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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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SCHMIDT MANNHEIM, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM Eb CLARINET

£2395

 

 

     


An ultra rare Eb clarinet stamped "Schmidt Mannheim", which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us through a Dutch professional clarinettist. This is a unique instrument of experimental Schmidt Reform Boehm type. It lacks a dual function register key and separate dedicated throat Bb vent, which are common to most SRB instruments. Unusually it has a low A/E vent instead of a low G/D compensating vent. So for these reasons it is perhaps best described as an experimental Schmidt Reform Boehm Eb. This clarinet is unique in that it is stamped "Schmidt": Usually Schmidt, the player's name, was stamped alongside the name of the maker, as in Schmidt Kolbe. Schmidt Kolbe Schmidt Reform Boehm instruments were played by the legendary British player, Bernard Walton. The excellence of his playing can be heard in the Philharmonia recordings of the 1950's and 1960's. It is possible that this instrument was in fact made by Hammerschmidt, the style and type of key work may support this theory.
The instrument features the following Schmidt Reform Boehm improvements: Vent for D/A, low A/E vent, and a full time hole in the bell to raise bell E/B. There are no cracks or damage to the Grenadilla wood, though it shows surface marks and scuffs. It is possible that this instrument dates to the 1st decade of the 20th Century i.e. it is over 100 years old. The thumb rest has had minor damage in the past, see photo 10. The pads, whilst not all new, are in good condition, the instrument has been down to our workshop for a partial re-pad and full regulation. The intonation and scale are amazing, this Eb actually approaches a Bb clarinet for quality of sound. The clarinet plays well with the supplied new Leitner & Kraus m'piece. NB it plays with German Eb clarinet reeds. The original m'piece is included though it shows much wear, as it may be of use to the next owner should they wish to have it copied. The case, which I believe to be original, still latches and protects the Eb well.  

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BUFFET RC Bb CLARINET

£1295

A very good condition Buffet RC Bb clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Buffet RC model was launched in 1975, and named after Robert Carree, who had had a long career with Buffet Crampon, which culminated in him being chief designer. The RC places the speaker tube higher, and features a slighter wider initial polycylindrical bore than the R13. Most players find this results in a warmer, more "spread" tone, than the R13.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent, with no discernable wear. This Bb has matching S/N 451549, it was bought new by an professional clarinettist and teacher as a spare instrument to his R13 pair. The original Guarantee card is included in the sale. This excellent instrument has seen little use. The instrument has used fish skin pads, which though old, are sealing well. The supplied m'piece is a used Selmer C*. There are 2 barrels; the original Buffet of 66mm, and a Selmer 10S barrel of 64.5mm. The case is the original in good condition, it comes with the still wrapped keys.

 

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LUIS ROSSI VIENNESE BORE Bb CLARINET

£3495

 

 

     

This Luis Rossi Viennese bore Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Viennese bore model is based on a Koktan clarinet: It features a wide bore, with a dark creamy sound and superb intonation. It has had only one owner, a professional Jazz clarinettist, and is in excellent condition.
The Silver plate is pristine condition throughout. The wood is also in perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs, excepting the wooden thumb rest, which has cracked through the screw holes, this we have glued and filled in our workshop. There is a fully automatic Bb booster key. The serial numbers are V310. There are 4 barrels of 62.0mm, 63.0mm, 64.0mm, and 65mm. The m'piece is a Riffault which has been bored out to 1010 dimesnsions, which tune this model well, by T W Howarth. The Protech case is also in "as new" condition, and comes with still wrapped carry straps.

 

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LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£795

A mint condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional wooden model  & 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  bright 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 D47978. The supplied m'piece is a professional K10M Woodwind Co., Leblanc in ebonite, in good condition. The case is the original, in excellent condition, and the original warranty card is also included.

 

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LUIS ROSSI AMERICAN BORE MODEL Bb CLARINET

£POA

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

 

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet RC Bb clarinet in Silver plate. The Buffet RC model was launched in 1975, and named after Robert Carree, who had had a long career with Buffet Crampon, which culminated in him being chief designer. The RC places the speaker tube higher, and features a slighter wider initial polycylindrical bore than the R13. Most players find this results in a warmer, more "spread" tone, than the R13.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is very good, with only slight wear, most noticeably to the C#/G# key. This Bb has matching S/N 307683, which dates to 1988. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in our workshop and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original in good condition, and the m'piece is a Buffet C Crown professional model in ebonite, which is in excellent condition. This m'piece does tune the clarinet exceptionally well.  

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET

£1125

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb STILL AVAILABLE IN SINGLE CASE FOR £1125
An excellent condition early pair of Selmer 10S clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have a single UK owner and were bought new from Selmer UK in 1979, as indicated in the valuation letter from Selmer, which is included in this sale. At that point in time Selmer had not yet put the 10S A clarinet into production: Consequently though the A clarinet has 10S barrels and a 10S bell, it is, in fact, a Selmer Series 10. For that reason the seller is prepared to split the pair, as follows: Series 10 A in double case, for £995. Series 10S Bb in single case with excellent condition Selmer m'piece for £1125. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner.
This Bb, S/N A2118, dates to the 1979 and has Nickel Silver plate, in fine condition throughout. Both clarinets have just been completely overhauled in "Roo" white leather pads, and the card receipt for this work, totalling £350, is included in the sale. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition. All pieces are original, and have matching stamps. There are two supplied barrels of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The A, has matching serial nos. Z4349. Like the Bb it is in Nickel Silver plate which is in pristine condition throughout. It has excellent condition wood with no blemishes. The two supplied barrels measure, 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The case is the original Selmer, again in very good condition.

 

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BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

£1895

 

 

     

This is a good condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet, which was probably a custom order from Buffet. This early Prestige features several improvements over a standard model. There is an articulated C#/G# mechanism, the bell not only has a voicing groove to improve the bell note response and tuning, but also a vent hole, finally, the speaker key & tube have been re-designed to minimise bore intrusion. This has several advantages, not only are the acoustics and response of the second register improved, but also the risk of snagging the pull through is minimised. 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. F253728, which dates to 1985. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is excellent throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in good condition, with only slight wear to the ring keys, and slight spot wear to the LH "pinky" keys. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our Clarinets Direct workshop and is sold with full 1 year warranty. The key regulation is very good. All pieces are matching and original. The case is a brand new Buffet Prestige with combination locks. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer C85 120 in very good condition.  

