMPON, JAZZ FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

1995

This is a rare Buffet Jazz Festival Bb clarinet in good condition. The Jazz Festival was manufactured from the late 1980's through to the 1990's and is now a deleted model, though the standard Festival has proved a big success for Buffet, and continues in production. Buffet Crampon tend to put their most experienced craftsman to finishing the newest & most expensive models in their range. For this reason early examples of a new design of clarinet tend to play well, which is the case here, as this Bb has matching serial nos. 303302, which dates to 1988. The instrument features a re-designed lighter bell for a more lively, free sound, and was usually sold with the shorter, 65mm barrel. 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 wood is unstained, hand selected Grenadilla. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is pristine. The clarinet has had a full overhaul and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The m'piece is a stock Buffet, in excellent used condition. The case is the original Buffet Prestige with combination locks in brown leather, in fair condition.

 

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

5480 inc. VAT

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

 

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SELMER RECITAL A CLARINET

1995

 

 

     

An excellent Selmer Recital A clarinet in Silver plate. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner is a UK professional. He recently purchased another pair of Selmer Recitals and this A is now surplus to requirements.
The Selmer Recital design features a long reversed cone throughout the top joint, which results in exceptionally accurate and stable tuning. There is no damage to the main joints, which are crack and repair free, however the shorter of the two barrels has a tight surface crack, which does not run through to the bore. The pads are all as originally fitted by Selmer in good condition. The plating overall is very good with no loss.  This A has matching serial nos. E3284, which dates to 1986.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, with barrels of 62.5 and 64.5mm. The case is an Orly which is used, but in good condition. This instrument has been exceptionally well cared for. It would pair well with No.26 currently on our list.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

995

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

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF VIENNESE BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS

5745

 

 

     

This matched pair of Luis Rossi Viennese bore clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They were bought new in August 2003. The Viennese bore model is based on a Koktan clarinet as was played by Leopold Wlach, Principal clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic. The sound is dark and creamy, and the intonation is modern and accurate: Exactly as required by today's discerning clarinettist.
The Bb has serial no. V555 and has Silver plate in superb condition. The wood is also in excellent condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. All pads are white leather in "as new" condition. Both clarinets feature a bore of 15.2mm, and a LH Ab/Eb key. There is a fully automatic Bb booster key, and an additional bell vent.
The A, serial no. V382, has wood again in excellent condition. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition. As with the Bb all pads are in "as new" condition. There are 4 interchangeable barrels of 57.5mm, 60.0mm, 60.5mm, and 62.0mm. The m'piece is a Vandoren M30, which has been rebored by Luis Rossi. The case, whilst used, is in very good condition.  

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

1495

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

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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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NOBLET PARIS, BY LEBLANC, Eb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Professional model Noblet Paris Eb Piccolo Clarinet in Grenadilla wood. This is not to be confused with the cheaper Model 40 Noblet Eb clarinet, which is a student instrument. The wood condition overall is very good with only minor scuffs and marks, there are NO cracks or repairs. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in our workshop, in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is no joint wobble, and the regulation is in fine order. The Nickel Silver key work is excellent throughout and there is no plating wear. The bell has been custom modified with a tuning vent for low E/B: This improves the intonation of the lowest pitches, and also the response across the break. The serial nos. are 53204. The supplied m'piece is a used Vandoren B40 which is in very good condition. The case is original, and despite some interior stains, still latches securely and protects the instrument well. This is an ideal purchase for a player looking for an inexpensive professional model Eb, with superior intonation.  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, INFINITE Bb CLARINET

995

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

 

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LEBLANC, ESPRIT, Bb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

A near mint condition Leblanc Esprit Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet was Leblanc's entry level professional wooden model, which features a polycylindrical bore design of 14.65mm. It was descibed by Leblanc as having a darker, and yet more flexible, sound than the slightly cheaper Sonata. It also features a separate post mounting for Ab/Eb. This model plays so well that it easily competes with a modern Buffet R13. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is in pristine condition. All pieces are original and having matching stamps. We have just completely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni fish skin pads, with the exception of the register key and C#/G# key which are in cork, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 81371. The supplied m'piece is a Leblanc K10M in very good condition. The case is the original back pack Leblanc, in good condition. NB The pictured warranty card is not included in the sale.  

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PAIR OF SELMER RECITAL CLARINETS

3995

 

 

     

An excellent matched pair of Selmer Recital clarinets in Silver plate. These instrument are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Their former owner is a leading UK professional based in London.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The Silver plating overall is very good with no loss.  Both instruments have been meticulously maintained and are ready to play straight out of the box.   The Bb has matching S/N C8527, the A matching S/N E4793, which dates to the mid 1980's.  All pieces are original and stamped Selmer, with additional barrels of 62.5 and 64.5mm. The case is a modern black leather attache case whith combination locks, which has been adapted to store the instruments very securely. The m'piece is a Selmer D, in good condition, which tunes these instruments superbly. These clarinets have been exceptionally well cared for.

