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

£1795

 

 

     


This is a matched pair of rare Boosey & Hawkes, pre-war 1010 clarinets, in mint condition. Their current owner is the son of the celebrated pianist Michael Roll, the first winner of the Leeds Piano Competition. Michael's son is now making a career for himself as an actor.
The Bb has silver plated key work in pristine condition. The instrument is in wood throughout, which is in superb condition. The matching serial nos. on all main pieces, including the m'piece, are 34500, which dates to 1939. There is absolutely no wear to this instrument at all; it is as if it had just left the factory. All pads are tan leather Pisoni, in very good condition. There is no joint wobble or play in the mechanism. The A, serial nos. 34564, also dates to 1939. Again every single piece is matching and serial numbered. The wood is in superb condition, without even surface marks. Even the tone hole edges are still sharp, as if the instrument has been hardly played. The key work throughout is "as new". All pads are good condition finest Pisoni tan leather. The case is the original, and is still functional, there is a tape repair to the handle. In summation: This is probably the latest & finest pair of Boosey & Hawkes pre-War 1010's available. I understand that the original owner was a Doctor from Halifax, who gave the pair to Michael Roll for his son to learn on.  

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BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET

£1195

A very fine condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting on the upper joint. Basically the polycylindrical bore design of the S1 differs only slightly from that of the R13.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F206102, which dates to 1980. At this point in time Buffet Crampon had not been taken over by Boosey & Hawkes, and had not been forced to overproduce to meet the shortfall in supply left by the cessation of Boosey's own clarinet manufacture at the Edgeware factory in London. The plating and finish on this clarinet is of such a high standard that it contrasts sharply with more recently manufactured professional models from Buffet. The clarinet has just had a complete overhaul in fish skin pads in our workshop, with all tenon and touch corks replaced. It is "as new" and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in good condition, with only minor surface marks, there are no cracks or repairs, excepting the bell which has a repair to the bell bottom, see photo 9. This is an old stable repair which has no affect on the bore or response. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's. The original Buffet case in black leather is functional, but has slight stains to the interior, as well as exterior scuffs. The m'piece is a used Buffet C in ebonite in good condition.

 

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MATCHED PAIR OF YAMAHA, SCHMIDT REFORM BOEHM CLARINETS

£4995

 

 

     

Clarinets Direct is Europe's leading specialist clarinet dealer. We are fortunate indeed to be able to offer these rare and fine Yamaha Schmidt Reform Boehm system clarinets. This pair are a commission sale, having come to us from a Swedish professional player, who is now concentrating on period instrument performance.
These clarinets feature: A booster mechanism for throat Bb. An additional vent for RH middle finger B/F#, like the Acton Vent found on the B&H 1010. A compensating low G/D pad. A hole in the bell to improve low E/B. All of this results in a clarinet of improved evenness and intonation. These instruments are essentially copies of late Fritz Wurlitzer Schmidt Reform Boehm clarinets, and feature a small bore of 14.65mm, Bb, and 14.80mm, A, something which his son Herbert continued with in his own designs. Consequently the clarinet can be played very successfully with modern Vandoren French bore m'pieces.
The Bb has serial no. 01129 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is excellent condition, without mark or blemish. The pads are a mixture of white leather, with cork on most of the upper joint, though used they are in excellent order throughout. The instrument is stamped "856".
The A has serial no. 01028 and has Silver plate in very good condition throughout. The wood is again in excellent condition. The cork and white leather pads will be good for many years to come. The instrument is stamped " Custom". There are 2 barrels for the Bb, of 56mm and 57mm, and one for the A of 57mm. There are 2 mouthpieces: 1. A Howarth with a taper from 14.4mm out to an exit bore of 14.7mm. 2. Leblanc L4. The Howarth is old and will probably require re-laying to suit the new owner, however it is provided beacause it tunes the pair well. The original case is in excellent used condition, and comes with a leather cover.

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LEBLANC SONATA Bb CLARINET

£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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EATON ELITE A CLARINET

£2495

 

 

     

This excellent condition Eaton Elite A clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It has been carefully owned by UK based professional, as part of a pair. He has decided that this model is not for him, and it has been played only occasionally since purchase. The Elite is Eaton's wide bore model based on the B&H 1010, but unlike the parallel bore 1010, the Eaton features a "reverse taper" bore at the top of the upper joint to improve tuning, and, in general, more undercutting.
This Bb has serial no. E253 and has Silver plate in perfect condition, as are all the logo stamps. The wood throughout is in pristine condition, with no cracks or repairs. All pads are Pisoni Tan Leather in excellent condition. There are 2 barrels of 63.0mm & 64.0mm. The m'piece is a good condition Eaton Elite "1.25 21.5 B", S/N 2153. The double case is a mint condition BAM, as supplied by Peter Eaton with new intruments.  

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PAIR OF SELMER, PARIS, 10S CLARINETS

£2095

THE A IS RESERVED. 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 E13 Bb CLARINET

£875

 

 

     

An immaculate condition Buffet E13 Bb clarinet, which is a credit to its adult owner. He has just up-graded to an R13 and this instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This clarinet is Buffet's top student wooden model. The only reason it cannot be described as mint is that the pads are not brand new, in all other respects the clarinet is just as it left the factory. The key work Silver plate key work is pristine, all pieces are original & have matching Buffet stamps. The Grenadilla wood is perfect, with no cracks or damage. The matching serial nos. are K167300. The m'piece is an up-grade to a Vandoren B40 professional model, [NB not pictured] which is in good condition. The original case is in excellent condition, and comes with the still wrapped keys, a warranty card, fingering chart, reed case, cork grease and even the Buffet "clarinet" pencil: All exactly as supplied new. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instrument was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture.  

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

£945

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

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HAWKES & SON, C CLARINET

£995

 

 

     


This is a very rare Hawkes & Son 1st Class Ebonite C Clarinet, in extremely good condition. This instrument was professionally owned, the current owner is selling off the vast majority of his instruments, apart from plateau models, as he is elderly and now semi-retired. Hawkes and Son, advertised this model, in their 1924 brochure, at £25, 11 shillings, and sixpence, it was therefore, an extremely expensive instrument of the period, costing more than the equivalent wooden clarinet.
The matching serial nos., on all pieces, are 11135, the ebonite has no cracks or repairs, it is in very good condition throughout. The Nickel Silver keys are in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has used fish skin pads which are all sealing well. The clarinet has been through our workshop for a thorough "check down" and regulation, as necessary. The instrument tunes well with a modern Zinner mouthpiece, which is supplied, along with the original Hawkes m'piece, which is obviously showing signs of wear. The clarinet is compatible with all French bore m'pieces, which means that usually the player can use the same m'piece they have on their Bb. It gives best results with a Vandoren "M" type m'piece, or a m'piece sourced from the USA, as so many of these are based on Zinner blanks. The case is amodern light weight Kinsman in very good condition.  