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET

£1045

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

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YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET

£845

 

 

     


A near mint condition "as new" Yamaha 650 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The only reason that the instrument is not described as "mint" is that the pads are not all brand new, however they are all in good condition. The Silver plated keywork and wood are both pristine. The Yamaha 650 is the top selling rival to the Buffet E13. It tends to give less trouble than the E13, because, unlike the current Buffet, the Grenadilla wood moves less, causing fewer problems with sticking joints. Yamaha quality control and build quality are exemplary, and these instruments are easy to live with and perfect for the advancing student. The instrument features an adjustable thumbrest, tapered and undercut tone holes, Silver plated keywork, and a voicing groove to the neck of the bell. The supplied m'piece is an used Yamaha 3C, NB not pictured. The case and carry pouch are in perfect condition.  

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS A CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A superb Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family. The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with an excellent shine. The wood is in amazing condition for its age, with no cracks or repairs, only light surface marks. All white leather pads and corks are good. This instrument was made in the late 1920's or very early 1930's as Albert had moved to London by 1933 and this clarinet is stamped "Made in Belgium". The makers stamp is clearly visible, as is the stamp of the supplying dealer, " W Hamie Amsterdam". This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, and has been played professionally & it it has been exceptionally maintained. The LH F/C touchpiece has been enlarged, see photos photos 7 & 8. The case is in fair condition with some wear to the interior lining, the handle is missing. The bore is 14.9mm, and the instrument works well with the custom barrel which is supplied. It will tune nicely with any modern French bore m'pieces, including the Vandoren M13 range.

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NOBLET, PARIS, BY LEBLANC, MODEL 40 C CLARINET

£1095

 

 

     

This is a Noblet model 40 C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in good condition. This instrument is the intermediate model 40 Noblet C clarinet, with all parts made of aged Grenadilla wood, featuring tapered tone holes and a cylindrical bore. The matching serial nos. are B99268, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in good condition throughout. The instrument has just had an overhaul, in our Clarinets Direct workshop, in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows some wear to the rings and pillars. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes well with the supplied excellent condition stock Buffet mouthpiece[not pictured], though this instrument is compatible with all French bore m'pieces, which means that usually the player can use the same m'piece they play on their Bb. The case is the original, which shows some scuffs to the exterior, the interior is in good condition.  

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LEBLANC, PARIS, EEb CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

£3495

 

 

     


Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest clarinettists amongst our clientele. One such was the late legendary Keith Bird. Keith's career started in the Desert Air Force Band, and led to him being one of the top session musicians. Always in demand as clarinettist and saxophonist for Film and TV work, he bought this Contra new in the 1960's. Perhaps the instruments most famous credit, is being featured in the original "Cantina band music" in George Lucas' Star Wars.
This is an early model 350 G. Leblanc, Paris, EEb ContraAlto clarinet, in metal, range to low C, [commonly known as the Paperclip]. This model has a fully automatic single register key touchpiece which operates 2 different over blowing vents. This clarinet features three trill keys, unlike the Leblanc BBb which has only one. The body is Nickel Silver, and is in pristine condition. The instrument has just had a full and complete overhaul by Alan Andrews, Contra specialist player, repairer, and designer of quite extaordinary ability. The original Leblanc reflectors have been polished and re-fitted with new pads throughout. Keith preferred to play this Contra with a Selmer D Contra-Alto m'piece. Because the Selmer Contra-Alto m'piece is of smaller design than the BBb of Selmer and Contra Leblancm'pieces, Keith had an ebonite sleeve made to fit into the receiver crook of the tenon. However the original Leblanc m'piece is also included in the sale, so, if the new owner desires, the sleeve can be removed and the Contra played with the Leblanc original m'piece. However, I understand that the late Bill Wrathel, of Michael White Musical Intruments, kept the Selmer m'piece in good condition for Keith, so my feeling is that the instrument is best played with this m'piece. The matching serial nos. on all pieces are 300, which probably dates to the early 1960's, Leblanc serial number lists found on line are unreliable. The original case is in good condition, and the EEb comes with a selection of reeds and reed case. Finally: It gives me great pleasure to share a photgraph of Keith with other eminent American musicians taken whilst on tour in the USA. Amongst others: Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Errol Garner [I think] and Charlie Parker are featured. Apparently, after the meal, Keith went back to Charlie Parker's apartment to meet his wife and daughter.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1595

 

 

     

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 by a clarinet teacher in the Bournemouth area, and the pair have seen very light use. The instruments have just had a partial re-pad and thorough check down with Mike Huntriss, ex-Bass Clarinettist of the BSO. These instruments are late examples, featuring the 2nd generation design of Acton patent vent.
The Bb, serial no. 448044, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition. The pads are mainly all "Gordon Beeson" Tan leather pads, in very good condition. The A, serial no. 444662, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition. As with the Bb, it has "Gordon Beeson" Tan leather pads, in very good condition. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 3, which is, again, in good used condition. The case is the original in very good condition..

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BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, EEb CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

£7995

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Contra-Alto clarinet in Rosewood, which has been owned by a British collector, who had a large collection of Contra-Bass clarinets. Unfortunately his redundancy forces this sale. The Selmer Contra-Alto is generally considered the finest in the world, due to its excellent response and fine ergonomics. It plays almost as easily as a Bass clarinet.
This instrument is in pristine condition, without cracks or damage to the wood. The pads are all tan leather and in very fine condition. The Nickel silver plating is also excellent throughout, with no wear. The matching serial nos. are A6821 which dates to the early 1980's. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer C*, which is again in very good condition. The original case shows some exterior scuffs, but the interior is excellent.