 

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NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL ALTO CLARINET-RESERVED

1195

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Noblet, Paris, Alto Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows only the lightest of wear to the ring finger touchpieces, the plating is about 95%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, with only minor surface marks and scratches. The crook, which is sleeved and adjustable, shows some wear with "brassing" to the plating, see photo 4. This aside it is in good condition, with no dents or dings. There is one tiny pin head dent to the bell, which is in excellent condition. The Alto has just been completely overhauled by us in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads , and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. is 3330, which dates to the 1970's. The case is the original with scuffs to the exterior and some wear to the interior lining, but still fully serviceable. The m'piece is the a Selmer Bundy No. 3 in very good condition.  

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BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINET in Bb

1845

 

 

     

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

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige. The instrument is in very good condition. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. The Silver plating shows some light spot wear, mainly to the lower joint ring keys and "pinky" keys, see photo 5. This clarinet was the first Buffet design to feature a voicing groove in the bell to improve the lowest pitches. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are F445162. The pads are mainly superpads, as fitted by John Coppen, and the instrument has gone down to our workshop for a thorough check down, with pads replaced as necessary. All pieces matching and original. The m'piece is an original Buffet, unused, and still in the wrapper. The supplied single case is in an Orly in used condition.

 

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BUFFET, E13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

845

A near mint condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet, which has just had an overhaul, and is sold with our full1 year warranty. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is in very good condition, with no cracks or damage. The matching serial nos. are K132338. The m'piece is the original Buffet, which is as new, the original owner up-graded his m'piece to a professional model. The original case is in excellent condition, and comes with the still wrapped keys. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

1195

 

 

     


A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. At this period of manufacture Buffet stored their wood at their factory [in the roof spaces], and it was carefully nutured and aged for at least 7 years before manufacture. Many experts attribute the gradual drop in quality of the R13 to progressively less control and care in wood maturation. Initially in the 1960s, for tax and cost saving reasons, Buffet appointed a reputable supplier to source their wood. Now they source their wood cheaply with "modern" techniques of artificial maturation, and, as a consequence, many of the models of their range suffer from cracking and wood movement.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in good order throughout, with only a few scratches and slight wear natural to the age of the clarinet. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by newly qualified repairman Dave Kershook [who has just joined NAMIR], it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The serial nos. are 106517 which dates to 1969, though, as there are no observable serial nos., on the top joint it may well be a Buffet replacement. This is one of the finest periods of R13 manufacture, and this clarinet demonstrates the classic qualities of an R13; a lovely sweet sound and excellent intonation. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. The supplied mouthpiece is a new stock Buffet. The case is of modern Buffet type with slight staining to the interior, otherwise it is in excellent condition.  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, L200 Bb CLARINET

995

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

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NOBLET, PARIS, by LEBLANC, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET -RESERVED

1245

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is a model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc, which has been professionally owned and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. All the Nickel Silver key work is in good condition, apart from the usual spot wear to the ring finger touchpieces. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent order throughout. The bell and crook are both in very fine condition with only light marks of use. The pads are a mixture of tan leather and fish skin, as "running repairs" have been done in order to keep this Bass in good playing order. There is a sling hook, and the former owner used a sling with this Bass, as a doubling instrument in London's West End. The matching serial nos. are 6652, which dates to the late 1970's. The case is the original Leblanc, with a good quality leather cover with integral zippable pouch. The m'piece is of ebonite & in good condition.

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BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

2195

 

 

     

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

 

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A very good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This model, and the CT Omega, were both endorsed by Benny Goodman. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been professionally owned and played here in the UK.
This clarinet is in good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows few scuffs and marks. The fish skin pads are all new, the clarinet has just been overhauled. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are R5734 which dates to 1958.  The ase is in good condition. The m'piece is a used Selmer C85 115 "HS*" in good condition.  

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GEORGES LEBLANC, PARIS, Bb CLARINET

795

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

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS

1245

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

 

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LEBLANC, PARIS, LL Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A fine example of a Leblanc LL  clarinet with 7 rings, i.e. enhanced Boehm system. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Bb is in good condition and has just had an overhaul prior to sale, it has matching serial nos. 33870. The 7 ring mechanism allows for a fork Eb/Bb in the LH. It is in Nickel Silver plate, and there is slight wear to the throat G# key, A key, and the low RH "pinky" keys. The plating is about 95%. The pads are finest tan leather throughout in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. There are 2 supplied barrels; the original Leblanc, of 66mm and a shorter barrel of 59mm. The case is a new Champion, and the supplied used Vandoren 5RV m'piece is in excellent condition.  

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BUFFET RC PRESTIGE C CLARINET

2495

 

 

     

This is a near mint condition Buffet RC Prestige C Clarinet. This clarinet is a rare instrument, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come from a professional player in The Netherlands. The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in very good order throughout. Prestige range instruments feature unstained hand selected wood. The Silver plate is pristine throughout, with no tarnish. The S/N is F318153 which dates to 1989. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The mouthpiece is a stock Buffet, and the instrument comes with 3 barrels, of 45.5mm, 45.0mm,and 43.5mm. The response and tuning are everything one would expect from such a top of the range instrument, and the tone is noticeably warmer than on cheaper C clarinets.  