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YAMAHA CSG CUSTOM, A CLARINET

£1495

 

 

     

A pristine condition Yamaha CSG CUSTOM A clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner has just completed a clarinet degree at the The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for which he used this instrument. It was purchased new some 4 years ago. Yamaha made great claims for the CSG range; a new bore design is supposed to provide great tonal richness, as found in older instruments made from properly aged Grenadilla. Certainly the design has found much favour with many fine players, including Michael Collins, Nicholas Carpenter and Nicholas Cox.
The wood is finest unstained Grenadilla, without cracks, damage or blemish of any kind. We have partially re-padded the instrument, mainly on the upper joint, and the clarinet is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The original "reflector" Yamaha pads were still good on the lower joint, and these we have left in situ. The matching serial nos. are 02519. The Protech double case is also in very good used condition.

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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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NOBLET, PARIS, BY LEBLANC, 50S ARTIST C CLARINET

£1295

 

 

     

This is a Noblet Artist C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in excellent condition. This instrument is the professional Artist model 50S Noblet clarinet, with all parts made of finest unstained Grenadilla wood, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range, and also in pristine Silver plate rather than Nickel. The matching serial nos. are B30805, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in "as new" 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 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 like new], 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 excellent used condition, and comes with the key. In summation, this is a C with excellent intonation, an entry level professional model, which would match well with the finest French instruments currently available.

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SELMER RECITAL A CLARINET

£1995

 

 

     

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

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SELMER, PARIS, EEb CONTRA-ALTO CLARINET

£7995

 

 

     

These are a rare and unique pair of J Hammerschmidt & Sohne clarinets. 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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BUFFET E11 Eb CLARINET

£895

This is a near mint condition Buffet E11 Eb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. The reason it is described as "near mint" is because the pads & corks are not all brand new, in all other respects it is "as new". This clarinet has had only one careful adult owner, who has just up-graded to a professional model Buffet Eb. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 101152. 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 B44 in good used condition. The original case is in excellent 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 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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YAMAHA YCL450 Bb CLARINET

£545

A good condition Yamaha 450 clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The current owner has just traded up to a Yamaha CSG Custom model, and this instrument has taken him up to Grade 8 Ass Bd. The instrument has been down to our workshop for a thorough check up, and re-pad as necessary. Those pads that were most used have been replaced, the clarinet shouldl be maintenance free for at least 6 months. The Silver plated keywork shows some slight tarnishing, mainly to the long barrels, but there is no wear. The wood throughout is in excellent condition. The Yamaha 450 is the top selling rival to the Buffet E11. It has a couple of major advantages over its Buffet rival: 1. The wood tends to give less trouble than the E11, which indeed, has developed such a poor reputation in this regard, that the Buffet E11 "France" is now a deleted model in the Buffet range, and has been re-badged E12. Yamaha quality control and build quality are exemplary, and these instruments are easy to live with and perfect for the advancing student. 2. The instrument has a "voicing" groove in the bell, in common with the more expensive models in the Yamaha range and also the Buffet Prestige RC. The serial nos. are 134493. The supplied m'piece is an upgrade to a new Yamaha Custom 5M. The original case is in very good condition.

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MATCHED PAIR OF HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

£3495

 

 

     

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

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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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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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YAMAHA YCL650 Bb CLARINET

£895

An excellent condition Yamaha 650 clarinet, which has just been taken in part exchange by Clarinets Direct. This instrument was bought new some 4 years ago, and it has seen its original owner up to Ass. Bd. Grade 7 and achieve a Music Scholarship to a prestigious school.
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 serial numbers are 125891. The instrument features tapered and undercut tone holes, Silver plated keywork, and a voicing groove to the neck of the bell. The clarinet has just been re-padded in fish skin pads throughout, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct warranty. The supplied m'piece is an used Yamaha 4C, with a Gigliotti ligature and cap. The case is in good condition, though there are a few interior marks.

 

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CONN PAN-AM IN COCOBOLO, Bb CLARINET

£695

A very good condition Conn Pan -American Clarinet in Cocobolo wood which is has just had full overhaul in Pisoni double bladder fishskin pads, and is sold with our full Clarinets Direct 1 year warranty. This instrument was an ingenious solution by Conn to the scarcity of Grenadilla wood during, and just after, the Second World War. A similar wood was used in the manufacture of WWII Bomber Propellers', hence the nick name; "Propeller wood clarinet". This is a wide bore clarinet; primarily aimed at the Jazz market, it plays with a warm and flexible sound. Whilst Benny Goodman endorsed Selmer clarinets, Artie Shaw endorsed wide bore Conn instruments. The main body of the wood is in fine shape for it's age with no cracks or damage. The keywork is in good condition, with only tiny spot plating wear . The  serial no. is 148909.  The m'piece is a Selmer HS* in good used condition. The case is a brand new Jakob Winter, with keys.

 

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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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BUFFET C12 CONSERVATOIRE Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

A very good condition Buffet C12 Bb clarinet. This instrument was originally manufactured as Buffet's entry level professional wooden model, and though there has been some confusion from Buffet, as marketing men at Buffet felt that this model represented too good value for money, it sits well above the E13 in terms of quality. These days the Buffet website describes the instrument as suitable for the young advancing professsional, about to enter Music Conservatoire.
The Silver plated key work is in 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 of the main pieces, but the barrel has a tight exterior hair line crack, all pieces including barrel and bell, are matching and stamped. An additional Buffet barrel, which is crack free, is also supplied, NB not pictured. The matching serial nos. are F417936, which dates to 1996. The supplied m'piece is a good condition Buffet stamped "A5*". The instrument has been very well looked after, and the original brown leather case is also in good condition.  

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BUFFET R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET

£1795

 

 

     

This excellent condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has had only one former owner. 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. 537590, which dates to the late 2000's. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. All pieces are matching, original, and with correct stamps. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with no wear. The key regulation is very good. The instrument has white leather pads which are in fine order throughout. The supplied m'piece is a good condition Selmer C85 115, though the ligature cap has cracked. The case is the original in good condition with combination locks.  