 

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JULIUS KEILWERTH SX 90 II SOPRANO SAX

£1995

This is an excellent condition Keilwerth SX90 II Soprano Sax, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new at Howarth's whilst the owner was a student at the Royal Academy of Music.
The Soprano has serial nos 97335. The original lacquer shows only slight wear, as seen in the photographs, with light scratches. The key work is in excellent condition, and there are two crooks, curved and straight. This instrument has tan leather pads throughout, which whilst used, are sealing well. The regulation is good, and the soprano has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" prior to sale. The original case is in good used condition.

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BUFFET E11 C CLARINET

£995

 

 

     


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

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BUFFET CRAMPON BASS CLARINET, TO LOW Eb

£1995

This is a very good condition Buffet Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has only one over blowing vent, and was manufactured up until recently as a much cheaper option to the Prestige Bass. It is a pity that it is no longer in production.
All Nickel Silver plated key work is in very good condition, with no wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine throughout. The crook is in good condition, and the bell has no dents or damage. This Bass has finest Pisoni White Leather pads throughout, which, though used, are in good condition. The Bass has been well, and regularly, maintained by its former owner. There is a floor peg to the bell. The matching serial nos. are 25870. The instrument comes in the original case, which is in good used condition, and with a used Vandoren B44 m'piece, and a selection of reeds.

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MATCHED PAIR OF HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

£3495

 

 

     

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

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YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

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

 

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L'ORPHEON, PARIS, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

A rare, metal L'Orpheon, Paris, Plateau B flat clarinet. This is most probably an instrument made for the military for out door use, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau. The entire instrument is plated in Silver, which is in overall very good condition, what slight wear there is, is primarily to the ring finger touchpieces. The clarinet has just been overhauled by Clarinets Direct in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 2733. The clarinet has a sling hook fitted just above the rear thumb rest. The case is of modern gig bag type with over the shoulder carry strap, and pouches. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer Paris C* in good condition. This clarinet would suit a younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole.

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SELMER PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET

£1995

This is a very good condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.4mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood is in very good condition, with only light surfarce marks, no cracks, repairs, or any damage. All the Silver plate key work is also in very good condition. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The fish skin pads have all been recently replaced, and are "as new". The are 2 supplied barrels of 62.5 mm & 64.5mm. The matching serial numbers are D0596, which dates to the mid-1980's. An excellent condition Selmer C85 120 m'piece is also supplied. The case is a brand new "Reed & Squeak", which features many pouches, and over-the-shoulder carry strap.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF FRITZ WURLITZER, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM CLARINETS

£5995

Clarinets Direct is Europe's leading specialist clarinet dealer. We are fortunate indeed to be able to offer these rare and fine Fritz Wurlitzer Schmidt Reform Boehm system clarinets. These instruments have come to us froma professional player in the Netherlands as a commission sale. For many players these clarinets are the ultimate Boehm system: in tune, made with consumate craftsmanship and offering a uniquely characterful tone, which contrasts sharply with some modern mass produced instruments. Fritz Wurlitzer has a reputation second to none: He is considered the pre-eminent German maker, he was succeeded by his son Herbert, and these days the firm of Schwenke and Seggelke are generally accepted as the most highly regarded clarinet makers in the World. Unlike many modern manufacturers who claim to make a Schmidt Reform Boehm, these clarinets are the genuine and superb article.
These clarinets feature: A booster mechanism for throat Bb. An additional vent for the D/A twelfth, working off the LH 3rd ring. An additional vent for RH middle finger B/F#, a much neater system than the B&H 1010 Acton Vent. A compensating low G/D pad. A hole in the bell to improve low E/B. RH rollers between Eb/Ab and low F/C. A LH Ab/Eb lever. All of this results in a clarinet of superb evenness and unmatched security of intonation. Indeed the problem confronting the player used to the inherent shortcomings of the standard Boehm, is learning not to adjust embouchure pressure to correct the non existent faults on this instrument! This late Fritz Wurlitzer instrument features a small bore of 14.60mm, something which his son Herbert continued with in his own designs. These instruments play very well with modern French bore m'pieces aspecially those made for, our sourced from the American market. The Vandoren "M" range m'pieces will also work, but beware of a gap left at the bottom of the tenon of the barrel, by the shorter tenon of the m'piece into the receiver tenon of the Wurlitzer barrrel. If this gap is left unfilled, i.e. by a tuning ring, wide 12ths in the LH will be the result.
The Bb has serial no. 1989 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout, with only one slight patch of wear to the register key, and rear thumb bush. The wood is excellent condition, without mark or blemish. The pads are white leather which are used, but in excellent condition. The instrument is stamped " Fritz Wurlitzer, Erlbach, Made in Germany".
The A has serial no. 1988 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is again in excellent condition. The pads are used, but like new. The instrument is stamped " Fritz Wurlitzer, Erlbach, Made in Germany". There are 5 barrels. The m'piece is an "as new" Morgan USA RM 15 which tunes the instruments in an exemplary fashion. The supplied case is also in "as new" condition.

 

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SELMER, PARIS, 10G Bb CLARINET

£1075

 

 

     

An extremely fine Selmer 10G clarinet, in Silver plate. The Selmer 10G was named for Anthony Gigliotti, onetime principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gigliotti had become frustrated with certain shortcomings in the Buffet R13 design in the late 1960's and went to Buffet Crampon with modifications, Buffet weren't impressed, but Selmer were. The result was the 10G: an improved, "Americanised" R13, with warmer sound and better intonation. Hans W Moennig and Ralph Morgan were also major contributors to the design.
This Bb, S/N Y1836, dates to the late 1970's and has Silver plate in good condition. What wear there is is mainly to the pillars, rather than the keywork, though there is slight tarnish to some of the longer barrels and trill keys. This is an earlier production model. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. The instrument has been well maintained, with the current owner just having up-graded to a pair, on starting a performance course at University, and this instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The fish skin pads, whilst used, are all sealing well. All parts are original and stamped "10G". The case is also the original, in good used condition, complete with leather case cover. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B40, again in good condition.  