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PAIR OF SELMER, FULL MAZZEO, CENTERED TONE CLARINETS

5995

 

 

     


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

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

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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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NOBLET PARIS, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST C CLARINET-RESERVED

1195

 

 

     

This is a Noblet Artist C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in very good condition. This instrument is the professional Artist model 45 Noblet clarinet, with all parts made of finest unstained Grenadilla wood, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The matching serial nos. are B71373, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in pristine condition throughout. The Nickel plate is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has double bladder fish skin pads, which are all sealing well, & will be good for many years to come. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes exceptionally well with the supplied Noblet mouthpiece, which is "as new". The case is the original in very good condition. In summation this is a fine tuning C, a professional model, which would match well with the finest French instruments currently available.

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30

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

645

 

 

     

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF CUSTOM ORDER PETER EATON ELITE CLARINETS

5495

 

 

     

This matched pair of Eaton Elite clarinets are in mint condition, and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was this pair that Colin Parr ordered from Peter Eaton, approximately 2 years ago, just before Peter stopped making clarinets. This pair are one of the last made, and according to Colin represent the culmination of Peter Eatons years of experience in making the Elite clarinet. Colin was for many years Principal Clarinet of the CBSO and can be heard on many of the finest Sir Simon Rattle CBSO EMI recordings which are justly renowned.
The Bb has serial no. E980 and has Silver plate in pristine condition. The wood is also without mark or blemish. All pads are Peter Eaton superpads in "as new" condition.
The A, serial no. E1009, is in perfect condition throughout. The Silver plate and wood are pristine, and, like the Bb, the pads are "as new". There are 4 barrels of 61.0mm, 62.0mm, 63.0mm, and 64.0mm. The are also no less than 4 m'pieces, all of which are Elite/1010 bore: A Morgan RM28, two Gigliottis; a P, and a No.2, and a Rick Sayre. The BAM case is also in excellent condition.

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32

MATCHED PAIR OF KOHLERT CLARINETS

1595

 

 

     

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

 

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33

SELMER BUNDY CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

1345

 

 

     

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

34

COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

995

 

 

     

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

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35

BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

1195

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, 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.

37

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.

 

38

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES PROTOTYPE 926 CLARINETS     

1495

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

 

     39   BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          595
This is a vintage Buffet professional model, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The clarinet is an "enhanced Boehm" i.e. in addition to standard Boehm system, it also has an articulated C#/G# key, and 7 rings, which provides a fork Eb/Bb fingering in the LH. The German Silver key work is in good condition for its age. All fish skin pads are in very good condition as the instrument was recently overhauled. The Grenadilla wood shows surface scuffs and marks. There is also a stress crack between the top 2 holes of the lower joint. At this point the bore is metal lined, in order to accurately position the articulated C#/G#hole, this often causes a stress crack to the surface wood, which is cosmetic only, because it in no way affects the response, as the wood does not form the bore of the instrument at this point. The is also a full length crack running through the bell, which has been sealed at the surface. The low G/D hole nas been "bushed" in metal at some point in the past, maybe because of wear. The matching serial nos. are 21019 which dates  to 1936. The case is elderly but in very good condition.
     40   SELMER PARIS, BASSET HORN in F          3500
Clarinets Direct is proud to count amongst its clients leading professional players across Europe and the UK. Once in a while a truly unique instrument is offered for sale by a top professional, and this Basset Horn is one such. This is a Selmer Basset Horn in Grenadilla wood, to low C, with an exceptional provenance: It was bought by the great conductor Sir Henry Wood, in the 1920's, for use in his "Queens Hall Orchestra". Subsequently it was owned for several decades by the Royal Academy of Music, here in London. It was then bought by the celebrated clarinettist Keith Puddy, and played in the revived, " New Queens Hall Orchestra" in the 1990's. Its last owner was the London based, New Zealand born, clarinettist: Pauline Ismay.
The Selmer design of Basset Horn differs radically from that of Buffet and Leblanc in that it is basically an extended Bb instrument. Thus it can be played with your usual Bb clarinet m'piece. Modern Buffet and Leblanc Basset Horn designs are essentially modified Alto clarinets. This instrument tunes well with the supplied Peter Eaton Bb m'piece of 1010 bore.
This is a very early Selmer Basset Horn, with serial number 480, which dates to 1927. That stated the modern Selmer Basset Horn, which retails at almost 10000, has not changed design all that radically. This example is part plateau: in the LH. This has the advantage of allowing the player to part cover the RH holes in the chalumeau, to improve intonation in soft passages. The instrument has tan leather pads on the upper joint, and old, white leather pads on the lower. It was last overhauled by Jon Steward of Howarths & Co. Ltd. at a cost of 600. It is in good regulation, though the pads on the lower joint are elderly. The low pitches, Eb, D, Db, and C are each fingered in only one way: Eb, and Db, are at the bottom of the RH "pinky" stack, just like a modern Selmer Basset Horn, low C is fingered by LH F/C, again just like the modern example. Low D, however, is fingered by the touchpiece at the back underneath the thummb rest. The original thumb rest was removed by Pauline, who also had a Leblanc floor spike attachment fitted. And the original thumb rest screw holes have been left unfilled, see photo 10. It goes without saying that Basset Horns do not get heavy use, but this instrument is almost 90 years old, and it shows marks and surface scuffs to the wood, and German Silver key work, commensurate with careful use, as do the crook and bell. However it has never cracked, or needed any major repair. We will replace the tenon corks on m'piece and crook prior to sale. This Basset Horn plays very well in tune and with a lovely sweet sound, it is ideal for Classical use, i.e. in the Mozart Serenades and Opera obbligatos, or the Mendelssohn Concert Pieces. The supplied case is robust and protects the instrument well.