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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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MATCHED PAIR OF NOBLET, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST CLARINETS

£1195

 

 

     

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb STILL AVAILBALE FOR £545 This pair of Noblet Artist Paris Clarinets are in very good condition, and have just been completely overhauled by Clarinets Direct. They are sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Noblet Artist was the top of the range Noblet model, with a cylindrical bore of 14.85mm, these are entry level professional clarinets.
The Bb has serial no. A60945 and has Nickel plate in excellent condition, there is no wear to the plating. The instrument features gold plated springs for reliable durability. The wood is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. All pads are brand new Pisoni premium Deluxe fish skin.
The A, serial no. A55581, has no cracks or repairs. The Nickel plate throughout is in very good shape. Again all pads are new. The instruments are made entirely from Grenadilla wood, apart from the barrels which are in plastic. This A will pair well with any other major manufacturers Bb clarinets, i.e. Buffet, Selmer and Yamaha. The supplied m'piece is an original Noblet in good condition. The BAM case is in good used condition, though one of the zips to the lower music pouch has failed. It does come with rucksack carry straps, and the zips for the main clarinet storage area, and upper music pouch are good. The pair can be split as follows: A in BAM double case for £695. Bb with m'piece and single case for £545.

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30

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.  

32

SELMER SERIES 9 FULL BOEHM, Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

This is a good condition Selmer Series 9 Bb clarinet. The 9 was the last of the wide bore Selmer models, ideal for flexible jazz playing. This instrument features all the "bells and whistles": Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. The 9* was marketed by Selmer as "pour la musique symphonique", the 9 was "pour le jazz et les varietes." In other words the slightly smaller bore 9*, with undercutting, was aimed at the classical market, the wide bore 9 at the Jazz market.
This Bb clarinet has matching serial nos., S3603, which dates to 1961. It is rare to find a Series 9 with Silver plating, this example is one such. The Silver plating is good throughout, but there is wear, mainly to the ring fingers. The wood shows some surface marks and scratches, but there are no cracks or repairs. All pieces are matching and original. The instrument has just had a full overhaul, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our industry leading 1 year warranty. The case is in very good condition, as is the supplied Selmer C85 120 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.

34

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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35

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET

£525

 

 

     

A good condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The owner has just traded up top a Buffet Prestige R13 Bb here at Clarinets Direct, and this clarinet is now offered for sale. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 510188. 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 in manufacture to the French Leblanc factory and is, therefore, a significantly better made instrument. The Silver plated key work is in very good condition, with no wear. The pads are double bladder fish skin throughout, and, whilst not new, are sealing well, and will be good for some time to come. The wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. This instrument comes in the original case in good condition, with a brand new, still wrapped, Buffet mouthpiece.  

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MATCHED PAIR OF SELMER, PARIS, 10S II CLARINETS

£2395

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.

 

38

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 Bb, and Eb double. The zip has failed, but the case fastens with a velcro strip, and velcro handle. Carry straps are also included.

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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

£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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YAMAHA CS-V CUSTOM Bb CLARINET

£1345

 

 

     


An excellent condition Yamaha CS-V CUSTOM clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The former owner has just completed a clarinet degree at the The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for which he used this instrument. It was purchased new some 5 years ago. 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 CS-V features different tapers to the bore, both top and bottom, and the CS-V has slightly smaller tonehole sizes, than the SEV, resulting in a clearer, more focused sound with excellent projection. In other words; this model was Yamaha's direct competitor to the R13 Prestige, where as the SEV, competed with the RC Prestige. The tuning and voicing is improved over the regular Yamaha CS, with each tone hole being individually hand-tapered and undercut for optimum tone quality, intonation, and uniform response throughout the instrument's range. The wood was unstained matched Grenadilla, the silver plate, and key work, was of considerably better quality than Buffet. Many players found the ease with which these instruments responded completely won them over.
The instrument has no cracks or damage to the wood, which is pristine finest aged, unstained, Grenadilla. This Bb has matching S/N 05008. The instrument is padded in Pisoni finest white leather pads, which are all in very good condition. The Silver plated key work is very good throughout, with no discernable wear. The supplied m'piece is a used Selmer C85 115. The case is the original Yamaha in pristine condition. This instrument represents superb value for money: For less than the cost of a new Buffet E13, one can purchase an instrument more consistent than most Buffet R13 Prestige Bbs.  

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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

£1245

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. This instrument is an enhanced Boehm model with 7 rings, which usefully allows for a forked Eb/Bb in the Left Hand. The matching serial numbers are F103390 which date to 1968, this period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 2000-3000 per year, which contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood, which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range, please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. Certainly this instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture.
The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Grenadilla wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The Silver plated key work is pristine, which is testament to the quality of older Buffet plating. All pieces are original with matching Buffet stamps. The m'piece is a used Vandoren B45 in ebonite in good condition. The case is a modern Buffet of rucksack type in very good condition.  

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BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET

£1245

 

 

     

A good condition vintage Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. It is a one owner instrument, having been professionally owned and played by a London based Jazz musician, who is primarily a Baritone Sax player. This instrument is an early R13 with matching serial numbers 49989, dating to 1955. Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 2000-3000 per year, which contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood, which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range, please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. Certainly this instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture.
The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Grenadilla wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The German Silver key work shows hardly any wear, which contrasts strongly with the quality of contemporary Buffet plating. All pieces are original with matching Buffet stamps, apart from the barrel which is an up-grade to a Hite model. The tuning of this early instrument is remarkably good, aided by this special custom barrel. The m'piece is a used B45 in good condition. The original case shows much interior and exterior wear, but still latches and protects the instrument well.

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48

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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PAIR OF ENGLISH BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS 

£4745

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

 

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS

£1545

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

 

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BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET

£895

 

 

     

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

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BUFFET TOSCA CLARINET in A

£3295

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

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DOUBLE BOEHM Bb CLARINET

£995

 

 

     

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 CLARINETS-RESERVED

£1545

THE Bb IS RESERVED. THE A IS STILL FOR SALE IN DOUBLE CASE FOR £845. 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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PETER EATON, ELITE Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

£2195

 

 

     


This Peter Eaton Elite Bb is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It was formerly owned by Chris Gradwell, a well known professional, and has been played in many of London's finest Orchestras. The Elite is Peter Eaton's best regarded model and is based on the Boosey & Hawkes 1010, though it differs acoustically, in that it features a reverse taper in the upper joint for improved tuning, along with careful undercutting. The instrument cracked early on and was pinned and repaired by Eaton, there are 3 pins at the top of the upper joint, see photos, 5,6 & 11. This Bb has serial no. E61, and has used tan leather pads throughout, which are sealing well. The Silver plating is in good condition. The mouthpiece is an Eaton stamped "1010 1.29 21.5 " S/N 2024, which was Chris' preferred Eaton m'piece of many. There are 2 supplied barrels of 63mm and 65mm. The original Paxman case is used, but again in good condition.  