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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET

£1895

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Boosey and Hawkes Imperial, Eb Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This Eb has a fine provenance, having been selected at the B&H factory from new, and played professionally in London by David Rix, Principal Clarinet of the City of London Sinfonia for many years. The instrument has been used in the following Orchestras: Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, etc.
The Silver plated key work shows only slight wear, mainly to the LH Ring 2 it is in good condition throughout. There are no cracks or repairs to the wood, which is in very good condition, excepting one minor chip to the bell rim, see photo 8. The instrument has just been overhauled in fish skin pads by a repairer local to Dave Rix. The serial nos. are 431148, which dates to 1975. The RH sliver key has been shortened to a button touch piece, to avoid accidental contact in fast passage work. The mouthpiece is a B&H original, in excellent condition. It plays comfortably with Vandoren No. 3 or 3.5 reeds. The case is again original, in good condition. In summation this Eb plays well, and with excellent intonation.  

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PAIR OF PRE-WAR, LONDON & PARIS, BOOSEY & HAWKES 1010 CLARINETS

£1495

 

 

     

This pair of extremely rare Boosey & Hawkes, London & Paris, clarinets are in very good condition. Their former owner is a London based professional, and these instruments have been extremely carefully owned, and have had after market tuning work done on them by Jon Steward. The London & Paris 1010 model, as the name suggests, was made for B&H in France. These instruments are in amazing original condition, with matching serial nos. throughout on both Bb and A, they are probably the finest pair of pre-war London and Paris Boosey & Hawkes 1010s in existence. Even the original case comes with the key.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 1242 and has original key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in ebonite throughout, which is in overall excellent condition. All pads are Pisoni Tan Leather in good condition.
The A, has matching serial nos. 1953. The key work, which is Silver plated, is in good shape for its age with only slight wear to the "pinky keys". There is one minor old repaired crack to the lower joint upper tenon, see photo 10. This has been glued in the past and is at the top of the receiving tenon of the lower joint, i.e. it does not form the bore or affect the instruments' response in any way. Like the Bb is has Pisoni Tan Leather pads in good condition. The main pieces are wood apart from the original barrel & bell, which are in ebonite. The m'piece is stamped S/N 1203, in excellent condition, and tunes both clarinets well. The case is the original in good condition, with dust cover and key.  

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NOBLET, PARIS, BY LEBLANC, PLATEAU ARTIST C CLARINET

£1495

 

 

     

This is an ultra rare and unusual Noblet Artist plateau C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, In fact it is the only example of its type which we have seen. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's foremost professional players amongst our clientele: This exceptional instrument has come to us fom Joe Pacewicz, currently acting Principal Clarinet of the "Royal Scottish National Orchestra" and is in excellent condition. This instrument is the professional Artist Noblet clarinet, with all parts made of finest unstained Grenadilla wood, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in "as new" condition throughout. The instrument has just been completely overhauled, by Mike Huntriss, ex-Bass clarinettist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, in tan leather pads. The Nickel Silver plate is also in pristine order throughout, with no wear. The upper joint has serial nos, 93638, and the lower joint, 89959. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes well with the supplied original Noblet mouthpiece [which is in fair used condition], though this instrument is compatible with all French bore m'pieces, which means that usually the player can use the same m'piece they play on their Bb. The case is the original, which is in good used condition. In summation, this is a C with excellent intonation, which, for a covered hole clarinet plays very freely.

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LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£725

 

 

     

A near mint condition Leblanc Sonata  Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is Leblanc's entry level professional wooden model  & 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  bright stamps  We have just overhauled this clarinet in Pisoni premium Deluxe fishskin pads, & the clarinet is sold with a full years' warranty. The matching serial nos. are D54414. The supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a professional Vandoren B45 in ebonite, in good condition. The case is the original, in excellent condition, and a clarinet stand is also included

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BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

An extremely fine E13 clarinet in Nickel Silver plate. The matching serial numbers are K80042, which dates to the late 1990's, and all pieces are original with Buffet stamps, including the m'piece, which is a brand new stock Buffet. There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is in very good order, with only the slightest wear to the ring fingers. The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which is in good condition. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instruments was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.  

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YAMAHA SE CUSTOM Bb CLARINET

£1175

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON RC PRESTIGE BASS CLARINET

£5495

 

 

     


This is an excellent condition Buffet RC Prestige Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The owner has just traded up to a Tosca Bass, and consequently this instrument is now offered for sale. The Buffet RC Prestige is a very different design to the R13 Prestige Bass: it features different size tone holes, and a more robust warm sound than the R13 model. It is a pity that it is no longer in production.
All Silver plated key work is in very good condition, with only very light scratches, no wear. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is pristine. The crook is in good condition, and the bell has no dents or damage, again just light scratches associated with normal, careful use. This type of Buffet Bass has a double overblowing vent, and features alternative fingerings for low D. This Bass has finest Pisoni White Leather pads throughout, in excellent condition. The Bass clarinet has been down to our workshop for a thorough check down. The instrument has been regulated and all touch corks replaced as necessary. The instrument plays very easily, and its' former owner was a Bass clarinet specialist, studying on a performance course at Southampton University. There is a floor peg to the bell. The matching serial nos. are 28121. The instrument comes in the original case, which is in good used condition, and with a used Vandoren B44 m'piece.  

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SELMER BUNDY CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

£1345

 

 

     

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

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COUESNON, MONOPOLE, CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£845

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET

£595

 

 

     

A near mint condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The only reason the instrumnet is not described as mint, is that the tenon corks are not all brand new, in all other repects this instrument is " as new". In fact, because new tan leather pads have been fitted throughout, it is actually supplied in better specification than new. The Silver plating is pristine, as is the wood condition. All pieces are matching and original, the m'piece is brand new and unplayed. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 835321. In recent years the Buffet badged "France" Bb clarinet E11 model, which was made in the old Leblanc factory, gained an extremely poor reputation for build quality. So much so, that Buffet have deleted this model from their line up and, confusingly, renamed it the E12. Fortunately this E11 was made in Germany, before the move to manufacture in the French Leblanc factory and is, therefore, a significantly better made instrument.  