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

695

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the use of scientific principles in clarinet manufacturing even further: Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is in superb condition,and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a professional player in The Netherlands. The intonation and response is the equal of the most expensive French instruments sold today. The clarinet has upper joint serial nos. 60074, and lower, 62946, though obviously made at different times the numbers are a close match, and the instrument plays very well. The Silver plate is in excellent condition, with no discernable wear. The wood is in overall fine condition, with no cracks or repairs, though there are some minor surface scratches to the wood, all normal signs of use. We have just entirely overhauled the instrument in finest Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. All pieces are matching and original with Leblanc stamps. The case is in good condition. The mouthpiece is an original Leblanc L3, in excellent condition.

 

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SELMER SERIES 9* A CLARINET, RIPPER COLLECTION

895

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's professional players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is Peter Ripper, a onetime member of the London Sax Quartet, and well known as a Sax and Clarinet player. Pete has decided to retire from Clarinet playing, and we will be offering a selection of his instruments for sale. This clarinet was hand selected and thereafter only lightly used as a "doubling" instrument. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
This A clarinet has matching serial nos., X8540 which dates to 1969. The Nickel Silver plating is excellent throughout, with no discernable wear. The pads are all fish skin, and the instrument has been down to our workshop for a partial service, with pads replaced as necessary. There are no cracks or repairs, the Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition. All pieces are matching and original. The case is elderly but fully functional, the keys are included.

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43

NOBLET ARTIST, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU A CLARINET

1245

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

 

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LOUIS, LONDON, Bb CLARINET

995

 

 

     


This an exceptionally rare and fine Louis early English clarinet. The firm was strongly associated with possibly the finest ever French makers: Martel Freres. Each Louis instrument was completely hand made and undercut in their London premises, 2 Burnsall Street, Chelsea W3. The finishing alone took 2-3 days. This clarinets only former owner was a London professional who owned this instrument and a later set of Leblanc LL's which he used for the duration of his career. Charles Draper personally endorsed these makers. The perfect uninhibited open response, and excellent tuning make for a true "players clarinet" which is a physical delight to blow, superior to much on the mass produced market today.
The instruments is in very fine condition, for a clarinet made in the 1920's. Clarinets Direct have just entirely re-padded it in Pisoni Premium Deluxe Fish Skin pads, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is a small crack to the top of the lower joint of this Bb, which runs from the tenon ring down to the first tone hole, see photo 7. The crack is a surface crack only, and has no effect whatsoever on the response. This apart, the wood is in very good condition, with only scuffs and marks associated with careful professional use. There is no joint wobble. The German Silver key work shows absolutely no wear or play to the mechanism. The wood is Grenadilla, apart from the bell which is in Cocus wood. This was a popular choice of wood with superior class instruments of the period, I believe that the finest craftsman thought that a Cocus wood bell would give extra vibrancy and resonance to the bell notes. Certainly when one changes register on these clarinets the timbre of the bell "B" is much more lively and this results in an even scale across the break. This clarinet features an ebonite "bushed" C/G hole, see photo 10. The reasons for this could be: 1. The hole may have been moved at the request of the original owner, also the thumb rest has been repositioned slightly lower, and the the wood surface filled with shellac, see photo 9. 2. The clarinet may originally have been made with 7 rings and the owner requested the tone hole chimney be remade, in the standard fashion. 3. As undercutting this tone hole can be extremely difficult, and indeed, the D/A twelfth is often very poor on modern clarinets, perhaps ebonite inserts were made so that the undercutting could be done to the most exacting standards, and then fitted to the clarinet. Certainly the scale, intonation, and response of these clarinets, is the equal, or superior to, the most expensive clarinets made today. The supplied m'piece is a Morgan RM06. This Bb features a bore of 14.65mm, which is similar to most modern French bore clarinets and therefore it will work well with any modern French bore mouthpiece. A box of original, used Louis reeds is also included. The case is a brand new Carmichael with pouches and carry strap.  