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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 R13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1045

 

 

     

A Buffet R13 Bb clarinet in Nickel Silver plate, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument has been professionally owned and played here in the UK, by a musician in the RAF band.
This clarinet has an "artist quality" set up with cork pads throughout on teh upper joint , and white leather on the lower. The Bb has matching serial nos. 402902, which dates to 1995. All pieces are matching and original and stamped "Buffet", with the barrel an upgrade to a "Moennig" 64mm. The Nickel Silver plating overall is in excellent condition, with no wear. There are 2 repaired cracks to teh upper joint, see photos, 5 & 6. Both are surface cracks: The first to the LH side of the logo stamp, has been glued. The second, which runs from the top tenon down into the speaker tube, has been glued, pinned and filled. Neither crack enters the bore, and, as the speaker tube is metal lined, neither has any effect whatsoever on the response. The supplied original Buffet leather case is in excellent condition, and comes with the keys. The m'piece is a brand new, still wrapped, stock Buffet.  

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BUFFET VINTAGE Bb CLARINET

£495

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

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NOBLET ARTIST Bb CLARINET

£545

 

 

     

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

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

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MATCHED PAIR OF COCOBOLO HOWARTH S1 CLARINETS

£3495

 

 

     

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.  

76

ANONYMOUS A CLARINET

£395

 

 

     

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

77

MATCHED PAIR OF LOUIS LONDON CLARINETS, RIPPER COLLECTION

£1995

 

 

     

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

78

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

£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.

81

PAIR OF SELMER, FULL MAZZEO, CENTERED TONE CLARINETS

£5995

 

 

     


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

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

82

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET

£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.

84

ORSI Bb CLARINET TO LOW Eb

£595

 

 

     

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

85

MATCHED PAIR OF DORE CLARINETS

£795

 

 

     

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

86

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.  

553

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL Eb CLARINET, MITCHELL COLLECTION-SOLD

£1845

 

 

     


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

554

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION-SOLD

£795

A very good condition Symphony B&H 1010 Bb 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 Bb, serial no. 562247, has no cracks or repairs. This makes the clarinet one of the very last examples made, featuring the 2nd generation design of Acton patent vent. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition. The pads are mainly all "Gordon Beeson" Tan leather pads, in very good condition. There are 2 barrels of 64.5mm and 59.5mm. The shorter barrel has a repaired crack. The supplied m'piece is a B&H 1010 No. 2, which is, again, in good used condition. The case is the original in fair condition..

555

PAIR OF BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 CLARINETS-SOLD

£1245

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

 

556

NOBLET PARIS, BY LEBLANC, ARTIST C CLARINET-SOLD

£1295

This is a Noblet Artist C Clarinet, made by Leblanc, in extremely good condition, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is the professional Artist model 45 Noblet clarinet, with all parts made of finest unstained Grenadilla wood, unlike some of the cheaper models in the Noblet range. The matching serial nos. are B56201, the wood has no cracks or repairs, it is in pristine condition throughout. The Nickel plate is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The springs are gold plated throughout, like other professional Leblanc models, this to prolong their life, and minimise the risk of breaking. The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop double bladder fish skin pads, and is sold with our full warranty. The bore, in common with all other Leblanc made C clarinets, is 14.50mm. The instrument tunes well with the supplied original Noblet mouthpiece, though this instrument is compatible with all French bore m'pieces which means that usually the player can use the same m'piece they have on their Bb. The case is the original which is in fair used condition, the interior is good, but there are some scuffs to the exterior. In summation this is a fine tuning C, an entry level professional model, which would match well with the finest French instruments currently available.

 

557

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 Bb CLARINET, TONY LAMB COLLECTION-SOLD

£795

 

 

     

This Bb B&H 1010 clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele. One such is Tony Lamb: ex-Principal Clarinet of English National Opera. From time to time Tony sells part of his superb collection of 1010 instruments as he makes room for further acquistions; in the elusive search for the "perfect" 1010! All of Tony's clarinets are carefully selected and often undergo further expensive after market improvements by Jon Steward ex-T. W. Howarth & Co. Typically this involve correcting intonation faults and improving the evenness of the scale. Thus when his instruments are offered back to the market they are immeasurably improved on standard production line B&H 1010s.
This Bb, with matching serial nos. 469716, has wood throughout in very good condition, apart from the bell rim, which shows some scuffs and dings. All tan leather pads are "as new", as are the touch and tenon corks. The Silver plate shows some slight wear mainly to the ring fingers, and the throat G#, A & register keys. For the last several years this instrumnet has been Tony's main Bb and the wear is commensurate with careful use. This clarinet features the late version of the Acton patent vent, for improved tuning in the RH. The thumb rest has been re-positioned slightly higher and the ols screw holes filled. There are 2 m'pieces; an original Boosey & Hawkes No. 2 in good condition, and a Vandoren B40 which has been bored out, and stamped by, T W Howarth, to 1010 dimensions. The case is in very good used condition.  

558

BIEBER STUSLINGEN C CLARINET-SOLD

£295

A very good condition early boxwood C clarinet, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. I am extremely grateful to Thomas Carroll, a period clarinet player visiting from the USA, for his assistance with the description below. This clarinet is of fine Swiss manufacture, probably made around 1820. It is stamped, on all pieces excepting the mouthpiece, "Bieber C Stuslingen". Originally it would have played about A=415, but subsequently a rather crude attempt was made, at the top of the upper joint, to shorten it; the file marks can be seen, photo 4. However this attempt was abondoned and it still at approximately that pitch, with a modern Eb clarinet m'piece. Apart from the afore mentioned damage the clarinet is in excellent condition. The instrument has been re-stored and re-padded, it plays very well. There are 5 brass keys, and the clarinet is made of boxwood. It appears to be in the style of a Grenser instrument. The supplied case is worn but functional.

559

BUFFET CRAMPON R13 PRESTIGE Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1995

 

 

     


This excellent condition condition Buffet R13 Prestige Bb clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument was formerly owned by a London based professional. 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. 287073, which dates to 1987. Back then this was the finest model in the Buffet Crampon line up, and consequently, only the most senior and experienced craftsmen were entrusted with hand finishing these clarinets. This really shows in both the response, tone quality, and intonation. This is an exceptionally fine example of an R13 Prestige. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in fine order throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in very good condition, with no wear. The key regulation is very good. The instrument has just been completely overhauled in Pisoni Premium de-luxe fish skin pads, and it is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The supplied m'piece is an "as new" Vandoren B45, & case is a brand new Buffet, which comes with still wrapped keys.  