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S II Bb CLARINET

£1195

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb STILL AVAILABLE IN SINGLE CASE FOR £1195.00 An excellent condition matched pair of Selmer 10S II clarinets, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This pair have been professionally owned and played here in the UK. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner. The 10S II represents a major revision of the design which was undertaken in the late 1980's. Selmer seem to have tried to make the 10S II sit more easily with the later Recital clarinet: Compared to the original the instrument seems "darker toned" and plays slightly lower in pitch, i.e. aimed more at the US market. Metal middle tenons are featured on both Bb and A, at the bottem of the upper joint, with the A also having a metal sleeved receiver tenon at the top of the lower joint. The impression is one of solid, durable, build quality. Both instruments feature adjustable thumb rests.
This Bb, S/N N06750, dates to the 2000's and has Silver plate, in pristine condition throughout. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in excellent condition. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. The white leather pads, which are not new, are very good throughout. The A, has matching serial nos. N09589. Like the Bb it is in pristine conditiuon throughout. Again it has white leather pads in very good condition, and excellent condition wood with no blemishes. The key work is well regulated. The case is an Orly, again in very good condition.

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STUBBINS, BY NOBLET, PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET

£845

 

 

     

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

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINETS     

£2595

An exceptionally rare, and unique pair of superb condition early Buffet clarinets. This pair have been professionally owned and played in the Netherlands. These instruments have a larger bore of 15.0 mm, 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. This pair also feature a unique custom designed articulated C#/G# mechanism which ingeniously works off a separate pilar mounting for C#/G# at the bottom of the upper joint. This weaker spring is then overidden by a linkage connected to the RH rings.
The Bb has serial number 85M dating to 1899. 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 just been entirely re-padded in double bladder fish skin pads, in our workshop, with the exception of the register key, which is in cork. The instruments are sold with our full 1 year warranty. 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 is an original Buffet wooden m'piece but it is badly damaged. It is included should the new owner wish to have it copied.
A, S/N 84M, dates to 1899. 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. Again we have just completely re-padded in double bladder fishskin, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. A cut down Selmer C85 120 m'piece is included, which does play the pair at A=440 Hz. These instruments would make an excellent addition to a period players inventory, or possibly, might delight a collector of rare, historic clarinets. The case is the original Buffet, in good condition, and it still latches perfectly!

 

     39   SELMER, PARIS, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb          £2495
This is a good condition Selmer Paris Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The last former owner is a UK based amateur Bass clarinettist. The Selmer Paris Bass is considered the finest in the World due to its excellent ergonomics, and automatic double overblowing vent for the second register. All German Silver key work is in good condition, with only minor wear, the plating shows some "brassing" commensurate with the age of this instrument. There is one repaired, pinned, crack to the upper joint, see photo 4. This crack repair is very old, and the instrument has been stable for several decades. In addition the wood shows minor surface scratches and marks. The bell and crook also have minor dings and light marks, see photos 5 and 9, these have no effect on the tuning or response. The crook is a sleeved and adjustable. This Bass has just had a thorough "check down" in our workshop and regulation is excellent. The pads are used, but still serviceable, again, any that needed changing were replaced in our workshop. This Bass will play perfectly out of the case. There is a floor peg to the bell, The matching serial nos. are N7200 which dates to 1950. The original case is much used, and has tape repairs to the exterior, but it is still serviceable, and comes with the keys. The m'piece is an "as new" Morgan Protone.
     40   BUFFET Eb PICCOLO CLARINET          £1995
This is a Buffet Eb clarinet in very good condition. Clarinets Direct is fortunate in counting leading professionals amongst our clientele. This instrument has a unique and excellent Provenance, having been owned and customised by the late John McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra, initially as 2nd and Eb Clarinet, and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible. Though this instrument started life as a standard professional Buffet Eb clarinet, in fact it has been much altered: Most of the major alteration includes opening out the bore at the top of the instrument and also reaming out the m'piece. This means that the Eb will play sharp if standard French bore Eb m'pieces are used, it needs the supplied m'piece, or one with a similar bore.
The matching serial nos. are 31925, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in good condition throughout, though the thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes left unfilled, see photo 10. The German Silver keywork is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full warranty. The instrument tunes exceptionally well, and also demontrates a much warmer and round tone than the standard production model. It would suit a professional player. The supplied case is a brand new compact Eb case, NB not pictured.

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£895

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

 

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

£795

 

 

     

This is a Selmer Pre-CT clarinet in excellent condition, which has been professionally owned here in the UK and is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The pre-Centered Tone model, features a slightly smaller bore than the CT, but was constructed in the then usual Selmer manner with an "hour glass" bore shape.
The German Silver plated key work is in good condition throughout, and exhibits a nice shine. The instrument has recently had an overhaul in tan leather pads, all of which are in excellent condition. 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 N570, which dates to 1946. The m'piece is a Selmer D which is an open lay, again it is in very good condition. The case, is used, but latches securely, and has a good interior.

 

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LEBLANC, CONCERTO, Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION

£1195

An excellent condition Leblanc Concerto Bb clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a well known London Jazz player. Unfortunately this player now faces a large inheritance tax bill, and a large part of his excellent selection of clarinets, and saxophones, must be sold.
The Concerto is one of the last of Leblanc's top professional wooden model clarinets, it features the same polycylindrical bore design, of 14.61mm, as the Opus. It was made with all of Leblanc's usual engineering excellence; with gold plated needle springs, separate pillar mounted Ab/Eb, and aged Grenadilla wood. This example has no damage or repairs to the wood, which is in excellent condition. The Silver plate key work is near pristine,with only a slight patch of wear to the register key. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. The fish skin pads are not new, however, they are all sealing perfectly. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 66mm and 67mm. The matching serial nos. are 77457. The supplied m'piece is a Leblanc K10M. The case is the original, in good condition.