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CABART, THIBOUVILLE, Bb CLARINET

595

 

 

     

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A superb condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a retired professional, ex-RAF band, who now plays a different make of clarinet, consequently this excellent A is offered to the market.
This A, serial no. 507433, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in pristine condition. The Silver plate throughout is "as new". The instrument has Gordon Beeson Tan leather pads, in excellent condition. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, in good condition. The original case is also in excellent condition.  

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ARNO WURLITZER, OEHLER SYSTEM Bb CLARINET

1595

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

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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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 A CLARINET-RESERVED

645

This Imperial 926 A Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It has been professionally owned in London by a former session musician and West End, Sax, Flute and Clarinet player. Unlike his Bb Imperial it has seen little use, and it was purchased new by him from Michael White Musical Instruments formerly of Ealing. The instrument has been well maintained, and it has just had a thorough "check up" in our workshop. 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 A, serial no. 498573, dates to 1979/1980, it has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in very good shape, with only slight spot wear to the lower RH keys and tenon rings. All the fish skin pads and corks, are in fine condition, because of the recent overhaul. The supplied m'piece is a good condition 926 No. 2. The barrel is an original 926 marked short. The original case is much worn, but still functional. If desired, we can supply a new rucksack type double case for an additional 50.

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50

LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

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

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SELMER BUNDY Eb PICCOLO CLARINET 

545

This is an excellent condition Selmer Bundy Eb Piccolo in Resonite, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner was a well known London professional who worked mainly in the West End doubling on Clarinet, Sax and Flute. Now, in retirement, he is selling off his collection of clarinets. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which has only slight surface marks. The Nickel Silver key work is very good condition, with no discernable wear. The clarinet has fish skin pads throughout, which, while not new, are in good condition. The serial nos. are 10921. The original case is in excellent condition it latches securely and protects the instrument well. The m'piece is an upgrade to a professional Selmer Paris C85 120, also in good condition with no damage to the tip or rails. This is a fine example of the proven Selmer design; it is an ideal first Eb clarinet purchase. .

 

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

1595

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

 

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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

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

55

LEBLANC, SONATA, Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A very good condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which we have just taken in part exchange. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional model, which, like the Buffet R13, features a polycylindrical bore in the upper joint. It was described by Leblanc as having " a classic balance of playing efficiency and tonal beauty and flexibilty that make it one of the world's finest clarinets". This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition.  The Silver plate key work is very good. All pieces are original & all have matching  stamps  We have just fully repadded in Pisoni premium Deluxe fishskin pads, & the clarinet is sold with a full years' warranty. The matching serial nos. are D46870. The supplied m'piece is a Rico A5 in good condition. The case is the original, in good condition, with some stains to the interior and slight scuffs to the exterior.  

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

MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

1545

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

58

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

1195

 

 

     

A vintage Buffet R13, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. At this period of manufacture Buffet stored their wood at their factory [in the roof spaces], and it was carefully nutured and aged for at least 7 years before manufacture. Many experts attribute the gradual drop in quality of the R13 to progressively less control and care in wood maturation. Initially in the 1960s, for tax and cost saving reasons, Buffet appointed a reputable supplier to source their wood. Now they source their wood cheaply with "modern" techniques of artificial maturation, and, as a consequence, many of the models of their range suffer from cracking and wood movement.
The German Silver key work is in good order throughout, with only a natural "patina" associated with the age of the clarinet. The wood is in good condition with no cracks or damage, only slight surface marks The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by newly qualified repairman Dave Kershook [who has just joined NAMIR]. The matching serial nos. are F67939 which dates to 1961. 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. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. The supplied mouthpiece is an original Buffet C in excellent condition. The case is a modern example with carry strap, and external pouch.

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59

SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A good condition professional Selmer Paris Centered Tone Bb clarinet. This model, and the CT Omega, were both endorsed by Benny Goodman. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been professionally owned and played here in the UK.
This clarinet is in good condition for its age, and the wood surface shows few scuffs and marks. The fish skin pads, whilst used, are all sealing well. There is no joint wobble, and the key work regulation and touch corks are all good. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. All pieces are original with Selmer stamps. The matching serial nos. are R5469 which dates to 1958.  The original case is in good condition, though only one of the zips now functions. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 "HS*" in good condition.  

60

BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 A CLARINET

795

 

 

     

A superb condition B&H 1010 Symphony A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner is a London based professional, who now relies solely on a Bb clarinet, consequently this excellent A is offered to the market.
This A, serial no. 507427, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in pristine condition. The Silver plate throughout is "as new". The instrument has Gordon Beeson Tan leather pads, in excellent condition. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 Jack Brymer No. A2, in mint condition. This particular m'piece tunes the instrument excellently & the case is also in fine used condition.