560

BUFFET S1 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

A very fine condition Buffet S1 Bb clarinet in Silver plate. When the American investor Martin Tolchin bought Buffet Crampon in the mid 1970's he felt that though the R13 sold well in the USA different models would be more successful in Europe. The S1, Continentale and BC20, which became the RC, were all attempts to make darker, more focused sounding clarinets. In the case of the S1 this is partly achieved by much less undercutting on the upper joint. Basically the polycylindrical bore design of the S1 differs only slightly from that of the R13.
This Bb has matching serial nos. F249968, which dates to 1983. At this point in time Buffet Crampon had only just been taken over by Boosey & Hawkes, and had not yet been forced to overproduce to meet the shortfall in supply left by the cessation of Boosey's own clarinet manufacture at the Edgeware factory in London. The plating and finish on this clarinet is of such a high standard that it contrasts sharply with more recently manufactured professional models from Buffet. The clarinet has recently had a complete overhaul in fish skin pads and all pads are in excellent condition. The regulation is tight, there is no joint wobble.  The wood is in pristine condition, there are no cracks or repairs. The S1 clarinet plays with a robust, focused sound and excellent evenness and intonation. In the past players such as John McCaw and Mitchell Lurie played S1's. The original Buffet case in black leather is functional, but has stains to the interior, as well as exterior scuffs. The m'piece is a modern stock Buffet.  

561

BOOSEY AND HAWKES SYMPHONY 1010 A CLARINET-SOLD

£695

 

 

     

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

562

BUFFET, EVETTE & SCHAEFFER, PLATEAU Bb CLARINET -SOLD

£1095

 

 

     


An extremely fine, and unique, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 covered hole clarinet, which is a commission sale for ourselves. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's foremost professional players amongst our clientele. One such is Tony Coe, perhaps Britain's most famous Jazz clarinettist. This instrument was a custom build for Tony, and the work was undertaken by the late Bill Wrathel. Bill was for many years the chief repairer at Michael White's Musical Instruments, Ealing, and he was well liked and respected by many of London's foremost clarinet and sax players. The matching serial numbers are K275 which makes this an early Evette & Schaeffer, manufactured originally as an open hole instrument in the 1930's.
There is no damage to the Grenadilla wood, which is crack and repair free, but there are surface scuffs and scratches. The original German Silver rings have been cleverly adapted by Bill Wrathel, with custom touch plates soldered on and then filed. The plateau mechanism itself, has been intelligently designed, oweing much to the flute plateau mechanism, key barrels have been cut and adapted with tiny screws to allow individual pad cups to cover: This is very neat work. Note that the index finger of the LH does not have a pad cup, and this is to facilitate half holing in the Altissimo register. The instrument has recently had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe white leather pads and all pads are "as new". A modern adjustable thumb rest has been fitted, and the original thumb rest screw holes left unfilled. The case is the original which shows some stains to the interior, and wear generally, but is still fully functional. The barrel is actually a Buffet measuring 66.5mm. The supplied m'piece is a stock Buffet. This instrument is a one off example which actually plays much better than other mainstream manufacturers standard models. Tony is only selling it because he has been fortunate enough to find a matched pair of Triebert plateau clarinets.  

563

SELMER PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION-SOLD

£1745

 

 

     

This is an excellent condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet. This instrument has been professionally owned and played by a well known London Jazz player, who selected this instrument from several examples at the Selmer factory some years ago, whilst on a tour of France with the Glenn Miller tribute band. 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. Selmer Recital clarinets are undoubtedly amongst the best designed French instruments worldwide. The upper joint features a large reversed cone which narrows to 14.4mm. This results in exceptionally accurate twelfths, and overall the intonation is superior to most other French designed instruments today.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in perfect condition. All Silver plate is also in very good condition. The pads, whilst used, are all sealing well, and will be good for many months to come. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The supplied barrels measure 62.5 mm & 64.5mm the matching serial numbers are M8529. The instrument is stamped 442 i.e. A=442. Whilst this the clarinet does play comfortably at A=442 with the shorter barrel [62.5mm], and Selmer m'pieces, the original owner played a Hite American m'piece, with the longer, 64.5mm barrel and the pitch falls to A=440. The case is an original Selmer in fair condition.  

564

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£545

THE A IS SOLD. THE Bb STILL AVAILABLE IN SINGLE CASE WITH ORIGINAL 926 M'PIECE FOR £545. A superb condition pair of B&H Imperial 926 clarinets which are a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The 926 Imperial was B & H's top professional model, alongside the larger bore 1010. This pair have been exceptionally well cared for, and come in a new Protech case.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 226659, it has unblemished Silver plating throughout. The wood is in fine condition with no cracks or damage. All pads are Gordon Beeson tan leather in excellent condition, as are all touch and tenon corks. A very good condition B&H 926 m'piece is also supplied.
The A has matching serial nos. 226712. As with the Bb the wood condition is excellent, and all leather pads are also in very good shape. This pair has the advantage of being supplied not only with an original Boosey & Hawkes 926 m'piece, but also a brand new Pillinger 926 F2 DOV 121.

565

PAIR OF SELMER SIGNATURE CLARINETS-SOLD

£4245

 

 

     

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

566

BUFFET MASTER MODEL ME13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

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

567

SELMER, PARIS, 10S FULL BOEHM Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1095

A superb condition Selmer 10S full Boehm clarinet,with all the "bells and whistles" : Fork Eb/Bb, alternative LH Ab/Eb, articulated C#/G# and low Eb. The clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, having come to us via a UK professional player. The Selmer 10 series was the first major model manufactured by Selmer to adopt a small bore undercut design, in the Buffet Crampon manner: Indeed with a bore of only 14.60mm, the 10S is even smaller in the bore than the Buffet R13. The clarinet is extremely lively, easy to play, and has excellent intonation.
This Bb, S/N D2499, dates to the mid 1980's and has Nickel Silver plate, which is in pristine condition throughout, there is no wear at all. Indeed it would appear from the stamps and general condition, that the instrument has just left the factory. There are no cracks or damage to the wood, which is in very good condition. The instrument has recently been re-padded in finest Pisoni tan leather pads. All pieces are original and have matching stamps. The m'piece is a Selmer B* in very good condition. The case has a tape repair to the handle, but it still latches well, and protects the instrument securely.

568

BOOSEY & HAWKES IMPERIAL 926 A CLARINET -SOLD

£595

 

 

     


This Imperial 926 A Clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. The instrument has been very well maintained, with the last service by Eddie Ashton in his superpads, which should be maintenance free for 10 years. 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. According to O. Lee. Gibson in his book "Clarinet Acoustics", publ. Indiana University Press, the Imperial 926 A demonstrated the best intonation of any professional model manufactured by Boosey & Hawkes, provided it was played with the supplied m'piece; a B&H 926, which is the case here.
The A, serial no. 225254, has no cracks or repairs. The Silver plate throughout is in good shape, with only slight wear to one tenon ring. All the pads and corks, are in fine condition, because of the recent overhaul. The supplied m'piece is a good condition B&H 926 No. 2. The case is good condition, and is comes with the keys.  