 

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LINTON, ELKHART, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£845

 

 

     


This is an unusual Linton Bass Clarinet in ebonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This model has the low Eb key mounted on the bell, and features, an articulated C#/G, LH Ab/EB lever and a compensating low G/D vent. Normally one would associate all of these features with a Bass clarinet aimed more at the professional end of the market. It could be that this instrument was made as an entry level professional model, in either the late 1930's or, more possibly post WW2, when there were problems in the USA obtaining wood for instrument making. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which shows surface marks and scratches commensurate with much use. The crook & bell are both in similar condition, there are a number of "dings" to the crook, as well as, many surface scratches to the bell. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. The German Silver key work is in good condition. The Bass has Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads thoughout in excellent condition, the current owner has had a minor service done on the Bass, with pads replaced as necessary, prior to sale. The serial nos. are 1555. The case is used, but again in good condition. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer Bundy in very good condition. Despite the Bass clarinets cosmetic appearance it plays easily and would be a good option for a professional player on a budget.  

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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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BUFFET CRAMPON, R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1195

 

 

     

A Buffet R13 Bb clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is in excellent condition and has had only one owner. The original sale invoice is included and the instrumnet was bought new in 2003.
This clarinet has a used fish skin pads throughout in good to fair condition. The Bb has matching serial nos. 518925. All pieces are matching and original, and stamped "Buffet". The Silver plating is pristine. There are no cracks or repairs the Grenadilla wood is in excellent condition. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" and key regulation. The supplied Buffet case is in good condition, and comes with the keys. The m'piece is a used Selmer B*.  

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS Bb CLARINET

£945

 

 

     

A superb Boehm system clarinet made by the last maker of the legendary Albert family. These makers were so successful that their name became synonymous with the finest Simple System clarinets in most of the English speaking world. Jacques Fils was also recognised as one of the outstanding makers of Boehm system clarinets in the 1930's, and he also produced several experimental designs, including the Degrez system, and a dual functios speaker key Boehm clarinet. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having been owned by a British professional player.
The German Silver keywork is good, very solid, and with a natural patina associated with its age. The wood is in amazing condition for a pre-WW2 clarinet, with no cracks or repairs, only light surface marks. The fish skin pads are used, but sealing. the instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough "check down" with pads replaced as necessary. This instrument was made in the late 1920's or very early 1930's as Albert had moved to London by 1933 and this clarinet is stamped "Made in Belgium". The supplied m'piece is a modern Pillinger of 926 bore, with a KC125 facing, this tunes the Albert very well. The case is  is a modern example in good condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1795

An extremely rare pair of "enhanced Boehm" B&H 1010's which were a special order from the factory and are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments area one owner pair, and the original purchaser initially ordered a Bb from Boosey & Hawkes on the occasion of his first professional employment. A couple of years later, having saved up, he was able to then complete the pair with an A from B&H. 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.
The instruments have just been down to our workshop for a thourough check up, with pads, touch and tenon corks replaced as necessary. The Bb, serial no. 257141, has no cracks or repairs to the wood though the original screw holes for the thumb rest have been filled, which has been re-positioned higher. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition. All pads are used tan leather in excellent condition, the pair have been very well cared for. The A, serial no. 288926, has no cracks or repairs, though, like the Bb amore modern adjustable thumb rest has been moved higher, and the screw holes left unfilled. The original thumb rests are also included in the sale. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent shape. The A has had significantly less use than the Bb. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 62.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a Vandoren B40, bored out to 1010 dimensions, which is, again, in good used condition. The original case is in good condition.

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION

£1195

An excellent condition Selmer 10S clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a well known London Jazz player. Unfortunately this player now faces a large inheritance tax bill, and a large part of his excellent selection of clarinets, and saxophones, must be sold. The Selmer 10S was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, S/N E6556, dates to 1988 and has Silver plate in superb condition. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in excellent order throughout. The original fixed thumb rest has been removed, and replaced with a modern adjustable type. The original screw holes have been left unfilled. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The clarinet has tan leather pads throughout in very good condition. The supplied BAM case is also in fine condition.

 

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LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

Leon Leblanc, along with Charles Houvenaghel, the great Belgian acoustician, took the use of scientific principles in clarinet manufacturing even further: Leblanc were the first major maker to set up an acoustic laboratory. Leon was a gifted clarinettist, who though he took the top performing prize at the Paris Conservatoire as a young man, chose to stay with the family business, and apply himself to instrument manufacture. He was determined to bringing acoustical, mechanical, and musical improvements to woodwind instruments. Although Leblanc's instruments were almost entirely handmade, Leon Leblanc insisted that the craftsmen follow careful measurements. "Music is an art, but it is still governed by the laws of science," he declared (Music Trades, July 1996). As a result, Leblanc instruments were more consistent than those that had come before. The company continued to strive for consistent quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Leblanc LL Bb clarinet is in 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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BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET 

£675

This fine Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet was recently taken in part exchange by Clarinets Direct. It's sole former owner was a professional player and teacher. 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. 358468, has no cracks or repairs, with only minor surface marks to the wood. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition with no wear. The instrument has just been overhauled in fish skin pads by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an original B&H 926 No. 2 in excellent condition. The case is a Buffet brown leather example also in good used condition, with an internal flap to carry sheet music. .

 

     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

£1445

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

 

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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET TOSCA CLARINET in A-SOLD

£3295

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

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DOUBLE BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET

£845

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON R13 Bb CLARINET

£1095

 

 

     


A Buffet R13 Bb clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in the UK, in the orchestra of ENON.
This clarinet has an super pads by Eddie Ashton throughout in excellent condition. The Bb has matching serial nos. 535796, which dates to the early 2000's. All pieces are matching and original, and stamped "Buffet". The Silver plating overall is in good condition, with some slight wear mainly to the finger rings, and rear thumb bush. There is a repaired crack to the upper joint, see photo, 4. This runs down towards the speaker tube, and the crack has been filled and glued. It has been stable through many years of professional use, and, as the speaker tube is metal lined, this has no effect whatsoever on the response. The supplied Buffet case is in good condition. The m'piece is a used Lomax, with S/N 4999.  