 

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61

BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

495

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

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SELMER  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   BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET          575
This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner, as student at the RAM Jun. Dept. has just purchased an Eaton clarinet. The instrument has been well maintained, and has just gone through our workshop for a thorough check up, with pads, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, serial no. 387825, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in pristine condition with no wear. All the tan leather pads and corks, are in fine condition, because of the recent overhaul. The supplied m'piece is a Brian Ackerman copy of a 926 in excellent condition. The original thumb rest is a B&H, though a Ton Kooiman is also supplied. The case is also in good used condition and is supplied with the keys.

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET

995

 

 

     

This Selmer 10S Bb clarinet is in very good condition, and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the current owner being a London based professional jazz player. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, S/N E6556, dates to the late 1980's and has Silver plate, throughout in excellent condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout, with only minor surface marks. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. The clarinet has leather pads in good condition. The m'piece is a Selmer C* which has been shortened by Ed Pillinger. The 2 supplied barrels are of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The case is original, it shows some wear to the interior, but still latches securely.

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY

1295

 

 

     

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

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.

 

67

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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68

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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69

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET 

645

This Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been professionally owned and played in the Netherlands. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a superior quality professional 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. 476993, has matching Grenadilla wood with no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. We have just overhauled the intrument in Pisoni finest double bladder fish skin pads in the "Clarinets Direct" workshop, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an original Reginald Kell 926 No. 1. The case is a modern Buffet, in good condition.

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BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 Bb CLARINET, PEARCE COLLECTION

845

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest professional players amongst our clientele. The former owner of this fine 1010 Bb clarinet, is one such; Michael Pearce. Michael left the RCM, before completing his studies, taking up the position of Principal Clarinet with Welsh National Opera. After a short time he joined the Philharmonia, as co-Principal clarinet and Eb. He finished his long and successful career as Principal Clarinet of the BBC Concert Orchestra, a post from which he recently retired. We are indeed fortunate to be able to offer his large collection of instruments to discerning clarinettists.
This is a Symphony 1010 Bb in good condition, featuring the later Acton Patent Vent. The matching serial numbers are 536551, which dates to 1982, making this a very late example. The clarinet has tan leather pads throughout which are all in good condition. The key work has been oiled and regulated in our workshop, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary, and all spring tensions adjusted for optimum feel. The Silver plate key work overall is good, with only slight wear to the throat A key. This instrument was Mike's preferred Bb of recent years. The wood overall is also in good condition, but there is a repaired pinned crack to the upper joint. The repair is old and stable, the clarinet having seen much use, see photo 4. The m'piece is a Vandoren 1010 model 5RV in mint condition. The supplied barrel is of 63mm, it has been custom re-lined and sleeved in ebonite for more accurate tuning. The tuning and overall response of this clarinet are excellent. The case is a brand new example of carry strap type.

 

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71

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

895

 

 

     

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

72

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES EMPEROR CLARINETS

725

 

 

     

An excellent condition pair of B&H Emperors which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair are being sold as their owner has recently purchased a Contra-alto clarinet.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 383284, it has unblemished Nickel silver plating throughout. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or damage. The pair have just been partially overhauled in the Clarinets Direct workshop. All pads are fish skin in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. This Bb comes with 2 barrels, a short of 63.5mm and a regular of 65.5mm. In addition a B&H 926 m'piece is supplied. This is a significant upgrade, as usually this m'piece was supplied with the professional model Imperial 926 clarinet, and good condition 926 m'pieces are hard to find.
The A has matching serial nos. 391720, and is also supplied with a regular and short barrels. All logos are crisp and clear, the pair has seen minimal use, and has had only one careful adult owner from new. As with the Bb the wood condition is excellent, and all fish skin pads are also in very good shape. The double case is a Yamaha in good used condition, supplied with key.

 

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PAIR OF SELMER PROLOGUE CLARINETS

1995

 

 

     

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

 

74

SELMER 9* Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

795

 

 

     

This Selmer Series 9* Bb clarinet is in very good condition. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
The clarinet has matching serial nos., A3213 which dates to 1981. The Nickel Silver plating is excellent throughout, with only slight wear to the LH rings. The pads are cork on the upper joint and tan leather on the lower, all in excellent condition. The instrument shows NO evidence of cracks or repairs; the wood throughout is very fine. The case is fully functional, but does show scuffs to the exterior and interior stains.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON CLARINETin B NATURAL, CIRCA 1899

995

 

 

     

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

76

ANONYMOUS A CLARINET

395

 

 

     

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS LONDON CLARINETS, RIPPER COLLECTION-RESERVED

1995

 

 

     

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

     425   PETER EATON INTERNATIONAL Bb CLARINET-RESERVED          2395
Clarinets Direct has built up an enviable reputation in the last few years. We are the UK's foremost dealer in second hand quality clarinets and are fortunate to count many of the leading professional players in the UK as our customers and clients. This is a very good condition Eaton International Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for us. The first owner was Mark Simpson, who used this instrument throughout the early part of his successful career, including winning the BBC 2006 Young Musician of the Year competition. He had the instrument fully overhauled by Peter Eaton, and since then the clarinet has had little use. It subsequently went to an amateur player who now wishes to sell it in order to invest in a Bass clarinet. A letter of Provenance from Mark Simpson is included in the sale. This clarinet has no cracks or damage to the wood, it is in very good condition. The Silver plating does show some minor tarnishing, unusually in places which are not touchpieces, i.e. the underside of keys and the tenon rings, see photo 8. Overall the plating is about 95%. The International is Eaton's version of a medium bore clarinet. The matching serial nos. are S613. The m'piece is an Eaton stamped 1.21A with S/N 3786, in used condition. There are 2 barrels of 63 and 64mm length. The case is an Orly, with zip and carry strap. Here is a chance for someone to own a instrument with an impressive provenance at a considerable cost saving from new.