569

F ARTHUR UEBEL Eb PICCOLO CLARINET, -SOLD

£995

 

 

     


This is a rare Eb Piccolo clarinet by F A Uebel which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. It has been owned and professionally played here in the West Country. This instrumemnt demonstrates a low G/D vent for improved sonority and intonation. This vent is especially useful in the Altissimo register for the Eb clarinettist, as it tends to make this register sharper. F A Uebel was acknowledged as one of the finest harmony clarinet makers in the world, and, in fact, supplied Basset Horns to the clarinettists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The stamp reads " F Arthur Uebel, Marknuekirchen".
This instrument is in very good condition: NO cracks, or damage, to the Grenadilla wood. The silver plated key work is very good throughout. There are a few slight marks to the wood surface, apart from this the wood condition is perfect. The key work design is beautifully angled and of generous proportions, ideal for the player used to the Bb clarinet "feel". The mechanism features a grub screw into most pillars to stop lateral movement and poor regulation, the build quality and workmanship are much superior to contemporary mass manufacture, as this is of high quality, handmade, German manufacture. The Eb has white leather pads which though elderly are all sealing well. The instrument has been through our workshop for regulation, and a thorough check down. The instrument is stamped "Made in GDR". The serial nos. are 811-791067, this may indicate a manufacturing date of 1967. This Eb plays with excellent intonation, and a smooth dark sound. For a player seeking to blend well with other clarinets and avoid the "shrill" sound sometimes found in other Eb clarinets, it would make an excellent purchase. The original m'piece and case are in very good condition.  

570

PAIR OF FRENCH BORE LUIS ROSSI CLARINETS IN HONDURAN ROSEWOOD-RESERVED

£5495

 

 

     

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

571

SELMER, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS, LOW C -SOLD

£4495

 

 

     


This is an excellent condition Mark 1 Selmer Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low C, the first model Selmer 33 Bass. The original and sole owners were a Music Society. It has been maintained very carefully, and has had little use. The Nickel Silver plate throughout shows only slight surface marks, it is in excellent condition. Likewise the wood throughout is in pristine condition, with no cracks, repairs, or any other damage. The bell and crook, show no dings or dents, again in fine condition. We have just fitted a Selmer floor peg attachment. The Bass has just had a full and complete Pisoni Tan leather re-pad, in our workshop, and is sold with our 1 year warranty. All touch corks have been replaced, the key work and regulation, are precise and even, this Bass will play perfectly out of the box. The matching serial nos. are A3167, which dates to 1979. There are two cases; a brand new modern rucksack type, which is light weight, and the original, which is worn and scuffed but fully functional. If only the original case is required, then the price will drop to £4295. The m'piece is a Vandoren B45, again in very good used condition.  

572

SELMER PARIS, RECITAL Bb CLARINET, CHARLES COLLECTION-SOLD

£1695

 

 

     

This is a very good condition Selmer Paris Recital Bb Clarinet. The instrument has been professionally owned and played by a well known London Jazz player, who bought it from Leslie Craven, Principal Clarinet of WNO. Les has not only personally tuned this clarinet, but also re-layed the supplied J & D Hite m'piece. Unfortunately the owner now faces a large inheritance tax bill, and a large part of his excellent selection of clarinets, and saxophones, must be sold. 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, apart from a small chip to the exterior edge of the top tenon, see photo 4. This has no effect on the response. All the Silver plate key work is also in very good condition. The pads, whilst used, are all sealing well, and will be good for many months to come. The look and solid feel of this key work is far superior to most contemporary Buffet manufacture. The supplied barrel is of 62.5 mm & the matching serial numbers are D1448. The case is in fair condition.

 

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574

YAMAHA CSG CUSTOM, CLARINET-SOLD

£1545

 

 

     

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

575

BUFFET E11 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£525

An excellent condition Buffet E11 clarinet, in Grenadilla wood, which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 697276. 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 in manufacture to the French Leblanc factory and is, therefore, a significantly better made instrument. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition, with no wear. The pads are double bladder fish skin throughout, and, whilst not new, are sealing well, and will be good for some time to come. The wood throughout is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. This instrument comes in the original case in good condition, with a fine quality student mouthpiece.

 

576

BUFFET E11 Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

£895

This is a mint condition Buffet E11 Eb clarinet, in Grenadilla wood. This clarinet was bought in error 4 years ago by an adult beginner, who went back to the supplying dealer asking them to take it back or exchange it for a Bb clarinet, which they refused to do. Consequently it has sat unused and now the seller wishes to sell it in order to finance the purchase of a regular Bb clarinet. This instrument is Buffet's semi-professional model, and this example has matching serial nos. 102772. The Silver plated key work is in pristine condition. The wood is without any mark or blemish. The supplied m'piece is the original in excellent condition. The original unmarked case comes with the still wrapped keys. 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.

 

577

BUFFET R13 Eb CLARINET-SOLD

£1895

 

 

     

This is a pristine condition, Professional model Buffet R13 Eb Clarinet. This clarinet is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct: It has been exceptionally well maintained by a careful professional owner and is offered to the market as he now concentrates on Bb clarinet. Sadly some modern Buffet R13 Eb clarinets are now made in two pieces as a cost saving exercise, shorter wood billets are cheaper! This single piece instrument was carefully selected new from Howarth & Co. some 4 years ago, but it has had hardly any use.
The wood shows no cracks or damage, it is in perfect condition throughout. The Silver plate is in excellent order with no wear. The S/N is 603431. The instrument has the original fish skin pads, which only show slight signs of use. A BG ligature is supplied and matching plastic cap, which has a couple of cracks, see photos 2 & 3. The m'piece is an up-grade to a Vandoren B40, which like the Buffet case, is in pristine condition.

578

LEBLANC,PARIS, BBb CONTRABASS CLARINET-RESERVED

£3745

 

 

     


This is an early model 340 G. Leblanc, Paris, BBb Contrabass clarinet, in metal, range to low D, [commonly known as the Paperclip]. This instrument is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct, the former owner now has a similar model, but with the range to low C, and this Contra is offered to the market. This instrument was designed by Charles Houvenaghel, Leblanc's chief designer from the 1950's. Initial models had 2 speaker key touchpieces, later models had a fully automatic single register key touchpiece which operated 2 different over blowing vents. This clarinet features 2 register keys, one for the lower notes in the clarion, and the other for E upwards. The body is Nickel Silver, and shows wear, there is some verdigris and also a few dings and dents, most significantly to the rim of the bell, and also the crook. There is some masking tape applied to the bell joint to stop wobble. The Nickel plated keywork also shows spot wear. However these cosmetic blemishes must be set against the excellent care that the last owner of this instruments has lavished on it: The instrument has been entirely re-padded by Eddie Ashton in super pads, and responds excellently throughout the entire compass. Since this work the current owner has not played this example, as he purchased the Contra referred to above. All these pads are in "new" condition. A superb modern light weight rucksack type case was also purchased by this owner, which makes this usually cumbersome instrument easy to transport. The matching serial nos. on all pieces are 333, which probably dates to the early 1960's, Leblanc serial number lists found on line are unreliable. The mouthpiece is the original in fair condition, it does respond very well. In summation, despite cosmetic blemishes, this is a responsive BBb, which is remarkably easy to play.  