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SELMER, PARIS, CENTERED TONE Bb CLARINET

£745

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET CRAMPON C12 Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet C12 Conservatoire Bb clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet, as marketing men at Buffet felt that this model represented too good value for money, it sits well above the E13 in terms of quality. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professsional, about to enter Music Conservatoire.
The Nickel Silver plated key work is in fine condition with no plating wear. We have just completely repadded in Pisoni Premium Deluxe fish skin pads & the clarinet is sold with our "Clarinets Direct" 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is excellent throughout, all pieces including barrel and bell, are matching and stamped. The matching serial nos. are 246710, which dates to 1983. The supplied m'piece is a good condition Vandoren B45, and the case is again in good condition.  

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£495

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

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BOOSEY AND HAWKES IMPERIAL SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£695

 

 

     

A good condition B&H 1010 Imperial Symphony Bb clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has just traded up to a different clarinet and consequently this excellent Bb is offered to the market.
This Bb, serial no. 182899, which dates to 1960, has no cracks or repairs, the wood throughout is in very good condition. The thumb rest has been moved to a higher position in the past, and the original screw holes have been filled. The Silver plate is also in good condition throughout, with only minor spots of wear, which is to be expected in an instrument more than 50 years old. The instrument has "as new" Tan leather pads. The supplied m'piece is a Reginald Kell No.2 1010, in good condition. This particular m'piece tunes the instrument excellently & the Buffet leather single case is also in fine used condition.

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     63   BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET          £645
This early Imperial 926 Bb Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Imperial 926 was manufactured as a professional quality instrument on a par with the Imperial Symphony 1010, but with a bore of 15.0mm, as opposed to the 15.25mm of the 1010.
This Bb, serial no. 49342, has no cracks or repairs. The barrel is a later Boosey & Hawkes, of the correct bore marked "short". The Silver plate throughout is in good condition with no wear, apart from the LH thumb bush. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in Tan Leather pads by Clarinets Direct, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is a custom 926 by Jon Steward in excellent condition, which tunes this clarinet exceptionally well. The case is a modern example also in good used condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF COCOBOLO HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

£3295

 

 

     

An excellent condition pair of Howarth S1 clarinets, in Cocobolo wood, which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. These instruments are a one owner pair, and were used by a University graduate to obtain his Music degree. The S1 was Howarths' original professional clarinet design with a bore of 14.85mm, and was greeted with much enthusiasm by many professional UK players, including Tony Pay. Subsequent designs were of smaller bore, and unfortunately Howarth no longer manufacture clarinets. The unstained Cocobolo wood is in very good condition, with only light surface marks, consistent with careful use, however there is either a section of coarse wood grain, or a tight surface crack to the upper joint of the Bb, see photo 10. If it is a crack, it does not go through to the bore, and it has been stable with regular playing over the last several years. There is no joint wobble. The instruments have just had a full and complete overhaul, in our Clarinets Direct workshop, and are sold with our 1 year warranty. The Silver plating throughout is excellent. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1168, & the A, matching serial nos. 1160. The supplied m'pieces are both, unused, original Howarths. The tuning is excellent with these and also standard French bore m'pieces. The Orly case is well used, but fully functional.

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JACQUES ALBERT FILS CLARINET, WITH DUAL Bb/OVERBLOWING KEY

£1295

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£795

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

 

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PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES PROTOTYPE 926 CLARINETS     

£1495

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

 

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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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BUFFET BC20 Bb CLARINET

£1195

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, SERIES 10 MAZZEO Bb CLARINET

£795

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

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

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SELMER SERIES 9* Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This is an extremely good condition Selmer 9* Bb clarinet,which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner is a UK based professional. 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., X5987 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 recently had 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. There are 2 supplied barrels of 66.5mm and 64.5mm. The case is the original, in good conditon, as is the m'piece which is a Selmer C85 115.  

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SELMER, PARIS, FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£645

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

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SELMER, PARIS, 10S Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£895

 

 

     

A good condition Selmer 10S clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a London Jazz player. The Selmer 10S was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, with matching serial nos. A6982, dates to 1981 and has Nickel Silver plate in good condition. There is slight wear to the plating, mainly on the ring fingers; overall the plating is about 95%. There are no cracks or damage to the wood which is in good order throughout, apart from a small nick to the outer rim of the upper joint tenon, see photo 2. The pads are all double bladder fishskin which are used, but sealing. The instrument has been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" prior to sale. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. There are 2 supplied barrels, of 64.5mm and 66.5mm. The mouthpiece is a new stock Buffet. The original case is much used but still fully serviceable.

 

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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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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.  

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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

£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.

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

£795

 

 

     

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

 

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79

LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

£795

 

 

     

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

 

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80

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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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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BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

£595

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

     83   BUFFET PROFESSIONAL Bb CLARINET          £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.

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ORSI Bb CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£595

 

 

     

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF DORE CLARINETS

£795

 

 

     

These are an extremely interesting and rare pair of professional model clarinets, in Grenadilla wood, manufactured by Dore, Paris, France. They have come to us as a commission sale from an amateur player, he purchased these instruments as a pair in the 1970's. From the look of the German silver key work, and its design, it is likely that the instruments were made in either the late 1930's or just post war.
The Bb clarinet has tan leather pads throughout in good order. The matching serial nos. are 2285 All the German Silver key work exhibits a nice shine, and is in good condition. The wood overall shows light surface marks and scratches, there is one tight surface crack to the upper joint, which does not go through to the bore. The instruments have gone down to our workshop for a thorough "check down", and all corks and the regulation are in good order. All pieces are stamped, matching, and original. The A clarinet has tan leather pads throughout which are elderly, but sealing well. The matching serial nos. are 2514. All the German Silver key work shows a patina consistent with its age but is in good condition. The wood overall shows light surface marks and scratches, but there are no cracks or repairs. In addition to the originai two barrels, which have no cracks, there is a Boosey and Hawkes Emperor barrel which was used to tune the A clarinet, this does have a repaired surface crack. The case is an Ortola in very good condition. The m'piece is a Portnoy BPO2. In summation: These clarinets represents superb value for money, they play extremely well, with a lovely sonority.