433

GEORGE LEBLANC, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET-SOLD

1995

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare G Leblanc, Paris, Professional Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, model 325S. This model features a fork Ab/Eb in the RH which neatly does away with the necessity for another touchpiece for the LH little finger. It is a UK owner professional instrument, and has been extremely well cared for.
The Grenadilla wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or damage. The only marks to the wood are at the back of the lower joint, where the screw holes for an old floor peg attachment have been filled. The German Silver plated key work shows only slight "brassing", it is in very good condition throughout. The crook is in excellent condition, as is the bell, which also features the Leblanc logo, this was a feature only of top Leblanc Bass professional models. There is a floor peg attachment to the bell. All pads are finest Pisoni Tan Leather in excellent condition, and, in addition, the instrument has been down to our Clarinets Direct workshop for a thorough check down and regulation as necessary. The matching serial nos. are 678, which probably dates to the late 1950's. The supplied mouthpiece is a Selmer C in very good condition. The case is also in good used condition.  

434

SELMER SERIES 9 FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

995

Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's professional players amongst our clientele. The former owner of this fine & rare instrument is jazz player who only plays Full Boehm type clarinets. The 9 was the last of the wide bore Selmer models, ideal for flexible playing, and equipped with all the "bells and whistles" to aid in fast passage work: Fork Eb/Bb, articulated C#/G#, LH Ab/Eb and a range to low Eb. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
This Bb clarinet has matching serial nos., S9770 which dates to 1962. The Nickel Silver plating is excellent throughout, with only slight wear to the G# key, & RH low Ab and F keys. The pads are all tan leather which are "as new" throughout. There are no cracks or repairs, the Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition. All pieces are matching and original. The case is elderly but fully functional.

435

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

845

An extremely fine E13 clarinet in Nickel Silver plate. The matching serial numbers are K65503 which dates to 1985. This E13 Bb is much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. When this model was produced it was second only to the RC and R13 profesional models in quality, and it was manufactured alongside them at the Buffet factory.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is pristine.  The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop with Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads fitted throughout. The corks have been replaced, and the key work realigned and regulated. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is of modern Buffet back pack type, in excellent condition. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instruments was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture. The m'piece is a brand new stock Buffet as supplied with a new E13.

 

436

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET, E13 CLARINETS -SOLD

1595

 

 

     

An extremely fine matched pair of E13 clarinets in Silver plate. These instruments are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct and they are both in pristine condition. They were bought new 4 years ago at the commencement of a University Music degree specialing in performance. Their current owner has just up-graded to a pair of professional RC Buffet clarinets.
The Bb has matching serial numbers K238265. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is in superb condition with no loss. The instrument fish skin pads throughout in good order, just like the A it has had a thorough "check down" in our workshop, with any faulty pads being replaced as necessary. The A has S/N K246315, & has plating throughout in perfect condition. All pieces are original, matching, and with Buffet logo stamps. It has also just been partially overhauled in fish skin pads, all of which are either new, or in excellent condition. The case is a modern Soundwear back pack example in very good condition which features many pouches for music and accessories. The m'piece is an "as new" stock Buffet. The pair can be split as follows: A in double case without m'piece for 845. Bb in new single case with m'piece for 795.

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437

PAIR OF E J ALBERT CLARINETS -RESERVED

2495

 

 

     