579

LEBLANC LL Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£845

 

 

     

A fine example of a Leblanc LL  clarinet. 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 fine quality, ease of playability, and mechanical innovation, throughout its history. The LL model, named for Leon, was, some feel, the pinnacle of this achievement.
This Bb is in excellent condition and has just had a full overhaul in fish skin pads in our workshop, & is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There is no damage or repairs to the Grenadilla wood, which is in fine order throughout. The clarinet has matching serial nos. 41586. The keywork is in Nickel Silver plate, which is in excellent order throughout. The case is the original, in fair condition: There are some scuffs to the exterior, but it latches securely, and protects the instrument well. The supplied used Vandoren 5RV Lyre m'piece is in excellent condition.

 

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580

BUFFET VINTAGE CLARINET in Bb-SOLD

£595

 

 

     


A Professional model Buffet Bb clarinet, of pre R13 design. 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 good intonation, and none of the third register problems inherent in the polycylindrical design. It is distressing to see a number of ill informed, or unscrupulous, eBay dealers attempting to sell these pre-WW2 instruments as R13s of later polycylindrical design.
This instrument has come to us from a retired professional, and is in excellent condition. The German Silver key work is in pristine order throughout, with no tarnish or wear. We have just completely overhauled the clarinet in fines Pisoni double bladder fish skin pads, and the instrument is sold with our full 1 year warranty. There are no cracks or damage to the "French polished" Grenadilla wood, just scratches to the polish commensurate with age of the instrument and careful use. The serial numbers 1P335 date to 1923. The m'piece is an "as new" Selmer C85 120. The case is in excellent condition, protected as it is by a dust cover.  

581

BUFFET R13 Bb CLARINET-SOLD

£1195

 

 

     

An excellent condition Buffet R13 Bb clarinet. This instrument has lower joint serial F64506, and upper joint F64507. Either an error was made at the point the instrument was stamped, or the joints were made consecutively! The serial numbers date to 1960, this period is commonly referred to as the "Golden Era" of R13 manufacture. Total manufacture of all professional models averaged 2000-3000 per year, which contasts sharply with the current 80,000 a year. Back then this was the finest professional instrument Buffet made, with unstained, matched wood. This was before the introduction of the ""Prestige" range, which effectively downgraded the standard R13 considerably. These days R13's are made from inferior quality wood, which is stained to hide imperfections. Buffet are currently attempting to recreate this Gold standard of manufacture in their current "Vintage R13" range, please go to www.buffetcrampon.com for more details. Certainly this instrument will not disappoint; the quality of scale and intonation are everything one has come to expect from this period of careful hand manufacture.
The instrument has just had a complete overhaul in our workshop, in fish skin pads, and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The Grenadilla wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The Nickel Silver plated key work shows hardly any wear, which is testament to the quality of older Buffet plating. All pieces are original with matching Buffet stamps. The m'piece is an original Buffet C in ebonite in good condition. The original case shows some stains to the interior, but still latches and protects the instrument well.

582

NOBLET, PARIS, PROFESSIONAL BASS CLARINET -SOLD

£1445

This is a fine condition Noblet, by Leblanc, Paris, Bass Clarinet in Grenadilla wood, to low Eb. This is a model 60, the entry level professional Bass made by Leblanc. All the Nickel Silver key work is in very good condition, with only slight spot wear. There are no cracks to the wood, but it does show scuffs and surface gouges, where, in the past, the thumb rest and original spike attachment, have been removed [see photos 3 & 9]. The crook is in good condition with only very slight scratches, but the bell has been used to support the instrument, and this has reulted in flattening to the bottom, see photo 8. We have just fitted a new floor peg attachment to the bell to stop this. The Bass has just had a complete overhaul, in finest Pisoni Premium Deluxe Tan Leather pads, & is sold with our full Clarinets Direct 1 years' warranty. The matching serial nos. are 5164, which dates to the 1960's. The case is a Selmer in very good used condition. The m'piece is a brand new Michael White. This Bass plays easily with a fine tone and good intonation; despite its cosmetic flaws. It would suit a professional looking for a reasonably priced entry level Bass. A comparable model Amati Bass now retails new for £4220.

583

BOOSEY AND HAWKES PRE-WAR 1010 A CLARINET -SOLD

£745

 

 

     

An excellent condition B&H 1010 A clarinet which is a commission sale for Clarinets Direct. This instrument formerly belonged to the well known Keith Bird. Keith was one of the UK's foremost Dance Band clarinet and sax soloists. Taught initially from the age of 16 by his father, Chaz Bird a freelance Band leader, Keith joined the RAF, and quickly rose to promenance, leading the Desert Air Force Dance Band. After the end of WW2 he joined Geraldo, until a dislike of the heavy touring schedule led him to join the BBC Show Band. By 1958 he had become so well known that he could "pick and choose" as a freelancer: He worked [as a soloist] with all the British Greats: Ted Heath, Robert Farnon etc.
This A, serial no. 30001, dating to 1934, has no cracks or repairs, indeed the Grenadilla wood is in fine order throughout. The Silver plate throughout is in excellent condition, with only slight signs of wear. The pads are all brand new Tan leather, the instrument has just undergone a complete restoration by Alan Andrews. All pieces are matching and original, apart from the barrel, which is a close match with serial number 30175. The supplied m'piece is a modern B&H 1010 No. 2, which is, again, in good used condition. The case is the original in fair condition, it still latches and locks.