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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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MATCHED PAIR OF TRIEBERT PLATEAU CLARINETS-RESERVED

£2495

 

 

     


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

615

BUFFET TOSCA Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£2895

 

 

     

Buffet Crampon is the undisputed finest volume maker of clarinets in the World today. This clarinet is one of their most expensive models, a Tosca. The Tosca is the latest incarnation of the legendary R13 model.
The instrument is in excellent condition. The plating is pristine. The wood is without mark or blemish: NO damage or cracks whatsoever. The instrument features a corrective low F key and vent, & LH Ab/Eb key. The intonation and response are outstanding. The matching serial numbers are 553203, which dates to the late 2000's. The pads are tan leather throughout in "as new" condition. There are 2 supplied barrels, one is the original Tosca Buffet of 66mm, and the other a shorter Buffet. The supplied mouthpiece is an original stock Buffet. The inside of the Buffet Tosca case is in good condition, the exterior has several scuffs to the leather, the case latches securely.  

616

LEBLANC INFINITE A CLARINET-RESERVED

£995

A very good condition Leblanc Infinite A 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 Nickel Silver plate key work is in good condition, with no wear. All pieces are original & all have matching stamps. An additional Buffet R13 A barrel of 65mm is supplied, as well as the original Leblanc barrel, for tuning purposes. The fish skin pads are not new but they are all sealing perfectly, and will be good for several months to come. The matching serial nos. are 66725. The supplied double case is a leather BAM treking, in very good condition. This instrument is of modern polycylindrical design, it will therefore pair well with Buffet R13 or RC clarinets, ideal for a player seeking a professional A on a budget.

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617

HOWARTH S1 Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

£1395

 

 

     

A very fine condition Howarth S1 Bb clarinet in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Unfortunately Howarth have now ceased manufacturing clarinets. This S1 model was designed by the late Jon Steward, at 14.85mm bore it is free blowing, and very well in tune.
The Grenadilla wood is in superb condition, with no cracks or damage. There is no joint wobble. The tan leather pads are all in excellent condition. The Silver plated key work shows no wear. The Bb has matching serial nos. are 1401. The supplied m'piece is a Selmer C**. The original pouchette leather case is also in very good condition.

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618

PAIR OF ENGLISH BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS -RESERVED

£4745

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

 

619

BUFFET CRAMPON RC Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1645

A mint condition Buffet RC Bb clarinet in Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The Buffet RC model was launched in 1975, and named after Robert Carree, who had had a long career with Buffet Crampon, which culminated in him being chief designer. The RC places the speaker tube higher, and features a slighter wider initial polycylindrical bore than the R13. Most players find this results in a warmer, more "spread" tone, than the R13. This is the latest incarnation of the RC which features a re-designed bell, a Prestige type disc stamped "RC", and also a tiny but useful modification to the F#/C# key: A small adjusting screw is added to stop the lever going out of regulation.
There is no damage to the wood, which is prisitine, crack and repair free. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet". The plating overall is excellent, with no discernable wear, though Buffets from this period seem to have had the plating treated with an oil post-plating and this results in some discolouration to the plating over time. This Bb has matching S/N 678719, it was bought new by an adult learner 8 months ago, sadly due to health issues he no longer plays. This excellent instrument has seen little use. The instrument has white leather pads throughout is "as new" condition.The supplied m'piece is an uniused Buffet. Ther are 2 barrels of 65mm and 66mm. The case is the original in perfect condition, it comes with the still wrapped keys.

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620

FRANK HAMMERSCHMIDT Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1745

Clarinets Direct is delighted to be able to offer this extremely rare custom made, Frank Hammerschmidt, Burgau, Boehm system clarinet for sale. This instrument has had only one former owner, an amateur, and he has taken exceptionally good care of this clarinet. Frank Hammerschmidt has one of the most enviable reputations Worldwide of clarinet makers: His clarinets manage to achieve a rare synthesis of German/Viennese dark tone with Boehm system fingering. They are amongst the most expensive and sought after clarinets.
The Bb features a bore size of 15.15mm, silver plated keys, with offset C#/G# hole, and adjusting screws for lower pad regulation. The pads are white leather in good condition. There is no wear to the Silver plate, which is pristine throughout. The wood is without marks or damage. There are 2 barrels of 61.5mm & 63.0mm. Also supplied are two mouthpieces, one a Frank Hammerschmidt "3F", the other a Noblet 3. The original case is also in excellent condition, and comes with the keys. The intonation and response are impeccable. The instrument will also play with most standard French bore m'pieces.

 

621

NOBLET, by LEBLANC, PLATEAU B FLAT CLARINET-RESERVED

£1295

A rare, pristine condition Noblet, Paris France, Plateau B flat clarinet. This is an entry level professional model Noblet, with a covered hole mechanism, i.e. plateau.
Unlike some of the cheaper models in the range, this clarinet is made entirely from Grenadilla wood. All the key work, which is plated in Nickel Silver, is in excellent condition, with no wear to the touchpieces. The wood throughout is in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, there are only minor surface scuffs and marks, associated with normal use. The clarinet has just been overhauled in Premium De-luxe white leather pads. The instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The matching serial nos. are 75549. The case is a brand new modern example with over the shoulder carry strap. The mouthpiece is a used Selmer C85 120 in very good condition. This clarinet continued to be manufactured by Leblanc right up until they ceased manufacture in 2009. It was described by them as "specifically designed for the younger player, doubler or even the arthritic player who may have difficulty covering the standard open-tone-hole".

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622

LEBLANC, VITO, BASS CLARINET TO LOW Eb-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Leblanc Vito Bass Clarinet model 7168 in wood effect Resonite to low Eb, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This model has the low Eb key mounted on the body, which improves durability and lessens key maintenance problems. There are no cracks or damage to the body, which is in fine condition throughout. The crook & bell are both in excellent condition. There is a floor spike attachment to the bell. There is no plating loss to the Nickel Silver key work it is in very good condition. The Bass has Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads thoughout in excellent condition, the current owner has had a minor service done on the Bass, with pads replaced as necessary, prior to sale. The serial nos. are 6372D. The case is used, but again in good condition. There are 2 m'pieces supplied one a Vito,and the other a Vandoren B45, both are in very good condition. The Bass plays easily and is an ideal first Bass clarinet purchase.