This pair of E J Albert clarinets are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. They have not been used for some years as the last owner, who bought them whilst a student, is now working as a civil servant. He purchased the pair at the suggestion of the late Alan Hacker, and they are in extremely good condition for their age. E J Albert was one of the most respected makers of the early 20th Century. He was one of three sons of the founder of the firm: Eugene Albert. E J Albert was active from 1895 through to the 1920's with his workshop in Brussels. Jack Heyworth, of Liverpool and London, acted as his UK agent.
The Bb has German Silver keys in very good condition. The instrument was fully restored at Howarths of London a few years ago, as the owner had the intention of taking up playing again as an adult, though this proved impractical. The clarinet was completely re-padded in tan leather pads, all of which are in excellent condition. So, since the full restoration the clarinet, it has had no use. The wood is in overall good condition, for an instrument which is probably around 100 years old. There is a small indentation to the wood at the top of the upper joint, also a surface crack to the receiver tenon at the top of the lower joint. This tenon is metal lined so this crack has absolutely no effect on the response. There are also two further cracks to the bell, the largest of which has been filled [see photo 9]. Both clarinets have a hole drilled into the tenon of the bell, and this is designed to raise the pitch of the low E. If desired the tenon can be rotated to close off this vent. All main pieces are matching and stamped.
The A has matching serial nos. 11021, & has wood in overall excellent condition. The German Silver keywork throughout is in pristine condition. Unlike the Bb it does not feature metal reinforcement or lining to the middle tenon. We have just fully reconditioned this instrument in our workshop, with the key work being polished, as well as a complete re-pad in Pisoni Deluxe tan leather pads. The key work has been re-aligned and regulated. There is no play in the mechanism, and no joint wobble, the condition is superb. There are 2 barrels of 62.0mm, and 61.0mm. Albert barrels are short because the original m'pieces supplied by the firm were 2mm longer in the bore than contemporary m'pieces. The m'piece supplied is a Morgan RM06, which has been re-bored to 1010 dimensions. It tunes the pair very well indeed. The case is a brand new Leblanc of pouchette type.  

438

BUFFET RC PRESTIGE A CLARINET -SOLD

1995

 

 

     

This early RC A Prestige clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This model was the top of the line Buffet when made, and was the first mainstream production line clarinet to feature a voicing groove in the bell. Considering the instrument was made in 1983 it proves how much Buffet Crampon have always been a design innovator and market leader.

This A has matching serial numbers, F249547, which makes it one of the first RC Prestige ever manufactured. The condition of this instrument is excellent. There are no cracks or damage to the wood. The Silver plating is pristine throughout. The clarinet has "as new" Pisoni Premium Deluxe white leather pads throughout. The original supplied Buffet double case is also in good condition.

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     439   BUFFET RC PRESTIGE CLARINET in Bb-SOLD          2095
Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's professional players amongst our clientele. The sole former owner of this superb instrument, is one such. The instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet was hand selected and thereafter only lightly used as a "doubling" instrument.

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most desirable models, a RC Prestige. The instrument is in 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 528189. The pads are all fish skin, and the instrument has gone down to our workshop for a thorough check down, with pads replaced as necessary. All pieces matching and original. The m'piece is the original Buffet, unused, and still in the wrapper. The upgrade supplied BAM single case is in very good condition.

440

BUFFET CRAMPON R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

2195

This near mint condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument belongs to a busy London professional who works mainly in London's West End. The instrument is decribed as "near mint" only because of slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks. 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. 601887, it was bought new from Howarths' 5 years ago. 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 recently had a complete overhaul in tan leather pads. The original owner preferred a Tom Kooiman thumb rest, and, as she kept this, we have fitted a traditional thumb rest. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a modern light weight gig bag. The mouthpiece is a brand new Buffet.

 

     441   MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-RESERVED          1395
A good condition pair of B&H 1010's which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instruments have had only one careful owner, who originally purchased this pair from Bill Lewingtons of London. She has recently purchased a Rossi English bore model from Clarinets Direct.
The Bb, serial no. 182899, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good condition, with only minor wear to the left and right hand "pinky" keys. The pair have just been completely overhauled in finest Pisoni Tan leather pads, and unusually for a commission sale, they are sold with the full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty and return policy. The A, serial no. 183532, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape, and the instrument is in near mint condition. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 Reginald Kell No. 2. The case is the original in fair condition, the interior shows some stains, and there are also some scuffs, and streaks to the exterior. It latches securely.

442

MORHANGE, PARIS, C CLARINET-RESERVED

995

A rare Morhange C clarinet. "Morhange a Paris" are not listed in "The New Langwill Index", and the make is unknown to us. It is possible that the instrument was a stencil, and it appears that the clarinet was manufactured in the 1930's, when this practice was commonplace. The German Silver key work is in excellent condition. We have just comnpletely re-padded the clarinet and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or repairs to the Grenadilla wood, only slight surface marks and scratches associated with normal use. The largest of these is shown, see photo No. 9. The m'piece is a Vandoren B45 spot, though the instrument will tune well with any standard French bore m'piece. The case is a modern example, in excellent condition.

443

MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS -RESERVED

2595

 

 

     

An exceptionally rare pair of superb condition early Buffet clarinets. This pair have been professionally owned and played in "The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment". 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 a Vandoren 5RV relayed to 0.90mm by 17mm.
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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444

BUFFET, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, E13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

845

An extremely fine, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinet in Nickel Silver plate. The matching serial numbers are K54876 which dates to 1980. This E&S Bb is much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. When this model was produced it was second only to the RC and R13 profesional models in quality, and it was manufactured alongside them at the Buffet factory.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is pristine.  The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads by newly qualified repairman Dave Kershook [who has just joined NAMIR]. The case is the original which shows some stains to the interior, and wear generally, but is still fully functional. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instruments was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture. The m'piece is a brand new stock Buffet as supplied with new E13's.