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584

MATCHED PAIR OF J HAMMERSCHMIDT CLARINETS-RESERVED

£2545

 

 

     

These are a rare and unique pair of J Hammerschmidt & Sohne clarinets. These instruments have an excellent Provenance, having been owned and customised by the late John [Jack] McCaw. John was a leading exponent of the "English" school of clarinet playing, notable for his exceptional tone, and expression. He started his long career as Principal Clarinet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra and became their Principal Clarinet, before leaving to join the New Philharmonia [later the Philharmonia] as Principal Clarinet, a post he retired from in 1989. As those fortunate enough to study with him well remember, John was always concerned that a clarinet be tuned as accurately as possible.
These instruments have been much customised. What follows is an accurate a description as can be managed without actually having a detailed schedule of work from Jack. Nearly every tone hole has been partly filled with shellac, and, in most cases, further undercutting has been done. The bore has been reduced in the area of the bottom of the lower upper joint, in order to correct the tuning of C#/G#. In addition the C#/G# hole on the A has been metal sleeved, to stop water collecting in this hole. The flare at the bottom of the lower joint has also been reduced to aid in tuning the lowest pitches. The length of the lower joint of the A clarinet has been increased by some 3mm by means of a wooden insert and lengthened tenon ring, see photo 7.
The Bb has matching serial nos. 1201. The wood is in good condition throughout, for an instrument which dates to the late 1930's, and has seen such heavy use. However there is a tight hairline crack to the top of the lower joint, it does not go through to the bore or near a tone hole. The bell has also cracked, which we have repaired and sealed, it is not original but is stamped, "Hoehring Leipzig". In addition to the makers stamp the instruments are stamped "Pro Arte Musica", which could be the stamp of the original New Zealand dealer or importer. The German Silver key work is in very good condition, with no discernable wear. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, and is sold with our full warranty.
The A has matching serial nos. 1202. The wood is in good condition throughout, with no cracks or damage. The German Silver key work is in very good condition. The instrument has just had an overhaul in our workshop in Pisoni Premium Deluxe tan leather pads, and is sold with our full warranty.
The supplied m'piecec is a used B&H 926 No.2 which of similar type to the m'piece John McCaw used with the pair. The case is a modern Yamaha in good used condition. These instruments were used by John in his exemplary recording of the Holbrooke Quintet with the Delme String Quartet, issued by Blenheim records.

 

585

BUFFET R13 A CLARINET -RESERVED

£1495

 

 

     


An excellent condition Buffet R13 A, which is a commission sale. Clarinets Direct is fortunate to count many of the UK's finest players amongst our clientele: One such is Joe Pacewicz, long time member of the RSNO, by whom this instrument has been professionally owned and played. The matching serial nos. are 267338 which dates to 1985, an excellent period of manufacture. And, importantly, this was prior to Buffet's late 1990 design repositioning the speaker tube higher, an adjustment which many players feel detracted noticeably from the R13's response, flexibilty, and projection. The fish skin pads are all sealing well, and mostly they are new or in "nearly new" condition. The instrument has just had a service by Mike Huntriss, ex-Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The wood is crack and repair free, indeed in excellent condition throughout. The Silver plated key work shows no wear, it is in pristine condition throughout. The original Buffet double case in shows some scuffs to the exterior, and wear to the interior, but it is fully serviceable, and comes with the key.  

586

BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£2095

 

 

     

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

 

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587

BUFFET E13 Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

An extremely fine, Evette & Schaeffer, E13 clarinet in Silver plate. The matching serial numbers are K62908 which dates to 1983, making this one of the last manufactured. This E&S Bb is much superior, in every respect; quality of wood, intonation, and tone to contemporary mass produced E13 Buffet clarinets. When this model was produced it was second only to the RC and R13 profesional models in quality, and it was manufactured alongside them at the Buffet factory.
There is no damage to the wood, which is crack and repair free. The plating overall is pristine.  The instrument has just had a complete re-pad in Pisoni deluxe fish skin pads in our workshop and is sold with our full 1 year warranty. The case is the original which shows some stains to the interior, but is in very good used condition. Current E13s are being treated by Buffet with a chemical compound, which is supposed to inhibit cracking. In fact this seems to be causing some joint problems for Buffet, with many new instrument owners reporting problems with sticking joints to dealers, due to this compound leaching out from the wood end grain. At the period this instruments was made, thankfully the Grenadilla wood was left to age naturally prior to manufacture. The m'piece is a brand new stock Buffet as supplied with new E13's.  

588

BUFFET CRAMPON FESTIVAL Bb CLARINET-RESERVED

£1895

This Buffet Festival Bb clarinet is in very good condition, with only slight wear to the stamps and tenon corks to distinguish it from new. The instrument has been professionally owned and played, here in London's West End, it has been extremely well cared for. He bought this instrument new from Howarths, 4 years ago, it subsequently cracked in the upper joint,see photo 6. Howarth's then pinned and repaired the crack, and also bushed the throat A hole. He used it for a further 2 years before trading up to a Rossi American bore clarinet. The Festival is based firmly on the R13 Prestige, with the register key tube slightly higher, and adjustments to the upper and lower bore flares to compensate. This type of alteration had in fact been suggested to Buffet in the late 1960's by Moennig, Morgan, and Gigliotti: The result is improved intonation and evenness to the second register, which has meant the Festival is a firm favourite amongst professional players.
This Bb has matching serial nos. 641395. The Silver plate shows no wear, it is in excellent condition. The clarinet has finest white leather pads throughout in good used condition. The supplied barrel measures 66.0mm. All pieces are genuine Buffet stamped Festival. The case is the original Buffet in black leather, in excellent condition. The supplied mouthpiece is a Selmer C85 120 in good used condition.

 

589

J R LAFLEUR, LONDON & PARIS, ARTIST Eb CLARINET-RESERVED

£895

 

 

     

This is an extremely rare Lafleur, London & Paris, Eb clarinet, in good condition. Just as early Boosey and Hawkes pre-war 1010's were stamped London and Paris, I have seen professional Lafleur clarinets similarly stamped. Boosey & Co. bought Lafleur in 1917, and, at least initially, used the Lafleur stamp for top quality French made instruments. This instrument is stamped "made in Paris France" on the reverse above the speaker key. After WW2 the Lafleur stamp seems to have been used on only poorer student models made by Boosey & Hawkes.
The wood condition overall is very fine, with only minor surface marks. The instrument is made from finest Grenadilla wood with the exception of the bell, which is made from ebonite: Again this was common practice with Boosey and Hawkes London & Paris clarinets, which were often supplied with ebonite barrels and bells. It is possible, therefore, that this instrument was made by the same French manufacturer as the B&H London & Paris range. There are NO cracks or repairs. The German Silver key work is in good condition, with no discernable wear. Please see the photos. This Eb has just had a complete overhaul in double bladder fish skin pads and is sold with our 1 year warranty. The m'piece is the original, stamped M, and playes nicely with 2.5-3.5 strength reeds. The intonation is extremely stable at A=440 Hz, and this instrument represents excellent value for money. The case is in fair condition, it latches well, but there is some wear to the original lining.  

590

ARNO WURLITZER, OEHLER SYSTEM Bb CLARINET -RESERVED

£995

 

 

     

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

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